Best Groove Metal Bands

The Top Ten

1 Pantera Pantera was an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The band started out as a Glam Metal act in the 1980s with little success. After discarding their original lead vocalist and enlisting Phil Anselmo, the band signed a major record deal with ...read more.

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.

The ones that first introduced us to the epic subgenre of groove metal and did it with their own legendary way. Undoubtedly, songs as "Walk" is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear about groove metal.

2 Lamb of God Lamb of God is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994, the group consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler.

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!

I do acknowledge that Pantera is the one who brought groove to popularity, but I have one word for you--Ruin. The energy of that song at the live shows, or even listening to it at home with headphones on is unbelievable, especially after Chris' god-like drum fill, and the tempo just ramps up. I have many many Pantera songs in my library, but personally, I feel that the energy of Pantera doesn't match that of LoG. Just my opinion.

3 Machine Head Machine Head is an American heavy metal band from Oakland, California. Formed on October 12, 1991, the group was founded by vocalist and guitarist Robb Flynn and bassist Adam Duce. They have received great critical success especially for their album "The Blackening" which is considered a modern metal ...read more.

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

You know, Pantera created Groove Metal but Machine Head took it to another level. You can't compare 'The Blackening' or 'Burn My Eyes' albums with any other groove metal albums.

4 Sepultura Sepultura is a Brazilian heavy metal band from Belo Horizonte. Their first album, Morbid Visions presented a proto-black metal sound with Wagner Lamounier of Sarcófago. Sepultura's sound varies by the album, from thrash metal, groove metal, and even death metal.

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.

With or Without Cavalera Brothers, still the best! I really like Derrick Green! Can't say the same of the drummers after Igor...

5 Gojira Gojira is a progressive metal band from Bayonne, France. The band was known as Godzilla until 2001. Gojira is composed of Joe Duplantier on vocals and rhythm guitar, his brother Mario Duplantier on drums, Christian Andreu on lead guitar, and Jean-Michel Labadie on bass.

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 is the best Groove metal band because they are nowhere near pure groove metal ; )

My brother listened to metal all his life and I just couldn't understand it. One day I accompanied him to a Metallica concert where Gojira was the opening for Metallica. Gojira was so awesome that now I can't stop listening to them and my appetite for groove metal keeps increasing everyday. Gojira best band ever.

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".

6 Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch, often shortened to Five Finger or Death Punch, also abbreviated as 5FDP or FFDP, is an American Alternative Metal/Alternative Rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the band's name comes from the kung fu movie The Five Fingers of Death.

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

You can type in Five Finger Death Punch and no matter what song pops up... I personally guarantee that you'll love it. Ivan's vocals are supernatural. His range between his brutal screams and his melodic clean vocals is truly pure talent m/

Well, nowadays the make crap music, after the American capitalist their quality started falling musically, Got Your Six is a really good demonstration of this, but still the band's first three albums are awesome

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!

7 Fear Factory Fear Factory is an American heavy metal band that was formed in 1989. During the band's career, it has released nine full-length albums and has evolved through a succession of styles, including industrial metal, death metal, groove metal, and thrash metal.

One of the best in my opinion.

Amazing band, mix of cyber/groove/thrash metal band

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.

8 DevilDriver DevilDriver are an American heavy metal band from Santa Barbara, California, formed in 2002, consisting of vocalist Dez Fafara, guitarists Mike Spreitzer and Neal Tiemann, bassist Diego "Ashes" Ibarra and drummer Austin D'Amond.

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

Newer albums lack the grit of the older ones, I recommend starting with The Fury of Our Makers Hand.

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.

9 Chimaira Chimaira was an American alternative metal band from Cleveland, Ohio. Formed in 1998, the group was a notable member of the New Wave of American Alternative Metal scene.

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!

10 Meshuggah Meshuggah is a Swedish progressive metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. They are often considered the fathers or founders of the djent metal sub genre due to their use of downtuned guitars. They are also known for their song “Bleed”, which is known for its extremely complicated instrumentation, ...read more.

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..

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.

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...

The Contenders

11 Black Label Society Black Label Society is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California formed in 1998 by Zakk Wylde.

The ultimate groove metal band. Should be number one, they are in my book.

They all suck except for Black Label

I like Pantera a lot, but they're way overrated. BLS is definitely my fave groove metal. And they excel at bluesy stuff too.

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

12 Volbeat Volbeat are a Danish heavy metal band formed in Copenhagen in 2001. They play a fusion of rock and roll, heavy metal and rockabilly.

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

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

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 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

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

13 Rob Zombie Rob Zombie (born Robert Bartleh Cummings) is an American heavy metal musician, film director, screenwriter and film producer. His career launched in 1985 when he formed the heavy metal band White Zombie. Following their breakup, he began a successful solo career. Zombie began directing in the early ...read more.

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

The standard for groove metal

14 Exhorder Exhorder is an American metal band from New Orleans, Louisiana. They are credited as the purveyors of the groove-oriented thrash sound later made famous by bands such as Pantera, Lamb of God, White Zombie, and Machine Head.

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!

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

Personally I like slipknot more than them but this is best groove metal bands so exhorder should be above them, as well as probably being in the top 10

15 Nevermore Nevermore is an American progressive metal band from Seattle, Washington. Formed in 1991, they are known to incorporate elements from various styles such as power metal, modern hard rock, classic heavy metal and technical thrash metal. The band has been on hiatus since 2011, due to personal issues between ...read more.

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.

Yeah, but Nevermore sounds more like Progressive Thrash Metal and I don't think the band should be on this list. They are great, but they don't deserve it on this list

16 White Zombie White Zombie was an American heavy metal band that formed in 1985. Based in New York City, White Zombie was originally a noise rock band, and was known for its later heavy metal-oriented sound.

I believe putting this band below FFDP is a true sin. Satan is disappointed... or something like that. At least make this band higher than Rob, since this IS his band-

People like to say that Exhorder were the first groove metal band. And while they had demos in the 80s, they didn't get into the groove metal style into the 1990s. Hell I could barely call their first album groove metal. White Zombie had a EP release in 1989, a year before Exhorder's first album.

Why in the hell is White Zombie only in 30th place? They kick ass!

It just ROCKS ASS.

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18 Crowbar Crowbar is an American sludge metal band from New Orleans, Louisiana, characterized by their extremely slow, low-keyed, heavy and brooding songs that also contain fast hardcore punk passages.

It's a my favorite band for the passages with the hard punk ande des songs ints a the better for the fine

19 Hellyeah Hellyeah is an American heavy metal supergroup, consisting of Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray, former Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell, bass player Kyle Sanders, guitarist Christian Brady and former Pantera and Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul.

Way, way too low. Easy top 10 its Chad Grey & Vinnie Paul (rest in peace) for Christ sake!

HellYeah 's Blood For Blood is some of the best I've heard since Pantera's Cowboys From Hell and Vulgar Display Of Power. Chad Gray can scream like no other, and his vocals have grown tremendously since Mudvayne. HellYeah puts on a kick ass live show! They should definitely be in the top 10!

Top 10 in my opinion with vinnie paul's drumming & Mudvayne ex-vocalist grab the microphone

Blood for Blood is out of control. Nothing like Demons in the Dirt. Scratch a lie off Undeniable is also kick ass. They should be top 10. They are my number 1.

20 Anthrax Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker.

Their stuff on Stomp 442 Volume 8 and We've come for you all have Groove Metal songs on each album (Dimebag Darrell played on some of the songs)

21 Helmet Helmet is an American alternative metal band from New York City formed in 1989. Founded by vocalist and lead guitarist Page Hamilton, Helmet has had numerous lineup changes, and Hamilton has been the only constant member.

Pantera actually sites Helmet as an influence

22 Prong

I beg to differ prong came before exhorted 85/86 era

We snap your fingers, we snap your neck

The original inventor of groove metal, everyone else followed

Prong was first jackass

23 Napalm Death Napalm Death are a British grindcore/death metal band formed in Meriden, West Midlands, England, in 1981. While none of its original members remain in the group, the lineup of vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway, bassist Shane Embury, guitarist Mitch Harris and drummer Danny Herrera has remained consistent ...read more.
24 Corrosion of Conformity Corrosion of Conformity is an American heavy metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina formed in 1982. For almost the majority of its existence, the band has consisted of guitarist Woody Weatherman, bassist Mike Dean, drummer Reed Mullin and vocalist and rhythm guitarist Pepper Keenan.

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

25 Primus Primus is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander. Les Claypool is regarded as one of the best bassists of all time for his slap-bass ability in notable songs like "My Name Is Mud", "The Toys ...read more.

Literally best groove metal band no doubt in my mind and I hate how consistently primus is overlooked as a metal band they’re one of the best can’t have funk without rank bass

Absolutly as well as mr. Bungle

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