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Periphery Posts New Song

Progressive metal band Periphery will release dual albums, "Juggernaut: Alpha" and "Juggernaut: Omega", in North America on January 27, 2015 via Sumerian Records and one day earlier internationally through Century Media Records.

States Periphery drummer Matt Halpern: "Given the nature and complexity of the "Juggernaut" story, we've actually done something different and exciting in regards to the release. "Juggernaut" is a story that is told through our music, and we want our audience to fully digest the whole experience. Because the album is very detailed and dense in terms of character development, peaks and valleys, climaxes and resolutions we've divided the story and music in 2, in the form of 2 separate albums. "Juggernaut: Alpha", the 1st part of the story, focuses on the back story and character development, while "Juggernaut: Omega", focuses on some pretty serious and gut-wrenching events, taking you for a thrill ride along the main character's complex journey."

Periphery founder and guitarist Misha Mansoor adds: "This is new ground and it's exciting. It's a way to shake things up. Everyone contributed to everything, even if it wasn't his instrument. It wasn’t about confrontation. Everyone was focused on creating a really cool album."

You can now stream the song "The Scourge", taken from "Juggernaut: Alpha" below.

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Periphery Releasing Two Albums

Periphery will release "Juggernaut: Alpha" and "Juggernaut: Omega" this coming January 27th, 2015 via Sumerian Records. The track listings will be as follows:

"Juggernaut: Alpha"
1. A Black Minute (4:16)
2. MK Ultra (2:50)
3. Heavy Heart (4:22)
4. The Event (1:45)
5. The Scourge (5:36)
6. Alpha (5:31)
7. 22 Faces (3:52)
8. Rainbow Gravity (4:39)
9. Four Lights (2:18)
10. Psychosphere (6:16)

"Juggernaut: Omega"
1. Reprise (1:25)
2. The Bad Thing (5:54)
3. Priestess (5:04)
4. Graveless (3:56)
5. Hell Below (3:43)
6. Omega (11:44)
7. Stranger Things (7:35) More...

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Wovenwar To Tour With Periphery

Wovenwar will be embarking on a North American tour in January of 2015. The band will be supporting Periphery, along with Nothing More, and Thank You Scientist.

The tour is scheduled to begin on January 10th, kicking off a five-week North American trek at Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, N.C. Wovenwar is also posting video updates from its current European tour with In Flames. Part 1 is available below, followed by a listing of upcoming tour dates.

Wovenwar's introductory, self-titled album (reviewed here) debuted at #36 on the Billboard Top 200 charts upon its release in 2014. More...

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Pit Stories: Friends Don't Let Friends Stage Dive

Gather around metal heads: it's Pit Story time again!

This week Dave Davidson from Revocation shares a tale of trying to get a fellow musician to stage dive, who wisely turns the offer down.

Undeterred, Dave decides to show the fans in the mosh pit how it's done, with some unfortunate consequences. He tells the story thusly:

We were playing Cleveland at Peabody’s on the Darkest Hour Legacy tour and I was drinking at the bar with Misha from Periphery. The subject of mosh pits and stage diving came up and he said that he had never stage dived before. I was pretty drunk at that point so I was kind of teasing him about not doing it and challenging him to stage dive. He wasn’t into it so I went up and stage dove during Darkest Hour’s set and came out unscathed.

I came back to the bar and Misha was still not having it so I went for round two to prove my point… but then things didn’t go quite as planned. I dove off the stage backwards but I kind of over shot my jump so instead of catching my whole body the crowd only caught my legs which flipped my body around so that my head came crashing to the concrete floor.

I stood up in a daze after basically “piledriving” myself in the middle of the pit and felt a wetness on the back of my head. I soon realized that wet feeling was actually blood and one of the dudes who worked at the club was nice enough to take me to the ER. 8 staples later I was sent on my way. Misha got the aftermath of the stage dive gone awry on video for your viewing pleasure.

Revocation's forthcoming fifth album "Deathless" will drop on October 14th via Metal Blade. Get a taste of the release by hearing "Madness Opus" here or check out the title track at this location. Check out the end result of Dave's mistimed stage leap in the player below: More...

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Devin Towsend Announces Tour With Periphery

Following the announcement of the new Devin Townsend Project album "Z²" and the subsequent lightning-fast sell out of London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall venue for his show on the 13th of April next year, the band can now reveal an extensive run of European shows for 2015, which will include support from Periphery and Shining.

Devin had this to say: "Now that the recording and mixing for Z2 is finished, it’s time to gear up for touring again! There’s a bunch of events coming up, and one of them that I'm extremely proud to announce is a European headlining tour with support from the incredible Periphery and the insane Shining!

"That’s a heck of a line-up I think, each band is doing something unique from each other, yet are really well defined. It will be an opportunity for us to explore our back catalog as well as the Z2 albums, Sky Blue and Dark Matters (from the upcoming double album, Z2).

"One of the greatest things about doing this for as long as I have is that we get to do these sorts of awesome events. I can’t even begin to express how honored I am to share the stage with these incredible bands, and to have such overwhelming support from the audience lately. It’s honestly just an absolute pleasure to do this.

"So it is with great pride I invite you to the show! Hopefully we come near you, let’s do this!" More...

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Bleed The Dream Recruits Periphery Drummer

After a Spring announcement that the band would be returning with a new record this year - effectively ending an 8 year hiatus - Bleed the Dream officially confirms that Periphery drummer Matt Halpern will be joining to play drums on this new record.

Late drummer Scott Gottlieb, who passed away from Cancer on April 10th, 2005, will be there in spirit and is the main motivation of the reunion. The remaining band members had this to say:

“We have a really special surprise for fans. We are going to record a new album in tribute to Scott and have a special replacement planned to take his seat. We tried our best to find someone who played similar to Scott, as well as someone that’s playing was what Scott would have enjoyed. This album will be the darkest, most passionate, and heaviest to date, with a fall release and tours to follow.”

In honor of Scott, Bleed The Dream will donate a percentage of the profits from the new album to cancer research and to family members with loved ones currently fighting cancer. You can keep in touch with the band, check for tour dates and stay up to date with record release info at the Bleed The Dream Facebook profile.

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Periphery Announces "Escape From The Studio" Tour

Progressive metal outfit Periphery will be emerging from the studio to hit the road this fall. For fans new and old this is the final tour supporting 2012’s sophomore release, "Periphery II," or as it’s known to die-hard fans, "This Time it’s Personal." The bill also features The Contortionist, Intervals, and Toothgrinder.

Sponsored by D’Addario and its family of musical instrument brands used specifically by Periphery (guitar/bass strings, Evans Drumheads and Promark Drumsticks) in conjunction with Bandhappy (founded by Periphery drummer Matt Halpern), the Escape From the Studio Tour begins September 18th.

The trek kicks off just as Periphery finishes up a third full-length, entitled "Juggernaut." Jeffrey Kaye, Global Director of Artist Relations at D’Addario states, “In our quest to find musicians that best represent our brands, occasionally we stumble upon an entire band who not only blow our minds as musicians, but who share our passion to push performances beyond the four walls of the stage. We’re delighted to be working with Periphery on this extraordinary tour."

Guitarist Misha Mansoor states, “We’ve all been in intense writing mode all year and are already itching to tour again. Drum tracking has wrapped and today the rest of us officially enter the studio for Juggernaut, so are excited to give the album cycle for Periphery II a proper send-off. With our good friends in The Contortionist, Intervals, and Toothgrinder, it is going to be a special swan song for the album.” More...

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Periphery Posts Studio Footage

Periphery is currently in the studio working on the follow-up to the "Clear" album experiment (reviewed here) and has released recording footage available below. The band also comments:

"Just an update from the studio. We are making a concept album called Juggernaut, but it should be called Longcat because it is loooooooooong. Doin Drums."

You can also stream all of the previous "Clear" album by navigating to this location.

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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.

Click here for the podcast in full, enjoy, and offer us your feedback.

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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.

Thankfully, all was cool at this show. More...

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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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