Periphery - Periphery III: Select Difficulty album review
Nerdy aggro onslaught meets classical sophistication on Periphery's latest
Periphery, as their name suggests, have always resided on the outskirts of prog. Too ‘heavy’ for many traditional prog fans and overwrought for a lot of metal fans, against unlikely odds they’ve built a substantial following over the years and spearheaded a boom the style we describe as ‘djent’. Last year saw them release not one but two full length albums, released separately but forming one concept, and 18 months later they are rolling out another longplayer. From the early days of their eponymous debut and Icarus EP this band have come a long way, developing and expanding their jolty, mechanical and guttural odes into carefully perfected compositions that lean more on the TesseracT than the Meshuggah end of technically-minded metallic scale.
The lead single Marigold is a triumph in melody.
In particular, the second part of their double release ramped up the prog, piling in dissonant off-timed riffs with sojourns into unexplored sonic territories. Such an ambitious release would warrant a recording break in most bands’ book but not Periphery’s; they are back with Periphery III: Select Difficulty. They even had time to make a one-hour documentary about the making of which is viewable on YouTube and is worth a watch if only to watch Periphery powerhouse Misha Mansoor talk about equipment like it’s a mastermind subject.