Periphery
Periphery


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jake C. Taylor USER (90 Reviews)
April 19th, 2010 | 36 replies | 8,251 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The brainchild of Misha Mansoor at last presents itself as an album.

13 of 14 thought this review was well written

Sure, ‘Periphery’ as a concept has been many years in the making, but there’s no way Misha Mansoor was gonna do this on his own. Thanks should be given to his “talented troop of travelling troubadours”. Finally, his alter ego ‘Bulb’ now has something attainable to live for during this namesake release, and the results are amply pleasing. But, everyone wants to know how well do they actually present their quasi-Meshuggah rhythmic burst alongside chaotic leading melodies reminiscent of Protest the Hero, The Dillinger Escape Plan and SiKth? There’s no pertinent answer because Periphery isn’t all about its own definitiveness; if anything it’s more an effective presentation of thoughts and a testimonial of sourced influences. For these reasons, you could conclude that its efficiency is based around its modesty towards these, and not its vast sonic variance, best illustrated as the album rolls elegantly into a luminous middle section.

It’s immediately palpable that vocalist Spencer Sotelo, “whose voice goes up like an angel, and down like a wounded ox” bears the music for the group as they bash between differing musical expressions -- specifically ambient glass reverbs and buzzing noise samples, amongst their brooding slapdash chugs and glorious lead solos. Equally significant is Jake Bowen’s “7 strings of wonder”, further emplacing that personal plea from Mansoor to draw parallels to his own favourite rhythmic masters. It’s not a blatant rip-off, nor is it as crude as the current term ‘Melodic Meshuggah’ that’s in circulation, though there will be those who’d certainly think otherwise, especially during stabs like “The Walk”, “Totla Mad” and “Letter Experiments”.

In response to this, a special mention to “Insomnia”, which prevails as one of the year’s best openers, adequately compressing the seventy-minute beast into a four-minute nutshell. Further takes like “Light” and “Icarus Lives!” showcase the band at their best, namely due to a vigorous and unique stability between the aforementioned elements. Even sitting through “Racecar’s” fifteen minutes will reap its rewards if given a little more time as it’s easily the most comprehensive section of the album, despite also being the hardest to squabble with. Before it concludes amid the likes Sotelo’s emotive “I see light in your eyes!” and captivating lead guitar theme fadeout, you’ll possibly ask yourself about the album’s length. It’s perhaps too long for its own good in places, but simultaneously there’s always a level of escalation that conjoins the album’s most out of reach moments to those in reach before it becomes a rickety realisation. Honestly who’s still skeptical?



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    Misha Mansoor's mind broken down into the form of an album. And what an album....

    Idioteque (2)
    Moving swiftly on from Periphery I......

    SatelliteYears (4)
    Periphery: Love that shit! Sumerian Records cranks out another winner......

    mrodizzle (3.5)
    "On this album you'll hear heavy metal - a genre music from the future!"...

  • ma7erick (4)
    Periphery current and american sound is very predictable, and you can hear it everywhere, ...

    Kit Brown (4)
    Inevitably the sexiest metal album of the year....

    Caleb McAlpine (3.5)
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    Ian W. (2.5)
    Sumerian Records have finally signed a band that does more than just CHUGGA CHUGGA CHUG...

  • J. Ponton EMERITUS (3)
    A little too long and underwhelming, but there are some great ideas at work here....


Comments:Add a Comment 
Piglet
April 19th 2010



4654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Twas a pleasure reading this through, Jake.

taylormemer
April 19th 2010



4917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok, so I didn't get into this album at first. Probably because I didn't properly concentrate on it. But yes, I think its fantastic.

NeutralThunder12
April 19th 2010



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

excellent record and review. Not the most original, but they integrate enough originalities to make me return for their follow up.

Waior
April 19th 2010



11451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I do not really agree but the review is solid.

Ponton
Emeritus
April 19th 2010



5793 Comments


elegant read

edit: just saw this in the second paragraph, "Totala", might want to get rid of the second a.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2010



17211 Comments


pos. i fall somewhere inbetween the two reviews

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Relinquished
April 19th 2010



24988 Comments


overrated album

Thor
April 19th 2010



10191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Brought my rating down a little bit, but I still love this album. Right up there with Sigh and Dillinger for being the best metal of this year.

Yazz_Flute
April 19th 2010



18779 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

link me?

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BigTuna
April 19th 2010



5157 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Thor you should listen to In Vain

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Eskate87
April 19th 2010



959 Comments


good review. Ive been meaning to check this out, ive only heard good things

Klekticist
April 19th 2010



1259 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

a friend with horrible taste recently recommended me this.
i may check it out though.

JWT155
April 19th 2010



9236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this record.

Digging: Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World

taylormemer
April 20th 2010



4917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"just saw this in the second paragraph, "Totala", might want to get rid of the second a"
Yeah, the tracklist had a quirky mispelling. The correct name is 'Totla'
I've fixed both, so should be all good.

Thanks to all for the complements guys.

botb
April 20th 2010



9673 Comments


the review i agree with most. haven't stopped playing this since it leaked.

unaffected
April 22nd 2010



71 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Production is stellar.

Also, you can tell by the techno interludes that Periphery has been jamming BT's new album. Really
obvious by the "bug-like" sounds the author alludes to. It's kinda amazing that this band makes it
work and it is likely testament to their spacey/airy/alien planet porn funk sound.

BreakdownsXplease
June 21st 2010



56 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Never heard of these guys until I saw a video on scuzz of them. Very entertaining listen.

jmh886
June 22nd 2010



830 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Skies the limit for these guys. Awesome dudes and musicians. And theyre from MD!

SwimfanTheMovie
August 2nd 2010



22 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

weren't you the catcher for the indians?

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PanasonicYouth
August 2nd 2010



7411 Comments


album/band sucks



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