Funk metal

Funk metal (also known as thrash funk[3]) is a subgenre of funk rock and alternative metal that melds funk and heavy metal.

History and characteristics

Funk metal band Faith No More.
Les Claypool, a member of the funk metal band Primus, has said "We've been lumped in with the funk metal thing just about everywhere."

According to AllMusic, funk metal "takes the loud guitars and riffs of heavy metal and melds them to the popping bass lines and syncopated rhythms of funk".[4] AllMusic has claimed that "funk metal evolved in the mid-'80s when alternative bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fishbone began playing the hybrid with a stronger funk underpinning than metal."[4] Faith No More have been described as a funk metal band that dabbled in rap-metal.[5] Rage Against the Machine's mix of funk and metal not only included rap, but also elements of punk rock.[6] Primus, a band that crosses many genres, has been widely described as funk metal, though bandleader/bassist Les Claypool dislikes the categorization.[7][8][9][10][2][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19] Claypool has stated "We've been lumped in with the funk metal thing just about everywhere. I guess people just have to categorise you".[20] Living Colour have been cited by Rolling Stone as "black funk metal pioneers."[21] Rolling Stone also referred to the R.E.M. song Finest Worksong as funk metal in 1987.[22] Certain bands not from an alternative background, such as Bang Tango and Extreme, have also frequently incorporated funk into their musical style.[23][24] Bands such as Primus and Mordred emerged from the thrash metal underground.[2]


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  7. Gore, Joe (August 1991). New Rage: The Funky from Guitar Player. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  8. Mitchell, Paula Ann (June 2, 2013). "Mountain Jam Music Festival kicks off Thursday". The Daily Freeman. Retrieved 2015-08-17.
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  10. "If You Won't Play the Album, They'll Sing It, From the Top". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-04-11.
  11. Crocker, Chris (1993). Metallica: The Frayed Ends of Metal. Macmillan. p. 51. ISBN 9780312086350.
  12. Swenson, John (1999). The Rolling Stone Jazz & Blues Album Guide. Random House. p. 337. ISBN 9780679768739.
  13. Wolf, Mike (November 1999). "Primus: Antipop". CMJ New Music Monthly (75): 57. ISSN 1074-6978.
  14. Gehr, Richard (July 1995). "Primus: Tales from the Punchbowl". Spin. 11 (4): 72. ISSN 0886-3032. Primus, unlikely gold-selling white trash purveyor of bad-ass pinballing funk-metal...
  15. Amador, Valery (September 9, 2010). "Les Claypool Becomes A Professor At Bootsy Collins' Funk University". Bass Musician. Primus' breakthrough 1991 album Sailing The Seas Of Cheese was for many their introduction to 'funk-metal', a genre Claypool has become synonymous with thanks to his frenetic, virtuosic combination of strumming, tapping and slapping, a style which and has spawned legions of imitators.
  16. Terlino, Craig (June 24, 2013). "Sailing The Seas Of Cheese Revisited: Les Claypool Of Primus Interviewed". The Quietus. ...Primus proved part of that crossover between funk and metal, continuously and carefully reinventing it, bringing it into the 90s and far beyond.
  17. Hart, Josh (June 6, 2011). "Primus Set To Release New Album, 'Green Naugahyde,' This September". Guitar World.
  18. Weingarten, Mark (December 4, 1999). "Primus Mixes Metal With a Bit of Satire". Los Angeles Times.
  19. Kilby, Dylan (November 3, 2014). "Album Reviews: Primus – Primus & The Chocolate Factory and the Fungi Ensemble". Music OMH.
  20. Potter, Valerie (July 1991). "Primus: Nice and Cheesy". Hot Metal. 29.
  21. Fricke, David (November 13, 2003). Living Colour: Collideoscope : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 12, 2009. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  22. David Fricke (22 October 1987). "R.E.M. Document Album Review". Rolling Stone.
  23. Prato, Greg. Bango Tango > Overview . Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  24. Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Extreme > Biography . Retrieved February 3, 2012.


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