Djent

Primary Stylistic Influences:

Djent is a subgenre of heavy metal characterized by heavy syncopated riffs, polyrhythmic drumming, and irregular time signatures which became popular in the early 2010s. Later bands also added in other elements that became commonly associated with the genre, namely clean, ethereal atmospheric textures, electronic overtones, and occasionally clean singing depending on the act. Essentially, a cross between Progressive Metal and Groove Metal.

Because djent refers to a style of guitar playing, the genre of metal largely depends on the band in question. A lot of bands sound very different from each outside of the djent guitar. For example, compare Animals as Leaders to Twelve Foot Ninja, or Periphery to Hacktivist. Though, Progressive Metal and Metalcore are the most common overlaps, Alternative Metal, Nu Metal, and Melodic Death Metal combinations are also popular.


Bands typically considered to be Djent include:

Djent contains the following tropes:

  • Dead Unicorn Trope - Djent bands are stereotyped as always using 8 and 9-string guitars, largely due to the influence of Meshuggah. In reality, most bands in the genre use downtuned seven strings.
  • Discredited Meme: Most bands in the genre are utterly sick of the "but will it djent?" meme.
  • Follow the Leader: One of the biggest criticisms of the genre, and even its musicians will (half-jokingly) admit to it. The stereotype of the Periphery or Animals as Leaders soundalike with a plural noun name, preppy-looking members in dress shirts, a vocalist (if the band isn't an instrumental ensemble) whose clean singing voice sounds suspiciously similar to Chester Bennington or Chino Moreno, guitarists who use Kiesels or Strandbergs, run everything through Axe-Fx, and play a mix of djent riffs, effects-laden atmospheric textures, and heavily processed fusionesque leadwork, and YouTube channels that are mostly covers and Jared Dines-aping comedy sketches exists for a reason, and all but the most self-unaware djent musicians will probably laugh with you and/or offer several additional components if you bring it up.
  • I Am the Band: In Djent, a lot of "bands" in the genre are really just one guy who can play guitar and bass using programmed drums. The genre has become rather notorious for that.
  • Internet Backdraft/Flame Bait: Go onto any metal forum, ask if Djent is a genre and see what happens. If you want a really vicious response, go onto a prog forum.
  • Soprano and Gravel: Many bands in the genre alternate between clean and harsh vocals, much like Metalcore.
  • Trope Codifier - Periphery
  • Trope Maker - Meshuggah

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