Originally Posted by Richard
I think Randy brings up a good point in terms of labeling bands and music.
I feel him to a point, but I think he's picking the wrong battle. Djent really seems to include a lot of bands that do fit a certain stylistic theme, but there's plenty of room in that tent. I wouldn't say that Periphery and TesseracT or The Contortionist sound the same, but they do share a common DNA. In other words, I think it's descriptive enough to be helpful, but not so narrow as to be restricting.
When it comes down to "oh, no, that band is clearly avant progressive electronic industrial blackened melodeath thrashcore", the labeling gets into hipster elitism territory. But I think Djent falls in with descriptors like thrash, death metal, hardcore, power metal, stoner doom, and some of the broader labels that ARE actually helpful in delineating some styles for others. I get that it's all just heavy metal, but if I play Psychroptic or Portal for a Tool bro, dollars to donuts his head will explode.
I think when labels are broad and descriptive, rather than narrow and definitive, they can be helpful. But if you need more that three hyphens to describe a band, you're probably a pretentious git.