While I appreciated the sophomore Animals As Leaders release, Weightless, it didn't pack the same punch as the original release. The original had such replay value… I could listen to it anytime. Maybe the missing ingredient from the second album was producer, Periphery guitarist and drum programming mastermind Misha Mansoor.
Well it looks like that missing ingredient is back in the fold. (more…)
Periphery never stop. In between international touring, with busses catching on fire, the band have been working on new music, a mere months after Periphery II: This Time It's Personal came out.
In today's A/V Roundup, we have a tease of new music from Scale The Summit, a cool new video from Periphery, a free download of a live track from Machine Head, and new music from Bring Me The Horizon, Cryptopsy, Earthless and Aeon. (more…)
Much like the rest of the internet, I have caught the wave of PSY fever. His hit, "Gangam Style" hit me like a ton of bricks when I saw the video a few weeks ago, it was the perfect blend of WTF? and catchy hooks to peak my interest. The guy has went on to have millions of Youtube hits and even played a hometown show in Seoul, Korea for like a gazillion people, who sang along to each word.
But the real sign of his arrival is the birth of this metal mashup. Psy, meet Periphery…. (more…)
This is rather scary! Earlier today, shortly after leaving their gig at Southampton, England in the early hours, the bus carrying all the members of Between The Buried and Me and Periphery caught on fire. Everybody is safe and sound with all their belongings, and the tour will go on as scheduled. But it is a scary thing to be a part of when it's happening. Here is how Periphery guitarist Misha Mansoor described the event on his Facebook page: (more…)
The Summer Slaughter tour is billed as the "most extreme tour of the year," but if you're actually a band on the tour, the Cephalic Carnage-coined Summers Laughter tour is a more appropriate title. It's basically extreme metal summer camp, as all the bands hang out, play music and get wasted. And now, we have proof of such occurrences. Jeff Holcomb was asked to fill in on bass for Periphery on the tour, and he decided to bring a camera and ended up shooting what would be an hour-long documentary chronicalling the tour. It's a fun look back with some extended profiles on The Faceless, Periphery, Veil of Maya and all the other bands on the tour. Watch it here: (more…)
Periphery announced on their official facebook page that their drummer Matt Halpern has dislocated his shoulder and will be unable to play the band’s remaining dates on their current UK/European tour. The band is not pulling out of the tour but instead has found replacement drummers from Monuments and Chimp Spanner to fill in on the remaining dates. The band expects him to return in the near future. Here is the full statement from the band: (more…)
If you are one of the many extreme metal fans in Denver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco or Anaheim getting ready to hit the Summer Slaughter tour this week, I've got some bad news for you, you won't be seeing Periphery on the bill. The band announced they will be dropping off the remainder of the tour due to family emergency. The band released the following statement: (more…)
It's the kickoff to the work week, and I'm still hung over from my weekend adventures. Here are some new jams:
First up, check out Periphery drummer Matt Halpern jamming out in a new video of him jammin' out in preparation for the band's kickoff at Summer Slaughter. (more…)
Sophomore slump has plagued countless bands, regardless of the genre. It’s always difficult to follow up an album that could have taken any number of years (in Periphery’s case, five). Luckily for the Bethesda-native djentlemen, they’ve always been ahead of their peers in both technicality and songwriting ability. While the releases of “Make Total Destroy” and “Scarlet” had me worried that the group were descending into Protest the Hero-meets-Haunted Shores territory, Periphery II offers up almost seventy minutes of varied progressive metal with a more than healthy dose of, dare I say, pop. All of the elements from their first album are still present, which should both please their established fan base and keep their naysayers foaming at the mouth. That being said, Periphery II is a much more mature album and shows the band willing to both experiment with new ideas as well as refine the old. (more…)
Finally!! You know the deal, Periphery II: This Time It's Personal, the sophomore release from the epic masters of djent comes out next Tuesday, July 3rd and we already have an official stream out in the wild. Why am I still talking? Why are you still reading? Hit play, then let us know what you think in the comments. The album is available for pre-order here. (more…)
Periphery's second new track from their upcoming release, Periphery II: This Time It's Personal, premiered last night on SiriusXM Liquid Metal, that satellite radio station where you can hear my voice every fifteen minutes on weeknights, and seeing as though the band was heavily promoting this, and their rabid fanbase, you KNEW somebody would hit the record button and stream that sucka on Youtube. Above, you will find that exact stream. I am digging this track, perhaps more than their first single from the album, Make Total Destroy. Does anybody else get a Protest The Hero vibe from this track, particularly with Spencer's vocals? Not that I'm complaining! I'm loving how crunchy this album is sounding though, like a Nestlé Crunch bar. In fact, that's what they should've called the album: Periphery presents Nestlé Crunch!
Periphery II: This Time It's Personal is in stores July 3rd and is available for pre-order.
It's here! Your first full taste of what's in store from Periphery's sophmore album, Periphery II. You can stream "Make Total Destroy" above. I'm really digging the track, and particularly Spencer's vocals. The good cop/bad cop parts work, the fully clean parts sound great, and DAT DJENT RIFF! This song rules, basically. What do you think of the track?
You can purchase "Make Total Destroy" right now on iTunes. Periphery's new album, Periphery II comes out July 3rd. The band will be spending all summer on the Summer Slaughter tour with Cannibal Corpse, Between The Buried and Me, The Faceless, Veil of Maya and others.
Here it is, the first teaser or Periphery's sophomore release, Periphery II, which is set for release on July 3rd. We get a whopping two minutes of new material, a flashy logo, and a peek at the cover art. It sounds great so far. (more…)
Yesterday, we showed you the ad for the new Periphery album that has surfaced in the latest issue of Revolver Magazine, which states their highly anticipated sophomore release will be coming out July 3rd. Today, the band confirmed to Guitar World that the release date is indeed true. They also confirmed that besides a guest solo from John Petrucci of Dream Theater, there were two other guest soloists on the album: Wes Hauch, the new guitarist of The Faceless (who was recommended to the Faceless by Periphery) and Guthrie Govan of The Aristocrats. Not too familiar with The Aristocrats myself, but if they're good enough for Periphery, they're good enough for me. Periphery will be spending the summer on the Summer Slaughter tour with Cannibal Corpse, Between The Buried and Me and others. Get dates here.