The Best Djent / Math Metal - Metal Storm Awards 2017

David Maxim Micic dips into djent's proggier side with Who Bit The Moon, a 38-minute vacation of chilled-out serenity. Even the big, distorted 0000s that gave this genre its name hit with such a light, painterly touch that they don't shatter the reverie Micic invites us to enjoy with him. With all the tasteful guitar noodling, sometimes it's just a straight prog album, but against all odds, Who Bit The Moon stays pretty heavy - playful and subtle, but still a child of mathematical metal.

There's a lot of relaxing, atmospheric music in this category this year, and that's great - but we needed at least one band to put the 0000000000 in dj0nt, or else we'd look like fools. That's where Drewsif Stalin comes in, chugging and growling with all the fury he can muster. Of course, there's still plenty of creative structures and mood-building found on Anhedonia, but of a much colder, more industrial, and heavier character than anything else you'll find among our nominees.

That title is needlessly foreboding; Scale The Summit have no intention of causing us anguish. Instead, they have brought us an album brimming with bountiful instrumental beauty, a wellspring of innovative applications for thumping percussion and endlessly wandering guitar lines. These harmonies and grooves are airtight; In A World Of Fear's entrancing melodies bear no trace of rawness or aggression, even in the heaviest grooves. Every tiny detail serves the mood, and the bright tones will doubtlessly improve your day.

SikTh's pair of lead vocalists and devotion to cultivating its quirkiness truly set the band apart; impromptu tempo changes and wild instrumental passages lead into reflective, harmonized choruses, while dissonant ____-core riffs and crisp math metal bass tear up the ground beneath. You'll hear elements of System Of A Down, Faith No More, Twelve Foot Ninja, and progressive metal in a general sense bouncing off the walls of The Future In Whose Eyes?; SikTh can wear a lot more hats than most bands, and they spend a lot of this album trying them all on.
Widek (and his many friends) have prepared a very spaced-out experience for us in Hidden Dimensions. Sometimes that's spacey like a vast, free-floating set piece for Widek to whisper beautiful melodies through; sometimes that's spacey in a sci-fi sense, with buzzing keys and chunky chords gearing up for aerial combat. All throughout, Hidden Dimensions is awash with instrumental artistry, and the album is a showcase of multiple styles brought by the numerous guest musicians.


Write-in votes

Bubblemath - Edit Peptide
David Maxim Micic - Who Bit The Moon
Disperse - Foreword
Disperse - Forward
Emmure - Look at Yourself
For Giants - Big Sky
Igorrr - Savage Sinusoid
In Search Of Sun - Virgin Funk Mother
Lil Uzi Vert - Luv Is Rage 2
Mendel - Universal Omega
Tasters - De Rerum Natura
Ulsect - Ulsect
Within The Ruins - Halfway Human