9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shouldn't be on the
I first had this band brought to my ageing attention by my youngest son who had purchased the bands first album as birthday gift. The first hearing was a real experience, it happened during an 8 hour trek from home to the deepest depths of East Anglia, It turned out to be a bit of an epiphany, if there is such a thing as a bit of such an experience. Anyhoo, this is a...
Published on 11 Sept. 2012 by John R. Baird
3.0 out of 5 stars Not to keen on the vocal, but the music ...
Not to keen on the vocal, but the music is dense, i was drawn by the Djent movement articles.
Published 5 months ago by Muhammad Nurul Islam
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shouldn't be on the,
I first had this band brought to my ageing attention by my youngest son who had purchased the bands first album as birthday gift. The first hearing was a real experience, it happened during an 8 hour trek from home to the deepest depths of East Anglia, It turned out to be a bit of an epiphany, if there is such a thing as a bit of such an experience. Anyhoo, this is a band that managed to take me back to several decades ago when listening to new, or different stuff, fired up such a novel sensation that you remained in the "continue to replay" CD mode that you can lose all track of time. Such was the effect of said first album.
So with a little trepidation, I purchased P II.
Trepidatious I should not have been.
This a stunning album, in parts like the heaviest of sounds bolted together by latter day disciples of "Pantera" and "Fear Factory" that suddenly changes to violin loaded "PFM" and even sections of early "ELP"
This slab of new music is completely mind boggling in just how many different styles of all types of music it nods in the direction of.
Not in a bad or cluttered or grating manner but in a style of terrific substance and depth.
It kind of feels like the sensation you get after a rather explosive sneeze, all de-cluttered and able to take a very deep, clean, satisfying breath of fresh mountain air, believe me!!!
As usual I refuse to detail favourite tracks, I always believe that the individual listener does not need to know whatever genre, sub or other wise that certain others feel the need to pigeon hole music in.
My favourites are mine, and I refuse to sway your original listening by skipping what might be important tracks to you.
The bands own thoughts and decisions are why the album was set to run in the way they chose, and the way the tracks were laid down.
Being of an older generation I find it very difficult to pick and choose singular tracks as this does lead to Tracks that could grow on you, being dispensed with before the growing process can even start.
Do yourself a favour and have a go at something a bit new.
You know it makes sense!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of 2012 (and one of the best I've ever bought),
Quite often I'll buy an album, listen to it a few times, then put it on the shelf until I listen to it again a few years later. Periphery II is one of those special albums that I still listen to on a regular basis. It's a bit more accessible than the first album which some may see as a good point while others not so much. I see it as a different album and should be approached as such.
Spencer has definitely improved - his growls/screams have much more substance and his clean melodies are just beautiful. The instrumental aspect of the music is just as good, containing many elements of 'traditional' Periphery and Bulb (Make Total Destroy) along with a more melodic side (mainly heard in songs such as 'The Gods Must Be Crazy!' and what was originally a Haunted Shores song 'Scarlet').
If you liked the first album then you'll probably like this one as well, and while hardcore prog purists may find some of the songs a bit too 'commercial' (and I use that word as loosely as possible because PII is far from it) there are plenty of songs that you will still enjoy. Overall a brilliant album and one that every self-respecting Periphery fan should buy!
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid album,
A slightly different feel from the first album. Slightly more dreamtheatre-esk and less djenty but album is instantly recognisable as Periphery. Not as genre defining as the first album but then, not in a bad way. Guitar work is fantastic, both in rhythm and lead. Anyone who has been keeping up to date may notice the odd riff that has been released or used elsewhere (Scarlet from Haunted Shores for example...but then Mark and Misha wrote it anyway?) Stand out performance from Spencer here though. An instantly noticeable step up in range and screamed/growled vocals. Especially impressive if it is indeed true that he had zero tuning in production...
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Periphery - II,
Periphery II: This Time Its Personal is the second full-length studio album by the American Metal band Periphery, it was released in 2012, following up on 2011's Icarus EP and 2010's self-titled debut album.
Periphery's style of music is a highly technical and slightly progressive blend of metal, with a clear Messuggah influence in the angular low riffs and focus on rhythm as well as bursts of a much more clean and melodic side and some integration of electronic music, synths and electro drum sounds.
Alongside a number of other bands, they are considered by some to be one of the most important bands in the controversial Djent subgenre. For those who don't know, a lot of people argue over whether or not Djent is actually a genre or not, and whether some of the bands are really just Tech-Metal and some are just Death Metal, Prog Metal or Deathcore etc ...and to be fair only time will tell on that front.
If you like any other Djent or even vaguely Djent-related bands such as Tesseract, Structures, Uneven Structure, After The Burial, Born Of Osiris, After The Burial, Animals As Leaders, Vildhjart, Architects, BMTH, Sikth, Messugah, or just this sort of end of the musical spectrum in general, then they are at least worth a curiosity listen. The album contains a lot of the key features of styles like Deathcore, Metalcore, Prog Metal, Tech-Metal, Math-Metal jumbled together, with bits of electronic music added in moderation.
In fact, regardless of your opinions on the subgenre's existence or how much you do or don't like any of the other bands associated with it, if you have liked anything you've heard from Periphery thus far, this album is worth checking out.
The musical quality is very high, the quality of the production is high, there are a large amount of ideas on offer and since the album was made available for streaming by the band, overwhelming public opinion seems to say that singer Spencer Sotelo has improved immensely with the vocals.
There are also guest appearances in the form of guitar solos from John Petrucci of Dream Theater, Guthrie Govan of The Aristocrats and Wes Hauch of The Faceless.
If you have heard the pre-released single `Make Total Destroy' you should have some idea of the album's direction. There is a lot of lead guitar on this album, very brief sections of Death Vocals and Blast Beats, some spacey atmospheric passages, big clean singing parts, occasional effects-laden arpeggiated sections, and mostly a lot of crushing Djenty sections often in non-standard time signatures.
Other highlights include `Face Palm Mute,' which starts off especially angular but has a lot of dynamics, with music cutting off suddenly hear and there for a drum fill or Sikth-esque fast vocal line, as well as `Ragnarok,' which really displays Spencer's vocals rather well, `Scarlet' which is almost a little reminiscent of Coheed And Cambria and finally the album closer `Masamune.'
Overall, Periphery II should keep a lot of fans happy and is worth checking out if you have an interest in the band but haven't yet taken the plunge. Furthermore; If you can, you should try and get the special edition with two bonus tracks; an extra instrumental track and a cover of Slipknot's `The Heretic Anthem.'
5.0 out of 5 stars they have finally won me over,
much better than the first album. the singing is better, the song dynamics are better. the hooks are more relevent and uplifting than in previous albums. The singer has a great voice but sounds a lot like Corey Taylor in places, for some reason. that's not a bad thing, though...
essential metal release for 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars Prog Album 2012,
Personally, there was not another album that could compete to this in 2012. They're all fantastic writers and I'm so glad this is recognised. Spencer's choruses are the best things vocally i've probably ever heard. Favourite tune? Facepalm Mute. But they're all quality tunes.
5.0 out of 5 stars Periphery 2,
good condition, and quick delivery, I can't say more than that, as I bought it for my son's birthday, but they are one of his favourite groups at the moment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb follow up album!,
Periphery II: this time it's personal is the new album from one of the modern forerunners of the progressive metal genre, Periphery, and this album proves that the band is still worthy of that title.
This band are often labeled as a Djent band (even though Djent is not a true metal subgenre), because they use heavily palm muted guitar and bass riffs. However, these are much less common on the new album.
One aspect I do like about Periphery is that they don't take their lyric writing too seriously, as three of the song titles, Muramasa, Ragnarok and Masamune are references to the Final Fantasy series, as well as with tracks such as The gods must be crazy and probably my favourite title, Facepalm mute.
The vocals on this album are a good mix of both growled/shouted vocals and clean sang vocals. Both of these vocal styles, while they are nothing groundbreaking, do fit the musical style very well.
This brings me onto the musicianship and songwriting on this album, which are both incredible. The guitar parts are very technical and also quite varied, this album features both heavy, distorted riffs and softer passages with the occaisional use of strings and piano music.
My favourite tracks on the album would have to be Ragnarok, for its melodic chorus, as well as the beautiful, instrumental outro. As well as the song Facepalm mute, because the musicianship on this song is some of the tightest on the album, it also has a brilliant multi- layered guitar track with both distorted and clean playing at the same time.
However, superb musicianship and songwriting are present on just about the full length of the album.
Overall, Periphery II has a very dense feel in terms of music, it is very complex and also fairly lenghty, clocking in at around 69 minutes.
In conclusion, Periphery II: this time it's personal, is a superb followup to their self titled debut album, as it continues their heavy, progressive sound, but also builds on it by removing some of the Djent sounds and adding more varied music. This album shows that progressive metal still has a lot going for it, and Periphery are definitely near the top of the prog metal ladder. This is one of the best metal albums I've heard in 2012, and I would highly recommend it if you are a fan of Periphery, or progressive metal bands such as Tesseract, Meshuggah and Vildhjarta.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of the year.,
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This is a must buy album if you like progressive metal. Much improvment on the first album and the best Djent offering I have heard.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, excellent,,
Cant say enough about this band. They are fantastic and hope they come to Ireland. BRILLIANT BRILLIANT BRILLIANT. TURN IT UP LOUD.!
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