|Stylistic oreegins||Alternative rock, hivy metal|
|Cultural oreegins||Mid–late 1980s, Unitit States|
|Typical instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass, drums|
|Mainstream popularity||Underground in 1980s,
moderate in early 1990s,
mainstream in mid tae late 1990s,
moderate in 2000s,
slowly risin in late 2000s,
revival in early 2010s
|Derivative forms||Nu metal - Funk metal - Grunge|
Alternative metal is a genre o alternative rock an hivy metal that gained popularity in the early 1990s. Maist notably, alternative metal baunds are characterized bi hivy guitar riffs an experimental approaches tae hivy muisic.
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Initially alternative metal appealed mainly tae alternative rock fans syne virtually aw 80s alt-metal baunds haed their ruits in the American rock unnergrund scene. Alt-metal baunds commonly emergit frae hardcore punk (Corrosion of Conformity), post-hardcore/noise rock (Helmet, The Jesus Lizard), grunge (Alice in Chains, Soundgarden), or industrial (Ministry, Nine Inch Nails).
These bands niver formit a destinct muivement or scene; rather they wur bund bi their incorporation o traditional metal influences an openness tae experimentin wi the form. Baunds like Faith No More an Living Colour injectit funk an hip hop intae their brand o alternative metal.
As the 90s progressed, alternative metal's soond became mair staundartized as newer baunds drew inspiration for the same collective set o influences that includit Faith No More, Rage Against the Machine, Korn, Deftones, Nine Inch Nails an Helmet. The aggressive riffs o Korn, the acoustic ballads o Staind an the rap rock o Limp Bizkit creatit the sonic template for a new muivement which became kent as nu metal.
See an aw 
- Christe, Ian (2003). Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-380-81127-8.
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