Periphery
Periphery


2.5
average

Review

by Ian W. USER (20 Reviews)
April 19th, 2010 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sumerian Records have finally signed a band that does more than just CHUGGA CHUGGA CHUG

Periphery formed in Bethesda, Maryland around 2005 and quite literally exploded onto the metal scene very recently. Their brand of Meshuggah, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Between the Buried and Me styled playing mixed with Djent and clean vocals has made them a very unique and standout act amongst their contemporaries. Their self-titled debut dropped on April 20th, and definitely live up to the hype this band has had placed on them.

In the vocal department, Spencer Sotelo provides an interesting mix of clean vocals mixed with an assortment of hardcore ones here and there that goes well together. I would like to note how some his cleans have a sense of harshness to them but still manage to keep it well within restraint, and sometimes works absolutely beautifully with the guitars. Listening to the song “Light,” I felt an incredible sense of uplift whilst listening to it because of the way Sotelo sings over a melodic riff. The lyrical aspects of the band focus on rather mature concepts for such a young band, and further add to the uniqueness of the group. The only complaint I can find with the vocals is that his hardcore vocals are not exactly standout, but are unique enough to definitely stray away from other mediocre acts, but I can definitely see how they could irritate some listeners.

Next to discuss is the drumming which I can’t really say I know enough to give a full and accurate critique on, but from what I heard, the kit uses enough rhythm to keep everything nicely on track while also adding in tidbits here and there of ingenuity, such as staccato drumming or odd polyrhythms. Most notable is the drastic change you can hear when the vocals shift from the hardcore screams to clean vocals. The drums do seem to use a variety of complex rhythm structures, and almost on occasion I hear influences from Meshuggah and Between the Buried and Me poke through.

As for the guitars…well, hot damn. Misha Mansoor, Alex Bois. and Jake Bowen make an excellent duo, exchanging lead riffs with breakdowns and the occasional solo here and there to bring an immense variety to the fold. As previously stated, the band uses the Djent technique which creates an insanely groovy sound to the album, and makes both the breakdowns and riffs extremely enjoyable to listen to. The riffs also incorporate a range of melody and Meshuggah sounding chugging throughout (just listen to “Insomnia”) that further complements both the Djent sound and the vocals. Also many of the song intros are very enoyable to listen to, due to the incredibly complex openers by the guitars, and actually helps increase the enjoyability of some of the album's weaker songs.

In short, this is amazing. The last time I can remember being blown away by a release by Sumerian Records was when they released The Faceless’ Planetary Duality. This album is just a joy to listen to, and there is enough nuance and variety to keep this in my CD player for months. There is little to complain about this group, and I brightly look forward to their next endeavors. (By the way, DEFINITELY listen to “Icarus Lives!” Seriously, go listen to it now. Why are you still reading this? GO LISTEN TO IT.)

Recommended Tracks:

Ragtime Dandies!
Light
Insomnia



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krig9412
April 19th 2010


794 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I wrote this in hopes of being one of the first to post a review of it. Needless to say, it's going to follow a wave of other reviews and the first two for this album have already outdone this one. I just felt like adding my own personal opinion to it.

Critique is necessary, but please don't crush my soul. :P

nom
April 19th 2010


24 Comments


Ummmm...dude. There are three guitarists. You forgot Jake Bowen.

sba4life
April 19th 2010


363 Comments


I had to neg. Way to fanboyish.

CutMan
April 19th 2010


1793 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

*counters neg with a pos*

sba4life
April 19th 2010


363 Comments


seriously, re-write and ill pos. At least touch of some of it. Ok baby?

succuibus
April 19th 2010


54 Comments


this shits

ikarus
April 19th 2010


568 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i love how the djent djents the djents in that latter djent

Anville
April 19th 2010


7 Comments


Ive been listening to instrumentals for the last 3 months, the final product definitely brings a lot to the table. Very original and dynamic sound.

Oh, and buy this if you enjoy it. I did.

Dylan620
April 20th 2010


1031 Comments


It's probably a great album, but "Ow My Feelings" is one of the worst song titles ever...

Digging: Death - Human

krig9412
April 20th 2010


794 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A lot of the song titles are pretty stupid, but hey, don't judge a book by its cover.

krig9412
July 24th 2010


794 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Christ, this is really bad looking back on it, both the review and the album. I'm dropping this to a three.

fr33convict
September 23rd 2010


11698 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

*reads review and then rating*
What?

You should rewrite this based on your current opinion.

Butkuiss
November 3rd 2011


4249 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ditto fr33convict. Wut.

Digging: Musk Ox - Woodfall

LysergicLollypops
February 4th 2012


77 Comments


People shouldn't write reviews if they don't know music.

Durrzo
May 22nd 2012


1131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You say nothing but positive stuff and give the album a 2.5. That's a little confusing dood.

Rizen
May 23rd 2012


10 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Very odd review

BigPleb
May 23rd 2012


37588 Comments


The Walk.

slipnslide
December 16th 2012


2640 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Lol'd at 2.5 followed by that review



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