This topic can sometimes piss me off, or it can help me explain to someone what it really means, therefore help them but this blog is dedicated to those who think they know everything about the term "DJENT".
So one day I was reading up some blogs, well more so notes on facebook and I noticed that Spencer Sotelo (frontman of Periphery) had posted a status saying "Ok do half the people that use the word "Djent" even know what it means? Am I the only one starting to get annoyed with people calling progressive metal "Djent"."
I could relate to Spencer, I'm starting to get annoyed too. It's kind of like when a band that you have known and listened to for so long gain a lot of popularity and then one girl comes up to you and says "OMG YOU LISTEN TO THAT BAND TOO! I'M THEIR BIGGEST FAN" and then you find out they only know one song the band wrote. Like, are you fucking me!?
So I am here today to give the full definition of what "DJENT" really means:
"Djent is used to describe a certain kind of guitar tone characterized by medium-high gain, a quick-release noise gate to emphasize staccato playing, a cut of most bass below 200Hz for a tight low end, a slight boost around 800hz for clarity, and a noticeable boost around 1.6Khz to emphasize pick attack. When a two-octave power chord is palm-muted with this tone, a "djent" sound is created rather than the typical chunkier sound.
Djent also refers to repeated staccato playing of the lowest-pitch string on a detuned 6 string or 7 string guitar with a powerful attack such that the string goes very slightly sharp upon the pick's release from the string. Lower-gauge strings are used to facilitate this.
Djent tone is many times created using a Line 6 amp modeling product such as the Pod series or the Axe-Fx. When possible, an amp model such as the Big Bottom or Modern High Gain on these devices is used in conjunction with a modeled Tube Screamer in front. Engl and Mesa amplifiers are typically used when tube amplification is preferred.
Djent is widely acknowledged to have come first from Meshuggah, but Misha 'Bulb' Mansoor has arguably popularized the sound. Djent's typical uses give rise to a "genre" of djent that is characterized by hi-fi compressed production, polyrhythmic/staccato distorted riffs and ambient clean passages which make liberal use of 9 and other "jazzy" chords. Electronica influences such as glitchy percussion and synthesizers are also incorporated."
So there you go kids, the real definition of DJENT, now please stop calling it a Genre for Periphery, Meshuggah & all guitar players sakes. You sound like a douche when you do that.
It will explain A LOT about the tone and what bands use this type of tone and etc.
Enough ranting for now.