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Often loathed by fans of more underground forms of Metal, groove metal nonethless offers the metal fan a heavy yet song based and catchy listening experience. This list captures 15 of the most interesting groove metal albums (my opinion of course).

Not surprising genre pioneers Pantera dominate in the same fashion that Slayer and Metallica dominate many Thrash lists.

Created by: deadone | 06.01.2014



1. Pantera - Vulgar Display Of Power
1992
2. Machine Head - Burn My Eyes
1994
3. Lamb Of God - Sacrament
2006
4. Anthrax - Sound Of White Noise
1993
5. Sepultura - Chaos A.D.
1993
6. Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
1990
7. Pantera - Reinventing The Steel
2000
8. Soulfly - Conquer
2008
9. Sacred Reich - The American Way
1990
10. Pantera - Far Beyond Driven
1994
11. Lamb Of God - Ashes Of The Wake
2004
12. Machine Head - The More Things Change...
1997
13. Sacred Reich - Heal
1994
14. DevilDriver - The Last Kind Words
2007
15. Prong - Carved Into Stone
2012



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deadone - 10.01.2014 at 02:26  
No love for Groove Metal folks?
Ace Frawley - 10.01.2014 at 05:00  
Yeah, really enjoy some of these albums. Pantera and Machine Head. Strangely, when those albums came out in the first half of the 1990s, I really wasn't into it much. Love it now though. Also enjoy LoG too.
Cynic Metalhead - 10.01.2014 at 10:08  
Few more.

Throwdown - Venom & Tears
Grip Inc. - Solidify
Damageplan - New Found Power
Dagoba - What Hell is About
Exhorder - Slaughter In The Vatican.
PDP - Floating Dream( well, its a pure math metal record but I'd some find good groovy elements in it).
deadone - 14.01.2014 at 02:18  
Thanks Cynic Metalhead.

I toyed with including Exhorder in the list, but then thought they were still too Thrashy.
Lit. - 14.01.2014 at 03:34  
Exhorder are certainly more groove metal than Devildriver or Anthrax. Also there is way too much Pantera worship where just Cowboys and Vulgar would do, and then there's the sad lack of Five Finger Death Punch, Throwdown, Byzantine, Common Dead, Hellyeah and Switchtense.
deadone - 14.01.2014 at 03:40  
To be fair I don't think Five Figer Death Punch are that good and Hellyeah sound terrible (their vocalist especially). Why include them for diversity's sake when they're not that good?

As for Common Dead, Byzantine and Switchtense, I've never heard them. Switchtense is an obscure Portugueuse band on an equally obscure label and Common Dead appear to be completely independent hence not exactly well known now - all this from Metal Archives.

It appears somewhat bizarre to note a sad lack of bands that are generally complete unknowns.


I thought Throwdown were Metalcore in the vein of Hatebreed?
deadone - 14.01.2014 at 05:21  
Lit. Gotta thank you dude.

Just checking out Byzantine's self titled. Pretty good stuff.
Ozman - 14.01.2014 at 13:10  
First Exhorder album is way more Slayer inspired than groove metal DevilDriver is way more groove. Only the extremely average The Law by Exhorder can be considered groove.

And totally agree with deadone that Hellyeah are totally terrible. And Five Finger Death Punch are quite crap too.

As for the amount of Pantera in this list, I'd say "rightly so and totally deserved, since they are the epitome of groove metal and NO they did NOT rip off Exhorder" All those four albums deserve a place here and tbh Vulgar Display Of Power is better than Cowboys From Hell. For me Far Beyond Driven is also better than Cowboys.
!J.O.O.E.! - 14.01.2014 at 13:50  
Byzantine were really good back during this album. The s/t was total suckage though if you ask me.

Uldreth - 15.01.2014 at 02:15  
Written by deadone on 14.01.2014 at 03:40



I thought Throwdown were Metalcore in the vein of Hatebreed?

Yup. I don't like Throwdown but based on some of the stuff I listened to it's pretty much "beatdown hardcore"/metallic hardcore like Hatebreed. Just Hatebreed is much better.
R'Vannith - 11.02.2014 at 14:55  
I always thought Crowbar were pretty groove geared. Though they come from the sludgier side of metal.
deadone - 19.02.2014 at 00:27  
So the new Prong "Carved Into Stone"* has overtaken Grip Inc by many miles. Bye bye Grip Inc...

*Sure Cleansing is better but it jumps around too much to be just lumped into Groove Metal."
Aristarchos - 24.02.2014 at 21:44  
For me groove metal is the most boring metal genre.
Thrash del Sur - 28.04.2014 at 17:13  
Written by Ozman on 14.01.2014 at 13:10



As for the amount of Pantera in this list, I'd say "rightly so and totally deserved, since they are the epitome of groove metal and NO they did NOT rip off Exhorder" All those four albums deserve a place here and tbh Vulgar Display Of Power is better than Cowboys From Hell. For me Far Beyond Driven is also better than Cowboys.


I'm agree with you Marcel!. To say Pantera rip off Exhorder is like we say in my country "try to find the cat's fifth leg", is try find something doesn't exist. Exhorder may have some influence over Pantera but certainly Exhorder more thrash oriented in early works.

Sepultura's Arise is not a groove metal album but has groove elements as Fear Factory's Demanufacture has it too. Don't you agree Obituary's World Demise has groove elements too??
deadone - 29.04.2014 at 02:50  
Written by Thrash del Sur on 28.04.2014 at 17:13

Written by Ozman on 14.01.2014 at 13:10



As for the amount of Pantera in this list, I'd say "rightly so and totally deserved, since they are the epitome of groove metal and NO they did NOT rip off Exhorder" All those four albums deserve a place here and tbh Vulgar Display Of Power is better than Cowboys From Hell. For me Far Beyond Driven is also better than Cowboys.


I'm agree with you Marcel!. To say Pantera rip off Exhorder is like we say in my country "try to find the cat's fifth leg", is try find something doesn't exist. Exhorder may have some influence over Pantera but certainly Exhorder more thrash oriented in early works.


I've read a couple of interviews with guys from Exhorder and they have denied that Pantera ripped them off.

Quote:
Sepultura's Arise is not a groove metal album but has groove elements as Fear Factory's Demanufacture has it too. Don't you agree Obituary's World Demise has groove elements too??


I'd agree with that. Bands like Napalm Death embraced lots of Groove Metal elements too.
Thrash del Sur - 29.04.2014 at 23:20  
Napalm Death did groove as well, I didn't remenber.

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