Primary Stylistic Influences:
+ ThrashMetal, Traditional HeavyMetal, BluesRock
Secondary Stylistic Influences:
+ DeathMetal, CrossoverThrash, HardRock

'''Groove metal''' is, naturally, a subgenre of 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 Music/LambOfGod and Shadows Fall. Groove Metal also tends to take elements from DeathMetal, particularly Music/MorbidAngel and Music/{{Obituary}}.

'''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. Also see {{Djent}}, a polyrythmic offshoot of groove metal.

!! Bands typically considered to be groove metal include:

* [=4Arm=] (also thrash)
* Music/{{AxeWound}}
* Music/{{Brujeria}}
* Music/{{Byzantine}}
* Music/CavaleraConspiracy
* Music/{{Chimaira}} (along with {{Metalcore}})
* Music/{{Damageplan}} (formed from the ashes of Music/{{Pantera}})
* Music/{{Decapitated}} (as of ''Blood Mantra''; mixed with TechnicalDeathMetal)
* Music/{{Deftones}} (Usually considered Experimental or Alternative Metal, but starting with Diamond Eyes, this became a core part of their sound.)
* Music/DemonHunter (also AlternativeMetal and {{Metalcore}})
* The Devastated (also deathcore)
* Music/{{DevilDriver}} (also MelodicDeathMetal)
* ''Dharmata'' (Mixed with new metal and some vaguely {{deathcore}}ish riffs)
* Music/DirgeWithin
* Music/{{Disciple}} (mainly their early material, but some of their later material still falls under the genre)
* Music/DivineHeresy (along with {{Metalcore}}, also has {{Deathcore}} elements here and there)
* Music/{{Down}} (one of Phil Anselmo's [[AttentionDeficitCreatorDisorder Many]] bands)
* Music/{{DVSR}} (also {{Djent}} and RapMetal)
* Music/{{Ektomorf}} (considered by many to be the SpiritualSuccessor to Music/{{Sepultura}})
* Music/{{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'')
* Music/FearFactory (mixed with IndustrialMetal, DeathMetal, AlternativeMetal, ThrashMetal, and even a little bit of NuMetal)
* Music/FitForAnAutopsy (''Absolute Hope Absolute Hell'', mixed with deathcore)
* Music/FiveFingerDeathPunch (Also AlternativeMetal)
* Music/{{Forbidden}} (''Distortion'' and ''Green'', mixed with ProgressiveMetal)
* Gloom (GenreBusting example that mixes elements of this, death metal, black metal, sludge metal, and technical death metal, but this is ''probably'' the closest thing to an actual classifiable genre)
* Music/{{Gojira}} (also DeathMetal, TechnicalDeathMetal, ProgressiveMetal)
* [[Music/GripInc Grip Inc.]]
* Music/{{Hacktivist}} (primarily a combination of {{Djent}} and HipHop, but the influence is felt)
* [[Music/HajisKitchen Haji's Kitchen]] (also ProgressiveMetal, and Grunge for their early material)
* Hatesphere (also some elements of MelodicDeathMetal)
* Music/TheHaunted (along with MelodicDeathMetal)
* Music/{{Hellyeah}}
* Music/LambOfGod ([[DeathMetal death]][[{{Grindcore}} grind]] early on. Became groove metal since ''As the Palaces Burn'')
* [[Music/LazarusAD Lazarus A.D.]] (mixed with ThrashMetal)
* Music/MachineHead (mixed with ThrashMetal, and with NuMetal on a couple of their albums; became slightly more thrash than groove from ''The Blackening'' onwards)
* Music/{{Massacre}} (on ''Promise'', which was....a [[OldShame bad move]])
* Music/{{Meshuggah}} (also considered {{Djent}})
* Music/{{Nonpoint}} (later)
* Music/{{Obituary}} (''World Demise'' along with DeathMetal, also ''extremely'' influential to the genre as a whole despite largely not being a full-fledged example)
* Music/{{Overkill}} (everything from ''I Hear Black'' to ''Immortalis'', with thrash starting to creep back in circa ''Bloodletting'')
* Music/{{Pantera}} (TropeCodifier or TropeMaker.)
* Music/APerfectMurder
* Music/PissingRazors
* Music/{{Powerman 5000}} (also IndustrialMetal)
* Product of Hate
* [[Music/ProPain Pro-Pain]]
* ''Prong'' (Also IndustrialMetal)
* Music/TheResistance
* Music/{{Sepultura}} (from ''Chaos A.D.'' on)
** ''Music/{{Roots}}'' (1996)
* Music/ShadowsFall (mixed with ThrashMetal and {{Metalcore}})
* Music/TheShowdown (recent material; mixed with Thrash and southern metal, with a distinct DeathMetal bent)
* Music/{{Slipknot}}, (''Subliminal Verses'' onward, though it was always an influence)
** 2014 - ''Music/PointFiveTheGrayChapter''
* Music/{{Soulfly}} (mixed with NuMetal on the early albums, and ThrashMetal / DeathMetal in their later albums)
* Music/SuicideSilence (between ''No Time to Bleed'' and ''You Can't Stop Me'', also deathcore and nu metal)
* Music/SuperjointRitual ([[RunningGag another]] Phil Anselmo Project)
* Music/{{Testament}} (on ''Low'' and ''Demonic'', mixed with and usually otherwise ThrashMetal)
* Upon a Burning Body (also {{Deathcore}} and NuMetal)
* Westfield Massacre (also melodic metalcore)
* Music/{{Whitechapel}} (self-titled onward, along with deathcore; also started mixing in NuMetal around that time as well)
* [[Music/RobZombie White Zombie]] (''La Sexorcisto'' onwards, mixed with IndustrialMetal)

!!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.
* 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 Music/LambOfGod, Meshuggah, Music/FearFactory and Chimaira.
* 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 - Pantera's ''Cowboys from Hell'' for groove metal in general.