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Funk metal

Funk metal (also known as thrash funk[3] or funkcore) is a fusion genre of funk rock and heavy metal.


  • History and characteristics 1
  • Notable funk metal artists 2
  • Notes 3
  • References 4

History and characteristics


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]

Les Claypool, frontman of the funk metal band Primus.

Certain bands not from an alternative background, such as Bang Tango and Extreme, have also frequently incorporated funk into their musical style.[22][23] Bands such as Primus and Mordred emerged from the thrash metal underground.[2]

Notable funk metal artists


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  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. 
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  22. ^ a b Prato, Greg. Bango Tango > Overview . Retrieved February 3, 2012.
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