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Groove metal
Stylistic origins: Thrash metal
Cultural origins: Late 1980s, Early 1990s United States, Brazil, and Denmark
Typical instruments: Guitar Bass guitar Drums
Mainstream popularity: Moderate in the early-mid 1990's, Slightly more popular ever since
Derivative forms: Nu metal
Regional scenes
United States

Groove metal, half-thrash, or post-thrash is a subgenre of thrash metal which took its current form during the early 1990s. Albums such as Exhorder's Slaughter in the Vatican, Sepultura's Arise, and Artillery's We are the Dead incorporated groovish melodies to thrash metal, however it wasn't until albums like Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power, White Zombie's La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1, and Machine Head's Burn My Eyes that groove metal truly took its musical form. Unlike thrash metal and many of the other heavy metal subgenres, groove metal is not as riff-oriented. Artists of the genre tend to have a style influenced heavily by mid-tempo thrash riffs, accentuated with down-tuned power chords (Drop D or D standard tuning), synchopated chord patterns, mid-paced guitar solos and dissonant bridges or breakdowns, usually mid-tempo. It is a popular belief that modern hard rock or nu metal spawned from this genre of metal. It should also be noted groove metal is not considered to be thrash despite the fact that it originated from it.

Key Artists

2 Ton Predator
8 Foot Sativa
Fear Factory
Lamb of God
Machine Head
Pissing Razors
Skid Row
White Zombie

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