|Stylistic origins||Heavy metal, thrash metal, death metal, hardcore punk, funk metal, industrial|
|Typical instruments||Electric guitar, drums, bass, vocals|
|Derivative forms||Nu metal|
|List of groove metal bands
Groove metal (sometimes called post-thrash or simply groove) is a subgenre of heavy metal. It is often used to describe Pantera and Exhorder. At its core, groove metal takes the intensity and sonic qualities of thrash metal and plays it at a mid-tempo, with most bands making only occasional forays into fast tempo.
Characteristics and origins 
Pantera's Cowboys from Hell album from 1990 was described as "groundbreaking" and "blueprint-defining" for the groove metal genre. Ian Christe credits Sepultura's Chaos A.D. and Pantera for creating the death metal-derived music of groove metal influencing later groups in the genre during the 1990s, such as Lamb of God. Groove metal bands have incorporated thrash metal, and hardcore punk. Tommy Victor of Prong claims that the attitude of groove metal came from Bad Brains.
The style has been associated with bands such as Pantera, Lamb of God, Sepultura, Soulfly, Gojira, Throwdown, Machine Head, Byzantine, late-period Bush-era Anthrax, Spiritual Beggars, and Texas Hippie Coalition. Some bands have gone to some lengths to avoid being labelled a groove metal band. Veteran thrash metal band Annihilator left Roadrunner Records in 1993 specifically to avoid being caught up in the groove metal trend being promoted by the label. Subsequently, the Canadian band did not play in North America until July 2011 when they returned to play a sold-out show in Quebec City and appear on the Main Stage at the Heavy MTL Festival in Montreal.
Influence in other genres 
Pioneering groove metal bands such as Pantera (originally a glam and speed metal band) and Sepultura (originally playing death and thrash metal) laid the foundations for nu metal and metalcore. Nu metal utilizes downtuned riffs, hip hop elements like rapping and turntablism and groove metal rhythms, while frequently lacking guitar solos and complex picking. Metalcore emphasizes general heavy metal characteristics as well as breakdowns, which are slower, intense passages that are conducive to moshing.
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