Remember a few weeks ago when Periphery’s Mark Holcomb teased about a forthcoming Periphery project during our interview? Well here it is! Clear! Not quite an EP, not quite an album, every band member has written their own track, showcasing their individual writing styles and filtering it through the massive Periphery machine. Here’s what the band had to say about it (and a teaser video at the end):
“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. Continue reading
It seems like just yesterday that Periphery was in Australia – and it pretty much was, if you count ‘March’ as yesterday. Whereas last time around they travelled the country as part of the huge Soundwave festival juggernaut, they’re heading back in January and February for their own tour with like-minded proggy djenty iconoclasts Animals As Leaders. And what better way to prepare for the tour than to have a chat with guitarist Mark Holcomb? I caught up with Mark yesterday ahead of the second-last Periphery gig of the band’s current US tour. And right around the time I’m typing this, they’re onstage playing their very last show before taking some much-needed time off. But it won’t be long before we hear some new Periphery music, as you will see… Continue reading
Forgive my girlish squeal but eeeeeeek! Periphery and Animals As Leaders have just announced an Australian tour for this January/February, hitting three cities (Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne). Now, if you caught Periphery during their last Australian tour – when they were here for Soundwave – you’d know that these guys are pretty much un-freaking-stoppable as a live unit at the moment. And Animals As Leaders were here this time last year (has it already been that long? Whoa) with Between The Buried & Me. But this is a killer chance to catch them both together here in the Antipodes. Here’s the press release: Continue reading
Periphery, Roadrunner Records Australia and I Heart Guitar present the official Australian premiere of the video for “Ragnarok” from Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal, filmed by Jeff Holcomb during Summer Slaughter 2013.
Directed by Jeff Holcomb.
Used with permission with thanks to Roadrunner Records Australia and Periphery.
Periphery’s Jake Bowen is the latest artist to be honoured with a signature DiMarzio pickup set. As DiMarzio says on their website, the Titan pickups were developed for Jake’s new signature guitar with Ibanez. “Jake Bowen is one of the new generation of guitarists on the cutting edge of progressive rock,” DiMarzio says, “and the Titan™ Neck and Bridge Model pickups were developed for his new signature guitar by Ibanez. Jake’s bridge pickup is crucial to his sound. It needs to be dynamic, fast, and very tight, and it’s at home with both standard and dropped tunings.” Here’s a killer video of Jake jamming with Dream Theater’s John Petrucci (who is using his own new DiMarzios, the Illuminator set), followed by some info about each pickup. Continue reading
Check it out! Periphery’s Misha Mansoor has teamed up with Bare Knuckle Pickups to create the Juggernaut set of neck and bridge humbuckers. Available for 6 and 7-string, the set comprises a combined Alnico/Ceramic bridge pickup and an Alnico V neck pickup, and are designed to cover all of the extremely wide range of tones that make up Misha’s tonal pallette. You can listen to sound clips and order them direct from BKP’s website here, but first here’s a little more information. Continue reading
Here’s the video for the new Periphery track “Make Total Destroy.” Awesome. It’s from their new album Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal. Hit the link at the top of the column on the right to check the album out.
Check out my interview with the lads here.
It’s been a year since we checked in with Periphery and in that time the mighty djent machine has grown and evolved at a rapid, startling rate. In the wake of a successful tour with Dream Theater, Periphery’s place as the centrepiece of the djent movement is now firmly established. It’s a genre characterised by heavy syncopated riffs, punchy mid-heavy guitar tones, the use of extended range instruments, clean-to-scream vocals and some of the most outrageous lead guitar work ever committed to hard disc, and Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal builds on the strengths of the band’s self-titled debut in every way. It’s more melodic, yet more extreme. There are more shredding solos but more moments of guitaristic introspection too. More colourful and dramatic. I Heart Guitar caught up with Misha Mansoor and Jake Bowen to talk shop.
Last time we talked, you said you were planning two albums, one of which would be a concept album. Is this still the plan?
Misha: I think we had a lot of expectations, and I guess our gut reaction to that is to just say ‘fuck it’ and do whatever we want. What we’d originally hoped would happen was that we’d get a tonne of time off to just write. We’re at a point where there are so many ideas. All was going to plan but then we got a Dream Theater tour offer smack in the middle of that session. It kinda came to a decision. And no matter what, you never turn down a Dream Theater tour! Continue reading
Periphery have just announced details of their new album, Periphery II, which features lots of face-melting playing, as well as guest spots from Guthrie Govan, Wes Hauch and John Petrucci. I’ve had the pleasure of listening to the new album and interviewing Misha and Jake about it (to be published closer to the release date) and it’s utterly killer. All the shreddage and great tones we all love but even more melody, more colour, more variety, more depth, more epic modes and scales… just more!
Here’s the press release:
PERIPHERY Announce New Album & Official Track Listing
Combing the complex atypical rhythms and technical precision of math rock with the sensational brutality of progressive metal, PERIPHERY have redefined the boundaries of progressive music.
Today’s guitar gallery is Mayones. They make plenty of great production line guitars – check out the Regius Elements – PERFECT with fretted or fretless neck, Seymour Duncan pickups and GraphTech Ghost System (Piezo preamp + MIDI Hexpander), or this Legend T - but their customs are a step beyond even that, as you’ll see from their gallery here. Check out the Setius PRO 7 Slime pictured above. It has an ash top, mahogany body with open sound chambers (look close and you’ll spot ‘em), cbony freeboard, custom green acrylic Slime inscription and position markers, DiMarzio Evolution (bridge) + PAF 7 (neck) pickups with Green covers, genuine Floyd Rose 7 bridge and Schaller tuners.
Or how about this Setius Dime Bomb XTrem 36? 36 frets, DiMarzio Evolution 7 humbucker (angled for 6 strings)… very cool.
Periphery’s Misha Mansoor just posted this thread on sevenstring.org about his latest Jackson Custom Shop axe. For the full story and plenty of pics, hit the link above. But here’s a snippet.
So the wonderful guys at Jackson actually made a twin of my first custom shop guitar just in case something went wrong.
Since that guitar came out great, they asked if there was anything i wanted tweaked, since they could just do it to the twin and send that to me.
The body on the first one was really thick, which led to the guitar sounding huge, but the heel was enormous on it, so i asked if they could make this body thinner and cut the heel down as well for better access, which they did. I also told them to do a blue sparkle finish, but apart from that to keep everything else EXACTLY the same.”
More pics below!