Nu metal bands have drawn elements and influences from a variety of musical styles, including multiple genres of heavy metal. Nu metal rarely features guitar solos or other displays of technical competence; the genre is heavily syncopated and based on guitar riffs. Many nu metal guitarists use seven-string guitars that are down-tuned to play a heavier sound. DJs are occasionally featured in nu metal to provide instrumentation such as sampling , turntable scratching and electronic backgrounds. Vocal styles in nu metal include singing , rapping , screaming and growling. Nu metal is one of the key genres of the new wave of American heavy metal.
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At its most extreme, heavy music starts to resemble "Tubular Bells" with more growling about death. Not that that's a bad thing. Usually when people think of extreme metal, they expect that metal to be If you have a band named "Autopsy" performing a song called " Destined to Fester ," you imagine that it'll sound like corpses being torn to shreds by shambling, gargling sludge. If you have a band that calls itself " Deicide " performing "Once Upon the Cross," you figure it'll sound like demons disemboweling the crucified at percussive thrash tempos. And in those cases, you'd be more or less right—Autopsy and Deicide are both ear-splittingly fiendish bands. But extreme metal has evolved a lot since '80s death, and no band makes that point with the mystic ponderousness of Om. Formed from the ashes of the legendarily slow, stoned Sleep, Om has made a series of critically acclaimed especially for metal albums exploring the spiritual links between doom metal and vaguely Eastern spirituality. On their new album, Advaitic Songs , they drift even further, and perhaps irrevocably, into that unfocused haze. The first song, "Addis," is all female chanting, tabla, and strings.
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