Periphery
Clear


2.5
average

Review

by Alex Beebe USER (126 Reviews)
January 15th, 2014 | 698 replies


Release Date: 01/28/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Like most experiments of its ilk, the Clear EP is too hit-or-miss to be ultimately satisfying to even the most dedicated fans.

The idea behind this little trinket of seven songs was that each member of Periphery gets the opportunity to become the main creative director behind a song in order to, “explore all of the different writing styles in the band.” Bearing that quote in mind, how drastically different do the songs on Clear end up being from previous Periphery material? Not unlike their studio albums in any way. Now, Periphery have always written their material as a group. Perhaps most of the input comes from lead guitarist Misha Mansoor, but the entirety of what this group produces doesn’t really have a head engineer, so to say. Their music also hasn’t exactly ever indicated an array of especially disparate influences being brought to the table by each member. This is a band who has capitalized on Meshuggah and Dream Theater likeness, and that’s about all that’s been strikingly apparent about them in the inspiration department.

In the course of its seven tracks, Clear manages to condense everything Periphery is mainly about from the pianos, to the ambient-lacing, painfully average djent chords, and Spencer Sotelo going down a more alternative rock route with his vocals. That’s a summary of every song, much like how Clear is a concise summary of Periphery themselves. No daring or adventurous risks with the band’s sound are taken here, nor are attempts at tackling other sounds. Mansoor’s song “Zero” sounds like he put forth no effort into making his playing style appear fresh or interesting, to an extent where it could be passed off as an instrumental demo from his solo work before Periphery.

Another positive that comes out of shared input from each band member is the regulation of ideas, so that influence doesn’t end up veering off into mimicking, and that’s where Clear fails mostly. The song "Extraneous" captained by bassist "Nolly" imitates Meshuggah’s “Shed” far too much for its own good, and the greatest accomplishment provided by “Feed the Ground” is the devolving of djent as a sub-genre even more so by establishing a firm standing as a Slipknot-aspiring nu metal anthem.

This actually did have potential to be unique seeing as how guitarist Jake Bowen creates downtempo music for his solo material, but nothing along those lines making it on here is evidenced by his track “The Summer Jam” being the safest and most predictable song out of them all. An EP where every track sounds like it’s from a completely different band would have suffered from inconsistency and been ridiculous to expect, but there’s still no excuse as to why Periphery didn’t seize an opportunity like this to tone down the oversaturated and numbing usage of djent chords even just a little bit. In the end, what’s most clear about the Clear EP is that each member of Periphery thinks they have more special and exciting things to show for themselves than they actually do.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
breakingthefragile
January 14th 2014


2961 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

First review of the year. I might get in the habit of reviewing more stuff I like, possibly.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
January 14th 2014


3469 Comments


hijacking post 1 in what's sure to be a shitstorm of a thread

I mean it's periphery, what would you expect?

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
January 14th 2014


3469 Comments


FUCK ALEX COME ON, YOU TOOK MY RIGHTFUL SPOT :[

breakingthefragile
January 14th 2014


2961 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

IT IS I WHO MANIPULATES FATE AND DESTINY IN THESE LANDS.

MO
January 14th 2014


18857 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

yep smells go figure

Calc
January 14th 2014


12249 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

i'm proof your summary is inaccurate, and i'm not even a dedicated fan

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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
January 14th 2014


3469 Comments


“Feed the Ground” is the devolving of djent as a sub-genre even more so by establishing a firm standing as a Slipknot aspiring nu metal anthem.


well this just sounds like a lovely-ass album. sweet rev alex, you applying for staff this time round (if/when promos happen)?

Cygnatti
January 14th 2014


21353 Comments


why are they trying to rip off yeezus' album cover?

Green Baron
January 14th 2014


20000 Comments


I thought this was a Yeezus review at first

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breakingthefragile
January 14th 2014


2961 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Periphery III: This Time It's Yeezus.

Green Baron
January 14th 2014


20000 Comments


Periphery IV: Nothing Original Left

SnakeDelilah
January 14th 2014


7856 Comments


Periphery V: Periphery IV again

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jayz0ned
January 14th 2014


89 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Need to listen to this. Will read this review after I've listened to it (to rage and/or praise your amazing writing talent).

silentstar
January 14th 2014


2271 Comments


Mark's track (Pale Aura) was sweet - loved the Haunted Shores vibe

Spencer kind of ruined it though

climactic
January 14th 2014


19365 Comments


once again, several really cool ideas scattered amongst many really annoying ones

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ianjulian
January 14th 2014


632 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

the most dedicated fans.

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breakingthefragile
January 14th 2014


2961 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Oh, I almost forgot, here is a link to where this EP is officially streaming on YouTube for the mods and anyone interested in listening.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww8wIUTzjvk&list=PLH22-xSMERQp18O1-ZMBCGD8zXwcDa037

climactic
January 14th 2014


19365 Comments


the 2 instrumental songs rule tbh but ugh his vox sound even worse than before

botb
January 14th 2014


9718 Comments


its like he goes out of his way to sing annoying vocal lines

climactic
January 14th 2014


19365 Comments


literally



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