Bands like Periphery come along only once in a blue moon. Metal bands who can blend technicality, groove, melody, and heaviness all into one package are all too rare indeed, whether now or a decade ago. Alongside cohorts like Tesseract, Volumes, and Animals As Leaders that emerged at the tail end of the 2000’s/early 2010’s, Periphery’s brand of forward-thinking progressive metal has undergone quite an evolution indeed. With 6 records released in their career to date, including an impressive double album in Juggernaut Alpha + Omega, Periphery’s journey to independence started with the release of their self-titled debut album – which turns 10 years old today.
Fresh off a direct support tour where they played multiple sold-out shows with Underoath, Crown The Empire, and The Plot In You, Dance Gavin Dance is now headed out on yet another headlining tour in support of their newest record, Artificial Selection. The stacked lineup will also include progressive metal band Periphery, who have finished recording their 6th full-length record, UK breakout rock band Don Broco, post-hardcore veterans Hail The Sun, Thousand Below, and the extremely gifted Covet. Check out the full run of dates below.
Artificial Selection resulted in the highest sales of the vaunted band’s career to date, as the veteran act continues to break new musical ground, and gain fans across the globe.
Following recent larger acts like A Day To Remember and Attila in the quest to go independent, progressive metal band Periphery have now done the same, according to a new episode of the Jamey Jasta podcast, which featured Sumerian head honcho Ash Avildsen. The podcast, which you can stream below, also comes in a handily transcribed version thanks to Metal Insider. Of particular note is the fact that Avildsen seems to think Periphery could be much bigger – which isn’t far from the truth. Still, hats off to the band wanting to do things their way, on their terms.
The band has also released some clips from a likely new album they’re recording soon, which you can find below.
The tributes to the late Chester Bennington of Linkin Park are nothing short of moving. The band that just about everyone grew up listening to remains a key starting point in the formation of bands and constant inspiration.
And while progressive metal band Periphery might not be the most likely band to pull off a Linkin Park cover, they sure did so with respect and emotion. The whole band isn’t in the song, but vocalist Spencer Sotelo and drummer Matt Halpern are, as well as additional editing from Taylor Larson. You can check out the cover of “Shadow Of The Day” below. The song is off Linkin Park’s 2007 album Minutes To Midnight.