Dj0nt (the genre formally known as djent) is the typical path that the average br00tal kid took after growing out of his deathcore phase. Many questions have been raised about the genre – is it true core music? Or is it “the M word”? What are the best bands in the scene? Which ones are passable? I’m going to attempt to answer some of these questions. Get your 9 strings out…
BORN OF OSIRIS
These guys would be a good candidate if it was 2007, back when they had more than one breakdown per song and didn’t break out into a guitar solo every 15 seconds. Let’s be real, they’re hardly a core band anymore. Their fanbase is occupied by so many metalheads nowadays that if you went to one of their shows, you’d probably see more ponytails than spending a day at the races. With that said, I do respect them for being the founding fathers of dj0nt but I have to exclude them from the competition.
VEIL OF MAYA
Same story as above. ^ They used to be core, now they’re metal. They think they’re so advanced with their “diminished sweeps” and “tapping techniques”. Lol. The only thing that’s diminishing is y’alls female fanbase, & the only thing you’re tapping is your guitar strings.
AFTER THE BURIAL
After The Burial brings the mosh big time. You can tell that they really care about the art of the breakdown and are dedicated to preserving it so it can survive throughout future generations. They are not afraid to experiment with the breakdown and take it places that it’s never been before. An example would be this sick EZdj0nt breakdown at the beginning of their song “Pennyweight”…
The tuning in this song is double drop C#, which makes it the lowest tuned major key breakdown (to my knowledge) ever made. That’s almost an octave lower than most #ezcrab songs!
After The Burial gets technical here by using the mathematical constant Pi, and incorporating it into this complex breakdown pattern where the kick drum corresponds to each number as the figure progressed. This is pretty impressive considering they have no asian members in the band.
ATB gets in touch with their african side on this fun funky track. I like to call this song “funk dj0nt”. It really makes you wanna get up and dance to the rhythm. Play that funky music dj0nt boys.
This song is what I like to call “emo dj0nt”. ATB proves that you can get in touch with your feelings and get your dj0nt on at the same time with this emotional little diddy.
Northlane is a
progressive metalcore band from Australia. They go pretty hard. Their song titles make it sound like they really know a lot about science, but let’s be real, if that were actually the case then they would be obtaining PhD’s, not playing in a band.
This song is pretty sweet. The breakdown at 2:17 is heavy as fuck. I haven’t heard bass drops that intense since I saw Woe, Is Me live!
Upon looking through some of their merch, it seems as if they are trying to target the soft grunge market, which made me have to subtract a few points from them. I just can’t get down with that. I don’t condone anything that attracts tumblr girls.
Volumes need no introduction. They are one of the hottest dj0nt bands on the scene at the moment! Let’s take a glimpse at some of their catalog…
This song is somewhat of a dj0nt hit single. How did they make a dj0nt song into a hit? Only Volumes could do that. If you ever see them live, the crowd goes nuts for this song, it’s all bros throwing down, just watch this video.
Here is another sick song from that album. It’s just a non-stop barrage of sick breakdowns.
This is one of my favorite tracks from the new album. It’s so heavy all the way through. Hmm… are you noticing a pattern here?
With lyrics like this, they are destined to scare AWAY the tumblr SJW crowd, ensuring that they’ll have a Fuccboi-free™ fanbase.
So yeah, I think it’s pretty clear that Volumes is by far the best dj0nt band. Instead of incorporating “shredding” and all of that silly nonsense that should only belong in tr00 metal (AKA nothing that I would ever personally listen to or associate myself with), they focus on heaviness and grooves. So many bands underestimate the importance of the grooves.
Should dj0nt be considered core music or metal? What are your favorite dj0nt bands? Do you do the dj0nt?