Nu-Djent Might Be the Next Big Thing in Metal, Journalist Explains

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Journalist Robert Pasbani from Metal Injection recently presented an interesting theory about nu-djent being the next big thing in the metal genre.

"Heavy metal subgenres are constantly evolving and I proclaim that the next big thing will be nu-djent, a sort of combo of nu-metal in the vein of Linkin Park and djent like Periphery and Animals As Leaders were doing," Rob kicked off.

"There are already bands that are arising that are melding rap metal and chuggy riffs," he continued, bringing up the likes of Devastator and Hacktivist as some of the possible early examples of the new genre.

"The only thing the genre needs now is a breakout band with a super catchy song," the report concludes. "I feel the elements of djent are melodic enough for a wider audience, even some radio play. All it will take is the right band to capture the right combo of djenty and nu-metal riffs and this will be the next big thing."

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    TremontiAddict
    I'd like to see Ted Nugent get involved with a genre like this. Nu-Djent, Nugent? Anyone? ...I'll see myself out.
    RC52190
    I literally thought this was Ted Nugent's new metal band or something when I read the headline. I was like, "The Nuge is at it again, stirring shit up in the world!"
    alex94kumar
    Lol funny story actually, I just optimized my Strat to play Djentcore, this morning.... http://i.imgur.com/XALBpfb.jpg
    dpoliakas
    Ugh, you're so ignorant - you also need another string for those octave jumps.
    themaniac9
    Hahahah Reminds me of this video by steveterryberry on YouTube "How to be Djent" Look it up it's hilarious
    Skyvalve2012
    Love that video! And on my take of the subject: I don't care. Really, I'm just hoping most metalheads can get their heads out of their asses and start being a bit open minded, even if the music IS bad. Who cares? It's called "Guilty pleasure" people!
    fanapathy
    Thanks that kinda made my day I've never heard this djent genre before but I watched that 1st video and all I could think was WTF does the guy need that many strings for, he plays like 1 note
    Bmaister
    Counting the days till Countrycore...
    AmericanDad
    Sadly Nu-Country is here, look up Bro-Country, so it's not far off. Edit: Was the Countrycore supposed to mean going back to its roots or going farther down the shitter?
    Job4ADeadCowboy
    To be honest my friends made that like 7 or 8 years ago. they only had one song and it was stupid as hell but, funny at the time.
    imspazzen
    There was a black metal/country band back where I used to live and they were actually really good.
    Izzy-Sweet
    This is exactly what we need, even more pointless heavy metal subgenres. Sure, some are necessary, you can figure those out for yourselves, but Nu-Djent? Really? As the article says, it's just Nu-Metal with a "djent" chugging guitar sound, why does that need a category to itself?! Mind you, I lost hope when a band got called "Crabcore" because of a pose made by one of the guitarists in the f*cking video...
    dpoliakas
    Well really, if it happens that there appear many bands which are "Nu-Metal with a "djent" chugging guitar sound" then that entire phrase would be the category you would put these into. Regardless if the category has an explicit name or not, it will still be a category. Giving it a name just makes it easier for everyone. When I looked at the word (phrase?) Nu-Djent, it was clear to me that it meant, in your words, "Nu-Metal with a "djent" chugging guitar sound". So I'm going to call it that because the point of the genre name is to describe the music without hearing it in a short phrase. Existence of sub-genres really doesn't affect anyone but those, who are (for the reasons I don't understand) concerned with a genre name itself. For everyone else, it's a descriptor, and for those who know about them it helps to describe the music to other people easier. My point is, you don't have to call this Nu-Djent if you don't want to. You can call it Nu-Metal, and that might suffice. But you know that in some cases elaborating, that it has that djent chugging would help where it's appropriate (i.e. the other person cares). So just calm down, dude. The world is no different from having another sub-genre and you don't have to care if you don't want to.
    butlerc777
    Preach it. Sub-genre titles are really only meant to make it easier to reference a certain sound.
    Izzy-Sweet
    I think my problem is that I don't get why djent is even a genre in the first place. From what I'm aware of, it's a chugging riff on an open E (maybe? I don't know) which, from what I can tell, has been around since the first thrash bands.
    Sebo
    I'm completely on your side. Besides one part.What else then crabcore does describe the movements of the guitarist ?
    pantallica87
    Oh no, "True Metal" fans. Its happening again...
    razorback91
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    Shaggy91
    metal elitists who insist their music taste is the right taste. usually cause they're older and "remember pantera breaking" or "puppets dropping and changing metal". Its all nonsense because some people need to feel like an auth...or..ity... HOLY SHIT METAL IS A RELIGION! HAIL THE METAL!
    crazysam23_Atax
    Or maybe...some Metalheads just feel like some metal is worse than other metal.
    Second Rate
    elitist: the insecure wannabe's term for a person who doesn't like the exact bands he does.
    crazysam23_Atax
    And what's wrong with liking what I like? I don't knock other people's choices. If asked, I'll say, "I dislike X band, because...". But why people construe (for instance) the metal forum telling people that a certain band sucks as elitism is beyond me.
    K33nbl4d3
    I don't understand why music ever had to be more than "This sounds good/expressive/interesting so I like it" I mean, reasons for liking a song vary, and one can argue that more bands of a certain genre are more likely to make good sounding music, but ultimately doesn't it all come down to what sounds good to the listener? If it doesn't, someone who knows what music is correct to listen to please explain how I've gotten music wrong my whole life. If it does - and I'm fairly sure it does - then why does it matter to people so much what others listen to? As you say, elitism in music is bollocks.
    Iommianity
    lol that's silly, elitists don't listen to Pantera or Metallica. Get your stereotypes right!
    TheLiberation
    I find it amusing how many people here apparently mock "TRVE METVLZ" fans, and at the same time show the EXACT same mentality in hating 7+ string guitars.
    wylde1994
    didn't know what to expect with that Devastator track...but wow i found it impressive
    theogonia777
    If djent is spelled "djent" then "nu" should be "gnu". It's the only rational thing to do.
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    looks like we need 11 strings now
    TheLiberation
    Please, if you have no idea whatsoever about extended range guitars, shut the **** up. That you've seen a band or two just chug on the lowest string does not mean you have the slightest clue on the subject.
    Redfinton22
    Oh god, I take back everything I've ever said about extended range guitars since apparently it's the musical equivalent of astrophysics. How the **** did you get so smart?
    the_bi99man
    Thank you. Always amuses me how people get so upset about the existence of extended range guitars. Like they don't realize that 6 strings was an arbitrary choice to begin with, and "standard tuning" is equally arbitrary. More strings = more range. Period. Even if you don't need more range, if you can't understand what use it could be, you're laughably closed-minded, and should be ashamed to call yourself a musician.
    TheLiberation
    Thank you as well, but well, guess what, downvotes from "STRAT OR LES PAUL OR GTFO" people incoming.
    mp8andrade
    Take a look at some tech death metal bands like Archspire. I don't like their sound, but they make an excellent job with those crazy lots of strings.
    DickHardwood
    God I hope not.
    Shaggy91
    Dont worry, you'll always have Papa Roach to listen to.Djent and post-metal are just music people who dont like 4/4s, ugh omg let me take a selfie. Edit: Sarcasm was intended on the last line. Bring the hate
    DickHardwood
    I hate Nu-Djent. I also hate Papa Roach. I didn't understand this was an either/or situation though.
    Shaggy91
    It isnt really, i'm just playing fun because way too many people at UG take themselves and their music tastes far too seriously. You can tell just by the comment rating that I struck some nerves. Nothing wrong with expressive music, be it in 4/4, 7/8, 13/8 or whatever. I like djent, its good stuff.
    skull_king
    What's wrong with not wanting to play 4/4's? Personally, I find them overplayed and boring. 7/8's are where it's at!
    Pick 'n' Finger
    It's cliché as ****. If it were original at any point I would be happy with it, but so far it's just generic Djent cliché with mediocre rap on top. I don't mind to combo but PLEASE!! Create something that has not been done before. I don't need Jay-Z and the local mediocre Djent band merged together to create a song that is boring enough to make an ADHD-guy fall alseep...
    Eissari
    Stupid as hell. Sub genres are getting out of control. Next is new wave of nu metal?
    Kaleidoscalp
    Do people seriously find the time to label music to such a degree? If I hear something and like it, it's just good music.
    opeth0606
    Didn't really like either of the songs, but if you enjoyed them have a ball. Just not my cup o' tea.
    mp8andrade
    "I feel the elements of djent are melodic enough(...)". After reading this I realized the whole article is a joke.
    TheLiberation
    Ever heard anything by Periphery or Animals as Leaders? I think Icarus Lives! and CAFO, respectively, are their most popular songs, and they're very melodic. Most of their stuff is very melodic in addition to the djenty riffing, they're quite different from the raw rhythmic pounding Meshuggah (and their disciples) do.
    mp8andrade
    Heard some of the bands you mentioned. Only because a vocalist sings something melodic it doesn't make the song melodic, you need your instruments to go melodic too. Also, the text fragment I quoted is clear "the elements" and not "some elements", think about it.
    TheLiberation
    Are you serious? There's melodic leads all over their music. Also, the idea of Animals as Leaders not being djent is quite amusing since they're one of the bands that PIONEERED djent. Except just like Periphery they abandoned ship and developed their style massively when everyone just copied the style of their debut album.
    mp8andrade
    I just listed to some Animals as Leaders, and I'm sorry, but it's a lot closer to tech death and prog than to djent.
    Sixxstarr
    As someone who actually loves nu metal...this really isn't what I'd consider to be nu metal...it's really just djent with rap over top...rap and distortion doesn't equal nu metal
    jamie_hough
    I don't think it will be as big as Nu-Metal was, but yeah I think this genre grabs peoples attention at least. I personally love Hacktivist, their set at Download was insane and their cover of Niggas in Paris is a kick in the nuts. The genre wont do what Nu-Metal did though, I don't think anything will for some time, the industry and the good old paying public have changed so quickly in the 15 or so years since nu metal made it big.
    Leybick
    That Hacktivist video/song literally made me sick to my stomach. I know I should respect people’s tastes and everything, but if anyone listens to this stuff, I think it’s safe to assume they’re an idiot. I was about 12 when Linkin Park first made it big, and I was definitely into it, and I still appreciate them to an extent, particularly the electronic textures and some of Chester’s vocals. I don’t ever listen to them, but I still appreciate what they have done. As far as djent, I don’t care for the genre as a whole. I love AAL and I really enjoy some of Periphery’s first album, but that’s about it. I’ve given their last couple releases a chance, but I just can’t get into it. Mostly because it sucks. Now if someone comes out with a bit of turntablism on top of djent/groove metal rhythms and gets rid of these trash vocalists (guttural screamers, whiney SoCal boys, and apparently now rappers?) in favor of a memorable clean vocalist and even a quality screamer I could see this taking off like metal core did back in the mid 2000s.
    Skyvalve2012
    See, you get it. Ever heard of the singer Chris Clancy of Mutiny Within? If he fronted a band like this...well, I would listen.
    Shavyi
    Djent has two sides, the metal side and the hardcore one : modern evolution of prog-metal with bands like Tesseract, Periphery, etc... and then all the other downtuned-low-string-spamming-stuff, like the two examples given in the article, which has definitely nothing to do with metal, but hardcore.
    tomrogue13
    Good music but what I don't get is why people need 8 string guitars? 7 strings i can understand but 8?
    the_bi99man
    More strings=more range. That's really all there is to it. If you don't need more range, that's fine. But if you can't bring yourself to understand how anyone else might, you need to open your mind.
    bobbyk1978
    Are you done preaching yet? You've posted this a few times now, and all I can say is drop it. If YOU can't bring yourself to understand that people don't like extended range guitars and people have different tastes likes and dislikes, then YOU sir need to open YOUR mind.
    TheLiberation
    No, he shouldn't drop it, it's people who bash extended range guitars who are stupid. If you bash on something you DON'T use and that does NOT affect you, you're a pretentious moron and you're the one who should be quiet.
    Haydenr25
    Check out Deftones, the albums "Diamond Eyes" and "Koi No Yokan". 8 string guitar work that isn't stereotypical.
    crazysam23_Atax
    I thought those Deftones albums were done on 7-string guitars? Early Deftones was done on downtuned 6-strings, right?
    Haydenr25
    Adrenaline - Standard Around The Fur - Drop C# White Pony - Drop C Deftones - 7 string Saturday Night Wrist - 7 string Diamond Eyes - 8 string standard (as far as I know) Koi No Yokan - 8 string, some drop E Don't quote me on the last 2, not entirely sure on those. Watch any live video of them playing a song from the latest 2 albums and Stephen Carpenter is playing an 8 string. Chino (the lead singer) doesn't use anything but a 6, he just plays higher octaves or inversions. But he barely plays guitar on any songs.
    reignofrock
    When I first started listening to the vids I thought about Born of Osiris and such. Those types of bands are okay. Then he started rapping.. God, I hope this doesn't become the next thing in metal.
    bill.niemela
    I sure ****ing hope its not the next big thing!!! it sounds like the next big turd thats going to come rocketing out of my *******.
    PoorePlaysBass
    I didn't want this to be a thing. But I listened to the songs, and those are definitely neither djent nor nu metal. So I can see how this deserves to be its own thing. Also Devastator > Hacktivist
    the_bi99man
    Wait, so Animals as Leaders and Periphery are djent? Granted, I've never actually looked into it, but I had been under the impression that djent was just terrible chug riffs nonstop. Not good heavy and technical music. If Animals as Leaders is djent, where the hell are all the "djent only needs one string" jokes coming from?
    BeardedWonder91
    Hacktivist smash it live, too. Can't bring myself to like the Devastator frontman's voice though...
    Lee Makky
    You know Hacktivist are from a crappy part of England when they have those sh*t accents, and the white rapper is wearing tracksuit bottoms and a fcken Adidas jacket. Love Hacktivist though, good band.
    Leybick
    I must also add that some of Architects stuff is incredible, but only some of it.
    QuantumInfinity
    I really liked the mellow parts in Unconscious, the vocalist was okay too, but the chuggy chuggs don't seem to work for me personally.