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|The Grunge Spectrum: Punk to Metal|
Grunge is typically a fusion between punk and metal with a little rpsychedelia thrown in at some rrrrpoints. But not all grunge bands are a perfect mix between the two. The lower the number ron rrrthis list, the more rpunk the band is, the higher, the more metal the band is. Lesser rknown rrrrgrunge bands will be left out.
Although the lead singer of this band coined the term, making Green River the first
grunge band in existence, they're really just punk music. If they were the standard
for grunge, 11-14 on this list couldn't even be considered close to the genre.
|2||Babes in Toyland|
For this band, punk is their first genre, grunge is like a secondary genre. You'd have
to be looking for metal to even find a trace in here.
Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
Basically the opposite of Soundgarden, Mudhoney has strong punk leanings, but will
on rare occasion break out a bit of the metal sound.
Smell the Magic
Described by many as just a punk band. These girls slowly drifted from punk to
metal a little more on each album. Though even their last album still slightly leans
The most punkish of the big 4, Nirvana will at certain points completely abandon any
metal influences, though very soon, the metal influence always shows itself.
Pretty on the Inside
Gritty, rather punkish, a sprinkle of metal: Hole does a good job of being a good mix,
but surely more for punk fans.
I may not like them, but I will admit that Pearl Jam is probably a perfect fusion
between punk and metal, maybe this is why they're so praised.
This band is much closer to the psychedelia side of grunge and bares little
resemblance to either punk or metal. This I guess its a little more metal than punk,
|9||Temple of the Dog|
Temple of the Dog
This supergroup (as well as Mad Season) is similar to two bands, Pearl Jam and
Soundgarden (Alice in Chains for Mad Season), and because both bands land on each
side of the spectrum, this gets placed somewhere near the middle.
|10||Mother Love Bone|
A common second genre title for them is "glam punk." Despite this, their metal like
riffs and weird slant towards glam metal makes this grunge band more towards the
mid-bottom of the spectrum.
|11||Stone Temple Pilots|
While, this band almost comes off as alternative rock, if they show any grunge
attributes, it's on the metal side. Especially on their first album.
|12||Alice in Chains|
Much like Soundgarden, Alice in Chains displays a much higher metal leaning, and
although punk music is nearly non-existant in their music. Their high level of
"alternative rock" songs make the band a tiny bit less metal. Alternative rock is
awesome though, so its to no fault.
Basically the opposite of Mudhoney, Soundgarden has strong heavy metal leanings,
they will on rare occasion break out a bit of the punk sound, though its more seen on
their earlier releases.
These guys are so pure metal that the only reason they're even considered grunge is
because they're on the Deep Six album. Melvins and Green River being in the same
sub-genre is almost ludicrous.
|Where would any grunge bands missing be placed on this spectrum? GO!|
|Melvins FTW, also U-Men is on the all-the-way punk side of the spectrum|
|Pumpkins and the Sabbath influence.|
|@zakalwe: As a huge Pumpkins fan, I fail to see how they're grunge... |
|Soft verse + loud chorus + teen angst + flea market clothing = grunge dude. Like it or lump it they were the credentials. Back in the day a one man band blowing into a kazoo would have been "grunge" if he originated from Seattle.|
|Ever heard Black Flag's My War? It really influenced a lot of the grunge bands. It's also one of my favorites. Good list by the way. Never really checked out Mudhoney, need to check them out.|
|''Pearl Jam is probably a perfect fusion between punk and metal''|
lol, where exactly do you hear metal influences in PJ's music? Cause obviously i must be missing something..
|@Rsetness9: Yes, I know Tad is a grunge band, but where on the spectrum would they belong?|
@Slagun: The guitar work and drums resemble heavy metal (as in 70s heavy metal) specifically on more than half of their songs.
|Interesting list as usual. I do have to agree with slag though, Pearl Jam is a rock band, pure and simple.|
|Daylight or die|
|daylight is boring|
|So I gave Daylight a sample, by listening to 2 of their songs and... |
daylight is boring  and trying way too hard to sound like grunge.
|listen to the riff on Hate to Feel again and tell me how m/ that is|
|this list rocks, great work mate|
|I luv me some Melvins. |
|Sweet list idea! I definitely dig the more metal grunge bands, but I've yet to give Melvins a good listen. Pearl Jam definitely has metal leanings. Ever heard "Go?" Pearl Jam says they were heavily influenced by King's X too.|
|i woudln't call grunge a combination of punk and metal but there is some cool stuff on this list needs TAD hard |
|i have never heard anyone to call melvins grunge|
|Tad is far and away on the metal side, no question. Cool list Ars.|
|Sick list, where's Neil Young & Crazy Horse?|
|Also, Melvins are hardly "pure metal" they were heavily influenced by punk.|
They did 2 albums with Hello Biafra for chrissakes!
|@InbredJed: Neil Young is just an influence, not actually grunge. |
|Growing up in the heyday everyone spoke about Neil Young as the godfather of grunge.|
I thought he was an old rambling, shambling sack of shite.
He's one of me faves now.
|"I thought he was an old rambling, shambling sack of shite."|
ahahahaha, he is! But he still rules!
|I thought the Melvins were grunge|
|Well, gonna listen to one of their albums to figure out|
|Btw, I really don't consider PJ to be punkish at all.
Nirvana def had a lot of punk in 'em, but I think PJ
mostly owes its sound to bands like Cream, The Doors
and maybe Jefferson Airplane (which is a stretch
because I prob haven't jammed them). The Who was
another big influence on them.|
|Bullhead is very un-grungey|
|"because I prob haven't jammed them"|
This seems a bit of a weird sentence danny like HAVE YOU JAMMED THEM OR HAVEN'T YOU
|Bullhead is a sludgefest more than anything else imo.|
|Boris is very sludgey|
|@Rowan: I'll go with no, since I haven't heard any album, don't know any song by them, and wouldn't recognize one if I heard it.|