'''Groove metal''' is, naturally, a subgenre of Music/HeavyMetal. Considered either an evolution of ThrashMetal or a return to metal's blues-rock roots, groove metal is characterised by bluesy, slow-to-mid-tempo guitar riffs and HarshVocals. It's a very obscure genre name, but the bands from the genre are not.

First of all, who played groove metal first? Let's not get into that. Mentioning Pantera, Exhorder and "stole from" in the same sentence is guaranteed to cause InternetBackdraft, so let's not have discussions about who stole from whom. [[note]][[{{Irony}} The members of Pantera and Exhorder are friends. Both parties think that the debate is stupid and pointless.]][[/note]]

Groove metal was most popular in the early nineties, after which it got replaced by NuMetal, which itself occasinally took influences from Groove Metal (some bands more than others). Several Groove Metal bands have extensive {{Metalcore}} elements, a couple examples being LambOfGod and Shadows Fall. Groove Metal also tends to take elements from DeathMetal

'''Do not''' confuse the genre with FunkMetal, which is a sub-genre of AlternativeMetal that focuses on bass playing and rhythm. The two genres, however, occasionally overlap, such as in the case of Soulfly. Due to its roots in ThrashMetal, groove metal is occasionally referred to as Post-Thrash.

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!!Bands typically considered to be groove metal include:

* [=AxeWound=]
* Brujeria
* Byzantine
* Cavalera Conspiracy
* Chimaira (along with {{Metalcore}})
* Damageplan
* Music/DemonHunter (also AlternativeMetal and {{Metalcore}})
* [=DevilDriver=] (also MelodicDeathMetal)
* Dharmata ( mixed with new metal and some vaguely {{deathcore}}ish riffs)
* Dirge Within
* Disciple (mainly their early material, but some of their later material still falls under the genre)
* Divine Heresy (along with {{Metalcore}}, also has {{Deathcore}} elements here and there)
* Exhorder (usually considered the TropeMaker, but they were an aggressive, death metal-tinged thrash group on ''Slaughter in the Vatican'' and didn't assume a groovy sound until ''The Law'', which hit the market around two years after ''Cowboys from Hell'')
* FearFactory (mixed with IndustrialMetal, DeathMetal, AlternativeMetal, ThrashMetal, and even a little bit of NuMetal)
* FiveFingerDeathPunch (Also AlternativeMetal)
* Gojira (also DeathMetal, TechnicalDeathMetal, ProgressiveMetal)
* Grip Inc.
* Haji's Kitchen (also ProgressiveMetal, and Grunge for their early material)
* Music/TheHaunted (along with MelodicDeathMetal)
* Hellyeah
* LambOfGod ([[DeathMetal death]][[{{Grindcore}} grind]] early on. Became groove metal since ''As the Palaces Burn'')
* Lazarus A.D. (mixed with ThrashMetal)
* MachineHead (mixed with ThrashMetal, and with NuMetal on a couple of their albums)
* Nonpoint (later)
* Music/{{Overkill}} (while easily a ThrashMetal band, they've released a couple albums in this genre)
* Music/{{Pantera}} (TropeCodifier or TropeMaker.)
* A Perfect Murder
* Pissing Razors
* Music/{{Powerman 5000}} (also IndustrialMetal)
* Pro-Pain
* Prong (also IndustrialMetal)
* The Resistance
* {{Sepultura}} (from ''Chaos A.D.'' on)
* Music/ShadowsFall (mixed with ThrashMetal and {{Metalcore}})
* The Showdown (recent material; mixed with Thrash and southern metal, with a distinct DeathMetal bent)
* {{Slipknot}}, if you don't consider them NuMetal
* {{Soulfly}} (mixed with NuMetal on the early albums, and ThrashMetal / DeathMetal in their later albums)
* [[RobZombie White Zombie]] (''La Sexorcisto'' onwards, mixed with IndustrialMetal)

Djent - a subgenre of groove metal characterized by heavy syncopated riffs, polyrythmic drumming and irregular time signatures which became popular in the early 2010s. Essentially, a cross between ProgressiveMetal and GrooveMetal.

* Music/AnimalsAsLeaders
* Born of Osiris
* Music/{{Deadlock}} (On ''The Arsonist'', previous material was MelodicDeathMetal.)
* Music/{{Deftones}} (UrExample, also from ''White Pony'' onwards, have slowly gravitated towards the style. [[note]]Justified by the fact that the band, especially lead guitarist Stephen Carpenter, openly worships Meshuggah.[[/note]])
* Erra (Also has some strong {{Metalcore}} influences)
* Hacktivist (mixed with [[HipHop grime]])
* {{Meshuggah}} (TropeMaker,and TropeNamer)
* Monuments
* Mnemic (Overlaps with NuMetal and Industrial)
* {{Nevermore}} (UrExample; quite possibly the only djent band ever that overlaps with PowerMetal)
* {{Periphery}} (TropeCodifier)
* {{SikTh}} (also NuMetal. The EnsembleDarkhorse of the subgenre)
* Sybreed (overlaps with Industrial and MelodicDeathMetal)
* Tesseract
* Textures (another EnsembleDarkhorse due to their unique and atmospheric sound)
* Threat Signal (Also MelodicDeathMetal)
* Veil of Maya (with prominent MelodicDeathMetal influences)
* Vildhjarta
* Volumes
* Xerath (mixed with SymphonicMetal)

!!The groove metal genre contains the following tropes:

* CarefulWithThatAxe - It is fairly common in groove metal for vocalists to suddenly scream at random parts of a song. Music/{{Pantera}} were rather well-known for making liberal use of the style, most notably in "The Great Southern Trendkill" (only with the help of Seth Putnam of Anal Cunt, however) and "Fucking Hostile".
* DeadUnicornTrope - Groove metal is a rather ill-defined genre; no one's really sure if it is a spin-off of thrash metal or a more "bluesy" variant of metal, or something entirely different. While musical characteristics such as slow-to-mid-tempo riffs, bluesy noodling, string bending and gravelly vocals are often used, there are so many exceptions that fans often argue about some bands that do not fall into the usual stereotypes.
* GenreBusting[=/=]GenreRoulette - Groove metal is fairly notable for the ease of fusing it with other heavy metal styles such as ProgressiveMetal, PowerMetal, ThrashMetal, DeathMetal and NuMetal. Consequently, it has become common practice among groove metal bands to produce material that showcase seemingly disparate heavy metal stylings, as such with the case of Music/{{Meshuggah}} (produced TechnicalDeathMetal alongside their usual groove songs) and Music/{{Nevermore}} (overlaps with PowerMetal and ProgressiveMetal).
* GenreShift - Several bands have either shifted towards groove metal (Pantera, Sepultura, Fear Factory) or turned from groove metal to something else (Machine Head to nu-metal, though they eventually went back into groove metal).
* HarshVocals - Grunts, rasps, and growls are very common in groove metal.
* InternetBackdraft[=/=]FlameBait: Go onto any metal forum, ask if Djent is a genre and see what happens.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness - usually an 8 or 9, but a step up (e.g. Pantera -- "Suicide Note Pt. II", a 10-11) or down (most of Hacktivist's stuff, a 6-7) on the scale isn't unheard of.
** The hardest bands in the genre are LambOfGod, Meshuggah, Music/FearFactory and Chimaira.
** As you might have seen with Pantera's example above, groove metal '''can''' get to level 11, although it's rare. Other than "Suicide Note Pt. II" (which is more of a borderline 11), the only other band who has ever reached that level is Meshuggah.
* TheScrappy - Amongst metalheads (especially on Metal-Archives), groove metal is fairly unpopular-possibly due to its similarity to, and its role in the formation of NuMetal[[note]]It doesn't help that some groove metal bands experimented with Nu metal themselves[[/note]]-though it doesn't get as much hate as deathcore or nu-metal.
** Within the genre, Hellyeah and Damageplan probably get the most hate due to a perception of not living up to [[Music/{{Pantera}} their drummer's legacy]].
** While Djent is fairly popular, it gets a very bad treatment from metalheads that is very similar to what NuMetal got, decrying it as stupid and unoriginal, with the prevailing sentiment being that it's a bunch of stolen Frederik Thordendal riffs mixed with treacly high-string noodling and effects-drenched droning leads under the pretense of "atmosphere". Prog fans hate it even more, viewing it as vapid, mindless, creatively stagnant, and absurdly formulaic, as well as decrying the "prog" label that is commonly attached to it due to the general absence of actual progression within the genre.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap[=/=]EnsembleDarkhorse: There are a good amount of Djent bands who are actually well respected by metalheads. Including Erra, SikTh, {{Meshuggah}}, {{Nevermore}}, and Music/AnimalsAsLeaders.
* SopranoAndGravel - A few one-man variants, including Fear Factory and Machine Head.
* TropeCodifier - If you regard Exhorder as the TropeMaker, then Pantera is probably the TropeCodifier. If you regard Pantera as a TropeMaker, then the TropeCodifier is open to debate, though Machine Head and Sepultura are the most likely candidates.
* TropeMaker - Either Exhorder or Pantera. Or both.
* UrExample - Pantere's ''Cowboys from Hell'' for groove metal in general. Meshuggah and Nevermore are this for djent.

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