- Groove metal
Groove metal Stylistic origins Heavy metal, hard rock, hip hop, dance music, and death metal Typical instruments Electric guitar, drums, bass, vocals Other topics List of groove metal bands
Groove metal is a subgenre of heavy metal. It was often used to describe Pantera and Exhorder.
Characteristics and origins
Pantera's Cowboys from Hell album from 1990 was described as "groundbreaking" and "blueprint-defining" for the groove metal genre. Tommy Victor of Prong claims that the attitude of groove metal came from Bad Brains.
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." Other groove metal bands have incorporated thrash metal, hardcore punk, and industrial music. 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.
GroupsFor more details on this topic, see List of groove metal bands.
The style has been associated with bands such as Spiritual Beggars, Soulfly, Gojira, Throwdown, Trivium, Lamb Of God, Machine Head, and Byzantine.
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.
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