Groove Metal

Groove Metal was developed at the end of the 80s with bands like Pantera, Sepultura, Machine Head and White Zombie, who created a new sound where the “groove” walked hand in hand with Heavy Metal, and the main characteristics of the style are the short and syncopated riffs concentrated rather on groove and weight instead of speed. You can also see an influence from Hardcore permeating bands of this subgenre.

Groove Metal was also called “Post-Thrash or Neo-Thrash and is a subgenre of Metal that began its development in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Having Thrash metal as its main progenitor. Groove Metal was characterized by the deliberate use of slower tempos than Thrash, only occasionally using fast tempos. The riffs are similar to those used in Thrash Metal but played at medium speed and with great emphasis on the use of repetitions and a sense of rhythm.
The precursor of the style was the group Exhorder, but the subgenre was popularized with the release of albums such as “Vulgar Display of Power” by Pantera, “La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1” by White Zombie, “Chaos A.D” by Sepultura and “Burn My Eyes” by Machine Head. Groove Metal was a basic influence on the subsequent emergence of the Nu-Metal subgenre.

The fact is that some of these bands who play groove can also be classed as Thrash or Death. Industrial is normal since bands pass through phases, and many come from Thrash / Death influences, like Sepultura or Machine Head.