Groove metal

Groove metal
Groove metal
Stylistic origins Heavy metal, hard rock, hip hop, dance music,[1] and death metal[2]
Typical instruments Electric guitar, drums, bass, vocals
Other topics
List of groove metal bands

Groove metal is a subgenre of heavy metal.[1] It was often used to describe Pantera[3] and Exhorder.[4]


Characteristics and origins

Pantera's Cowboys from Hell album from 1990 was described as "groundbreaking" and "blueprint-defining" for the groove metal genre.[5] Tommy Victor of Prong claims that the attitude of groove metal came from Bad Brains.[6]

Geoffrey Himes of The Washington Post described the music in 1998, as a "marriage of hard rock with dance music and hip-hop"; and stated about groove metal: "This gives the loud, crunchy guitars a black-flavored dance pulse and gives the wailing vocals the punchy rhythms of rap and funk. The masters of this new sub-genre is Korn."[1] Other groove metal bands have incorporated thrash metal,[7] hardcore punk,[8] and industrial music.[9] Ian Christe credits Sepultura's Chaos A.D. and Pantera for creating the death metal-derived music of groove metal and influencing later groups in the genre during the 1990s.[2]


The style has been associated with bands such as Spiritual Beggars,[10] Soulfly,[11] Gojira,[12][13] Throwdown,[14] Trivium,[14] Lamb Of God,[13] Machine Head,[15] and Byzantine.[16]

To the contrary some bands have gone to some length to avoid being labelled as a groove metal band. Veteran thrash metal band Annihilator left Roadrunner Records in 1993 specifically to avoid being caught up in the groove-metal trend being promoted by the label. Subsequently, the Canadian band have not played in North America ever since their departure from the label.[17]


  1. ^ a b c Himes, Geoffrey. "Korn: Heavy On the Hip-Hop". The Washington Post. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Christe (2003), pg. 264, "As close to death metal as any other gold-selling record before it, Chaos A.D. stripped down Sepultura's sound into a coarse metallic loop. The CD sold half a million copies, and alongside Pantera the band forged a streetwise, death-derived groove metal that inspired an upcoming generation of mavens in the 1990s."
  3. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "((( Pantera > Biography )))". Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  4. ^ Simmonds, Jeremy (2008). The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns, and Ham Sandwiches. Chicago Review Press. p. 535. ISBN 9781556527548. 
  5. ^ Eduardo Rivadavia. "Projects in the Jungle review". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  6. ^ Ramirez, Carlos. "Rediscovered Steel - Prong's 'Beg to Differ' - Noisecreep". Noisecreep. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Jaffer, Dave. " - Music - Spin - Vigilance - Threat Signal". Hour. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "Mastodon, Against Me! Stop, Smell Roses". Spin. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  9. ^ Wedge, Dave. "POWERMAN 5000 -". Boston Herald. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  10. ^ Thom Jurek. "Mantra III review". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  11. ^ Eduardo Rivadavia. "Conquer review". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  12. ^ Eduardo Rivadavia. "Gojira > Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  13. ^ a b Phil Freeman. "Terror Incognita review". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  14. ^ a b Phil Freeman. "Deathless' review". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  15. ^ Eduardo Rivadavia. "Face Down biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  16. ^ Cosmo Lee. "Oblivion Beckons review". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  17. ^ Sciarretto, Ami. "Annihilator Haven't Played North America Since 1993". Noisecreep. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 


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