Nu-metal was once arguably the biggest subgenre of metal around, with bands like Limp Bizkit and Korn selling hundreds of thousands of albums a week. Certainly, the genre reached its commercial peak at the end of the 90’s // early 2000’s, but what about the bands that rode the second or third wave of the genre? There was a massive sea change brewing in the form of the burgeoning metalcore movement, and the days of major labels signing almost every nu-metal band on the planet were quickly set to change.
Plenty of these bands had obvious songwriting talent, though. Trust Company were one such band, releasing 3 records and getting signed to the giant Geffen Records after just 2 songs at a showcase – quite literally going from a band in a van, to a tour bus and recording in a studio where some of rock’s biggest records were made. The band’s 2002 debut album, The Lonely Position Of Neutral, was anchored by arguably the band’s signature song, “Downfall”, and contained a very interesting mix of genres that managed to hit the sweet spot between modern rock, alt-metal, and nu-metal – except without the hip-hop/rap influences.
Since the beginning of recorded history, music has lent itself extraordinarily well to collaborative efforts, especially in the realm of singing. You know the ones – David Bowie and Freddy Mercury on “Under Pressure”, Maynard James Keenan and Chino Moreno on “Passenger”, or for a slightly different example, Faith No More’s Mike Patton fronting Dillinger Escape Plan on their EP, Irony Is A Dead Scene. Needless to say, there are plenty of opportunities for bands and musicians of disparate genres (or even similar ones) to create something great together.
Let’s imagine, for a minute, a world where these collaborations happened more often. With modern technology, it’s a lot easier to do than it was, say, 30 years ago. Much of alternative music could make cross-genre pollinating a real force for unity, and in a world where many scenes continue to segregate themselves, the possibilities are simply endless.
Without further ado, here’s ten musical collaborations we’d absolutely love to see happen. Some are a bit outlandish (Brendon Urie and…who?!) while for others, it’s a bit shocking they haven’t happened yet (Alcest and Emma Ruth Rundle). Enjoy our irrelevant and possibly silly (just kidding) musical analysis below.
It’s awfully telling that the Ozzfest 2003 lineup was filled with both nu-metal and metalcore bands. In actuality, the lineup signaled a major sea change in metal and hard rock. Most of the former bands splintered apart due to low album sales despite being signed to major labels, and if anything, the rush was on to sign bands like Shadows Fall and Chimaira that played that summer.
For Chimaira in particular, their sophomore album The Impossibility Of Reason was released at a near-perfect time in their career. Containing traces of the nu-metal influences that spurred their uneven (but still solid) debut album in 2001, The Impossibility Of Reason was a sophomore record that certainly didn’t slump. In fact, these riffs still have the ability to bludgeon you – and get stuck in your head with the occasional melody as well.
Video games are usually dismissed by the fans of popular entertainment as a childish and light-minded genre. Actually, the production budgets of high-profile video games can often reach those of successful movies – Rockstar Games’ successful “Grand Theft Auto V” was made on a budget of $265 million, while Activision’s “Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3” cost around $250 million to make – and they are the result of years of hard work, ranging from concept art to scoring. There are many video games that have amazing soundtracks (and there have been for years) that are heard by millions all over the world – but they hardly ever spare a thought for the people making them, and they usually don’t even make it in the harsh music industry of our time. So today, let’s take a look at some people who probably won’t ever hold successful concert tours but their music is heard by millions of gamers all over the world.