Alternative metal
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Alternative metal

Music genre
NameAlternative metal
Stylistic originsAlternative rock, heavy metal, grunge
Cultural originsMid � late 1980s, United States
Typical instrumentsVocals, guitar, bass, drums
Mainstream popularityUnderground in 1980s, moderate in early 1990s, mainstream in mid to late 1990s, moderate in 2000s, slowly rising in late 2000s
Subgenre listList of alternative metal genres
Other topicsArtists, Lollapalooza

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Alternative metal is a genre of heavy metal that gained popularity in the early 1990s. Most notably, alternative metal bands are characterized by heavy guitar riffs; typically, these riffs have a pronounced experimental edge, including unconventional lyrics, odd time signatures, more syncopation than typical metal, unusual technique, a resistance to conventional approaches to heavy music and an incorporation of a wide range of influences outside of the metal music scene.

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Heavy metal

Primary subgenresBlack metal * Death metal * Doom metal * Glam metal * Gothic metal * Groove metal * Post-metal * Power metal * Speed metal * Stoner metal * Thrash metal * Traditional heavy metal
Cross-genre terms within heavy metalAlternative metal * Avant-garde metal * Christian metal * Crust punk * Drone metal * Extreme metal * Folk metal * Funk metal * Grindcore * Industrial metal * Metalcore * Neo-classical metal * Nu metal * Progressive metal * Rap metal * Sludge metal * Symphonic metal * Viking metal
Notable scenesNew Wave of British Heavy Metal * Norwegian black metal * Swedish death metal * Bay Area thrash metal * Brazilian thrash metal * Teutonic thrash metal * Australian heavy metal * New Orleans heavy metal * New Wave of American Heavy Metal
CultureMetalheads * Fashion * Subgenres * Bands * Festivals * Umlaut * Headbanging * Sign of the horns

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