Periphery
Periphery


4.0
excellent

Review

by SatelliteYears USER (11 Reviews)
January 31st, 2011 | 21 replies | 4,884 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Periphery: Love that shit! Sumerian Records cranks out another winner...

1 of 2 thought this review was well written

Hailing from Sumerian Records (alongside heralded labelmates like After the Burial, Stray From the Path, and Born Of Osiris) Periphery is sure to appeal to fans who like their music technical, complicated, and unpredictable, yet not over-the-top heavy. Misha "Bulb" Mansoor is the key to Periphery, as he was (and still is) a well known figure in the Internet "Djent" community, mainly via way of public forums. Mansoor (and Periphery) are constantly pushing the envelope in the technical metal community, making each song (generally speaking) sound like a fresh work of art.

And really, the cool part about Periphery's official debut album, is the fact that there are subtle (and not-so-subtle) programming and electronic vibes throughout. It's a Sumerian Records album-it just has that "cool" vibe to it. As you would expect, the technical proficiency displayed throughout is top-notch. With a guitarist like Mansoor, (who also has production credits to his name) much is to be expected, and much is given in return.

The member of the band that will most assuredly divide fans is vocalist Spencer Sotolo. It's clear that he can sing, evidenced by his soaring voice on "Jetpacks Was Yes!" which may be Periphery's stab (intended or not) at commercial appeal. And it's not a letdown, either-it's one of the album's highlights.

However, Spencer's voice isn't perfect. It's probably going to turn a lot of people off of this band (but they can buy the instrumental version, too) and rightfully so. Sometimes when Spencer screams, he sounds, well, frog-like. And while that can get annoying at times (especially considering the album length) every word he screams can be heard very clearly, which honestly annoys me about a lot of other bands in this genre.

The length is also a trouble spot, unless you're a hardened veteran of this genre. It's over 72 minutes in length, but the album highlight is the grand finale, "Racecar". It's somewhat difficult to describe (considering it's a 15-minute song) but let's just say this-it's one that deserves a listen, especially if you like your music to carry an "epic" feel.

Other than the single "Jetpacks Was Yes!" Periphery probably isn't going to crossover to mainstream audiences. But you know what? That's okay. Periphery has enough of Spencer's melodic singing and generally good screaming to keep fans happy. There is a good balance of the two vocal styles to keep things interesting.

Periphery's self-titled debut sounds good, and it feels good. I for one cannot wait to see what they do next-pushing the envelope is going to keep you relevant and thriving in the music industry, and Periphery has proven they can do that. Now the question comes...are they going to top it?

Album Highlights-Jetpacks Was Yes, Icarus Lives, Racecar, All New Materials

Pros: Talented band, Misha Mansoor, diverse enough to keep things interesting.
Cons: Screams are a bit "froglike" and the length is a bit difficult to handle for a casual fan.



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

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    Moving swiftly on from Periphery I......

    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)
    ...

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

    Jake C. Taylor (4)
    The brainchild of Misha Mansoor at last presents itself as an album....

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


Comments:Add a Comment 
SatelliteYears
January 31st 2011



190 Comments




I know this has a few reviews, but I like honing my craft, and talking about music I know well. Hopefully ya'll enjoyed this.

qwe3
January 31st 2011



21355 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

no you don't cursing is fine dw bout it

Mordecai.
January 31st 2011



8277 Comments


fuuuuuuuucckkkkkkk

cvlts
January 31st 2011



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

-in boww downnn

Waior
January 31st 2011



11451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

racecar is still good

HenchmanOfSanta
January 31st 2011



1857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this album but every opinion in this review makes me angry for some reason.

It's probably because sounding like Meshuggah with whiny clean vocals is not pushing the envelope at all, and there is nothing cool about Sumerian Records.

BassDemon333
January 31st 2011



3364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Racecar is too long for me to listen to. Great album though, looking forward to their next one. Spencer kinda needs to step things up a bit.

Digging: Mudvayne - L.D. 50

crowing51
January 31st 2011



3448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yea Spencer has improved ten fold on his vocals, I have seen them live and his scream are pretty beastly now. Go to his Myspace to listen to his new screaming track or check out that Haunted Shores song he is featured on.

Digging: Polyphia - Muse

Kris.
January 31st 2011



12262 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

band sucks and you are not satty

crowing51
January 31st 2011



3448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Band does not suck and when did I say I was satty? Did I miss something here?

Kris.
January 31st 2011



12262 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

herp derp i wasn't talking to you dumbfuck

fr33convict
January 31st 2011



11687 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The wording on the review is a bit awkward and I think you're missing some commas.

bloc
January 31st 2011



34752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Racecar is too damn long

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

Waior
January 31st 2011



11451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

it's the only song that doesn't feel too long

FearThyEvil
January 31st 2011



12480 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Sorry but the Sumerian Records put out another winner is false. This band is good but honestly most other fucking bands the label put out really fucking suck.

kingjulian
January 31st 2011



1297 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Well written for the most part. Could stand to be a bit more formal but that's my only gripe. This album's production value is the only thing that keeps it at a 3 and not a 2.5 for me. A fun listen in short spurts, but the 72 minute run time is atrocious for a band this repetitive and predictable. Still, the review is good.

bloc
January 31st 2011



34752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I can't think of any time I'd want to listen to this album in full, I agree.

SatelliteYears
January 31st 2011



190 Comments


"Sorry but the Sumerian Records put out another winner is false. This band is good but honestly most other fucking bands the label put out really fucking suck. "

Examples? Not that I disagree, I'm curious is all.

SatelliteYears
January 31st 2011



190 Comments


"Sorry but the Sumerian Records put out another winner is false. This band is good but honestly most other fucking bands the label put out really fucking suck. "

Examples? Not that I disagree, I'm curious is all.

HenchmanOfSanta
January 31st 2011



1857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No offense intended dude, but maybe first you should give an example of a band on Sumerian that doesn't? (hint: Born of Osiris and After the Burial are garbage)



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