Post-grunge (English Post-grunge) is an alternative music style that has emerged from grunge and has become quite widespread on the big stage after 1994. Its principal difference from grunge is a softer sound, previously calculated for convenient broadcasting. Many post-grunge groups often change the direction of music from grunge to pop-rock, pop-punk or alternative metal.
The first post-grunge album is Throwing Copper Americans Live. Soon after, more popular bands presented their work in this style - Collective Soul, Stone Temple Pilots and Candlebox.
In addition to the actual origin of the style with the release of the debut albums of the first post-grunge groups, there is a conditional date for the transition from grunge to post-grunge; this is the death of the leader of the Nirvana group, Kurt Cobain, in April 1994. After this event, the mass popularity of post-grunge began to increase with the advent of groups such as Papa Roach, Smile Empty Soul, Godsmack, Foo Fighters, Seether, Shinedown, Creed, Staind, Skillet, Nickelback, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless and the active rotation of some groups on American music television and radio broadcasts.
The first is the most common soft-sounding music, similar to alternative rock and sometimes hard rock. The most prominent representatives are Three Days Grace, Foo Fighters, Audioslave, Daughtry, Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman, Live, Chevelle, 3 Doors Down, Smile Empty Soul, 12 Stones, Puddle of Mudd, Finger Eleven.
The second type is the so-called “heavy post-grunge” or “grunge core”, which is often ranked as nu-metal. This type of music is characterized by a combination of heavy music with depressive lyrics and, as a rule, harder vocals. Such music is not very common in the music industry, but it is no less popular than regular post-grunge. And although such groups have calm songs, the overwhelming majority is precisely “heavy post-grunge”. The most prominent representatives: Godsmack, Saliva, SOiL, Cold, Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, Seether, Creed, Alter Bridge, Staind, Crossfade, Drowning Pool (later).
the youngest third wave went even further towards alt-rock and acquired some of its features, such as faster playing speed, higher vocals and guitar tuning (in classical post-grunge guitars were lowered quite low). Two guitars are also often used for a richer sound. The style has been actively developing since 2003-2004. Objectively, the third wave is a mixture of classic post-grunge and modern-alt-rock. Representatives: 30 Seconds to Mars, Skillet, Papa Roach.