TovH Exclusive – ‘The Producer Series’: Pt. 5 – Djent

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Want to record that perfect take? Write the riff to crush all genitalia? Get that perfect drum tone? Need album direction ideas? Well today we have something extra special for all you aspiring musicians, the Producer Series. This exclusive to TovH will put you in touch with one of the leading names in metal production today, helping you get the edge over the endless stream of new bands/artists all seeking those sweet yet ever-dwindling record deal dollars. Last time we spoke, B.S gave us the insider tips on how to create a buzz in the world of Stoner metal. Here in the fifth installment, he’s going to show you how to prove you’ve got djent.

So far we’ve sent your riffing into outer-space with Tech-Death, got you in touch with nature with all things Atmospheric, helped you create the harshest of Noise and blazed through Stoner metal. Once again, due to contractual obligations and other such legal restrictions imposed by those pesky record labels and other suit-wearing corporate scum, we’re not allowed to officially name the producer we’ve been in contact with. So for the purposes of this series, they’ll be referred to by their initials, B.S. I’m sure some of you who are more knowledgeable in the music industry have already worked out who it is, but for those who haven’t, let’s just say they’re a pretty big deal, having worked across a couple of decades, covered a plethora of sub-genres and collected ideas from all aspects of the music industry. What matters here for us though is that we’ve got exclusive access to their insights and tips on how to get noticed and achieve success through the saviour of metal, djent.

1. Learn Binary

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By now you’ve probably realised that you need to know how to decipher binary. Even to simply read some of the super-futuristic fonts Djent bands use for their logos, you’ll need to know your way around the 1’s and 0’s. Just glancing at any Guitar Pro tablature will give you a headache if can’t distinguish a common 0001001100100011 pattern from a 0001001100100011 one. Don’t be the fool who just wings it and ends up hitting that useless 11th fret by mistake. After you’ve learned to read it, you’ll have to try to start thinking in binary, moreover, begin to communicate in it. This will prove invaluable when you finally crack the big-time and hit that elusive double figure benchmark of Soundcloud followers. Each and every one of them champing at the bit to pay you their lunch money for one-on-one instructional lessons on how to crack the code of your revered riff-making.

0. Ixnay On The Eshuggahmay

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Just don’t mention them at all. It’s safer that way. If you ever make the mistake of uttering the name of the famous Swedes, you’ll no doubt be in for trouble. Saying their name out loud is the quickest way to turn a djentleman into a complete djerk. You might be of the opinion that they were the forefathers of the genre/style…don’t mention it. Conversely, you might believe they were entirely separate to the formation of the genre/style… don’t mention it. You might not care either way, but don’t. fucking. mention it. When you enter the studio, remove all thoughts of the legendary band. When you write the linear notes for the album booklet, don’t include a thanks to “you know who.” Thank me instead.

0. Get With The Program

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Don’t waste time relying on fallible, and thus, useless bandmates. Remove the chance of human error and opt for exclusively program-based accompaniment. Even the slightest nuances arising from someone’s personal playing style could alter the perfect futuristic sound-scape you’ve meticulously crafted on Guitar Pro. These nuances are essentially mistakes, so eradicate them with the plethora of computer programs available to you in the modern age. Real guitar tones don’t exist within the vacuum of amp valves and the knowing tweaks of analog dials; they can only be found on the preset functions of new programs such as Axxxtreme™. Can’t find a drummer to fill your creative visions of overarching polyrhythms and complex time signatures? Get a drum program, they never turn up late to practice because their parents wouldn’t let them out of doing their chores. The best program for this at the moment, I’ve found, is skILLUSORY Drummer™.

1. Tune Lower Than The Next Band

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You’ve tagged your music as experimental and progressive. You tell your friends “it’s soooo much heavier than those bands” when they ask if it’s “like that screamo stuff”. What is the only way to make your music heavy? Tune lowwww. Carve out the nut with a damn jigsaw, put on some fat strings and loosen those machine heads right on down. Start with your thickest string, the 0.98. Drop that that beast until you can only just wrap it around the headstock twice. Now plug in to a chromatic tuner, pull out your 6mm pick and give that bastard a chug. Whatever note it happens to be is your baseline. Tune the other strings accordingly; you won’t be using them much anyway.

1. Dismiss Other Genres

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There’s a reason there are over 4000 djent outfits releasing an album every 3 months. It’s because the youth have realised that djent is the future of metal. Unlike all the previous genres that have arrived on the scene throughout the history of metal, this time it’s not an over-saturated passing trend. Djent will continue to exist, nay flourish, over the years to come. This will almost certainly come at the cost of the other genres of metal. One by one they will disappear until everyone who isn’t stuck in the past will have jumped ship and began to bow at the altar of the almighty chug.


Previously in the Producer Series:
Tech Death
Atmospheric Metal
Noise
Stoner Metal


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  • Dubs

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    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Nice riff, bro.

      • Dubs

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        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Heavy is as heavy does.

        • Rob M

          Yeah…I definitely know that song

          • Dubs

            01010011 01110001 01110101 01100101 01100101 01111010 01100101 00100000 01101101 01111001 00100000 01101100 01101001 01111010 01100001 01110010 01100100 00101110

          • I am too lazy to try copy-paste this into a converter.

          • Guacamole Jim

            01011001011011110111010100100111011100100110010100100000011001110110010101110100011101000110100101101110011001110010000001101101011001010010000001101000011000010111001001100100

          • “9/11 was an inside job”

          • Dubs

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          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            We ALL know that song.

        • “Thanks dude!”

    • Rob M

      Think I know that song

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Psh, what a ripoff.

    • Hubert

      ..

    • Guacamole Jim

      Lizardbro is the best bro.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        >:[

        • Guacamole Jim

          I didn’t say he was the best Tapir!!

          That’s Jimmy McNulty.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Godfuckingdammitmcnulty

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Agreed Guacy. Tapir doesn’t like the band Traffic so that disqualifies him from being the best Tapir on my list of Best Tapirs.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Your list of Best Tapirs is not a list any Tapirologist will take seriously. You’ve no qualifications to make that list.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            The list has no Tapirs on it.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            That shows how inept you are.

          • I’mma get a Masters in Tapirology from Trump University.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Unfortunately Trump University no longer has Tapirology. Currentöy the only place where you can get a Doctorate in Tapirology is in Kitee.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Nowhere in the US has Tapirology? I guess we aren’t ready to study them.

          • Kitties>>>>>>>

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            No, Kitee. It’s a small place in Finland.

          • No, I get it. Kitties in Funland>>>>>>>>>

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            I’ve only got doggos.

    • “The lizard is my favorite”

    • EsusMoose

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    • 10001110101
      (for my favorite Ross)

      • Dubs

        The funny thing is that that doesn’t even mean anything.

        • Boss the Ross

          That’s the beauty of it. It just jams.

        • SOMEONE isn’t listening hard enough

      • Lacertilian

        Check tags 😉

      • Boss the Ross

        Jimmy!

    • JWEG
  • This isn’t a riff, it’s a subnet.

    • YourLogicIsFlushed

      Djent is secretly trying to hack the pentagon through binary pulses, so I see where your confusion lies.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        *vapes*

      • Rob M

        Djent is Skynet?

        Well, that makes a lot more sense

  • CHUG! CHUG! CHUG! CHUG!
    *smashes can on forehead*
    HAHAHAAHJAAAA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DadGqmxpmVU

    • I think TesseracT is the only djent I can pass. The overall overprocessed chugs chugs tend to gives me the shivers.

    • Old Man Doom

      Toiletconfessions: I really enjoy Vildhjarta. They know how to groove and bring the atmosphere. Looking forward to hearing something new from them this year (hopefully).

      • I totally enjoy their tuneage as well m/m/

        GL

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Pictured: djent

  • Djent, that dirty little bitch has got me, Poisoned.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z85TenAJFUA

  • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan2

    I would rather live in Flint than listen to this music.

    -Best Zing • 5 months ago

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Enjoy the water.

    • WHAT LEAD YOU TO THAT CONCLUSION, SIR?

      • YourLogicIsFlushed

        He just really likes heavy metals.

        • It is elemental, I do not blame him.

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        Get out. That joke was schist.

      • ME GORAK B.C.™

        U EVER BEEN FLINT??? MIGHT B AS CRAPPY AS TOILETTO OR DETROILET!!!!!

        • I have not, actually. Detroit once, Grand Haven, and mostly southern towns.

          • ME GORAK B.C.™

            FLINT SUCK!!!!!! BUT MACHINE SHOP THERE GET GOOD SHOW NOW & AGAIN!!!!!!!

          • MACHINE SHOP WHERE YOU SHARPEN SPEARS??

          • ME GORAK B.C.™

            GORAK HAVE CLUB!!!!!!!!!
            GROG HAVE SPEAR!!!!!!

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      Just dont drink the water, or use the ice cubes.

    • more beer

      I’m sure you can find cheap housing there. You should go. Don’t forget, the water is perfectly safe. Drink as much as possible.

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    I love that I can agree that all these stereotypes are true, but does nothing to dissuade my guilty pleasure for some semi-derivative djent now and then. Lizard bro/10

  • EsusMoose

    I want to post djent so I shall https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Xf-Yf1w3JQ

    • EsusMoose
      • Not to be a try hard and all, but, I got bored with “djent” way before most of the popular bands even came to fruition.

        • EsusMoose

          I didn’t care for it for a while then gave some groups a try, I dislike a lot of it still but some stuff hits the spot. Like any genre there are many barrels of shit for each decent group

        • RJA

          I’m not entirely sure I even know what djent is – and I am doing everything to keep it that way. Is the song above me here djent?

          • EsusMoose

            It falls into a sector of progressive metal that typically is djenty but the group used to be a djent group so, probably if not very close. For example off their last album before everyone left https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_gm5UCc-oA

          • I can get behind the riffing on the other song, but those vocals are tough to slug through….

          • EsusMoose

            Yeah I like the song but like a lot of djent vocals they are hit or miss.

          • YourLogicIsFlushed

            I thought I liked the vocals in Intervals, until I heard them open for a show once. No bueno. Probably one of the few cases I like a band better instrumental.

          • EsusMoose

            There is always the instrumental version of that album and I didn’t mind the vocals but the singer just seemed weird and didn’t seem to add a whole lot.

        • you just gave my brain a BSOD

      • This is a killer track. Damn the leads are hot.

        • EsusMoose

          This and the next track Meridian are both equally solid and though the album is solid overall those those two are my favorite

          • Waynecro

            “Meridian” >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

          • dude, the riffing is goooood

          • EsusMoose

            If I remember Protest the Hero’s bassist played on it as well, I don’t recognize the drummer but I guess he was in periphery when they started and my darkest hour now

      • This album is excellent and a great album to introduce non-metal people to. Love it.

    • YourLogicIsFlushed

      This is decent, but there’s just far too much instrumental djent out there. Can’t get into it at all. I need something that might make it different.

      • Brain Drill is my favorite djent band

        • YourLogicIsFlushed

          I prefer Drain Brill.

        • Rob M

          In order, my five favorite Djent bands are

          1)
          2)
          3)
          4)
          5)

          • YourLogicIsFlushed

            You forgot to fill in the numbers. What are your top 5 Djent bands? (doing my best JJD impression)

          • Rob M

            You know those ones that rip off Meshuggah…none of those

      • EsusMoose

        I always dug Javier Reye’s side project material, his sophomore album was alright but I like his style. This album released last year was okay but this track got some plays https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEHIcu8qIBA

        • YourLogicIsFlushed

          Haven’t heard of this either, I can get behind this.

          • EsusMoose

            Protip: Don’t look into what genre they consider themselves. Probably what set me up to not dig them as much.

    • Pagliacci is Kvlt
  • The down-tuning thingy reminded me of this:

    **V-neck shirts included**

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8S-F3DKA-8

  • Waynecro

    I love a good djoke. Thanks, bro!

  • ME GORAK B.C.™

    01110011 01101101 01100001 01110011 01101000 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Sir Tapir The Based

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  • Sir Tapir The Based

    Unrelated: I’ve found myself enjoying the new Obscura album quite a bit. Who knew there’s good tech death out there these days?

  • Riffs. That section at 3:30, goddamn.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_4jG3ArZxk

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Listening to the only real Djent band in your glory – Mehchuggah.

  • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

    I love this series.

    • Lacertilian

      B.S has been extremely helpful, we all benefit.

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        Your finely honed sarcasm is particularly pleasurable!

  • Owlswald
    • Owlswald

      Self-response: I forgot how ridiculous these guys look.

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    I just got a Misha Mansoor MS exclusive flashback. You remember don’t you? He would barnstorm the comment section and his minions would give his every comment 1,000 likes.

  • I love the number of the steps is only 0-1

    • Lacertilian

      B.S had to ensure it could be understood by the target djemographic.

  • Apoc…Ellipsis…

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