Top 10 Facts About Djent Music

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The discussion on whether djent /ˈdʒɛnt/ is a music subgenre or not is still going on. I think most of the musicians believe it's not a subgenre and prefer to call it "music style".

But some other musicians believe djent is a subgenre. Tosin Abasi of Animals as Leaders stated that "there are specific characteristics that are common to "djent" bands, therefore implying legitimate use of the term as a genre." He made the point that a genre is "defined by the ability to associate common features between different artists. In this way, it is possible to view djent as a genre describing a particular niche of modern, progressive metal."

So what is djent? Here are some answers.

The Top Ten

1 Djent is a distinctive high-gain, distorted, palm-muted, low-pitch guitar sound

The most popular song with this sound is Bleed by Meshuggah (in case you are curious...).
But not all djent bands are that heavy - Meshuggah just play extreme metal while TesseracT aren't heavy, for example. - Metal_Treasure

2 The word 'djent' may refer to music that makes use of this sound, to the sound itself, or to the scene that revolves around it

SteveTerreberry made a video How To Be DJENT!
He demonstrates and explains many things. - Metal_Treasure

3 Djent is a development of progressive metal
4 Djent guitars have minimum 7 strings

There's a funny yet useful youtube video: How To Be DJENT! by SteveTerreberry - Metal_Treasure

I don't think I have to say why I like prog metal, neoclassical metal and these etc genres more than thrash metal or death metal.
They get the best out of a guitar! - zxm

Many progressive and technical death metal bands actually use 7-string (or 7+) guitars and play neoclassical style (Obscura, Beyond Creation) - Metal_Treasure

5 Djent was named for an onomatopoeia for the distinctive sound

Onomatopoeia is the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named (e.g., cuckoo, sizzle). In other words, the "djent guitar" sounds like the word "djent" /ˈdʒɛnt/ repeated - "djent djent djent djent..."

Some members of the rock/metal community criticized the term "djent" because it's like calling doom metal 'Dunnn'. LOL.

But the term "djent" already became popular and I don't think it's gonna be changed. This term emerged as an informal word in a small online community when nobody expected this style to become a thing. - Metal_Treasure

6 Djent music uses polymeters
7 Fredrik Thordendal, Meshuggah guitarist, is considered the originator of the djent technique Fredrik Thordendal, Meshuggah guitarist, is considered the originator of the djent technique Fredrik Thordendal (born February 11, 1970) is a Swedish musician, best known as the lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the Swedish extreme metal band Meshuggah. He's considered the originator of the djent technique. Thordendal was rated No. 35 by Guitar World in the top 100 greatest heavy metal ...read more.
8 Djent movement / Djent scene developed from an online community

Most of social media groups have much criativity, they create memes, gifs, funny jokes about whatever they see it's worth it, so, I believe, as a guitar player and music student, (but also as a member of many "music stuff" group), that Djent is a heavy music genre created from particular influences from person to person, and social medias, mainly teen groups, those ones who likes to labels in many things they listen to, and to what they call djent and what not, like...Plini's djent sound isn't the same as Animals As Leaders's, perhaps they listen the same of different types of soft and heavy music, but each "djent band" or "djent artist" use their own feelings, heavy sound likings, to create their "djent music", and to complement what many opinions here agree about, for me, yes, there are particularity in what we call djent and what we don't.

9 It's OK to say "I am looking for gear that is djenty"

You can ask in a music store: "Is this guitar djenty? " Just make sure you are in the right store... - Metal_Treasure

10 Djent guitar sound was first employed by Meshuggah and SikTh

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11 Djent is a meme
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1. Djent is a distinctive high-gain, distorted, palm-muted, low-pitch guitar sound
2. The word 'djent' may refer to music that makes use of this sound, to the sound itself, or to the scene that revolves around it
3. Djent is a development of progressive metal
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