Often classed as a hard rock band, British rockers A also
have a heavy side. Because to my ears, their explosive 2002 single ‘Nothing’
touches on nu-metal in a variety of ways.
The main riff here is straight out of the nu-metal rulebook
with its distorted tone and sheer volume. There’s also some neat electronic
flourishes, angst-ridden lyrics, and a booming bass sound – all common traits found
within the nu-metal sound template. Radio 1 DJ, heavy metal enthusiast, and
all-round awesome dude Daniel P. Carter delivers the killer main riff on ‘Nothing,’
so that could explain the song’s heavier tendencies.
It’s easy to see why this track hit the number 9 spot on the
Official UK Singles Chart, but to nu-metal fans, the name A might not ring a
bell. Well no longer – ‘Nothing’ is a stonking nu-metal anthem that
unfortunately tends to get overlooked.
Music Journalism graduate and freelance writer from Northern Ireland, who enjoys scouring the music archives for the best sounds from the past and present. Writer for the awesome publications WhatCulture, Metal Injection, Scribol, The Gamer, and Prefix.