Groove Metal

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Sometimes known as "Post-Thrash", "Neo-Thrash", "Power Groove" and ""Groove".

It is a subgenre of Heavy Metal, and had been used to describe bands like Pantera, Pissing Razors, Black Label Society,‎and Exhorder.

At its core, Groove Metal takes the intensity and sonic qualities of Thrash Metal and plays it at a mid-tempo, with most bands making only occasional forays into fast tempo.

Origins

Pantera's Cowboys from Hell album from 1990 was described as "groundbreaking" and "blueprint-defining" for the Groove Metal genre. Ian Christe credits Sepultura's Chaos A.D. and Pantera for creating the Death Metal–derived music of Groove Metal influencing later groups in the genre during the 1990s. Exhorder's debut Slaughter in the Vatican is also considered one of the first Groove Metal albums, having been released in 1990, the same year as Pantera's Cowboys from Hell.

Groove Metal bands have incorporated Thrash Metal, and Crossover Thrash.

Tommy Victor of Prong claims that the attitude of Groove Metal came from Bad Brains.

Groove Metal utilizes down tuned Thrash riffs. The rhythm, just like Progressive Metal, tends to focus more on the rhythmic side of metal; it features primarily many irregular time signatures and atypical but complex stop-start rhythm structures. Vocals are usually either growled, screamed or Hardcore shouted, placing less focus on the use of clean vocals.

Some Bands

Groove Metal has been associated with bands such as;-

A B C

Anthrax (late-period Bush-era)

Black Label Society

Byzantine

Cavalera Conspiracy

D E F G

Exhorder

Gojira

H I J K

Jane’s Addiction

L M N O

Lamb of God

Machine Head

P Q R S

Pantera

Pissing Razors

Primus

Sepultura

Soulfly

Spiritual Beggars

T U V W X Y Z

Texas Hippie Coalition

Throwdown

The Groove Metal Effect

Pioneers such as Pantera (originally a Glam Metal and Speed Metal band during the '80s) and Sepultura (originally playing Thrash Metal and Death Metal) laid the foundations for Nu Metal in the '90s and some development of Metalcore in the 2000s.