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Metal 101- The Nu-Metal kid by LusoSkav Metal 101- The Nu-Metal kid by LusoSkav
I was very much like this once.


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After a few years as a metalhead, and many, many metal shows attended, i couldn't help but to notice the diferent archetypes and demographics in the metalhead culture that i kept coming across.
And since i never saw any kind of descriptive charts that accurately portrayed the metal subculture i so dearly know and love, i decided to do it myself!

So, based on people that i know, people that i merely saw, often or not that often, and on blunt personal experience, i began thinking up of a few, and will sure remember a few more as i go along.

Also remember this is not meant to offend. It's all harmless satire, more often than not

So yes. Hope you enjoy Luso's Handy Guide to Metalheads
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HAZE-054 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member
I love nu metal but most of these stereotypes don't nessisarily apply to me.
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Sveg17 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Oh oh youthfulness~
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SahtiWaari Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The first time I saw the guys from Mudvayne I thought it was some kind of joke...
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StitchFanPL Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
The funny thing about me is that the only nu metal band which I still listen to is Slipknot. You know, I love this band the most of the rest bands I listen to. I'm their fan for 3 years. I usually listen to thrash, death, heavy, folk metal bands. I don't like nu metal anymore, but Slipknot is exception. Slipknot is unique for me. 
But people who says Joey is the best drummer or Slipknot is the heaviest, are really ridiculous for me. It doesn't matter if band is the heaviest, the most important is that you like the band.
Funny is that I've never listen to Static-X and Mudvayne.
About my clothes.
I've never liked baggy clothes.
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RockyUndertaker Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
That kid was kind of like me when I was in high school in 2006-2010. My favorite bands in the nu metal category are Slipknot, Korn, and Linkin Park. \m/
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elfmoon3 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Rude
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scifykid Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
I listen mostly to Groove and Nü Metal or combinations of them, like baggy clothes, and consider myself pretty much a Nü Metal Head..... I´m tired of arguing with more classic metalheads abuot styles, heaviness or whatever bullshit people came out with.... I guess, everyone has the right to listen to whatyever style or band they like.... It´s fully enough with shitty "music" around to be arguing between metalheads......
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RabidLynx Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was me about a year ago...
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SlingShot505 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I like nu metal alot, and dress in baggy clothes (excluding tripp pants, not incredibly baggy). KoRn and Disturbed are the best, whereas Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit suck. Honestly I hate all these metal purists that aren't open to new ideas when it comes to metal as a genre. KoRn created it, Disturbed got the right idea of what nu metal truly is, and then of course a few poser bands come in and almost ruin the genre. But back on the art itself, nice job. I seriously mean that. :)
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SlingShot505 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Also I hope I'm not coming off as offended or offensive.
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JimmyLethal Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Never really was this kid, but I've got the baggy clothes thing going on (though they're mostly throwback sports jerseys, but I kinda mix metal with punk, hip-hop, new wave, ska - basically, I don't judge music by popularity, but quality). As for nu-metal itself, Nonpoint is a very good band in the genre that really never get that much attention.
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Karret Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
I was sort of like this. I loved [and still love, but can't afford] Tripps and went WAY overboard with necklaces and bracelets. However, I don't remember if I ever thought Korn, Disturbed, Slipknot, etc were metal; I can't recall ever thinking that about them. I remember way way back in the day, before I had gotten into them, I heard a little bit of CoF [I remember theee album with Of Dark Blood and Fucking on it, also found that song title lulzy] thanks to my sis and thought that shit was too much for me/I'd never be that 'hardcore' lool. xDa  But yeah, I was definitely in the mallgoth/numetaller crowd in jr high and high school XDa Had a friend who burned me a CD with a bunch of good stuff on it which was my gateway into indisputable metal. xDa
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LithiumFire Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
Oh man, all these stereotypes are killing me xD nice humor you got there. Can you do me a favor? Im quite missing a Grindcore guy. You can describe the grind guy very good via prejustices like "everything else slower than Napalm Death is Doom Metal" or something like that :)
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LowBrassDude Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
I still listen to a ton of Nu-Metal, but I was never this dorky. Then again I also was in marching band.
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Bhalur Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Love this!
I was so this kid... still am in ways.
Bless the KoЯn.
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NinjaRed400 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
I think the only Nu-Metal bands I enjoy are Korn and Linkin Park, and even then, I've lost much interest in either band's latest works (Korn did that thing with Skrillex and Linkin Park sounds lamer than ever). Slipknot is ok, but they can't compare to Exodus, Slayer, Testament, and Metal Church.
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gexisunderrated Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
I agree with some of the stereotypes, but uh whatever.

I still really like quite a selection of Nu Metal.

I do agree that a large percentage of them never listen to anything more, similar to "mainstream Metal" fans.
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gothica29 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I totally have those pants ^_^
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GreenHillChaos Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I notice most people see Nu Metal as the stepping stone to "true" Metal music. I actually started with Metalcore and Thrash Metal and then 4 years into it, then discovered Nu Metal with Korn. Also even though a large portion of Nu Metal doesn't sound like Metal (i.e. Deftones, Linkin Park, etc, etc.) I do think there is some Nu Metal that is just as Metal as anything else. Like to me, Korn, some Slipknot, some Disturbed, and a couple other bands are Metal. But just my opinion.
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Harlock-le-Fleau Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Strangely, I exactly look-like this picture (except T-Shirt)...
But I listen anything except Nu-Metal (and I never listened to it) XD
And I'm not going to stop liking Metal :-p
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Kanrio2 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm a fan of a band that makes nu metal music. However, I don't look, dress, or act like this. I guess I don't count as a metalhead then? :P rvmp 
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LusoSkav Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student General Artist
in all fairness, being a fan of "a" numetal band, of all things, isn't nearly enough to qualify anyone as a metalhead
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ichigo6798 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Wait, I just realized something. Static-X is Industrial Metal, aren't they?
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LusoSkav Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Student General Artist
i haven't followed them in a long time, but at least back then they were bonafied nu-metal. perhaps very slightly industrial-influenced, but nu-metal nonetheless
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ichigo6798 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
I have and they are Industrial Metal now.
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LusoSkav Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student General Artist
well then!
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ichigo6798 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Well actually, the band broke up and Wayne Static has gone solo,but yeah they started to drop the Nu-Metal elements more and more as each album released.
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LusoSkav Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student General Artist
but if he went solo it's not really static x now anymore is it
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ichigo6798 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
I meant before Wayne Static went solo, they were Industrial Metal.
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LordKorpsepaint138 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've known a few of these kids lol.
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Xpert520 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
How about a Metalcore/Scene kid? I'd love to see the result.
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LusoSkav Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student General Artist
i considered it, but i'm not sure if they are far too removed from metal per se to actually be worth doing...i've done the deathcore kid though!
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lookaginger Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Crap I thought I deleted the first one, sorry.
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LusoSkav Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student General Artist
dont worry about it :beer:
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lookaginger Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
If you are beginning to depict the younger generation of metalheads there is one I think you should do, the closet metal girl. normally an antisocial or shy girl that has an extremely select group of friends. They don't look like they would like anything too heavy but when you hear their tastes it can make your jaw drop.

once in high school i was hanging outt with a diverse group of young metalheads and one of the nu-metal kids was blasting disturbed on his phone. The closet metal girl got fed up with it and asked him to stop, he said he would if she could provide us with heavier stuff. We were then subject to cannibal corpse, testament, 3 inches of blood, cradle of filth, soilwork, and other bands that no one would have suspected she would listen too. It wouldn't have been surprising if she hadn'tve looked like the heaviest thing she knew would be lamb of god. Afterwards she gave us a shy smile and devil horns and walked off leaving us wide eyed.

or dont, whatever man. Btw. Love the art youve done so far. Its hilarious and pretty accurate.
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LusoSkav Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student General Artist
I'll definitely consider that, and thanks a bunch! :)
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lookaginger Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
all of these are hilariously accurate. but if you are starting to depict the younger generation of metalheads there is one that shouldnt be forgotten. the closet metaller. usually an antisocial teen girl that seems to just be on the edge of getting into the genre but when you are around he/her they are into heavy enough stuff to make your jaw drop.

i say this because i know a few. and a few nu-metal kids.(i had just phased out of nu-metal and was going on to bigger and heavier things) the nu-metal kid was blashing disturbed on his portable speakers and bragging on how hardcore it was. she got sick of hearing the same songs again and again. he asked her if she had anything harder. everyone was then subject to a mantage of cannibal corpse, cradle of filth, otep, satyricon, and theatre of tragedy. it wouldnt have been that surprising if she didnt look like the heaviest thing she would listen too would be lamb of god

we all just sat there, wide eyed at it. she just gave us a shy little devil horns and a small smile.

also, lovely work with all this.
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Barkly12 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
dissonanceflavor.net <= check this nu-metal website
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Barkly12 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
[link] check this nu-metal website
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Barkly12 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
[link] check this nu-metal website
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LusoSkav Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student General Artist
nah thanks i'm good
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:iconthe-shm-loves-asimov:
You should do a metalcore kid, and a Linkin Park kid.
For the Linkin Park kid, remember to include "Evanescence, Three Days Grace, and Skillet" as well as "Spends most of his wasted youth using the above bands to make anime music videos." I've seen a few of these guys... But I can assure you, just look up any AMV and if the artist are any of the above four mentioned, you're probably dealing with a Linkin Park kid.
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Wenttoschoolandiwasv Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Lol, I think about a quarter of my friends back in high school could qualify as "Linkin Park kids". The phrase my friend Alexis used was "soft metal", though. I used to make fun of them for it, but I've gotten a lot more tolerant in the last few years. 
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Wenttoschoolandiwasv Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I dunno if I'd call these guys nearly extinct. I graduated high school two years ago, and I can remember how there seemed to be at least couple of them in each class. And it wasn't a big high school.

It's funny. Nu Metal tends to be kind of a beginning stepping stone for a lot of people, but I didn't start listening to it until about five years of being a metalhead. It took a while for me to appreciate it.
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ESPDealer Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
lol this is fucking great, this was me in high school (for the most part) lol
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LusoSkav Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Student General Artist
welcome to the club ;)
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Xynthiah Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Wow...really identified with this.
Was just like this when first hearing Korn & Limp Bizkit in '98 all the way to '07 when i ran out of nu-metal/industrial bands to listen to. Then moved on to metalcore, then thrash metal, then deathcore, later had a fixation with Strapping Young Lad, and finally extreme Death/Grind. (Learned to apreciate other genres like breakcore & 90's gangsta rap along the way.)

Still occasionally listen to nu-metal every now & then. Not a big fan of Korn's new style but definitely love that LB stuck to it's roots.
Fuck Linkin Park, the worst thing you can do is milk a fanbase dry then deny and insult the sub-genre that made you big.

Alongside Ministry, I really did and still do consider Static-X as industrial. They had nu-metal influences but I'll be damned if they didn't kick ass.
Sadly Tera Wray happened and the band went to shit.

Good job on this...I still have and wear those baggy pants by the way (never did enjoy skinny jeans), my friends always joke that 2002 era Avril Lavigne called & wants her shit back.
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GWAR7280 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
As far as me goes it's cool if you like nu metal personally I think it sucks. But really as long as youre not a douche you'll be fine.
Also don't openly admit that you're into nu metal around other metalheads. You'll be pretty much guaranteed one of three things
1.You'll be laughed at
2.you'll start a fight but that usually only happens if you go out of your way to start one
3. You'll get thrown into the mosh pit (concerts only)
my brother learned that from experience
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shadowed-vengeance Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
I laughed so hard when i seen this...ehhh in some ways it's me :XD:
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suzy-is-cool-32 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
that is me as well. I'm both Power Metal and Nu-metal. I'm not ashamed.
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