Top 10 Best Groove Metal Bands
Always will be #1. No band has achieved what they did with how heavy they got. Metallica (though not groove) got lighter with each album. Pantera got heavier each one and still maintained their groove bad-assery. Their riffs make ya move and are catchy as hell. Most real lyrical content. Vinnie's machine gun drumming and constant tempo grooves. Phil's intense and diverse vocal performance. Dime's soaring soulful guitar solos and skull crushing, gut-ripping riffs. Rex's perfect tone and support over Vinnie's drumming and under Dime's guitar wizardry. Pantera were not the the blueprint for groove metal but all of modern metal. No one comes near as close to them. Getcha pull. Pantera forever m/.
How great it is to see Pantera first again. They own Lamb of God and every other groove metal band, just because they INVENTED IT. Exhorder might have invented the sound, but Pantera shaped it and made perfect. Also they never sold out, and all of their groove albums were good (excluding Reinventing the Steel).
Besides, Machine Head should be above LoG. I like LoG but come on! Machine Head kicks asses while LoG is leaning towards metalcore (read: music for 15 year old girls who want to say they listen to metal)
I've been a Dimebag fan even before Phil. They were the house band at a place called Hard Roxx Cafe on Ft.Sill Blvd in Lawton Ok the most amazingly tight band,three of the best musicians to ever play together. Then Phil comes in with his masterful lyrics and vocals and turned 3 friends from Arlington Tx. Into GODS!
I am an all-time Die Hard Pantera Fan. And I approve this amazing band. With Phil's amazing vocals, Dime's astonishing guitar riffs, Rex's bass riffs and Vinnie's drumming, it all makes up songs that define Groove Metal. Each song has a remarkable meaning.
Rest In Peace Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul. You and your legendary reputation live in another dimension.
Don't get me wrong pantera is awesome. But I think LoG over took them. they have stayed true to their sound for two decades now. All a person has to do is die and they get thrusted to the spotlight. look at MJ he was regarded as a creepy pedo his whole life. once he died you don't hear jokes cracked as much any more and mostly good now.
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.
What is slipknot doing on this list? Their a great band and I love them to death but they are NOT groove metal, that retard needs to learn he's music. Oh and Lamb Og God and Devildriver are the best I voted for LOG because I have been listening to them longer than devildriver. Bot are amazing bands. In no particualr order these are the best in groove metal
1. Lamb of god
3. Machine head
This is my first groove metal band.. Don't know about pantera.. And all below... The vocals and the drum work is different and amazing.. Guitar riffs makes you jump like anything.. Try out their "walk with me in hell" for vocals and guitar
And try "laid to rest" for drum work...
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.
"Burn my Eyes"
"Unto the Locust"
It is one of several bands whom I really like listenning to. They are tought and melodic at the same time. Unbeliavablelylely cool
All these top ten bands are very good metal bands, but the blackening album has pushed it to the next stage
Probably better than lamb of god but I love both.
Sepultura is SO much better than most of these bands. Pantera is awesome. Lamb of God us deathcore, Machine Head is technical thrash, DevilDriver is cool, and 5FDP is metalcore.
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...
All hail the Calavera brothers! I agree with the guy who said that Sepultura isn't Sepultura anymore, I miss the days of Roots Bloody Roots...
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.
This by far one of the best metal bands of all time. The guitar is meticulous as is the double bass drums, amazing band, and the sound that comes from only 4 band members, simply addicting, I can listen to every album every day and still shake my ass to them, From Mars to Sirius and L'Enfant Sauvage are the top 2 in my opinion, but love all of the same. No other band comes close to their sound either.
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.
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.
My favorite metal band ever. They manage to be fast and heavy and still vary their music every few seconds. They also manage to be on the heavier side of metal without resorting to screaming through every song. Ivan Moody's incredible vocals are what set FFDP above bands like Sepultura and DevilDriver...in my opinion. He screams when it counts, and only when it counts. That combination of fast, hard, varied metal and mix of screamed/sung vocals is also the recipe that sent Pantera and Slipknot (sorta) to the top of the heap. I wish more 'any'-core metal bands would take notice and produce recognizable vocals.
And a final note: nearly all 3-4 minute songs. Not 5-6. It's wonderful.
Does this band compare to other amazing groove metal bands like Pantera or Lamb of God? Nope. But are they still one of the best groove metal bands out there? Hell yeah. Sure, they may have lost some of their groove metal edge with later albums, but I still really enjoyed them. But it was songs like "Never Enough", "Under and Over It", "Hard to See", and "Lift Me Up" that signified them as a great groove metal band. And like I said, they may not compare to others like Pantera or Lamb of God and they sort of did lose their edge at later albums, but I think they do deserve the #5 spot.
I had given up on trying to find a newer band in metal. Every group all sounded the same! Great musicians and a front man I couldn't listen to for more than 3 song's until FFDP. THE BEST BAND of the last 20yrs. Ivan is a true wordsmith! Have yet to get tired of listening to them. F-ing fannominal group from top to bottom!
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/
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.
They are just an awesome band, full of heavy riffs, and skullcrushing drums and base.
One of the best in my opinion.
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!
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.
Awesome Brutal Drumming
Heavy Riffs and awesome brutal solos
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.
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".
Chimaira are simply beast. If you're looking for the best brutal groove metal band, you have found them!
My favorite 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.
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-
I believe Rob Zombie and or the White Zombie is the standard for this genre.
Uhh... They 1988 EP was the first groove metal album in my opinion. They should be in the top 3 no matter what.
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..
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.
Top 3 bands.
3 Lamb of God
I love tomas haake's drumming, especially in Koloss. Why aren't they at the top?
I like Pantera a lot, but they're way overrated. BLS is definitely my fave groove metal. And they excel at bluesy stuff too.
The ultimate groove metal band. Should be number one, they are in my book.
Really they are growing in desert of metal music... whatever, now all metal fans need to new creation in music composing, I know that Volbeat stoles many riffs from other metal monsters, but they did the best with them... I hop see them greater than now, because they can do that;)
Lovely band with nice vocal... hail Polsen
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 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
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 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 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.
Half of the people who voted above shouldn't even be allowed to listen to music. FFDP...Really?
Most awesome old school band ever! And their album Animosity sounds so original and vocals sound amazing
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.
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!
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.
Way, way too low. Easy top 10 its Chad Grey & Vinnie Paul (rest in peace) for Christ sake!
I love hellyeah but I think hellyeah is more hillbilly metal? Or country metal as weird as that sounds
Prong was first jackass
The original inventor of groove metal, everyone else followed
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