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got-djent.com T-shirts available at Euroblast festival

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Get your got-djent.com T-shirt
at Euroblast festival for EUR 5!


We've sold and given away almost 100 got-djent.com logo T-shirts in the past year, so we figured it was time to order 100 more! A fresh batch of T-shirts will be available at this year's edition of Euroblast festival, which takes place in Cologne, Germany next week, on October 21st and 22nd.

But there's more: this new batch has been cheaper to make, so we will also sell them cheaper. A lot cheaper. got-djent.com is a non-profit project, after all. Previously the T-shirts cost EUR 8 each, but they will now be available for EUR 5, which is roughly GBP 4.50 or USD 7.00. All sizes (S to XXL) will be available. They are high quality silkscreen printed Fruit of the Loom T-shirts.

After the festival, they will also be available for ordering on the site.

As mentioned earlier, got-djent.com is a non-profit project, and we make no profit by selling these T-shirts. If you buy one, you pay the manufacturing price (and the shipping costs, if applicable). If you want to support us financially to help us pay our server costs, please check out this page.


Mockup of the design (not the actual product!)

Join the got-djent.com team


It's no secret that the got-djent.com moderation team is in need of some fresh blood.
We're looking for volunteers that share our passion for progressive and technical metal music.



got-djent.com started out as a hobby project run by a team of 5 people in the Autumn of 2009. In Summer 2010, we witnessed the rapid growth of the scene, which hasn't stalled since then. For us, this relentless expansion of the djent community implies an ever increasing workload as we do our best to stay on top of everything that's happening. Today, the got-djent.com team is three times as large as it was then, but we need more manpower to be able to keep up.


Who are we?

got-djent.com is managed by a team of volunteers from all over the world. We are fans of djent, and we want to provide platform that functions as a starting point for fans and newcomers to discover the scene, and as a means for artists to easily reach their target audience. We do not do this for personal gain, but because we enjoy it, and because we want to spread the word about this new and exciting phenomenon that's taking the progressive metal world by storm.


What do we do?

A got-djent.com moderator reviews the content that is submitted to us by our users, but their primary task is to create news items, which appear as headlines on our front page. Through the 'Send us an update' box in the sidebar, we receive a lot of newsworthy information that the moderators turn into news articles and headlines. Sometimes they also add the new bands that people share with us to the database.

A lot of content on this site is user-generated: users can submit news articles, band pages, releases and reviews. These submissions are not always up to standard: they might contain spelling or grammar errors, or they need to be partially rewritten. This is also the moderators' job - they ensure that submitted content gets cleaned up and published, and they weed out the stuff that's not worth publishing.

The latter is particularly important when it comes to band page submissions. got-djent.com is exclusively about djent, but quite often someone creates a band page for a band that doesn't qualify as djent, for whatever reason. It is the moderators' job to listen to the bands that get submitted and assess whether they qualify or not. The moderators do this as a team, exchanging opinions and insights, to ensure that their judgement is as fair and unbiased as possible.

To summarise, the tasks of a moderator are:

  • create news items
  • publish user-submitted content
  • keep our band database clean and relevant


What's in it for us?

As mentioned before, we are all volunteers and we do this because we love it. But of course, there are certain perks that come with the job.

As a member of the team, you are at the helm of an influential community platform. This gives you the opportunity to share your ideas and opinions with a lot of people with similar interests. Occasionally, we publish essays and editorials written by moderators, which tend to instigate thought-provoking discussions.

You may also have noticed that we do more than churn out articles all day - we like to interview bands now and then and we even have our own YouTube channel for video interviews. Interviewing a band is an exciting venture, and definitely one of the coolest perks of the job. Moderators are encouraged to be creative and propose bands to interview themselves. This creativity can also manifest itself in other ways - for example, one of our moderators has set up the official got-djent.com podcast.

Sometimes we get the chance to hear some new music before everyone else, or we can attend a show to conduct an interview. Every year, a large portion of the team meets up at Euroblast festival. Moderators also get to test new site features before everyone else.

The only thing we don't get out of it is money. got-djent.com is and will always be completely non-profit.



The got-djent.com team interviewing some of the progenitors of the djent scene in London, UK in 2011.



To summarise, some of the perks of being a moderator are:
  • you are given the opportunity to express your thoughts
  • you get to interview some of your idols
  • creativity is stimulated and encouraged


Who are we looking for?

We're looking for creative and enthusiastic volunteers to join our team. If you:

  • are a good writer who pays attention to style, grammar and spelling (English doesn't have to be your first language)
  • are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the 'djent' phenomenon
  • have some time to spare to work on the site, and are able to contribute on a regular basis
... then you might be what we're looking for!


Interested? Get in touch!

If you are interested in joining our moderation team, you should get in touch with us as soon as possible. You can use the contact form (select the category 'site administrator') or send an email to admin at got-djent dot com.

As a new recruit, you'll be given a brief interactive tutorial on Skype or Google Hangout, to get an idea of how things work in practice, followed by a trial period which lasts roughly one month. During this period, you can familiarise yourself with our site infrastucture and software, and you get to know the rest of the team. You also show us what you're worth, by performing the moderation tasks outlined earlier.

After the trial period, your work will be discussed, and together we will assess whether you are fit for the job, and whether you want to join the moderation team permanently.




About got-djent.com

What is 'djent'?

'Djent' refers to a particular style of metal music, incorporating low tuned, open note syncopated riffing and/or heavily palm-muted metallic-sounding power chords. It is regarded as a new subgenre of metal by some, but this is controversial. More information can be found in our FAQ or on Wikipedia.

About got-djent.com

What is 'djent'?

'Djent' refers to a particular style of metal music, incorporating low tuned, open note syncopated riffing and/or heavily palm-muted metallic-sounding power chords. It is regarded as a new subgenre of metal by some, but this is controversial. More information can be found in our FAQ or on Wikipedia.

What is got-djent.com?

got-djent.com strives to be the ultimate resource for all things djent. We aim to be a place where all fans of djent can discover new music, update themselves about what's going on in the djent scene, share experiences and insights, hear the latest tracks by up and coming artists, and much more. We also wish to offer a platform for artists to reach the right target audience.

Receiving almost 400,000 pageviews a month, got-djent.com has fast outgrown its origins as a hobby project to become a point of reference within the djent scene, educating newcomers and keeping veterans up to date at all times. Through strategic partnerships with like-minded sites and contacts with bands and labels, we are able to offer our users high-quality content. Despite all this, got-djent.com is still a non-profit project.

got-djent.com is a community portal. We take the 'community' part very literally: almost all content is submitted by users. Content can be added and edited by all registered users, in a wiki-style fashion. There is a team of content moderators that reviews these additions and changes before they are made permanent, to ensure quality and prevent abuse.

This means that you can help us out. By adding your favorite bands and albums to our database for example. Or maybe you've got some djent-related news (about your own band, perhaps?) that you'd like to share - go ahead and submit it!

got-djent.com is a non-commercial initiative, managed and hosted entirely by volunteers in their spare time. It will remain ad-free as long as this is affordable. If you have a few bucks to spare, you can help us out with the server costs if you want. This site uses icons from pinvoke.com and komodomedia.com.



Who are we?

got-djent.com is run by a team of hard-working volunteers. They watch over the quality of the published content, write news articles, conduct interviews, arrange exclusives and maintain the site infrastructure. The got-djent.com team consists of an administrator, a PR manager and several content moderators. You can recognise them on the site by their blue and green coloured usernames.

benanne (administrator) - admin at got-djent dot com
The maintainer and lead developer of this website, living in Belgium. He is currently pursuing a PhD in computer science at Ghent University. Likes it technical and/or progressive, and is on a metalcore binge at the moment. Plays the piano. Is a huge nerd and a language nut. Loves British comedy, high-level programming languages and kebab. Digs Oceansize, Katatonia, Architects, Scarve, Textures, Disillusion, Extol, The Dear Hunter, and more.

Clarity (content moderator, comment moderator) - clarity at got-djent dot com

breakdown (content moderator, comment moderator) - breakdown at got-djent dot com

Waldheri (content moderator) - waldheri at got-djent dot com
Dutch, born in the late 80s. Likes his music progressive or fused. Full-time biomedical engineering student with a metric fuckton of other interests. Reader of books, watcher of films, drinker of abbey beers and a ballroom dancer as well. Some favourite bands: Meshuggah, Cloudkicker, Devin Townsend, Chimp Spanner, B.M. Sharp, Karl Sanders, Empyrium, Ulver.

JL_VerthAliceR (content moderator) - jorgelucas at got-djent dot com

Klonere (content moderator, podcaster) - klonere at got-djent dot com
Born and raised on the fair isle of Ireland Klonere "type(s) words and listen(s) to vanilla superior 2.0 samples all day". Currently studying International Relations in Dublin City University, Ireland. Musical taste based mainly of the TECHNICAL and BRUTAL varieties, also digs a lot of ambient, electronic, hip-hop and drone artists. If it's dark and complex he'll probably like it. Devin Townsend is "bit of a god" according to him. Big into Starcraft and its pro scene, he also enjoys reading history books, poetry and current affairs. Fails to run the podcast regularly but by golly he tries his best! Follow him @TheKlonere on Twitter.

blckravn01 (content moderator) - blckravn01 at got-djent dot com

MonstaH (content moderator) - monstah at got-djent dot com

ma7erick (content moderator) - maverick at got-djent dot com

StervendeWens (content moderator) - stervendewens at got-djent dot com
Computer science student and quite the bookworm. Finds interest in things pretty much nobody else does. Likes dead and other languages, lucid dreaming, ballroom dancing, painting, swimming, guitars as well as candy and waffles. Bands she enjoys are: Katatonia, Neurosis, The Dear Hunter, Meshuggah, Ion Dissonance and others.

ProgHippie (PR manager) - patrick at got-djent dot com
The public relationist of this website. Likes it most if technicality and intensity culminate in le win, shown off by bands such as TesseracT, Struc/tures, Gojira, Uneven Structure and Disillusion - but is also down for some more mellow stuff such as Dark Suns and Pain of Salvation, or some straight forward Deaf Mepple like Bloodbath, Decapitated, Blood Red Throne and some obscure underground bands. Owner of the band promotion agency ProgHippie.com, freelance photographer and passionate for travelling and outdoors. Based in Switzerland.

Moderators on hiatus: paulyrhythm, Ellen Djenteres, Mahn, jwinti, IARETYRAWR

Contact the entire team: info at got-djent dot com

Join us

We're always looking for committed moderators to join our ranks. If you're interested in joining the team and you think you've got what it takes, your best bet is to try and get noticed by contributing frequently. You can do this by posting and updating news, bands and releases, but you can also help us out in other ways, by spreading the word about the website for example. If you want to be a bit more proactive about it, you can contact us for a tryout.

got-djent.com logo T-shirts back in stock

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got-djent.com logo T-shirts back in stock

The first batch of got-djent.com logo T-shirts has been almost completely sold out for a while now. We can't thank everyone enough for their support! We've had to disappoint quite a few people since then because their size was sold out.

New site feature: featured content

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Featured content on the front page

It's safe to say that the djent scene has pretty much exploded over the course of the past year. During this period, our posting volume has increased steadily. These days, we are publishing almost three times as many news articles as when we started out.

We've also started bringing more and more exclusive content, like interviews and other special features. Unfortunately, our front page only has room to show the five most recent headlines. We felt that some posts were not getting the attention they deserve, because they disappear off the front page too fast when newer posts are published.

To remedy this, we have spruced up our front page a bit with a new section at the top that shows featured content - stuff we think you should definitely have a look at. Five posts worth checking out are shown in a slideshow. Hover the mouse over them to pause the slideshow, and click the links on the right to change the post that's currently being displayed.

As always, if something looks weird, refresh the page as your browser may still be caching old files. You also need to have Javascript enabled. If something isn't working like it should, let us know through the contact form.

We hope you'll enjoy this new feature. More new features are in the works, so stay tuned!

New site feature: media embedding

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Better media embedding with the [media][/media] tag

got-djent.com is all about music, so we often post articles about new songs. Until now, these articles usually contained links to an external website where the song is hosted (like SoundCloud, Bandcamp, Dropbox, ...).

We want this music to get heard, and unfortunately that extra click that's needed to listen costs the artists a lot of potential fans. The sad truth is that every additional click decreases the potential audience by half. That's just how the internet works.

To remedy this, the site has supported automatic embedding of YouTube videos and Google videos for a very long time. But YouTube's audio quality isn't exactly spectacular, and who uses Google video these days? We thought it was about time to extend embedding support to a wider range of services, including the ones most commonly used by artists nowadays.

Enter: the [media][/media] tag!


The new way of embedding content is by wrapping a link in 'media' tags. This works for URLs from YouTube, Google video, Vimeo, DailyMotion, Blip.tv, SoundCloud (individual songs), Bandcamp (both tracks and albums), SoundClick (individual songs), ReverbNation (individual songs) and UStream.tv (recorded videos).

On top of that any link to an MP3 file can be inserted and it will show up in a player. This is useful for people who like to upload their stuff to Dropbox, for example.

You can use the media tag almost anywhere on the site: in news articles, but also in comments and on the forums.

For backwards compatibility, the old way of embedding YouTube and Google videos (without tags) still works for now.

As always, if something looks weird, refresh the page as your browser may still be caching old files. If something isn't working like it should, let us know through the contact form.

We hope you'll enjoy this new feature. More new features are in the works, so stay tuned!

New site feature: keep us updated!

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We need your help - keep us updated!

A new feature has been added to the site: you can now keep us updated more easily using the text box in the sidebar. got-djent.com is a community portal, and it has always been possible for our users to submit new content: news articles, bands, releases and more. However, we realise that this is actually quite a lot of work, and in this day and age people are always pressed for time. That's why we've decided to make contributing a little easier.

The djent scene is still growing every day, and it's starting to become a daunting task for our moderation team to cover everything. We are starting to miss things. That's why we are counting on you to help us by pointing out news and bands that are worth posting on the site. Instead of submitting an article or a band page, you can just send us a link and we'll do the rest.

How does it work?

It's quite simple. You enter a link and a short description of the content in the text box at the top of the sidebar (top right of the page), and press 'Send update'. Your update then enters the update queue, which is regularly checked by our moderation team for new updates.

You have to be logged in to see the text box. If you don't have an account yet, you can create one here in a few minutes.

When an update is submitted, it is 'pending'. When a moderator comes along and sees the pending update, they can decide to make a post about it. They will then mark the update as 'in progress', to indicate that it's being dealt with. Once the post is finished, they will mark the update as 'posted'. This doesn't mean that the post will be visible on the site immediately - it might still have to be reviewed by another moderator before publishing.

If the content of an update is deemed unusable or inappropriate to be published on the site, it will be marked as 'ignored'.

You can view all the updates you've submitted at any time by clicking the 'View my updates' link below the text box. The 'My updates' page shows an overview of all your updates, along with their current status. You can also view each update individually and discuss it with the moderation team.

As always: if anything looks weird, please refresh the page as your browser may still be caching old files. If it still looks weird after refreshing, don't hesitate to contact us!

Help us out!

If you are an artist, we would appreciate it very much if you could keep us updated about what you are doing. Just send us a link to a blog entry, a Facebook status, your Myspace / Bandcamp / SoundCloud page, ... and tell us what's new. We'll post it on the site and link back to it, which in turn gives you more exposure. All news articles published on the site are also posted on our Facebook page, our Myspace page and on Twitter.

If you are a fan, feel free to keep us updated about your favourite bands as well! Just link us to what's new and give us a short description.

If you have more time, you can also submit an article or a band page yourself, and make our workload a bit lighter.

Join the team!

On a related note, we are currently looking for some dedicated people who would like to help us with writing articles and moderating submitted content. Our moderation team consists of volunteers who work on the site when they have some time to spare. All of the moderators lead busy lives, however, so sometimes there is a lot of work to be done and not enough time to do it.

If you are interested in joining the got-djent.com moderation team, you are encouraged to submit new content (articles, bands, releases, ...) that conforms to our internal style guide regularly. Regular contributors will be contacted and invited to join the team if they are interested.

A map of djent: second edition

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Remember our map of djent? In December last year, we posted a visualisation of the popularity of the bands in our site database. The results were somewhat controversial. Since then, got-djent.com has continued to grow and a lot more data is available now. That's why the map has now been updated.

The second edition of the 'map of djent' features 167 bands, 37 more than the first. Over 12000 'become a fan' links have been clicked on the site as of today. At the time the first map was created, only 7500 had been clicked. This means a lot more data is available now, leading to a better representation of our users' preferences.

Overall, not a lot has changed. It's a bit more crowded, and the most popular bands are now even more tightly knit together. To view the full-size version of the map, please click the small version below.

For more information about how the map was created, please read our post about the first edition.

View the previous version of the map.

Style guide

This page details the got-djent.com style, i.e. how news articles, band pages, release pages and reviews should be structured. It is used internally by the moderation team. If you want to make our lives a bit easier, try to make the content you submit adhere to these guidelines as much as possible.

You can propose additions and amendments in the moderation forum.

General style rules
Do not use all caps for headlines, titles or names of bands and albums.

All content should be in (well-written) English. Correct grammar and spelling are absolutely crucial. Whether you follow the British/Australian/American standard is up to you really, but just be consistent.

Never use the tag 'djent', as it applies to all content on this site.

News articles
News articles should be about fresh news - posting stuff that is older than a few weeks is generally no good. Always check if we haven't posted about it before!

Headline
The usual format of a headline is: 'Bandname: something has happened'. The colon is only there when it's appropriate, i.e. not 'Textures: release new track' but 'Textures release new track'.

There should be no capital letters after the colon, unless for names of bands, tracks, etc., so 'Uneven Structure: rehearsal footage available' is correct, but 'Uneven Structure: Rehearsal Footage Available' isn't.

The headline should not be too long, so it doesn't wrap on the home page for small resolutions. Most of the time this can be avoided, and it looks a bit clumsy otherwise. Don't try to mention everything in the headline.

No punctuation! A headline is a headline, not a full sentence. Commas are okay to separate multiple parts, but periods and especially exclamation marks are a huge faux pas.

Always put names of releases and songs in single quotes, but not bands.

Tags
The tag 'djent' is forbidden. It applies to all content on this site (or at least it should).

Tags should be separated by commas, else they end up as one huge tag.

Band names should not be added as tags in most cases, but as 'related bands'.

Post body
The writing style should be sober and objective. Pretend you are a journalist. Too often submissions looks like forum posts, and this is not the idea.

The post body can be divided into 3 sections: the description, the content, and the links. Not all of them are present at all times, but the description almost always is.

Description
The description goes at the top and describes what the post is about (some band uploaded a new video, live footage is available, a tracklisting was revealed, ...).

Especially when there is no content section, the description should be at least 2 lines long on a fairly wide screen, which usually means at least 2, often 3 sentences. This can usually be accomplished by referring back to older posts about the same band, or adding something about their latest album (when it was released and by whom), .... be creative!

Do not put every other sentence on a new line. Write in full paragraphs.

Always include plenty of links in the description. Word groups like 'Myspace page' or 'SoundCloud page' should always be links. Punctuation (like the period at the end of a sentence) should not be part of the link.

Always link bands and releases that are in our database! Often you can use the [band] and [release] shorthand tags for this, but if not, use regular links ([url]).

Always put names of releases and songs in single quotes, but not bands: Meshuggah's song 'Rational Gaze' off their 2002 album 'Nothing'.

Content
Content encompasses embedded videos, track listings for albums or artwork for example.

Images and videos should be centered. For videos this happens automatically, for images youshould use the [center] tag.

Content usually goes below the description. There is no further description after the content.

In the description itself, refer to the content as soon as possible, usually as (part of) the first or second sentence: "watch it below" or "view it below".

Links
There should always be a couple of links to relevant pages at the bottom of the post. These should be full sentences, so contrary to the links in the description, these should include the punctuation. For example:
Listen to 'Sentient Glow' on Myspace.

Each link goes on a separate line.

Links go at the bottom of the post body.

It doesn't matter if a page was already linked in the description, it should be linked at the bottom as well. People usually only skim the description part and go straight for content / links.

Related bands
Only link bands that are directly related to the content of the post. A post about Periphery usually shouldn't have 'Bulb' linked to it for example (unless, say, Bulb uploaded something to his SoundClick page). This is a bit ambiguous, I know, but as a general rule try to limit the number of related bands to a minimum.

Do not forget this.

Updating news articles
Sometimes it's better to update an existing news article than to post a new one. In that case, you should change the headline and append '(updated)'. Make sure to disable automatic URL generation (see the modding handbook) cause else the URL of the post will change!

You should add the additional information below the description and the content, but above the links. Like this:
UPDATE: in the meantime, the video has been taken offline.

It is also allowed to change the other sections of the post to reflect the update, but including an 'UPDATE: ...' part clearly indicates that the post was modified, so it's important.

Never update the authoring date on a post that has already been published, not even when you have updated the contents. This bumps the post to the front again, which is unfair to other posts, and it causes problem with the Twitter/Facebook synchronisation.

Bands
The band name should be just that: the name of the band / project and nothing else. Do not add nouns like 'band' or 'project', or stuff between parentheses.

List one member per input field in the 'members' section. Do not put them all in one field. If no member information is known, inserting a question mark '?' is allowed.

Facebook pages, YouTube channels, Myspace pages, official websites, ... should be added to a band page as links. Don't add them in the band bio. Enter a title and an URL for each link. Each set of input fields corresponds to one link. Don't enter two URLs (one in each of them). This happens surprisingly often.

Use descriptive but non-redundant link titles: 'Facebook page', 'Myspace page', 'YouTube channel' are okay. 'The band's Facebook page' or 'Meshuggah's official website' are not okay.

The Location should be formatted from 'small' to 'large'; put the city first, then the state / region, then the country. Only the country is compulsory, if it is known.

Only use the 'logo' field to upload a band logo. Any other type of picture will be removed. The 'picture' field can be used for a band logo, or some related artwork.

Releases
Do not submit every new track as a 'single' type release. This is not what our release database is for.

The release name should be just that, the name of the release. Don't include suffixes like 'EP' or 'album', and don't include the artist name (unless the release is self-titled of course).

If the band does not have a label, enter 'unsigned' in the 'label' field. If nothing is known about the band's label, enter 'unknown'. Try to stick to these two designations and don't use synonyms (like 'self-released' for example).

A free download link preferably leads to a direct download of an archive (zip, rar, ...) or a Bandcamp page. Linking to a SoundClick page or some other page where each track has to be downloaded separately is strongly discouraged.

Reviews
Reviews should be well-written and avoid extreme bias. Try to be critical and fair. They should be reasonably long (one paragraph does not constitute a review), but not too long either.

Reviews must not be copied from other sites, unless by the author of the review himself (he owns the copyright).

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