(In this post TheMadIsraeli reviews the new EP by Entities from Sacramento, CA.)
While I think we can all agree that although djent, as an overarching fad and movement, is dying out and is in its death throes as we speak, that doesn’t say that the style in and of itself is bland or that there aren’t bands who remind us why this style got off the ground in the first place.
I am SURE, and am even willing to bet money, that djent as a whole will be a dead horse within two years and that NO ONE will give a single fuck about any of this shit nearly to the extent of the popularity it has enjoyed in years past. However, I do think some bands are going to continue to push on and show that they are undeniable musical forces: Vildhjarta, Uneven Structure, Means End, Born of Osiris, the list goes on.
I’m writing this piece, however, to talk about the new EP by Entities. I think there are two types of bands within the djent community: those who want to milk the cash cow while they can, and those who sincerely have a passion for the style and all its elements. Entities are definitely in the latter camp, bringing forth material that, while not necessarily original, is nonetheless a conviction-filled testimony to djent’s strengths and none of its weaknesses.
The only reason you could have to dislike this, from my viewpoint, is that you just don’t like the style or have become disenchanted with it because you think it’s old hat. Which is cool, I 100% understand when people tell me they’re sick of djent, as I mostly am, too. I do, however, believe that giving Entities a shot is worth your time, as their music has an exceptionally refined taste for being so modern.
This isn’t the first time I’ve become aware of this band — I was a huge fan of their first EP Luminosity. I wanted to wait, however, to see if they would be a one-off band, or if they’d slip into mediocrity, but the band actually made a considerable improvement upon their sound. On that note, I recommend listening to Luminosity as well.
You can acquire both a standard version and an instrumental version of the EP at the Entities Bandcamp. Just for the sake of exposure of this band, I’m gonna go ahead and have the players for both EP’s embedded below. I’d like to see if I can persuade the NCS audience to give this music a chance and enjoy it.