||Funk rock, heavy metal, alternative metal, punk funk, hardcore punk, thrash metal
||Mid-1980s, United States
||Bass, electric guitar, drums, keyboard, vocals, rapping
Funk metal (also known as thrash funk or funkcore) is a fusion genre of funk rock and heavy metal.
History and characteristics
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." Faith No More have been described as a funk metal band that dabbled in rap-metal. Rage Against the Machine's mix of funk and metal not only included rap, but also elements of punk rock. Primus, a band that crosses many genres, has been widely described as funk metal, though bandleader/bassist Les Claypool dislikes the categorization. Claypool has stated "We've been lumped in with the funk metal thing just about everywhere. I guess people just have to categorise you". Living Colour have been cited by Rolling Stone as "black-funk-metal pioneers."
Certain bands not from an alternative background, such as Bang Tango and Extreme, have also frequently incorporated funk into their musical style. Bands such as Primus and Mordred emerged from the thrash metal underground.
Notable funk metal artists
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