The latest fad in the metal world is that of ‘djent’, or a heavier form of progressive metal. Djent, as a grene, is described is an extremely loose term for progressive/math metal which features low-tuning, polyrhythms (or syncopation), riff-bending and a general sense of technicality – usually accompanied by both harsh and screamed vocals. Djent has also become the word describing a community of like minded people interested and experimenting with this new sound and playing method.

Two of the biggest bands in the Djent/Progressive Metal scene today are Tesseract from England and Periphery from America. Check out a song form each band:

Periphery

Tesseract

At first listen, you can notice lots of similarities between the two bands in their music. Despite being on entirely different continents, both bands share similarities that extend far beyond the music. Both bands exploded onto the scene in 2010 – Tesseract with Concealing Fate and Periphery with Periphery. Both releases gained strong reviews throughout the metal community regarding both vocals and guitar work. Both bands have struggled with maintaning lead vocalists. Periphery has had four vocalists, finally settling on Spencer Sotelo whose voice goes “up like an angel and down like a wounded ox”. Tesseract have also gone through four vocalists, and just recently announced the newest vocalist Ashe O’Hara. Both bands also used the internet as a way to help release their music, often times releasing singles instead of full albums. Both bands seems to have walked a similar line. I wanted to bring these two bands up because I think it is quite interesting how similar of a history and sound they have despite being an ocean’s length away from each other.  Many fans of the genre would argue that both Tesseract and Periphery are responsible for the current wave of ‘djent’ bands and are the biggest influences on the scene today.

I think this speaks wonders of Djent as a community. While members of the scene may not always be on board with the name associated, djent as a community is a fantastic and interesting thing. Got-Djent.com is one of the leading djent community sites. It helps introduce fans to new music and bands, but more interestingly its forums are bursting with like minded people looking to make music together. People from all over the country are coming together to record songs with each other – not for money, but for the love of the music and they enjoyment that comes with creating something special. The comradery in the scene is mind-blowing, guitarists form Brazil are recording for vocalists in England with drums being sent in by someone from India.

I’m personally a big fan of this new wave of progressive metal. It seems to be looked down upon by traditional metal heads, but I find myself enjoying it more and more. I actually use both Periphery and Tesseract as a transition band to try and convince my non-metal friends to listen to metal. I find that most of my friends either don’t mind, or actually enjoy both bands.

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