Top 10 Best Djent Bands

Characterized by its complex rhythmic patterns and down-tuned guitars, Djent has become increasingly popular in recent years, with many talented bands emerging in the scene.

Compiled based on the votes of fans just like you, this list features some of the best Djent bands around. From the pioneers who helped shape the genre to the up-and-coming artists who are pushing it in exciting new directions, there's something for everyone here. So sit back, grab your headphones, and prepare to be blown away by the sheer talent and creativity of these incredible musicians.
The Top Ten
1 Meshuggah Meshuggah is a Swedish progressive metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. They are often considered the fathers or founders of the djent metal sub genre due to their use of downtuned guitars. They are also known for their song “Bleed”, which is known for its extremely complicated instrumentation,... read more

Never heard anything like them and still, undeniably djent!

This band is brilliant. I listen to Bleed on a daily basis.

2 Periphery Periphery is an American progressive metal band based in Washington, D.C., formed in 2005. They are known for their heavy, progressive sound which employs poly-rhythmic patterns and soaring melodies. They are credited with popularizing the modern djent scene. Over time they have progressed from djent... read more

These guys are the epitome of the genre. Just listening to them lets you know djent doesn't get any better.

Saw them live last year and they were very, very good.

If you haven't heard Periphery II: This Time It's Personal, do yourself a favor and go listen to it. Easily the best album by Periphery.

3 Animals As Leaders Animals as Leaders is an American progressive metal band from Washington, D.C. It is composed of guitarists Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes along with drummer Matt Garstka, having been formed by Abasi in 2007. Their musical style has also been described as djent.

Incredibly diverse sound, technically talented guitarists, intricate yet enjoyable melodies -- not many other bands can accomplish this. They are very talented individuals who make satisfying and complex music.

The most musically diverse of any djent band with enormous talent involved.

Crazy guitarist with new ideas.

4 Tesseract Tesseract are a British progressive metal band from Milton Keynes, England. The band, formed in 2003, consists of Daniel Tompkins, Alec "Acle" Kahney, James Monteith, Amos Williams, and Jay Postones. The band is currently signed to Kscope.

If you haven't heard Altered State yet, you really should.

I love this band. Of course, my favorite one is Meshuggah, but I love this band.

5 The Contortionist The Contortionist is an American progressive metal band from Indianapolis, Indiana. Formed in 2007, the band consists of guitarists Robby Baca and Cameron Maynard, drummer Joey Baca, vocalist Mike Lessard, bassist Jordan Eberhardt, and keyboardist Eric Guenther.

Exoplanet was on its own level when it came out. This band really pushed the limits on what you could do conceptually and musically in metal.

6 After the Burial After the Burial is an American metalcore band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are currently signed to Sumerian Records and have released four of their five full-length albums through the label.

Most talented musicians in the djent genre with Periphery quite close. Lost in the Static, Wolf Amongst Ravens, and Collapse are some of the best songs I know.

Super complicated and beautiful guitar riffs on top of super low djent patterns.

Wow, ATB crushes and their concerts are fantastic. Djent definers.

7 Vildhjarta
8 Erra
9 Monuments

Why isn't Monuments at the top, man? Hail Monuments! After Pantera, this is my favorite.

10 Northlane

I can't believe these guys haven't been mentioned! But surely, top 20 at least, they're legit and one of the best heavy groups out of Aussie shores.

The Contenders
11 Veil of Maya Veil of Maya is an American metalcore band, formed in Chicago, Illinois by members Marc Okubo and Sam Applebaum in 2004. They are currently signed to Sumerian Records and have released six studio albums.

One of the best bands I've ever heard. The new Matriarch album is awesome. This band should be rated top 2 in this list.

12 Born of Osiris Born of Osiris is an American deathcore band, formed in 2003 in Palatine, a suburb of Chicago. The group underwent several name changes, including Diminished, Your Heart Engraved, and Rosecrance, before finally settling on Born of Osiris in 2007, basing the name on the Egyptian deity Osiris, and the... read more

My favorite 2010s metal band. The ironic thing is I am not a huge fan of Metalcore or Prog Metal but this band mixes the two together and I still love it.

Are you joking?! These guys are the new kings of Djent! Number 1, please and thank you!

13 Gojira Gojira is a progressive metal band from Bayonne, France. The band was known as Godzilla until 2001. Gojira is composed of Joe Duplantier on vocals and rhythm guitar, his brother Mario Duplantier on drums, Christian Andreu on lead guitar, and Jean-Michel Labadie on bass.
14 Textures

These guys are one of the pioneers of the djent movement and are seriously underrated. Every album released by them is a masterpiece with their signature polyrhythmic sound, complex drums, and a great mix of harsh and clean vocals. I had the pleasure of watching their last show and they have solidified as one of the greatest modern metal bands.

15 Mechina
16 Fear Factory Fear Factory is an American industrial metal band that was formed in 1989. During the band's career, it has released nine full-length albums and has evolved through a succession of styles, including industrial metal, death metal, groove metal, and thrash metal.
17 Sybreed
18 Oceans Ate Alaska
19 Volumes

Wormholes EP from Concept of Dreaming is what I show to anyone who asks what Djent sounds like. They got me addicted to Djent.

20 Reflections

Most underrated djent band ever, very technical and amazing, should be ranked higher.

21 SikTh
22 Haunted Shores

Really more to them than just Djent. Like Black Metal meets Death Metal meets Djent. Still amazing though.

23 Oni Oni is a Canadian progressive/djent metal band formed in 2014. In 2016 they released their debut album - Ironshore.

Lyrical themes: Abstract Themes, Celestial Beings, Ancient Civilization, Space, Philosophy

They became known to a wider international audience by accompanying the Finnish... read more
24 Glass Cloud Glass Cloud was an American metalcore band from Hampton, Virginia formed by Jerry Roush, Joshua Travis, Travis Sykes, and Chad Hasty in late 2011.
25 Chimp Spanner

Hard to believe, this is a one-man band that does all the engineering himself. Much respect!

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