World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Groove metal

Article Id: WHEBN0001981018
Reproduction Date:

Title: Groove metal  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: List of alternative metal artists, Pantera, Betzefer, Nu metal, Extreme metal
Collection: Groove Metal, Heavy Metal Subgenres
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Groove metal

Groove metal (sometimes called post-thrash, neo-thrash, power groove or simply groove) is a subgenre of heavy metal music. It is often used to describe Pantera[4] and Exhorder.[5] 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.[6]


  • Characteristics and origins 1
  • Groups 2
  • Influence in other genres 3
  • See also 4
  • Notes 5
  • References 6

Characteristics and origins

I'm Broken by the band Pantera features a groove metal style.

Problems playing this file? See .

Pantera's Cowboys from Hell album from 1990 was described as "groundbreaking" and "blueprint-defining" for the groove metal genre.[7] 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.[2] 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 Cowboys. Groove metal bands have incorporated thrash metal,[1] and crossover thrash. Tommy Victor of Prong claims that the attitude of groove metal came from Bad Brains.[8] Groove metal utilizes down tuned thrash riffs, and the vocals are usually either growled, screamed or hardcore shouted, placing less focus on the use of clean vocals.


The style has been associated with bands such as Pantera,[9] Exhorder,[5] Lamb of God,[10] Sepultura,[11][12] Soulfly,[13] Cavalera Conspiracy, Gojira,[9][14] Throwdown,[15] Machine Head,[16] Byzantine,[17] late-period Bush-era Anthrax,[10] Spiritual Beggars,[18] and Texas Hippie Coalition. Some bands have gone to some lengths to avoid being labelled a groove metal band. Veteran thrash metal band Annihilator got let go by Roadrunner Records in 1993 when the groove metal trend began being promoted by the label.[19]

Influence in other genres

Pioneering groove metal bands such as Pantera (originally a glam metal and speed metal band[6][7] in the 1980s) and Sepultura (originally playing thrash metal and death metal[11]) laid the foundations for nu metal in the 1990s and some further development in the 2000s of metalcore (which started in the 1980s).[20][21][22] Nu metal utilizes downtuned riffs, a more hip hop influenced beat accessible to rapping and turntablism[23] and groove metal rhythms,[3] while frequently lacking guitar solos and complex picking.[24] Metalcore emphasizes general heavy metal characteristics as well as breakdowns,[25] which are slower, intense passages that are conducive to moshing.[26]

See also


  1. ^ a b Jaffer, Dave. " - Music - Spin - Vigilance - Threat Signal".  
  2. ^ a b Christe (2003),  
  3. ^ a b Tompkins, Joseph (2009). "What's the Deal with Soundtrack Albums? Metal Music and the Customized Aesthetics of Contemporary Horror". Cinema Journal 49 (1).  
  4. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Pantera biography".  
  5. ^ a b Simmonds, Jeremy (2008). The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns, and Ham Sandwiches.  
  6. ^ a b "Best Pantera Albums".  
  7. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. review"Projects in the Jungle".  
  8. ^ Ramirez, Carlos. "Rediscovered Steel - Prong's 'Beg to Differ' - Noisecreep".  
  9. ^ a b Freeman, Phil. review"Terra Incognita".  
  10. ^ a b Freeman, Phil. review"Black Rivers Flow".  
  11. ^ a b Marsicano, Dan. "Best Sepultura CDs - Best Sepultura Albums - Best Albums by Sepultura -".  
  12. ^ Cooper, Lana. "Ankla: Steep Trails < PopMatters".  
  13. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. review"Conquer".  
  14. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Gojira biography".  
  15. ^ Freeman, Phil. review"Deathless".  
  16. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Face Down biography".  
  17. ^ Lee, Cosmo. review"Oblivion Beckons".  
  18. ^ Jurek, Thom. review"Mantra III".  
  19. ^ Sciarretto, Ami. "Annihilator Haven't Played North America Since 1993". Noisecreep. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  20. ^ "Alternative Metal".  
  21. ^ " The Greatest Metal Bands of All Time: Pantera".  
  22. ^ " The Greatest Metal Bands of All Time".  
  23. ^ "Heavy Metal Genres".  
  24. ^ Pieslak, Jonathan (2008). "Sound, text and identity in Korn's ‘Hey Daddy’". Popular Music 27: 35–52.  
  25. ^ Breihan, Tom (11 October 2006). "Status Ain't Hood". "Live: Trivium, the Jackson 5 of Underground Metal". The Village Voice. Daily Voice. Retrieved 18 May 2012. "The best part of every metalcore song is the breakdown, the part where the drums drop out and the guitars slow their frantic gallop to a devastating, precise crunch-riff and everyone in the moshpit goes extra nuts."
  26. ^ Blush (2006),  


This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.