Many say grunge killed traditional metal, which I guess is also debatable.
But back to the internet and its impact on nu metal… during the back half of the 90’s, most of us in the US still took our music cues from the radio and even MTV, through which we were spoon-fed a steady diet of Korn, Limp Bizkit and Coal Chamber. And truthfully I liked some of it at the time, if only because it was the closest thing to metal I’d heard on the radio since the 80’s.
But once internet access started to become more accessible, and widely used, a whole new world opened up. Suddenly, I found that real metal was, in fact, still very much alive and well in Europe, Asia and even South America. For me, a cradle to the grave metalhead, it was like a lifetime’s worth of Christmas mornings all rolled into one discovery. Not only was real metal still very much current and relevant outside the US, but I’d also found ~20 years of back catalog for European metal bands I’d never even heard of… Kreator, Sodom, just to name a couple.
And just as suddenly, nu metal bands like Sevendust, Fear Factory and practically every other dog shit outfit to ever grace the Ozzfest second stage might as well have fallen off the planet. It was glorious.
So, did the internet kill nu metal? For my money, it sure had a significant impact on the dispatching of some of the worst US “metal” bands. What say y’all??