Technical extreme metal is gaining popularity fast nowadays, thanks to bands like Meshuggah, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mastodon, Between The Buried And Me and The Red Chord. There’s a new kid in town by the name of Periphery. They rival the aforementioned bands in sheer skill and technical prowess. Let’s take a closer look at their musical lunatic asylum.
The party gets started with Insomnia, The Walk and Letter Experiment. All three songs consist of the most bizarre technical breaks, twisted melody lines and everything else that makes even the most ardent techhead drool with sheer pleasure. Everything just in the finest The Dillinger Escape Plan and Between The Buried And Me tradition.
For me the fun really begins with songs like Jetpacks Was Yes!, All New Materials, Buttersnips and Zyglrox, because in those song Periphery really show their virtuosity when it comes to fusing musical violence, impeccable musicianship and interesting song dynamics. In that respect they remind me a lot of what Textures have done on their Silhouettes album.
Another striking feature is the use of IDM styled beats and electronic effects in the aforementioned Jetpack Was Yes!, All New Materials and Zyglrox. Initially it made me frown, but it works very well with the Meshuggah inspired riffing and the sophisticated leads and solos by guitarist Misha Mansoor.
The clean vocals by Spencer Sotelo aren’t the best feature on this album. They’re a bit too emo-inspired for my liking. Mind you, when it comes to growling and screaming he’s the perfect man for the job. The production is handled by Misha Mansoor himself. He really knows his way around the mixing console and I’m sure his name will appear in the production credits of many albums to come.
In short, if you’re into bands like Between The Buried And Me, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Red Chord and Meshuggah you’ll simply love the self-titled album by Periphery. Get it!
written by Raymond Westland