Most of you have a favorite band. That one band that they can listen to for hours on end and it just doesn’t get boring. Maybe you discovered them through a friend or you discovered them yourself while browsing through some music. Anyway this band means something to you. I don’t have a favorite band. I like all kinds of bands and could never decide which one is my favorite. But bands like the band presented in this article have a strong fan base and rose to success fairly quickly. And if you are reading this then you are probably a part of this fan base. So let’s talk about your favorite band.
Periphery dropped their newest album, Periphery III: Select Difficulty, today on the 22nd of July. Periphery III is a direct continuation to the record Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal. This time, most songs on the album come off as little bit more balladic and more mature than in Periphery II. There is definitely an influence from the Juggernaut records. The songwriting seems more accessible while still retaining its complexity.
The first thing I’ve noticed is that there is less guttural vocals on the album, while the clean singing of singer Spencer Sotelo has improved a lot in comparison to the first few records of the band. I always say that I think that whether or not someone likes a certain kind of vocals is highly subjective, but I think that Sotelo is an outstanding vocalist. He definitely shows his clean vocal range here and this time the production quality of the vocals is quite good.
The record is also quite the treat for fans of Misha Manoor’s solo work. Some of the Bulb material has been used to make songs like “Absolomb,” for example. But as always, every member has his moment on this LP. For example, one of my favorite riffs on the album is from the track “Prayer Position” and was written by Adam “Nolly” Getgood. The riff is fast and aggressive using slightly dissonant progressions to establish a strong presence in the listeners mind.
However my favorite track on the whole album is “Flatline.” It feels like the most diverse song on the album and has a nice, solid and accessible groove to it. The progressions on this song remind me a little bit of “Make Total Destroy” off of Periphery II. The song offers some rough vocals as well as very smooth singing and was to my ears the most polished track. I don’t want to spoil too much of the song for you, but even has a very nice solo and semi-clean part. So overall this song really is the epitome of what the album sounds like for me.
Overall I had great fun with Periphery‘s new work, especially after listening to some older work from them and seeing how much they matured. They were always a band that could easily combine sophistication, complexity and a certain type of raw aggression without feeling pretentious. However the record didn’t really show the production quality it deserved. Some instrumental parts just seem to drown in the mix and are really difficult to hear. This makes the songs less nuanced. But nonetheless Periphery III was a really good album, which certainly won’t disappoint fans of the band. I really look forward to future records of them and what they might come up with next
FFO: Dream Theater, (new) Veil of Maya
Notable Tracks: “Flatline”, “Prayer Position”, “Motormouth”