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|Stylistic origins||Alternative rock|
|Cultural origins||Mid–late 1980s, United States|
|Typical instruments||Electric guitar - Bass - Drums - Keyboards|
|Derivative forms||Groove metal - Grunge|
|Artists - Lollapalooza - Progressive music|
Characteristics of alternative metal music are heavy guitar riffs, syncopation, uncommon time signatures, and unusual techniques. Alternative metal is like regular heavy music, but it can be more experimental. This is what makes it "alternative".