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Djent Is Now Going Pop?

Metalsucks.net has posted a brief article online titled "Djent is Now Pop," which features a track from the female-fronted band Destiny Potato (available in the player below). The article laments a perceived change in djent, the latest in a long line of new heavy metal sub-genres, towards pop-metal.

Destiny Potato - Demo Preview by David Maxim Micic

You can check out a segment from the article below. What are your thoughts on the djent sub-genre, and does this sort of sound represent a shift towards pop?

This was not supposed to happen. Djent was not supposed to be the next annoying pop-metal trend.

When what would later be termed “djent” started brewing in the message boards frequented by guitar / home-recording nerds in 2002-2003, the genre had so much promise. Players who were passionate about their craft creating songs en masse for everyone to hear; good musicianship; the Meshuggah-revival guitar chug sound that was, at the time, novel; ambient atmospherics; interesting song structures and orchestration. Sure, the elements that caused djent to catch on like wildfire later on — namely catchy guitar hooks — were there in the genre’s infancy… but not to the degree they’re being mined, exploited and endlessly imitated now.

This was not supposed to happen. It was nice knowing you while you were still fun, djent. I bid thee farewell.

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Nunya's avatar

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1. Nunya writes:

LAME

# Sep 3, 2011 @ 4:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. DreamHeater writes:

These transitions are horrible.
Djent and pop were not meant to mix.

# Sep 3, 2011 @ 5:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Cynic writes:

The Internet age has brought a terrible plague of youtube/myspace attention grabbers with them. In place of talent or originality they try to claim fame by being the first act to mash two things together - and obviously the newer, trendier, or more more antithetical the things are the more attention they undeservedly get.

LOLZ guys look at my djent black metal dubstep band!! f*** off.

# Sep 3, 2011 @ 7:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Netromancer writes:

Excuse me? What? Sorry, I was busy not bothering with "trends". This sh** is meant to be taken out to the dumpster on a weekly basis.

# Sep 4, 2011 @ 12:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Jenny writes:

I'm so awesome-- I have no clue what Djent even is! WOO HOO!

# Sep 4, 2011 @ 12:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. hellrat writes:

Jen babe, I was once so blissfully ignorant as you with regard to this horsesh!t genre...

then along came brother N'Head and edumacated me to the whole pitiful deal...how I long for the olden times before trash noise like this was even conceivable :)

Don't listen to it! Don't even look at it...it is fvcking hideous to behold! And even worse upon the ear...

# Sep 4, 2011 @ 11:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. TheIronMan writes:

I'm done with djent. Periphery are great. TesseracT are good.

Everything else sucks.

Also, listening to this I thought these were snippets from a song, based off the horrible transitions. Oh man do they not know music.

# Sep 5, 2011 @ 6:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Jenny writes:

hellrat: Hahaa sucks for you:p Jk I'm so, so sawy. Heh, usually if something catches my curiosity enough I'll explore it--but I have to have a gut feeling about it as to whether or not it's worth taking a look at. And thankfully no one has bothered to show me what this Djent business is really about. Speaking of ignorance is bliss...time to flip it with a positive, through the ear: NP: "Better Grieved Than Fooled" -Anata

# Sep 5, 2011 @ 2:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. eggnog writes:

This is obviously not one single song, people. It's a mashup of several of the band's songs for people to have a sampling of their material, hence the obvious fade ins/outs between sections.

I'm no big fan of Djent myself, but I will say this is an interesting take on the genre. Metal itself, along with it's subgenres, have had their evolutions and different tangents, so I'm sure the sub-genre Djent will follow suit.

Just curious about what you guys think, but what is it about this that makes it seem "pop metal"? I don't think I'd go so far to call it "pop metal", but it's something.

# Sep 5, 2011 @ 3:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. hellrat writes:

Ha! jen, I frikken love ya!

Now check this sh!t out eh:

Sandblasted Skin---The Great Southern TRENDkill

"we don't that anymore...its on sale down at the fvckin dollar store...

The trend is OVER! its gone forever...sandblast! sandblast yourself..."

That's about what I think of this goddamned sh!te, there 'Nogger...

This is the fvcking band that saved METAL through the '90s...hindsight is fvckin 20/20 brother...so pay attention, now ya hear?

# Sep 5, 2011 @ 11:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. hellrat writes:

goddamnit!

'...we don't NEED that anymore!...'

jesus frikken christ ya know :)

# Sep 6, 2011 @ 12:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. R10 writes:

Yea,im not really all that familar with this djent stuff. Hell,took me awhile to even know how to pronounce it. Dont think any of it will make it into the trucks cd player. Yea HR,remember when Far Beyond Driven charted #1? Unheard of then for a metal band like Pantera. Beck,Pearl Jam were ruling the charts at the time.

# Sep 6, 2011 @ 12:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. ZMA writes:

People who actually like Djent aren't going to let sh!t like this happen. I'm not even gonna listen to the song cause I bet it's horrible.
Bands have been melting genres together ever since music was around. Metal might not be around if that didn't hold true. You can mix pop and metal. I've seen it done well by other bands before. Actually you can mix any genres together and make it sound good. You just have to know what you're doing. Just because one lame band tried and failed doesn't mean Djent is gonna fall apart haha.

# Sep 6, 2011 @ 3:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. ZMA writes:

Oh yea one more thing. I don't know why everyone says metal was dead during the 90's when Pantera was #1 on the charts, and you had bands like them, and Machine Head going strong throughout the 90's. Don't really understand that. R10 just made me think of that.

# Sep 6, 2011 @ 3:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Cynic writes:

Well for one there are a lot of people who think groove metal was the precursor to nu-metal and a step down in aggression and metal from the thrash of the 80s. Pantera was an anomaly, compare 86 to 96 and count the amount of critically acclaimed metal albums.

# Sep 6, 2011 @ 5:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. ZMA writes:

You make a good point Cynic. Shows that I wasn't alive back then lol.
But I do believe that metal was far from dead in the 90's. Yes there was a giant fall from a lot of bands. But there were a few key bands that fought through the grunge and Spice Girls and stayed strong even after nu-metal.

# Sep 6, 2011 @ 5:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. schecterplyr90 writes:

oh my since when did lacuna coil go djent?? first 20 secs....not bad, then it goes to sh**. i hate when people ruin songs with their whiney asses. not downing this chick but just in general with like periphery for example.

# Sep 12, 2011 @ 6:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. haha writes:

what the f*** is djent? lol

# Sep 12, 2011 @ 7:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. deathbringer writes:

ZMA - metal never dies, it just goes underground. Commercially, hair metal imploded on itself (under the weight of all that hairspray) and grunge pushed metal right out off the radio for the most part. So in that sense, metal was "dead" only in the sense that it was off the radar. But a ton of stuff was happening in the 90's so it surely wasn't dead.

At the time I considered groove closer to thrash (Machine Head's first one, Sepultura's transformation on Chaos AD, etc), but looking back, it's clear that it paved the way for nu-metal and nu-metal just took the simplicity to the other extreme.

Djent was doomed from the start with bands naming themselves various sorts of mockeries of the term itself (how many bands can fit the term "Djentlemen" into their name?).

# Sep 12, 2011 @ 9:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. The_Avant_Garde writes:

I still really like Cyclamen. That's the only "djent" band I've seriously gotten into and enjoyed. Although I've never seen them refer to themselves as such so I'm not sure where they stand on the matter. Great band though.

# Sep 14, 2011 @ 3:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. haha writes:

@ #19 YES! I was just thinking that myself, that there'd like be a compilation album of these types of bands under the name of, say "Ladies and Djentlemen" HAHAHA ROTFL!!!

# Sep 14, 2011 @ 10:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. n0thinghead writes:

djent is awesome. this is not.

# Sep 14, 2011 @ 11:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. ZMA writes:

Point well made DB. Metal is gonna be around for a long time I believe.

# Sep 14, 2011 @ 4:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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