Djent is a genre I’m fairly new to, only familiar with a few songs by the Swedish forefathers of the genre, Meshuggah. It was definitely a mixed experience. I came across a band called Sequence of Discord while youtubing for djent bands, and most of what I came across were hardly melodic and were merely a myriad of open notes with an occasional pinch harmonic, but two bands stood out, two bands from what I came across, Sequence of Discord and Walking Across Jupiter.
Going through these 2 albums, it was a challenge to pick one of these to review, but I had to go with Sequence of Discord’s ‘Namaste’. Both these bands are quite worthwhile to check out if you are a djent enthusiast. Listening to ‘Namaste’, I must say, it took me some time to get accustomed to the whole genre. Doing further reading I gathered background information and the theory of the music, I came to understand the ideology behind the whole genre. I dove deep into the album, track by track, I began to love this band, it brought to me emotions and a mixed vibe, positive or negative, it’s hard to say what. I actually find it quite inspiring now that I’m listening to it (again) while writing.
As most underground djent bands, not all the songs had the purely generic “djent” in it. The music was filled with hauntingly calm melodies, some of them evoking a trance like state when you listen with your eyes closed. For example ‘Revival’ with the ambient build and the acoustic guitar, it was nothing but a pleasant and laid back vibe. Out of all the songs on this album, the one song that stuck out to me was ‘Dreams come true’, it had the perfect balance of djent and melody. With one of the most uplifting break downs I have ever heard, this song grabbed me by the neck and launched me a thousand miles into the air. I woke up to this song 2 days straight, feeling purely inspired and positive, because as the title states it, ‘Dreams come true’.
I absolutely adore how this band manages to feature such ambiance along with djent, the melodies and workmanship is solid in this album. Definitely a great start for anyone who’s looking to get into the djent scene. One of the most creative djent bands all in all.