Periphery performing in 2015.
Left to right: Mark Holcomb, Jake Bowen, Spencer Sotelo, Adam Getgood, Misha Mansoor
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Periphery is an American progressive metal band based in Washington, D.C., formed in 2005. Their musical style has been described as progressive metal,djent, and progressive metalcore. They are considered one of the pioneers of the djent movement within progressive metal. The band consists of vocalist Spencer Sotelo, guitarists Misha Mansoor, Mark Holcomb, Jake Bowen, and drummer Matt Halpern.
Progressive metal is a fusion genre melding heavy metal and progressive rock that combines the loud "aggression" and amplified guitar-driven sound of the former with the more experimental, cerebral or "pseudo-classical" compositions of the latter.
Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington or D.C., is the capital of the United States. Founded after the American Revolution as the seat of government of the newly independent country, Washington was named after George Washington, the first president of the United States and a Founding Father. As the seat of the United States federal government and several international organizations, Washington is an important world political capital. The city, located on the Potomac River bordering Maryland and Virginia, is one of the most visited cities in the world, with more than 20 million tourists annually.
Djent is a subgenre of progressive metal, named for an onomatopoeia for the distinctive high-gain, distorted, palm-muted, low-pitch guitar sound.
Since their self-titled debut, the band has released an additional five albums: Periphery II: This Time It's Personal , the double album Juggernaut: Alpha and Omega , Periphery III: Select Difficulty and Periphery IV: Hail Stan . They've also released two EPs: Icarus EP and Clear. All Periphery material is self-produced by the members of the band.
Periphery is the debut studio album by American progressive metal band Periphery, signed by Sumerian Records and released on April 20, 2010. Many songs on the tracklist had been written long before the release date—with some written by original lead vocalist Casey Sabol—but due to membership changes, the album was postponed on several occasions. Former vocalist Chris Barretto had nearly finished recording the album before he and the band parted ways months before its release. Rather than release the songs with Barretto's vocals, the band decided to rerecord Barretto's songs with Spencer Sotelo; however, Sotelo only re-worked a few of the melodies when recording vocals, versus writing completely new lyrics. As a result, Sabol's and Barretto's lyrics and vocal melodies and harmonies are still featured on the record. The album was re-released on February 6, 2012 as a 'Special Edition' including instrumentals, along with a new song "Passenger," originally recorded by guitarist Mark Holcomb during his time in the band Haunted Shores.
Periphery II: This Time It's Personal is the second album by the progressive metal band Periphery, released June 29, 2012 through Roadrunner Records Australia and July 3 through Sumerian in America. It is the first record by the band to feature new members Mark Holcomb and Adam "Nolly" Getgood, replacing Alex Bois and Tom Murphy on guitar and bass, respectively.
Juggernaut: Alpha is the third studio album by the American progressive metal band Periphery. It's the first part of a double album, the second part of which is Juggernaut: Omega. The double album was released on January 27, 2015 by Sumerian Records. Juggernaut: Alpha debuted at No. 22 on the U.S. Billboard 200.
Periphery was formed in 2005 by guitarist Misha Mansoor, who slowly gained a reputation on the Internet via a regularly-updated Soundclick account, the Meshuggah and John Petrucci forums, and the sevenstring.org message boards. Before and during Periphery's tenure in the metal scene, Mansoor developed a reputation for doing his own audio production, the majority of which was performed with a home computer and a Pod XT. Mansoor has continued to update his personal project, Bulb, often transferring songs between the two projects. Mansoor also continues to be involved in a number of other musical projects, including Haunted Shores,Four Seconds Ago, and of Man Not of Machine.
Meshuggah is a Swedish extreme metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. Meshuggah's line-up consists of founding members vocalist Jens Kidman and lead guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, drummer Tomas Haake, who joined in 1990, rhythm guitarist Mårten Hagström, who joined in 1993 and bassist Dick Lövgren since 2004.
John Peter Petrucci is an American guitarist, composer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. With his former bandmate Mike Portnoy, he produced all Dream Theater albums from 1999's Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory to 2009's Black Clouds & Silver Linings. He has been the sole producer of the band's albums released since Portnoy's departure in 2010. Petrucci was named as the third player on the G3 tour seven times, more than any other invited guitarist. Joel McIver's 2009 book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists ranks Petrucci second, after Dave Mustaine. He was also named as one of the "Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time" by GuitarOne magazine. In 2012, Petrucci was ranked the 17th greatest guitarist of all time by a Guitar World magazine reader's poll.
Pod is a series of digital guitar amplifier modelers from Line 6. Pods are designed to digitally simulate amplifiers. Most Pods also include cabinet models, and all Pods include effects models. All Pod variants include headphone ports and recording ports, and can be used to feed a signal into an amp or directly into a PA system. Some variants include USB for direct recording interface with a computer.
Periphery went through a number of lineup changes during its early history. Originally, Misha played drums and guitar in the band, but began scoping out local talent and found local drummer Jason S. Berlin, and then switched permanently to guitar. Berlin was planning to pursue interests in Los Angeles and was replaced upon departure by Travis Orbin. Between 2005 and 2009, Periphery worked with vocalists Jake Veredika,Casey Sabol and Chris Barretto, gradually moving from a Meshuggah-influenced sound to a more ambient, melodic sound, with a focus on innovative production.
Periphery has toured extensively since 2008, supporting artists including DevilDriver, Dream Theater, Emmure, Veil of Maya,Animals as Leaders, God Forbid, Darkest Hour, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Fear Factory, Between the Buried and Me, and Fair to Midland.
DevilDriver is an American heavy metal band from Santa Barbara, California, formed in 2002, consisting of vocalist Dez Fafara, guitarists Mike Spreitzer and Neal Tiemann, drummer Austin D'Amond, and bassist Diego "Ashes" Ibarra. The band was originally named Deathride, however, due to copyright issues and the name being taken by several bands, the band changed its name to DevilDriver.
Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band formed in 1985 under the name Majesty by John Petrucci, John Myung and Mike Portnoy while they attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. They subsequently dropped out of their studies to concentrate further on the band that would ultimately become Dream Theater. Though a number of lineup changes followed, the three original members remained together until September 8, 2010, when Portnoy left the band. Mike Mangini was announced as the new permanent drummer on April 29, 2011.
Emmure is an American metalcore band formed in 2003. Originally based in New Fairfield, Connecticut, but now residing in Queens, New York, the group has a total of seven releases, with their first public release being a 2006 EP entitled The Complete Guide to Needlework.
In 2009, Travis Orbin left the band to join Sky Eats Airplane. He was then replaced by Matt Halpern, who was scouted by Mansoor whilst playing for a local pop band. In January 2010, Sumerian and Periphery announced on April 20, as the release date of the band's self-titled debut album, to be distributed by Sumerian Records in the United States; Distort Records in Canada; Roadrunner Records in Australia; Century Media Records in Germany, and the rest of the world. On January 20, 2010, amid speculation that they had changed vocalists again, Periphery uploaded an album sampler with vocals by Spencer Sotelo, a San Diego native who was later announced to be Periphery's new vocalist,replacing Chris Barretto, who had been fired from the band due to personal differences (Mansoor referring to him as a "diva"), resulting in a minor feud that would not be resolved until late 2013 (see below).
Sky Eats Airplane was an American post-hardcore band from Fort Worth, Texas. The band was signed to indie label Equal Vision Records and most recently released their self-titled full-length album through the label in July 2008. In March 2012, the official Sky Eats Airplane Facebook fan page indicated that there would be new SEA music sometime that year, although in November it was revealed that the band appears to be in an indefinite hiatus.
Sumerian Records is an American independent record label based in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. The label was founded in 2006 by Ash Avildsen. Fellsilent became the first non-US band to be signed to the label, in 2008. Sumerian's roster includes a number of progressive metal bands, notably in the djent subgenre.
Roadrunner Records is an American record label that concentrates primarily on heavy metal and hard rock bands. It is a division of Warner Music Group and is based in New York City.
Periphery released their self-titled debut album, Periphery , through Sumerian Records on April 20, 2010. It debuted at No. 128 on the Billboard Top 200, as well as No. 2 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. To support the album: Periphery played multiple tours around the US and Canada; a short tour of Australia along with The Dillinger Escape Plan, and a headlining tour of the UK and mainland Europe in February 2011. The band's first headlining tour, "League Of Extraordinary Djentlemen Tour", had support from TesseracT and Monuments in the UK, while their mainland European shows included Monuments and The Safety Fire. The band ran into multiple health issues during the tour; Spencer Sotelo had a case of bronchitis and was regularly unable to perform the entire set. Jake Bowen fell and broke a finger in the first week of the UK tour and was unable to play for the rest of their headlining tour. He recovered and joined the band during the last couple of shows on their tour with Fair to Midland and Scale the Summit right before they dropped out of the tour.
On March 22, Periphery released a cover of Metallica's song "One", which was recorded for the Homefront video game soundtrack and was released as a free download on the Homefront main website.
On January 19, 2011, the music video for "Jetpacks Was Yes!" was posted on NME.The video features a re-recorded and re-structured version of the song which was released on Icarus EP. Periphery's first single, from their Icarus EP titled "Frak the Gods", was released on March 24.
On July 6, 2011, Periphery announced via a MySpace blog post that the band had parted ways with guitarist Alex Bois. However, they did not change touring schedules, hiring Mark Holcomb and Adam "Nolly" Getgood (of British progressive metal band Red Seas Fire) to play Alex's parts during live shows until they found a permanent replacement.
On September 7, 2011, they were announced as the opening act for Dream Theater on the European leg of A Dramatic Turn of Events Tour starting in January 2012. [ citation needed ]In October 2011, the band announced that Holcomb was now the band's full-time guitarist, and in November bassist Tom Murphy decided to leave the band. This led to Getgood being assigned the role of bassist for their European tour with Dream Theater. The band also hired Holcomb's brother Jeff as a stand-in bass player for their 2012 US tour with Protest The Hero, Jeff Loomis, The Safety Fire and Today I Caught the Plague.
On February 21, 2012 the band re-released their debut album with a new single on iTunes entitled "Passenger". This was a partially re-recorded version of an old Haunted Shores song.
Periphery then entered the studio to work on their next two full-length releases to record reworked "Bulb" demos as well as completely new material written by the full band.The album was to be produced by Mansoor and Getgood and engineered and mixed by Taylor Larson (Sky Eats Airplane, Of Legends, Life on Repeat).
In July 2011, Mansoor elaborated on the forthcoming albums in Australian magazine Mixdown. He confirmed that there would be two albums recorded, and that one would be a concept album. Mansoor has had an interest in a concept album for quite some time, stating that "[he] wanted to get this concept album out there. It's been an idea for years and years." Mansoor also revealed that the band would release the albums separately, saying "[they]'ll probably do a staggered release, three to six months apart" and that "[he] really want[s] them to be these separate bodies of work, because they will sound different, and be completely different approaches, too."
Periphery II: This Time It's Personal was made available for streaming on YouTube on June 28, 2012. Hours later, the band announced that Getgood had officially joined the band, his role in the band mostly being a bassist but also contributing to guitar parts in the studio (a role which he had already taken on during the recording of Periphery II), effectively making him the "multi-instrumentalist" of the band. Jeff Holcomb continued to perform with Periphery during the 2012 Summer Slaughter tour until they had to drop out due to a family emergency; this was done so that Getgood could perform his last show with Red Seas Fire at the inaugural UK Tech-Metal Fest.
Since the 2012 Summer Slaughter tour Jeff Holcomb has remained a regular part of the band's crew and still performs as a stand-in bass player when required. As well as this, he makes documentary films about the band's tours and directed the music video for Ragnarok.
Spencer Sotelo hinted in 2 tweets in September 2013 that Periphery were planning to release a new EP, the writing for which was already well under way, to tide their fans over until the release of Juggernaut, the band's much anticipated third full-length album.
In October, it was announced that Misha Mansoor, Mark Holcomb & Jake Bowen were having signature pickups released; the Bare Knuckle Pickups Juggernaut, the Seymour Duncan Alpha/Omega and DiMarzio Titan pickups, respectively. It was also announced that Bowen's Ibanez LACS "Titan" would be made as a signature guitar.
In November 2013, former singer Chris Barretto made a surprise appearance during an encore of "Icarus Lives!" at the Gramercy Theater. As well as ending the long-standing feud between Chris and Periphery, it also marked the end of Periphery's "This Tour is Personal" headlining tour.
In December, Periphery announced a new release entitled Clear, set for release on January 28, 2014.Clear is a separate project from Juggernaut and was built around a unique concept: each track apart from the opener "Overture" was assigned to a different member of the band, who acted as the "creative director" for their respective song, and every track shares a theme from "Overture" to link each track in the release together. The band insisted that it should not be considered an EP as at 30 minutes in length it is longer than most EPs, but should not be classified as an album.
"Juggernaut" is a concept which was under development by the band for several years. Misha had initially written a series of demos early in Periphery's history, which were sections of a planned extended composition with the "Juggernaut" title; this extended composition contained Periphery's breakthrough songs "Icarus Lives!" and "Jetpacks Was Yes!" as some of its sections.The idea of an extended piece was eventually scrapped and developed into a concept which would span an entire album.
During the Periphery II album cycle it was planned that Juggernaut would be released 3–6 months after Periphery II as part of a double album. However, this plan was also dropped due to Periphery's touring commitments, pushing the release to 2015. The band delayed writing and pre-production even more to make time for writing and recording Clear. In early July 2014, Periphery began tracking and recording songs for Juggernaut.[ citation needed ]
On the Escape From The Studio Tour, lead vocalist Spencer Sotelo stated that Juggernaut had been finished and would be released sometime in January 2015 through Sumerian Records. On November 5, 2014, Periphery announced a tour in support of the new record, which was released on January 27, 2015. They revealed that it will in fact be a double album, consisting of Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega , and that support acts for the album release tour in early 2015 will be Nothing More, Wovenwar, and Thank You Scientist.
In early 2016, various Periphery members announced through social media that they were working on what would become their fourth studio album. Matt Halpern announced on his Instagram account that drums for the new untitled album would be tracked in February 2016. On April 26, 2016, Periphery announced on their official Facebook page that their new album would be called Periphery III: Select Difficulty and that it would be released on July 22 the same year.The first new song, "The Price Is Wrong", was released on May 25. The next song to be released was "Flatline", which was made available to stream on YouTube on June 25. "Marigold", the first official music video from the album, was released on July 8. "Motormouth" and "The Way the News Goes..." were released to YouTube on July 14 and 15, respectively, followed by the release of "Prayer Position" on July 18. The band was nominated at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in the Best Metal Performance category for their song "The Price Is Wrong".
Additionally, it was announced that Adam "Nolly" Getgood would be focusing more on his personal production projects and would not be touring with Periphery.The band then decided to use Getgood's backing tracks for their live performances. On August 3, 2017, Getgood announced through Facebook his departure from the band, stating his lack of investment in Periphery, and his wanting to spend more time with his wife, as well as on production and GetGood drums. On April 19, 2018, the band's label, Sumerian Records, announced that Periphery was splitting from the label, and their next album would be released on their independent label 3DOT Recordings.
In April 2018, Mansoor uploaded a 10-minute YouTube video containing various clips from writing sessions with Bowen and Holcomb.In October, the band revealed that they had begun tracking songs for their fifth studio album, and that it would be released in 2019. It was also revealed that Adam "Nolly" Getgood, former bassist and now studio bassist only for the band, would be tracking and recording bass for the album and would once again be heavily involved in mixing, producing, and engineering the album, but would not contribute to the writing process. On January 27, 2019, Mark Holcomb stated that the next Periphery album would be released in April. On February 6, 2019, the band released a single called "Blood Eagle", and on March 1, Periphery released "Garden in the Bones", both from their studio album Periphery IV: Hail Stan , released on April 5, 2019, through their own label, 3DOT Recordings.
Matt Halpern plays Pearl drums, Meinl cymbals, Evans Drumheads, and Promark Drumsticks. He has his own signature Drumsticks made by Promark as well as a signature cymbal stack, the "Double down"-stack, available to the public.
All of the guitar & bass players run Fractal Audio Axe-FX II XL units direct into front of house, as well as into Zilla cabinets onstage via QSC PLD4.3 power amps. They use Line 6 G75 wireless units for their guitars and Sennheiser wireless units for their in ear monitors. Their patch changes are performed automatically via MIDI from the Pro Tools session that contains their backing tracks, with MFC foot controllers available as backup if needed.
Mark Holcomb endorses PRS Guitars, with whom he has multiple signature models,and uses Seymour Duncan pickups, specifically a signature set developed with Keith Merrow called the Alpha and Omega. Mark has multiple custom 7 and 8 string PRS guitars modeled after his signature guitar.
According to Misha Mansoor's Facebook page, he has recently received a signature amp from Peavey called the invective.120, which he used on the second iteration of the Select Difficulty North American Tour. He additionally used Peavey cabinets, two 2x12s and two 4x12s per rig (there were two visible rigs onstage in the photos shown)
Misha Mansoor endorses Jackson Guitars and has numerous signature models with them that were released at the NAMM Shows 2015 and 2017. He also has two sets of signature pickups with Bare Knuckle Pickups. The first model is called the Juggernautand the second signature model is called the Ragnarok.
Jake Bowen is endorsed by Ibanez Guitars, and has several signature guitars. His primary signature, which is Japanese made (part of Ibanez's Prestige series) and has continuously been in production since 2014, is the JBM100.In 2016, two "mass-market" models (the JBM20 and its seven-string variant, the JBM27) were released as more affordable versions. His newest model is the JBM10FX, which differs from previous models in that it has a fixed bridge, white finish, and longer scale. He also has a signature pickup set with DiMarzio called Titans.
The band uses an extended range of tunings in 6-, 7-, and 8-string guitars. Their songs are predominantly in Drop C in 6-string (CGCFAD), Drop G# in 7-string (G#D#G#C#F#A#D#), and standard in 8-string (F#BEADGBE). Their 8-string songs include "Ji", "Extraneous", "A Black Minute", "The Event", "Four Lights", and "Stranger Things". For "Totla Mad" and "Frak the Gods", they tune the low C down to A# (A#GCFAD). For "Zyglrox", "Alpha", "The Bad Thing", "Graveless", "Remain Indoors", "Habitual Line-Stepper", "Lune", "Prayer Position", "CHVRCH BVRNER", "Garden In The Bones" and "Follow Your Ghost", they tune the low C down to A (AGCFAD). "Muramasa" and "Ragnarok" are in a 7-string variation of the "Totla Mad" tuning, the low G# is tuned down to F# (F#D#G#C#F#A#D#). "Scarlet" is in Open Cadd9 tuning (CGCEGD). According to Jake Bowen's Instagram, they have also used the 6-string tuning GGCFAD for the song "Reptile" off their newest album Periphery IV: Hail Stan . "Racecar" uses a tuning where instead of dropping the lowest string on 7-string, they dropped the 6th string (A#C#G#C#F#A#D#). The song Hell Below from the album Juggernaut: Omega , is played on an 8-string guitar with the lowest string tuned down to C# (C#BEADGBE).
Guitarists Mark Holcomb and Misha Mansoor have a side project called Haunted Shores. This project first became active in April 2010, before Holcomb was a member of Periphery, releasing two songs on a split EP with Cyclamen.Through the remainder of 2010 and part of 2011, they periodically recorded and released new songs, sometimes featuring guest vocalists like Elliot Coleman or Mike Semesky. However, in late 2011 Holcomb officially joined Periphery, and the project unofficially went on hiatus. Their song "Passenger," which featured guest vocals by Spencer Sotelo, was released as a Periphery song in February 2012, and another song featuring Sotelo's vocals, "Scarlet" was re-recorded and released on Periphery's second album. No new music was released until 2015, when it was revealed that they were recording a 'debut' EP. Viscera was released on November 3, 2015, and featured a re-recorded version of one of their earlier songs ("Harrison Fjord") as well as several new songs.
Mansoor is also part of an electronic music side project with guitarist Jake Bowen, called Four Seconds Ago.Their debut album, The Vacancy, was released September 28, 2018. Bowen also produces electronic music on his own, having released the full-length album Isometric on May 31, 2015.
On April 7, 2014, it was announced that vocalist Spencer Sotelo had become the new lead vocalist of post-hardcore band From First To Last.Additionally, Sotelo produces "Trent Reznor-inspired" music under the moniker Endur. Endur's debut album American Parasite was released October 27, 2017.
Mark Holcomb doubles as a professional voice actor in video games, most recently lending his voice to two main characters in the police-procedural RPG Disco Elysium.Holcomb also co-wrote two songs on VUUR's 2016 debut album, "In This Moment, We Are Free - Cities": specifically, the songs "Freedom - Rio" and "Reunite! - Paris."
Mansoor has composed and produced songs for video game soundtracks, most notably "Follow in Flight" and "Breaking the Covenant" for the Halo 2: Anniversary soundtrack (part of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection ) as well as the ending credits theme for the game Deus Ex: Mankind Divided . He has also worked as a producer on releases by Animals as Leaders, Stray from the Path and Veil of Maya, among others. He also owns the guitar pedal company Horizon Devices, and co-owns software company GetGood Drums alongside Periphery bandmate Matt Halpern and former bandmate Adam "Nolly" Getgood.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
| US || US|
| AUS || AUT || FIN || GER || JPN || UK |
| Periphery II: This Time It's Personal ||44||6||46||30||46||32||132||115|
| Juggernaut: Alpha ||22||3||22||49||—||83||111||43|
| Juggernaut: Omega ||25||4||25||48||—||—||119||45|
| Periphery III: Select Difficulty ||22||2||8||42||22||39||102||57|
| Periphery IV: Hail Stan ||64||1||21||48||39||36||—||23|
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
| US || US|
| AUS || JPN |
| Clear ||62||10||37||134|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|Title||Year||Director||From the album|
|"Icarus Lives!"||2010||Ian McFarland & Mike Pecci||Periphery|
|"Jetpacks Was Yes!"||2011||Eric Haviv, Richard Webb & Brandon Morris||Icarus EP|
|"Make Total Destroy"||2012||Wes Richardson||Periphery II: This Time It's Personal|
|"Alpha"||2015||Wes Richardson||Juggernaut: Alpha|
|"The Bad Thing"||Jeff Holcomb||Juggernaut: Omega|
|"Marigold"||2016||Wes Richardson||Periphery III: Select Difficulty|
|"Blood Eagle"||2019||Jeremy Danger & Travis Shinn||Periphery IV: Hail Stan|
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