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I've got a long history with metal and its associated genres. I got my start with heavier music through burned copies of Linkin Park CDs and moved through post-hardcore, metalcore, deathcore, death metal, black metal, sludge metal then finally into progressive metal. Stumbling into the world of djent made me question everything I thought I knew about the genre, but I never looked back. I thought the novelty of djent would last forever but with time tropes appear in every musical genre. We're finally starting to see new subgenres branching off and these artists are leading the charge, at least in one direction.

This particular playlist came together because I saw these three in concert last week. They each have their own distinct sound but are very clearly in the same little djent-inspired corner. They aren't afraid to strip things back, mix influences and aim for emotion. Between them you'll find some of the most innovative, passionate and beautiful "metal" I've ever heard. It's hard to know whether they even belong under the metal banner anymore but I'll leave that for you to unravel.