3. Nu-Metal Bought The Entertainment Factor Back!
Coal Chamber’s irresistably primitive riffs and spooky-core aesthetics, Slipknot’s boiler suits and dead-crow sniffing exploits, Mudvayne’s make up and slap bass shenanigans, Wayne Static’s hair (R.I.P), Fred Durst’s trousers and David Draiman’s Ooh Wah Ahh Ahh Ahh noises….do we dare go on?
While most of these things are frankly laughable they were also damn entertaining, bringing a sense of the absurd back to metal and a level of theatricality originally envisaged by the respected likes of Alice Cooper, Arthur Brown and KISS.
While there is always room in metal for earnest, serious messages (be them political or otherwise) nu-metal reminded us that it was also fine to have fun at a metal gig and it was fine to dress like a fool and feel good doing it!
What’s wrong with that we ask?