Best Groove Metal Bands


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Inventors of Groove so they've got to Be my no1

Pantera is the best groove metal band... no doubt about it. Phil Anselmo, Dimebag Darrell (RIP) are deadly combination.

Pantera is one of the best bands of metal and music by their music. their style and their lyrics.

Of course PANTERA is the best Groove Metal Band - Lsa_Ralte_Lelhchhun

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2Lamb of God

lamb of god is just the ultimate groove band. no other band can't ever sing like randy

Lamb of god is The real god for the metal heads around the world..
Chris, you are a magician
Mark, I'm worshiping you
Willie, you are a serial killer
John, you are outstanding
Randy, you are lucky bastard!

Great Staccato Riffs and growling vocals... awesome!

Randy Blythe is the best vocalist in Groove. Mark Morton And Chris Adler, you know? The Line Up is Great

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3Machine Head

All these top ten bands are very good metal bands, but the blackening album has pushed it to the next stage

most beautiful band ever created

The Embodiment of Thrash Metal

Rob Flynn's vocals kick ass!

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Without Max its not really sepultura, I love them, cavalera rules!

Sepultura with max enough said!

Ridiculously groovy, fantastic lyrics, great energy, the Cavalera brothers take name, and set the bar for many bands to come.

They are number 1. - awanshrestha

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5Five Finger Death Punch

The best band ever, they really relate to the listeners, for better or worse, they help fellow metal heads get through this life as better people, but better people that don't take s*** from other human beings!

To put these guys in the same category as Lamb of God is an insult to LOG, the lyrics are so cliche and misogynistic, reminds me of country western lyrics, not in the same league at all

One of premiers in the field of groove metal. American Capitalist has taken Groove metal to the next stage. It's an album which can be listened to over and over again.

Everything post American capitalist

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One of the most underrated bands among the heavy guns... They are newcomers compared to other established metal bands but they're grooves are so edible and they never lack the punch!

Awesome Brutal Drumming
Heavy Riffs and awesome brutal solos
Great vocals...
All over one the of most brutal stuffs in groove metal

Dez Fafara and his brotha are amazing the way they play slow to heavy metal, listening DD its like you're unleashing something that will destroy others.

They're amazing both heavy and melodic

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7Fear Factory

One of the best in my opinion.

They are just an awesome band, full of heavy riffs, and skullcrushing drums and base.

Awesome band. Reinvented metal in the 90s, bludgeoning a stagnant scene. Between FF, Sepultura and Pantera, the genre we all love has been given New life.


This is the band that got me into metal music. As much as I respect other death/groove metal bands (the subgenres that seem to appeal to me the most), I have to say Gojira is my favourite by far. I like them better than Pantera and Lamb of God, for example. Their rhythm is as good as flawless and their style is unique, heavy and very technically advanced for just four people in my opinion.

Gojira fells kinda fresh and new - every time I hear their tracks again.
A great mixture of slow and fast played tracks, great vocals by Joe, combined with a skullsmashin sound.

And also kinda awesome video - check out "The Axe".

Groundbreaking and brave. Super tight live and combines a lot of elements from my already favourite bands. Mario is an absolute machine on the drums and joe is a monster frontman. The albums are transcending and beautifully recorded. If you haven't heard from mars to sirius. You must. Simple.

This band exudes awesome power without losing sight (hearing? ) of an innate musicality and without getting bogged down in an excessively technical style.

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I don't mean to sound like a dick, but volbeat is as metal as linkin park. They have good song but saying there #1. Terrible review - already666

Sounds like Elvis and Johnny Cash meets Metallica. Great use of harmonies vocally and instrumentally. Has a classic rock and metal fusion sound that can't and shouldn't be ignored.

I like Volbeat, but this is not grove metal, something different, but not hard enough and far to slow and popish, I pretty much agree with everyone who thinks this is a bad category for volbeat

I like Volbeat but to have them in the top 10 Groove Metal bands sounds ridiculous. Again I'm not saying they suck or anything because they are a good hard rock band - PhillyMetal1

Seriously. Volbeat makes it on here but no Exhorder? What the hell? - clueless42222

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This list is so bad, why is slipknot on the list. They are just a scene band that inspired from the worst genre of music, crossover thrash and then made it worse by adding emo lyrics and ripped off korn and sepultura.
However these guys are the most technical out of the lot, I will have to admit that LoG and Fear factory are heavier because they inspired off death metal but these guys and Pantera influenced off thrash metal which is far superior.

Really underrated they should be in top tens amazing drum skills and guitar lines and the vocals are awesome! But lamb of god is my favourite groove metal band and gojira comes to 2nd place pantera is too overrated for being best groove metal band.. And also Slipknot ain, t Groove metal they are Nu-metal and Heavy Metal.. - nooreldeen

Is everyone who voted on this list completely daft? Meshuggah plays some of the hardest, bone breaking grooves I have ever heard. Listen to "The Demons Name Is Surveillance" then get back here and change your vote.

Meshuggah are easily one of the most (if not the) grooviest band ever. I don't even wanna state an argument. I don't need one. Just listen to them...

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Chimaira features energizing and neck-breaking grooves as well as recognizable influences from thrash metal in most of their songs, which makes them a god-tier groove metal band.

Simply amazing. Perfect groove metal band. No one got even close to them. Question should be "Best 9 groove metal bands after Chimaira".

Amazing sound and great vocals

Chimaira are simply beast. If you're looking for the best brutal groove metal band, you have found them!

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13Rob Zombie

I believe Rob Zombie and or the White Zombie is the standard for this genre.

14Black Label Society

Zakk is a GOD AMONMG MORTALS! And BLS are simply amazing. If you never heard them before then I don't know what rock you have been living under


I absolutely agree, Exhorder should definitely be #1 with Pantera and Fear Factory as # 2 and 3 in that order. The song (Cadence of) The Dirge from The Law 1992 was ahead of its time and still blows my mind... I truly regret that there won't be a new Exhorder album this year. Exhorder was ahead of its time period, they could have definitely become one of the greats. In my opinion they still are for founding the genre and feel.

Exhorder founded the genre. They should be on top! - Kingsnake77

Exhorder should be #1, or at least in the top 5, though I can see why they're not. unfortunately, not a lot of people have heard them, so the cowboys from hell get the spot, which I can't get mad at

Other bands listed are good, but these guys are the kings!

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Warrel Dane is one of the best metal vocalists to grace this earth in recent years. Jeff Loomis is a monster at guitar. What more needs to be said? Nevermore should be on this list.

17Corrosion of Conformity

Most awesome old school band ever! And their album Animosity sounds so original and vocals sound amazing


You are an idiot slipknot came out 10 years after groove metal began and they aren't even remotely as good as fear factory or pantera

Slipknot, pioneers of groove metal? Best band in the world? You must've been born after 1999, slipknot is pop nu metal, and corey taylor is a diva, and they don't even belong a mention on this list, never mind in the top 20, gimme a break... some peoples' kids

What. Who said that Corey tyler is a diva. you must have not heard his brutal metalic voice. He screams like a Godzilla. He even knows fast paced rapping too. He is an awesome singer.

Only all hope is gone is groove metal, but it is really good

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