- Torfinn Sirnes
New song, "The Evergrowing Tree (Part II)", is out
In the wake of the grunge movement in the early 90's many other subgenres emerged that were different sounding than the established metal of the time. Part II of "The Evergrowing Tree" pays tribute to different types of alternative metal.
The seventh song of our 2020 metal history project, "The Evergrowing Tree", is divided into three parts focusing on different branches of the heavy metal tree of the 90's. Part I celebrates progressive metal while Part II pays tribute to alternative metal.
Since alternative metal is an umbrella term for various subgrenres it is difficult to charachterize but it generally references different subgenres that somehow mix alternative rock with heavy metal. Some common traits are downtuned guitars, mid-paced tempos and raw but still accessible vocals.
Grunge was the most prominent of the alternative genres but bands like Pantera, Rage Against The Machine, Kyuss, Ministry, Entombed, Eyehategod, Crowbar and Earth were important in creating new and exciting subgenres like groove metal, rap metal, stoner metal, industrial metal, death 'n' roll, sludge metal and drone metal, respectively. Most of these subgenres emerged in the first half of the 90's and they can all fall under the alternative metal umbrella.
The alternative wave also made an impact to the world of progressive metal as Tool made their own distinct atmospheric and challenging kind of progressive music.
We are very proud to present our "Alternative Alternatives" in the "The Evergrowing Tree" (Part II)":