Glass Skies is a UK-based one-man band by Oscar, active since at least 2014, according to bandcamp releases. A Nature of Sorts is his first actual release, if we don’t count three singles and a backing track mini-EP.
His debut EP is a 5-song, 18-minute listen that adds a few djent elements to an otherwise jazz fusion sound, which is, for the most part, pretty laid back and contemplative but still instrumentally interesting. On that point, there is a little extended instrumentation that is fun to listen to: stuff like xylophone on Nice Monster and piano on the title track, … Read more
Armand Jourdain is a French self-taught musician who likes to blend djent to jazz and world/folk music. It’s really not the other way around because there is just so little heavy moments compared to the amount of lighter ones that it can’t be classified as a heavy metal release.
This short, three-track EP maintains this style of keeping the djent just for the more intense parts. This is a good trick, as it allows for a wide dynamic range, and the rise in intensity can be truly felt, rather than implied. However, it most likely turns off most djent kids. … Read more
Here are four ctebcm-approved albums that came out last month and that we think you should definitely check out!
Michael Avery – The Scientist
Instrumental progressive metal heavily influence by djent that is actually not just a bunch of chugga-chugga’s and jun-jun’s, even though they are not underrepresented. It’s globally a fun album to listen and headbang to, with varied compositions and a fair amount of high-level musicianship! Plus: it’s available for name your price (NYP) on bandcamp so, why not give it a shot?
Doom Salad – Dac Maelc Yletulosbo
The fourth EP from Savannah’s experimental math rockers, … Read more
The same crazy Russian duo who brought us the amazing 2013 album Based On A True Story just released “Me Or Him”. It’s another one of their tasty, personal blend of experimental djent. Second To Sun aren’t inspired by the format of an album, however, and will most probably continue releasing singles this way. Enjoy!… Read more
Electro-djent band Novållo long teased us for their new material, and we finally get to hear some of it! Betty Phage Goes To Bronxton is the first single from their second album, simply titled “Novallo II” (without the å, much to our dismay). Gino teased us of his experimentation with distortion sounds, and I guess it wasn’t for nothing! The guitar sounds very processed, almost sounding like noise is coming through, but it gets the effect it sought. Also, I think I’ve never heard a swing-felt djent song, and I’m glad that this day has finally happened. In … Read more
#VeilHasRisen marks a new phase in the life of the band Veil of Maya (VoM). This new phase is one marked by commercialism: Veil of Maya is a pop band now.
VoM was one of the earliest djent bands. Its 2008 album The Common Man’s Collapse was experimented with polymetric superposition (the hallmark attribute of djent) years before it became a staple for metal bands to pretend they are progressive.
With its release of “Mikasa,” VoM has shown that it has adopted not just clean vocals, but clean vocal melodies that sound as though they were lifted from Top 20 … Read more
Red Seas Fire originally intended on releasing one album’s worth divided into three EPs throughout one year. However, mostly due to band members changes I suppose, they ended up releasing one EP per year, throughout three years. What you’ve got is Exposition, Confrontation, and Resolution, a 3-EP, 12-track collection of about 60 minutes worth of music. I’ll begin by reviewing the latest one.
RSF make djent music but only to an extent. They don’t solely rely on riffing arrhythmia to build their songs. They put a good deal of chordal progression and melodies, kind of like how … Read more
Need I say more?… Read more
Check that out! Doesn’t this sound exciting? From the teaser only, it seems like they’ve only made what put them apart on their first album better! And… I freaking love those guitar tones! I remember reading that the guitarist would be really into weird distortions and all, which made me think of Car Bomb’s Greg Kubacki, but with that teaser I can safely say that there are many more things going on than a pitch pedal, and that makes me excited!… Read more
Funky, djenty, proggy, those are the three words that I can put on this project for now. There’s next to no information available on the project, apart from the bass demo video… by no less than the monstrous bassist from Unexpect but rather than play on a 9 string bass guitar, it’s on a more standard 6 string. And he still totally kills it, even though it’s quite remote from Unexpect’s sound.
As for now, I believe they are actively looking for an 8-string guitarist with high-end gear, who thinks outside the box, and who has a clean criminal record … Read more