Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Groove Metal songs of all time 2017, Groove metal is a sub genre of heavy metal, where the songs are composed and performed powerfully and purposefully, but at mid tempo. Pantera’s album, “Cowboys From Hell” is credited with bringing this type of metal to the forefront. Groove metal songs are complex, inventive and hold a certain type of hypnotic power over you, as you digest their diverse compositions. Indeed, the tempo may remain mid range, but the diversity of uniqueness is freely realized. Below we have collected some of the most excellent pieces of groove metal for your enjoyment. Notice how each band retains their own stamp of individuality within this genre, no two sounds are alike here.
- 10. It’s Love – Kings X
- 9. Aesthetics of Hate – Machine Head
- 8. Cowboys from Hell – Pantera
- 7. Redneck – Lamb of God
- 6. More Human than Human- White Zombie
- 5. 512 – Lamb of God
- 4. Coming Down – Five Finger Death Punch
- 3. Living Dead Girl – Rob Zombie
- 2. Roots Bloody Roots – Sepultura
- 1. Walk – Pantera
Here we present the list of top 10 best Groove Metal songs of all time 2017.
10. It’s Love – Kings X
In 1990 the single by Kings X, “It’s Love” reached number 6 on the U.S. rock charts. The track came off their album, “Faith Hope, Love”. What made the song such a chart topper was that it got it’s groove going by sounding a tad like the Beatles. In fact, the band has a reputation of their tracks having ‘Beatle – Like’ melodies and vocals. Be that as it may, “It’s Love” is a radio friendly track, up beat and holding steady at a nice, easy groove metal tempo. Simple and honest, an excellent example of groove metal, and how the sounds of groove metal can be can be different, but the tempos remains the similar.
9. Aesthetics of Hate – Machine Head
There is a dark sort of loveliness in this track, something so fetching, so fascinating about the blending of a furious sound of metal with the calm winds of all things dark. “Aesthetics of Hate” is a track off of Machine Heads sixth album, “The Blackening”. The theme of the song is a powerful one, as it relates to a real life incident where writer, William Grim called Dimebag Darrell “an ignorant, barbaric, untalented possessor of a guitar”. This track had so much power and energy that it ended up being nominated for “Best Metal Performance” at the 50th Grammy Awards.
8. Cowboys from Hell – Pantera
“Cowboys from Hell” is a single off of Pantera’s album, “Cowboys from Hell” (CFH). This is an important song, in that it is the track where the band became a cohesive unit. The track concerns the attitude of the band, and the fact that they were from Texas, and now had to break out into the world with their sound. “Cowboys from Hell” is a track from an album that is part of their transformation period, and is the track which expresses their switch from classic metal, to groove metal.
7. Redneck – Lamb of God
Lamb of God is one of the best groove metal bands to ever play, and its track, “Redneck”, from their fourth album, “Sacrament”, does not disappoint. “Redneck”, was released in 2006, and offers some sweet southern grooves, as it relates the bands experiences in the music industry with over inflated egos. “Redneck” was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance, for 2007. The track can also be found on video games such as “Saints Row 2 and “ATV Offroad Fury 4”.
6. More Human than Human- White Zombie
White Zombieis a classic groove metal band. Their track “More Human than Human” was released as a single off of their album, “Astro Creep: 2000”. “More Human Than Human” became the bands signature track, as well as highest charting single. This track also earned the band a Grammy nod for Best Metal Performance of 1995. The track is in reference to the Philip K. Dick novel, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”. Indeed, the tracks title can be found in the book as an advertising slogan for the Tyrell Corporation. Rob Zombies vocals make this track surprising, fun and catchy. No one else could sing this track and make it sound half as good. This popular track has been covered numerous times, and is also included in Rob Zombie’s song catalog.
5. 512 – Lamb of God
Lamb of God is a classic groove metal band. Their albums work, and their compositions and performances continue to enthrall fans worldwide. When you hear “512” for the first time, you’ll almost feel engulfed within its soundscape. This track is a single from their album, VII: Sturm und Drang, and is dark, almost foreboding, it begins slowly, almost menacingly, then begins to groove, always keeping tha groove metal touch and tempo. The song centers on the inability to handle the guilt of the past, and the large burden that it places upon your back. “512” refers to the Pankrác Prison cell number he was held in, and the song reflects the depths of gloom and despair from those times. “512” was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Performance, in 2016.
4. Coming Down – Five Finger Death Punch
“Coming Down” comes from Five Finger Death Punches album, “American Capitalist”, and hit the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Track chart at the number one spot. The track revolves around an important issue, which is the prevention of suicide among young adults, particularly in regards to their fans. The music video for the track helped to hone the message, visualize it, in order to get the message through by including a dramatized story line, along with national suicide prevention phone numbers.
3. Living Dead Girl – Rob Zombie
If you are looking for a hard rock/metal groove, then “Living Dead Girl” is the track for you. Trust Rob Zombie to create a track that’s not just quite like the others. He is a unique, individualist who creates what he does because he likes it, and “Living Dead Girl” is a testament to that. This is the second single from Rob Zombie’s debut solo album, “Hellbilly Deluxe”, with the song paying homage to various kings of horror, such as Wes Craven and Vincent Price. The music video for the track incorporates scenes from the 1920 silent film, “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”.
2. Roots Bloody Roots – Sepultura
A huge force in the groove metal sound of the 80’s was Sepultura. This Brazilian band was known for its willingness to experiment and infuse elements from other musical genres into its own compositions. “Roots Bloody Roots’ was released in 1996, is given to elements of tribal influence such as drumming and chanting. Indeed, the percussion bleeds a tribal beat, which was reflected in the band’s music video. This groove metal classic has been covered by musicians of various genres a multitude of times and is considered a groove metal classic today.
1. Walk – Pantera
“Walk” is one of the finest tracks off of Panteras 1992 album, “Vulgar Display of Power”. The gist of the song is simple, to keep your attitude to yourself, and to not shove it in the faces of others. “Walk” is seen by most as Panteras best track, and has been covered by a host of bands, including Disturbed, Sevendust and Sully Erna. “Walk” is considered an influential track, which most expresses Pantera’s unique sound. Aggressive and turbulent, with a good beat, along with Dimebag Darrells excellent solos, gives “Walk” a most excellent groove.
All in all, a nice comprehensive list of some of the best groove metal songs and their representative bands today. Each and every groove metal band has its high points, and it’s hard put to find band of this sub genre that is not up to par. Expert musicianship is required to compose and perform this sub genre of heavy metal music, which never seems to fail its fan base.