Best Groove Metal Bands


The Top Ten

1 Pantera 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 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.

Hey kids, Pantera is best groove metalband of all time, no question. - Disturbedpotato

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2 Lamb of God 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!

Pantera and LOG deserve the spot. Dimebag is my guitar hero. But there's something really special with Mark Morton the way he creates groove riffs. Also Chris Adler is a beast. Pantera and LOG all the way. m/

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3 Machine Head 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 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

"Burn my Eyes"
"Unto the Locust"
"The Blackening"
It is one of several bands whom I really like listenning to. They are tought and melodic at the same time. Unbeliavablelylely cool

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4 Sepultura 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.

The sepultura we have today isn't even groove metal. but I'm voting in the name of Cavalera! Arise, Chaos A.D and Roots. That's the good stuff

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5 Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch is an American alternative metal/ alternative rock band formed in, Las Vegas Nevada. The band's came originated from a fictional movie called Kill Bill.

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/

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!

They put the groove in groove metal

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6 Gojira 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.

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".

The best. Simply.

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7 DevilDriver 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.

Simply the better band of groove metal of the new era

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8 Fear Factory 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.

9 Meshuggah 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, 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.. - nooreldeen

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.

Awesome Groove... no other band can take a well thought out polyrhythm and groove to it like these swedes - Chungboi

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10 Volbeat Volbeat Volbeat are a Danish metal band which was formed in Copenhagen. 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 - PhillyMetal1

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 - already666

Not groove metal, and they are also awful. - Disturbedpotato

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The Contenders

11 Chimaira Chimaira Chimaira was an American heavy metal band from Cleveland, Ohio. Formed in 1998, the group was a notable member of the New Wave of American Heavy 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

My favorite band

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12 Rob Zombie 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 more.

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

The standard for groove metal

13 Exhorder 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! - 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

Exhorder for the Real Metal Heads.
Others for Posers or Doesn't know the roots.

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15 Black Label Society 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.

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

I think bls is the band ever

16 White Zombie 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.

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!

Uhh... They 1988 EP was the first groove metal album in my opinion. They should be in the top 3 no matter what.

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17 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks. more.

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

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

Best groove band

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18 Crowbar 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.
19 Helmet 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

20 Hellyeah 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.

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 - Lsa_Ralte_Lelhchhun

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.

I DEFA your defiance, it all lies in Alliance, I've been damaged left in Ruin Clausen I'm Brocken flaw d and just human

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21 Prong

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

The original inventor of groove metal, everyone else followed

We snap your fingers, we snap your neck - Terroredneck

Prong was first jackass

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22 Anthrax 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) - christangrant

23 Nevermore 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 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.

24 Corrosion of Conformity 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 Overkill Overkill Overkill is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. They have gone through many line-up changes, with singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and bassist D.D.

Agreed... I Hear Black gets really dumped on by Overkill fans, but I think it's one of the best albums they ever did and a GREAT groove metal album. Those guys have always had a damn fine power groove.

The Electric Age is one of the best albums I've ever heard.

I hear black is a very Groove oriented album, you really should give it a listen

Most of their albums from the 90s are groove metal - christangrant

26 Primus 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 more.

Absolutly as well as mr. Bungle

27 The Sword

In my opinion they are the best. Freya and Cloak of Feathers have some very good riffs. They are immensly underrated.

28 Hatebreed Hatebreed Hatebreed is an American metalcore band from Connecticut, formed in 1994. They have released 7 studio albums to date, most recently The Concrete Confessional on May 13, 2016. Their musical style blends influences from hardcore punk and heavy metal; a prominent band within the hardcore scene, they have more.
29 Soulfly Soulfly Soulfly is an American heavy metal band formed in 1997 and based in Phoenix, Arizona. The original lyrical content revolved around spirituality, political and religious themes, with later albums encompassing other themes including war, violence, aggression, slavery, hatred and anger. Soulfly is led more.

I am Very surprised of not seeing this band here! Moreover, Sepultura IS here, and Max Cavalera is mentioned too! How could you forget about this band?

This is Soulfly, this is Max Cavalera, the man who started this groove metal stuff and came back after his departure from Sepultura.

Hey, what the hell? How can it be that Soulfly is only at 30th place? Come on, this is Max Cavalera, an inventor of Groove Metal!

How are soulfly not here? Way more groove metal than some other stuff on here

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30 Throwdown

I don't know why this band is not in the top 10. Unlike bands like Machine Head, Chimaera or Lamb of god, they play real grove. Without any popular mix-ins, they call Throwdown to be resurrection of pantera. I even love this guys more than pantera, but this my own mind.

That's probably why, by trying so hard to sound like pantera, they ripped them off, and didn't even do a good job of it... I like throwdown, but they deserve a spot sittin outside of #20 definitely

Their album "Venom and tears" sounds just like pantera made a new album. Even the vocals sound the same.

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Good examples, Hail the apocalypse and let it burn! Keeping it heavy but spot on. Bass and drums to together like two peas in a pod. - Cilverking

Love this crazy freakshow of a band! These guys are badass!

Very exciting visually and musically, definitely worth checking out.
Music is really diverse and extremely good

33 Mudvayne Mudvayne Mudvayne was an American heavy metal band from Peoria, Illinois formed in 1996. Originally from Bloomington, Illinois, they are known for their sonic experimentation, innovative album art, face and body paint, masks and uniforms. V 2 Comments
34 Ektomorf

The best Hungarian band ever!

Most underrated groovie band ever


35 Superjoint Ritual Superjoint Ritual Superjoint, previously Superjoint Ritual, is an American metal band formed by Phil Anselmo, Joe Fazzio, and Jimmy Bower in the early 1990s, later to be joined by Hank Williams III, and Kevin Bond.
36 Cavalera Conspiracy Cavalera Conspiracy Cavalera Conspiracy is an American heavy metal band founded by Brazilian brothers Max and Igor Cavalera, currently performing along with American musicians Marc Rizzo and Johny Chow.
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38 Down Down Down is an American heavy metal supergroup that formed in 1991 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The band's current lineup consists of vocalist Phil Anselmo, guitarist Pepper Keenan, guitarist Bobby Landgraf, bassist Pat Bruders, and drummer Jimmy Bower.
39 Living Sacrifice
40 Damageplan Damageplan Damageplan was an American heavy metal band from Dallas, Texas, formed in 2003. Following the demise of their previous group Pantera, brothers Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul Abbott wanted to start a new band. The band ended tragically when Dimebag Darrell was shot on stage in a show in Ohio.
41 Betzefer
42 Biomechanical
43 Mastodon Mastodon Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in early 2000 and composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor.
44 Forbidden Forbidden Forbidden was a thrash metal band from the San Francisco Bay Area. Formed in 1985 as Forbidden Evil, the group was founded by Russ Anderson and Craig Locicero, who were both ever-present members.
45 Life of Agony

River Runs Red is one of the best albums of the Nineties, and one of the best Metal albums ever.

Cues from Carnivore and Type O Negative with the energy of thrash and still manages to drive screws into your temples. One of the greats. Truly invented their own sound which has been imitated but never duplicated.

River Runs Red album only of course. My opinion number 2

46 Mourning Tide
47 Threat Signal
48 Trepalium

A very underrated groove band

49 Adrenaline Mob

One of the best groove metal that I ever head, mike portney is a genius

A new band of Russel Allen, can't forget that band
Has one single album and a EP
Very good band

50 Souls at Zero
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