In a bit of underground music news that’s somehow not a Hard Times article, Swedish prog-metal innovators Meshuggah have offered a tongue-in-cheek apology for inciting the rapid-paced, highly repetitive metal sub-genre known as djent.
As pointed out by Revolver, Meshuggah guitarist Mårten Hagström recently gave the informal apology in a video interview with Rauta. He says a “drunk misunderstanding” gave rise to the band’s djent-engendering discography.
“First of all, we’re very sorry for creating that genre,” Hagström said at last month’s Tuska festival in Helsinki, Finland. “We didn’t intend to — our bad. I think it’s a misconception, that djent thing. I think it’s kind of hilarious.”
Of course, fans are aware that it’s Meshuggah’s other guitarist, Fredrik Thordenal, who’s actually credited with creating the distinct progressive metal style. Hagström admits as much by revealing Thordenal’s drunk coining of the term.
“It was our lead guitar player, Fredrik, being drunk back in the day. Talking to one of our old-school fans, trying to explain what type of guitar tone we were always trying to get. And he was desperately trying to say, ‘We want that ‘dj—,’ ‘dj—,’ ‘dj—,’ ‘dj—.””
Watch the full interview below: