Home Rock Music ASKING ALEXANDRIA’s BEN BRUCE: Nu Metallic Was ‘One Of The Greatest Eras Of Metallic Ever’

ASKING ALEXANDRIA’s BEN BRUCE: Nu Metallic Was ‘One Of The Greatest Eras Of Metallic Ever’

ASKING ALEXANDRIA’s BEN BRUCE: Nu Metallic Was ‘One Of The Greatest Eras Of Metallic Ever’


In a latest interview with SiriusXM Octane host Jesea Lee, ASKING ALEXANDRIA guitarist Ben Bruce spoke in regards to the so-called “nu-metal” style which swept the airwaves and peaked for a quick interval within the late nineties and early noughties. He mentioned (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Folks say now, ‘Oh, what a horrible period.’ I believe it was among the finest eras of steel ever as a result of it was so large, however it additionally birthed… That was the cool factor about nu steel. In case you hearken to, like, ’80s steel bands, lots of them sound very related. However they spawned, the ’80s spawned some unbelievable bands. Similar with the ’60s — identical with each era and period of music. And nu steel was so various. I really feel like if you say nu steel, an automated sound goes into your head. However the actuality is you’ve got acquired SLIPKNOT on one finish of that spectrum, LINKIN PARK on the opposite finish of the spectrum you’ve got acquired EVANESCENCE someplace within the center, you’ve got acquired SYSTEM OF A DOWN, you’ve got acquired KORN, you’ve got acquired all these nice bands that got here from nu steel, and so they all sound so completely different; they’re so distinctive. SLIPKNOTis a nu steel band — they’re — however they don’t sound something like LINKIN PARK, and LINKIN PARK don’t sound something like SYSTEM OF A DOWN. So I simply suppose it is such an excellent period. I nonetheless hearken to it.”

Ben continued: “If I am gonna placed on a steel album, likelihood is — eight, 9 occasions out of 10 — it is gonna be a nu steel document from that period. Most likely ‘Toxicity’ or one thing or ‘Iowa’, however it’s gonna be from that period. And I nonetheless love listening to METALLICA and every kind of different steel bands too, however nu steel — I do not know — holds a particular place in my coronary heart. Possibly it is my age.”

Alongside the way in which, a number of bands related to nu steel, together with KORN, DEFTONES and SLIPKNOT, took a considerably defensive stance towards being labeled as such. Even these much less apologetic nu steel teams finally modified their sound, successfully disowning the style that they helped pioneer.

ASKING ALEXANDRIA will launch its eighth full-length studio album, “The place Do We Go From Right here?”, this fall by way of Higher Noise Music. The LP’s debut monitor, “Darkish Void”, was launched in Might and noticed the band return to their metalcore beginnings has already amassed 5 million streams and a million video views up to now. Final month, ASKING ALEXANDRIA shared the album’s first official radio single “Psycho” together with the monitor “Unhealthy Blood” throughout digital platforms.

Final month, ASKING ALEXANDRIA introduced a co-headlining tour with THE HU, the acclaimed Mongolian rock sensation and Higher Noise Music labelmates. The “Psycho Thunder” tour will kick off this fall and likewise contains BAD WOLVES and opening act ZERO 9:36. ASKING ALEXANDRIA will make three pageant appearances in July — Rock Fest (Wisconsin),Inkcarceration Competition (Ohio) and Louder Than Life (Kentucky) — earlier than the co-headlining tour commences August 30 in San Antonio, Texas. All through the trek, which ends October 8 in Los Angeles, ASKING ALEXANDRIA will seem on extra pageant dates, together with Rocklahoma (Oklahoma),Blue Ridge Rock Competition (Vrignia) and Louder Than Life (Kentucky).

Having joined Higher Noise Music in 2021 with the discharge of their critically acclaimed album “See What’s On The Inside”, ASKING ALEXANDRIA subsequently achieved their first-ever No. 1 Energetic Rock radio single “Alone Once more” and a follow-up Prime 10 single with “By no means Gonna Be taught” (No. 6) in 2022 from their EP of the identical title. The band has garnered over 1.4 billion mixed streams up to now throughout all platforms together with over 3.1 million month-to-month Spotify listeners. Their music movies have acquired over 700 million views.



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