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Latest Periphery News

Below is our complete Periphery news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Podcast

Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 3

On the latest installment of Metalunderground.com's new official podcast, hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) gear up for a season of new metal by discussing some early 2014 releases.

00:02:25: After years of experimentation with mixed results, Sweden's The Haunted teased old school fans with the thrashy, aggressive three-song EP "Eye Of The Storm" (reviewed here). The digital 7' is the product of a revamped lineup that sees former vocalist Marco Aro and former drummer Adrian Erlandsson rejoin the fold.

00:19:45: Next up is the new EP "Clear" from Bethesda, Maryland's Periphery. The popular "djent" standard bearers crept out on a limb with this effort: each song is a solo composition by separate band members, allowing each to explore his own songwriting style, which distills the band's influences and various elements as a centrifuge would separate blood cells. "Clear" may encounter a split fan reaction, but as Kevin will warn you, it's to be taken not as a change in direction, but as an experimental exercise of freedom.

00:39:04: We wrap up with a lively overview of Behemoth's long-awaited new studio album "The Satanist" (reviewed here), which is already proving to be one of 2014's most-discussed and highest acclaimed metal releases.

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Periphery Streaming "Clear"

Periphery's new recording, "Clear," is set for a January 28th North American release, but today the full album can be heard online courtesy of Sumerian Records. Listen to all of "Clear" in the YouTube playlist below. The band also comments:

“Clear is an experiment to explore all of the different writing styles in the band. It's rare when you have a band where every member is capable of writing and producing music. With each member controlling their own track, this recording enabled us to go down any path we chose in terms of style and sound.

“Every track also contains a melodic theme established in Clear's intro track 'Overture' this common thread links all of the songs together, even though they all sound wildly different.

"Clear shouldn't be confused with our new 3rd full-length album that we're currently working on, nor should it be considered an EP as it rides somewhere in-between clocking in at 30 minutes. Enjoy!" More...

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Periphery To Release "Clear"

Periphery's new recording, "Clear," is set for a January 28th North American release. Check out the brand new promo video featuring snippets from all of the songs featured on "Clear" below.

The "Clear" pre-order bundle packages are also now all available at this location. Jake Bowen (guitars) states:

“Clear is an experiment to explore all of the different writing styles in the band. It's rare when you have a band where every member is capable of writing and producing music. With each member controlling their own track, this recording enabled us to go down any path we chose in terms of style and sound.

“Every track also contains a melodic theme established in Clear's intro track 'Overture' this common thread links all of the songs together, even though they all sound wildly different. Clear shouldn't be confused with our new 3rd full-length album that we're currently working on, nor should it be considered an EP as it rides somewhere in-between clocking in at 30 minutes. Enjoy!" More...

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Mike Portnoy Talks Prog Nation Cruise

While on tour with his American power trio - The Winery Dogs - Mike Portnoy filmed an epic and personalized invite video to his first ever Progressive Nation at Sea Cruise.

Portnoy takes you band by band and leads you through the musical adventure that attendees have to look forward to at this one of a kind, floating prog festival taking place February 2014. Mike Portnoy had this to say:

"I could not be any prouder or any more excited than I am for Progressive Nation At Sea 2014. It is my ultimate dream lineup ranging from legends like Jon Anderson & Adrian Belew to Prog trailblazers like Spock's Beard & the Flower Kings to today's most extreme cutting edge artists like Devin Townsend and Periphery.

"I am also excited to be playing with Bigelf, PSMS & Transatlantic...the final encore of which will see Transatlantic & Jon Anderson joining forces for a one-time only set of Yes classics! This is going to be a historic experience and the Prog event of the Millennium! You will not want to miss out on this!"

The lineup features Adrian Belew's Power Trio, Devin Townsend Project, King's X, Spock's Beard, The Flower Kings, Pain Of Salvation, Anathema, Riverside, Periphery, Animals as Leaders, The Safety Fire, Tony Harnell & Bumblefoot, Bigelf, Beardfish, The Dear Hunter, Haken, Jolly, Anneke van Giersbergen, Mark Mikel and Next to None. More...

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Periphery Releases New Music Video

The new Periphery music video for "Ragnarok" (directed by Jeff Holcomb) can now be viewed via the YouTube player below.

The video was shot during the 2013 edition of Summer Slaughter and the track comes off of the album "Periphery II: This Time It's Personal."

Periphery will cap the year with a monstrous North American headlining tour - the "This Tour Is Personal" trek - sponsored by Jackson Guitars, ToonTrack, Guitar World and All In Merch. The tour kicks off on October 11th and also features Born of Osiris, Dead Letter Circus and Twelve Foot Ninja. More...

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Wisconsin MetalFest Band Lineup Revealed

The first annual Wisconsin MetalFest has arrived and will take place on Saturday, November 9th at The Eagles Ballroom/The Rave in Milwaukee, WI.

Be sure to catch Sumerian's own Asking Alexandria, Periphery, Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, I See Stars, Structures, DayShell and many more at the festival.

The promotional poster for the festival can be seen below. More...

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Periphery Announces "This Tour Is Personal"

Periphery will put the wraps on the most successful year of the band's career with a monstrous North American headlining tour.

The "This Tour Is Personal" trek, sponsored by Jackson Guitars, ToonTrack, Guitar World ,and All In Merch, kicks off on October 11th and also features Born of Osiris, Dead Letter Circus, and Twelve Foot Ninja. Dates are available below.

Misha Mansoor (guitars) states: “We have been having a hard time keeping the details of our upcoming headlining tour package under-wraps because of how excited we are about it. This is mainly because for this trek we will be joined by Born of Osiris, Dead Letter Circus and Twelve Foot Ninja. We felt that having those three bands would add some nice variety, virtuosity and of course virility to the package.

“We will be doing some different tiered VIP packages for this headliner as well, with more specific details on those in the coming weeks. You should make it out to a show because we have not one, but two, Australian bands on this package and we all know what a rarity that is. Also, this will be the last tour on this current album cycle for us, so we won't be back around for awhile. See ya there.” More...

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Summer Slaughter Tour Dates Announced

The Summer Slaughter 2013 tour will feature The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, The Ocean, Revocation, and Aeon.

The initial dates for the tour have now been announced (with more to be released in the coming weeks). Details are as follows:

7/19-San Francisco, CA @ The Regency
7/20-Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
7/21-Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
7/24-Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
7/26-Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
7/27-Houston, TX @ House of Blues
7/29-Orlando, FL @ House of Blues (w/o Cattle Decapitation)
7/30-Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/31-Knoxville, TN @ Old City Courtyard
8/01-Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
8/02-Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
8/03-Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (w/o Norma Jean)
8/04-Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
8/07-New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
8/08-Toronto, ON @ The Sound Academy
8/09-Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL
8/10-Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
8/11-Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
8/12-Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
8/13-Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
8/14-Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
8/16-Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre More...

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Summer Slaughter 2013 Lineup Revealed

The 7th annual Summer Slaughter Tour, presented by Indie Merch Store, ESP, and Guitar World, is now officially slated to run from July 19th through August 24th.

It features such heavyweights as The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, The Ocean, Revocation, Aeon, and two bands TBA. Stay tuned over the coming weeks for official tour dates to be announced.

One of the remaining open slots will be chosen by you, the fans, so be sure to click here to get in your vote now. The voting ends on March 31st.

Ash Avildsen, founder of Summer Slaughter, comments on this year's edition of the tour: “It's year seven and I think 2013's line-up is the most exciting and diverse yet. Slaughter has never been a one dimensional experience for fans. This year is a true testament to that as we have an amazing mix of extreme music's influential icons and leaders of the new school. Let the underground unite!"

Greg Puciato (Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist) states: “We can't wait to get back on the road! We're launching a US tour in the spring, hitting Europe for some festivals and club shows, and then hitting several more cities with Summer Slaughter all summer long. We are absolutely amped. After being holed up in the studio for such a long time giving birth to One of Us is the Killer, we are all pent up and ready to share material new and old with our supporters doing what we love to do the most. Can't wait to see and either kiss or rip off each and every one of your faces on the road with Summer Slaughter and year round, everywhere.”

Be sure to visit the tour's Facebook profile for all up-to-date news and ticketing information. More...

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Deftones And Periphery Make Total Destroy On Tour

For being as visible a band as Deftones have been since 1995, one would think that everybody has had a chance to see them live already. Well-respected and marketed, it's nearly impossible for the average American to be ignorant about the band. Oddly enough, later on in the show, vocalist Chino Moreno called out and asked the crowd "How many of you are at a Deftones show for your first time?" and was surprised by a fairly large show of hands. That being said, the show sold out Marathon Music Works in Nashville, TN on March 15th a couple of weeks early, so it was also a fairly large crowd.

It's my guess that more folks hadn't seen or heard of opening band Periphery at this show, although the band quickly made fans out of them. Assisting on the Koi No Yokan tour had to have been a great step up for Periphery, also bringing out their own fans, which were a welcome juxtaposition to the way-too-serious-about-how-much-they-love-the-Deftones fans. You know the ones -- squinty-eyed, half-baked, but ready to fight at a moment's notice if you're not cool with their how-the-Deftones-saved-my-life story.

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Periphery Posts New Music Video

Periphery has released a new music video for the track "Scarlet," which can be viewed below. The band's publicist also issued the following statement about the video:

"Since their inception, Periphery have always strived to push conventional boundaries through their artwork, both musically and visually. Once again, by teaming up with the forward thinking visual effects dynamo Wes Richardson, they have reached a new pinnacle with their video for the track, 'Scarlet.' This clip brings a fresh and exciting concept to the masses with breathtaking visuals and a dynamic storyboard. This is Periphery doing what they do best; having fun all while simply rocking your socks off. Enjoy."

Periphery's Misha Mansoor (guitars) states: “We were so happy with how the 'Make Total Destroy' video came out that we knew we would have to do our next video with Wes Richardson. We told him we wanted to do something completely different from anything we had done or seen in the past, and boy did he deliver. This new video is the bee's knees AND the cat's pajamas!”

Also, don't forget to see Periphery as direct support to The Deftones from March 8th – March 30th and visit this location to view all dates. More...

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OpEd

Metal: Sound or Image?

One of the most defining moments in my musical development was back in 2004 when Yahoo Launch saw that I liked listening to Unearth, Fear Factory, and Lamb of God and thought that I might enjoy My Chemical Romance's “I'm Not Okay.” That single moment of revulsion caused me to look for music on my own terms after seeing how some corny and cheesy pop-rock could somehow be marketed towards metalheads. Today, we see a number of bands that try to look and act like they're part of the metal scene through their image (and the bands they tour with), but have a sound rooted more in traditional rock and roll than anything spawned by Sabbath.

First off, I'm not here to debate the merits of bands like Ghost and Ancient VVisdom. The debate over artistic integrity isn't at all relevant here. Instead, this is about is marketing and claiming bands that in no way sound “metal” are still technically considered part of the metal scene. Personally, I do like some occult rock as I've long been a fan of Current 93 and I've done my fair share of listening to Coven. That said, I'd never call Current 93 a metal band nor would I want the group touring with Cannibal Corpse. Variety between acts belongs to big music festivals like Bonaroo and Lollapalooza, and not to small club shows. More...

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Periphery To Support Deftones On Tour

The Washington, D.C. based metal outfit Periphery will be direct support to the Deftones throughout North America from March 4th through March 30th (Periphery isn't on the dates from 3/1-3/6).

The group are still touring in support of "Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal," which was voted the #3 album of 2012 by Guitar World Magazine. Misha Mansoor (guitars) states:

“Deftones have been one of my favorite bands of all time since I discovered them when I was about 14 or so. That was around when I first started playing drums and guitar, and they were such a huge influence on my approach to music, writing and even the kinds of tones and sounds I was after. What is even more amazing is that in the 14 years since, they have consistently put out some of my favorite albums of all time, with Koi No Yokan being no exception to that. I can't even put into words how excited I am that Periphery is going to be touring with them in March. This is a bucket list tour for me.”

Matt Halpern (drums) further comments: “We couldn't be more excited to be direct support for the Deftones. As a band, they have inspired each one of us and it's truly an honor to be able to share the stage with them. We can't wait to get back out and see our current fans and hopefully make some new ones with on of our absolute favorite bands!" More...

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Summer Slaughter Tour Documentary Available

A video documentary following the antics of the Summer Slaughter Tour has been posted online by Jeff Holcomb, which can be viewed below. Jeff also comments:

"During the months of July and August of 2012, the Summer Slaughter Tour spanned North American continent, hitting 31 cities in five weeks, including two festivals in Canada. It was headlined by the legendary Cannibal Corpse and supported by heavy hitters in the progressive and death metal scenes. I was asked to fill-in on bass for the metal band Periphery, and brought my camera along for the ride. This film documents my experience sharing a bus with Periphery, The Faceless, and Veil of Maya."

Music used in the video (in chronological order):

Periphery - "Ragnarok"
The Faceless - "Autotheist Movement III: Deconsecrate"
Girlfight (feat. Spencer Sotelo, Matt Halpern, Misha Mansoor) - "Fuckin' Fuck"
Periphery - "Froggin' Bullfish"
Periphery - "Masamune" More...

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Periphery Drummer To Miss Upcoming Shows

Periphery, which is out now with new album "Periphery II," has checked in with the following announcement about Matt Halpern missing upcoming tour dates due to an injury:

"Peripherals! Bad news... Matt had an unfortunate accident yesterday and dislocated his shoulder! He'll be ok, but he wont be able to play for part of our current UK/European tour.

"Luckily, our good drummer friends, Mike Malyan of Monuments and Boris Le Gal of Chimp Spanner will be stepping up to fill Matt's shoes for this run.

"Please send Matt your love, and expect him back behind the kit maybe even as soon as the end of this current tour! Thanks for understanding, and see you at the shows!"

For more info on Periphery, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Periphery Drops Off Summer Slaughter

Periphery has checked in with the following announcement about dropping off the remainder of the Summer Slaughter tour dates:

"Hello Peripherals and metal fans alike, it is with great regret that we must announce Periphery's withdrawal from the rest of the Summer Slaughter tour, due to a family emergency we are unable to continue onto the west coast.

"We also want to take this moment to thank all the amazing fans old and new who came out to support us on this awesome tour and we also want to thank all the bands we played with, Cerebral Bore, Exhumed, Goatwhore, Job For A Cowboy, Veil of Maya, The Faceless, Between The Buried And Me, and Cannibal Corpse as well as all the amazing crew who made this tour happen - we miss all of you and we had the greatest summer ever hanging and jamming out with all of you."

Periphery recently released the new album "Periphery II," and you can check out the band's latest track-by-track breakdown for the album at this location.

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Headline News

Mayhem Festival Cruise Canceled

The inaugural Mayhem Festival Cruise that was to take place this December has been canceled. The cruise was to set sail on Friday, December 7th, 2012 from the Port of Miami, FL and travel to the Bahamas, returning to the mainland on Monday, December 10th.

Bands confirmed for the cruise included Lamb of God, Machine Head, Anthrax, Hatebreed, Suicide Silence, and Kingdom of Sorrow, Gojira, Periphery, Born of Osiris, Battlecross, Otherwise, Girl on Fire, Anti Mortem, and Gypsyhawk. Mayhem veterans JDevil (Jonathan Davis of Korn) and DJ Starscream (Sid of Slipknot) were also to perform full DJ sets each night.

Here's the official statement from the organizers:

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we have been forced to cancel the Mayhem Festival Cruise. If you purchased a cruise package, you will be automatically refunded to the credit card you used to purchase. If you used a prepaid card or gift card to purchase the cruise, please contact Rose Tours for your refund (215-663-8800). If you used a credit or debit card, you will see the credit within the next 2 to 3 weeks.

We are also offering anyone who purchased a cruise ticket a lifetime complimentary pass to the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Summer Tour. You will still receive your cruise refund in addition to the lifetime pass to the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour. This pass is valid on any tour date beginning in 2013. Details on getting these lifetime passes will be announced shortly.

We apologize for the cancellation.

We'll report on the details of the cancellation when they become known.

Of course, Barge To Hell sets sail the week prior to the planned Mayhem Festival Cruise and also goes to the Bahamas.

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Taco Bell Announces Feed The Beat Bands

Taco Bell has announced its 2012 Feed the Beat roster, which includes 100 up-and-coming artists from across the United States who will receive $500 in Taco Bell gift cards to keep their hunger satisfied on the road.

The new lineup marks the most diverse Feed the Beat group yet – ranging from rock bands to DJs to country artists – some of whom will be given the unique opportunity to be a part of the brand’s marketing campaigns.

This year's rock and metal leaning bands include Adelitas Way, Chelsea Grin, Periphery, and We Came As Romans. For a complete list of bands and more info on the program, fans and interested artists can head to this location.

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Periphery Posts Final Track-By-Track Explanation

Periphery's Misha Mansoor has now issued the following final track-by-track breakdown for the "Masamune" track off new album "Periphery II:"

"This is the end of the 'Trilogy' on the album and this song was originally demoed in Mauritius when I was on vacation. I remember being in a particularly good mood and wondering why all my heavy riffs had to be so dark, and I decided to try to write something a bit 'happier' sounding. And that is how I Soundclick demo known as 'The Moonstar.' Again this idea felt incomplete to the band and I, and I didn't want to work on it until I could take a really good stab at it, and I ended up writing the rest of this song on a retreat. Even if the other guys aren't writing, I definitely like having them there to oversee things and get their opinion on my ideas and where the song/arrangement is heading. I wanted this song to have a Jekyll/Hyde kind of arrangement so that it could end on a dark note to really contrast the upbeat and happy first half, and the doomy middle section ended up being a good way to bridge the two halves of the song.

"When we started writing the trilogy, we realized that we could arrange this song to be not only the end of the song but the end of the album, especially as the second riff of this song is a reference to the second riff of Muramasa, and lyrically it worked perfectly for what was going on in the story. Spencer ended up taking a very different approach to this song which caught me off guard at first, but once I started understanding what he was going for I realized that he knew exactly what he was doing. I think for everyone else in the band, this song was the 'take it or leave it' song, but I was the one really gunning for it. When it all came to life in the studio and had Spencer's complete ideas, I think it quickly became one of our favorites, and on a lot of days it is my favorite song on the album. More...

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Periphery Explains "Mile Zero" Song

After posting commentary on the song "Froggin' Bullfish," Periphery has now moved on to the track "Mile Zero" in the band's track-by-track commentary of new album "Periphery II." Misha Mansoor comments:

"This song started out as a very short soundclick demo. I had actually written all the parts that are in the demo in a Guitar Center whilst trying out the new Mesa Mark V which had just arrived, and sometimes you just get inspired by good sounding gear. The part I demoed ended up being the middle section of the song, and I remember being very intrigued by Mark's phrasing and style and was definitely letting that influence me (even though he wasn't in the band yet). This sat as a very short demo for a while because I just didn't have any other ideas for the song, and didn't want to force it. But when Mark joined up, I knew he and I would have to complete this since he was an influence on the writing. The first riff of the song was something that he had been jamming on for a while, and it is the perfect example of how a simple riff can be just as moving and powerful as a complex one if written just right. We started recording his ideas, and as I was writing riffs to add to his, I realized that my original Mile Zero ideas fit perfectly and fluidly moved the arrangement along. Before we knew it we had a complete song, and at that point Spencer started to demo some vocal ideas for the complete arrangement.

"When we heard his demos we knew that this song had to be on the album. It has a very different vibe from the other songs, and the arrangement is a lot more progressive than the beginning of the song might leave the listener to believe making it a pleasant surprise in my opinion. The finishing touch was Wes Hauch's solo. Wes is one of our best friends, and we have always told people that he is the best guitarist that people don't know about yet, we wanted show people why we believe that, and his solo is definitely one of my favorite moments of the album. Again we gave him no direction and just told him to do his thing, and he just went to town on that section. An interesting to note about the section that he solos over is that it is technically the beginning riff of the song, but with the downbeat in a different place. More...

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