OK so its a pretty obscure genre but I hope it becomes a lot more popular. Talk about any djent bands and converse about albums. Ill start it off with Periphery's new album, Periphery II. Oh my god. Its so nice to see people do new and fun things with music. Give the album a listen and support them if you want. But this forum lacked a djent thread, so I thought I'd put it up. Veil of Maya, animals as leaders, anybody you can think of, lets discuss em!
Djent is one of those genres that popped up out of nowhere and suddenly became one of the biggest things in metal. I don't want to sound like a troll or anything like that, but djent has actually been around for a while because of Meshuggah, but it has gained a lot of popularity since.
All that aside though, a pretty awesome djent band to check out is Vildhjarta. Some sick nasty awesome djent there.
I adore Periphery's new album. I feel they've matured a bit more, and moved to a more progressive edge than they had before. Not that they weren't progressive before, but they really used that open Ab string a LOT haha. One of my favourite bands in the genre are a UK band called Hacktivist, who blend together djent instrumentation, and rap/grime vocals, and it REALLY works. Looking forward to them getting an album or EP out now (they've got 3 tunes floating about on the internet, Cold Shoulders is an example of what they do), but in the vein of Veil Of Maya/Periphery, I'd say After The Burial are one of the best too.
Meshuggah really isn't djent, they just have the percussive guitar element that djent uses. Sure, they are a huge influence to the genre, but djent is more prog and electronic music then an exercise in rhythm. Truthfully, the bands that are really taking the genre into its own are Periphery, TesseracT, and Animals as Leaders.
Pertaining to P2, it is one of the few albums where I can actually just start from the first song to the last and not hop between because of the amazing job they have done. It seems that Bulb did a great job at letting everyone have input into everything, not too mention that Spencer sounds FUCKING AMAZING on this album. I saw them back in April and Spencer blew everyone away with the difference of his vocals from P1 to now. I personally can't wait for more music from them.
I think at this point djent has hit it's peak when it comes to new bands emerging, cause any new djent band is just a clone of the Periphery, Animals as Leaders, and the like. That is not to say that the "original" (original as in when it became a movement, not original like Meshuggah and SikTh) djent bands aren't going to still come out with new kickass stuff. That being said, I love djent, and y'all should totally check out Periphery's new album, Animals as Leaders everything (if you've already heard them, listen to them again...and again), definately go back and listen to any Meshuggah you can get your hands on (they've got a 28 minute song called I, and it's incredible), Vildhjarta, The Contortionist, and Keith Merrow. If you've heard them, listen to them again, becasue they are just so kick ass!
Definitely all good points. ALso, another decent band to check out is Veil of Maya, and especially the song they have that includes audio from the youtube video of the guy who says periphery has limited sounds.