Review Summary: It's not that the songs are bad. The music sounds very well produced and methodical. But the originallity seen in previous releases is nowhere to be found, and It stayed back there with the 2012 LP.
What happens when each member of the band writes their own song? Something great? Not necessarily. Something varied? Absolutely.
Periphery are a "prog driven" band. Althought the term is often seen with distrust by avid metal fans, this band deserves to be trusted. After all, they brought their own version of the style onto the table, and became, in little less than three years, one of the most known bands of the subgenre.
With "clear" the idea was to create a variety album and they almost acomplished that desired goal, because something was off. That something seemed to be the message they transmited to the listeners. It was more or less the same they sent with "periphery II".
The composition by their bass player was by far the best song on this EP: a four minute deathcore inspired song. It has an incredibly tasty breakdown, and it left me gasping for air. I usually despise "breakdowns" for their predictablity, yet here, I found something eerie and wonderful. The polyrthms the song is built on makes unpredictability its surname.
The rest of the music on this EP, as mentioned earlier on, is nothing worth of extraordinary mention: it's decent and enjoyable, for the most part.
With that being said, I eagerly wait for the next full-lenght release and I cross my fingers strongly. Hopefully, it will be something original.