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Periphery are an American ProgressiveMetal band founded in 2005, whose relative success has made them leaders of the so-called '{{Djent}}' movement, a recent wave of metal acts that employ Music/{{Meshuggah}}'s chugging, rhythmically complex riffing style as a key component of their music. While acts like Music/SikTh and Textures may have developed the prototypical form of the subgenre, creating a more melodic and experimental take on the original formula, [[TropeCodifier Periphery are generally credited as its zeitgeist band]], kickstarting the popularization and diversification of the genre.

Periphery's own music uses the aforementioned staccato 'djent' riff style, highly compressed and mid-boosted production, and glitchy electronic segments to create a heavy, mechanical feel, using lush clean guitars and soaring vocals to add a more emotive, earnest edge.

Discography:

* ''Periphery'' (2010)
* ''Periphery II: This Time It's Personal'' (2012)
* ''Clear'' (2014, EP)
* ''Juggernaut: Alpha'' (2015)
* ''Juggernaut: Omega'' (2015)
* ''Periphery III: Select Difficulty'' (2016)

Current Lineup:
* Spencer Sotelo - lead vocals, lyrics
* Misha "Bulb" Mansoor guitars, production, primary composer
* Jake Bowen guitars, programming, backing vocals
* Mark Holcomb guitars
* Matt Halpern drums, percussion
* Adam "Nolly" Getgood - bass, production (Studio only since 2016)

!Tropes that apply to Periphery:

* BreakupSong: "Absolomb".
* CallBack / CallForward: ''Juggernaut'' is full of these.
* ClusterFBomb: "Feed The Ground", "The Bad Thing", "The Price Is Wrong" and "Motormouth". Spencer seems to really like using large amounts of swearing when he's angry.
* CoverVersion: They covered "One" by Music/{{Metallica}} and it is actually surprisingly good. Another notable cover is "Black Or White" by Music/{{Michael Jackson}} which was performed with a former vocalist Chris Barretto (now sings in Monuments). And the last but not least - "The Heretic Anthem" by Music/{{Slipknot}}.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Periphery III: Select Difficulty''. The band returned to a heavier style on this record more akin to their first two albums.
** Haunted Shores is Misha and Mark's darker and edgier side project. The project adopts a style more similar to the heavier end of Periphery's musical output and even verges very much into Black Metal territory.
* EpicRocking: It's not uncommon for the band to write songs that last longer than 6-7 minutes.
** "Racecar", the 15-minute climax of their self-titled debut.
** "Omega", the 11-minute title track of ''Juggernaut: Omega''.
* [[ExcitedShowTitle Excited Song Title]]: '''"Jetpacks Was Yes!"'''
* GenreBusting / GenreRoulette: The band has elements of this. While they have Djent's signature {{progressive|Metal}} / GrooveMetal hybrid at their core, not only do they vary in heaviness, they also draw influences from various other genres, such as Mathcore ("Totla Mad", parts of "Buttersnips"), PostHardcore ("[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9fXn7ebvbE Jetpacks Was Yes!]]"), NuMetal ("[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBSXlbnZc60 Ow My Feelings]]")...they even dropped a song that could be called "[[TechnicalDeathMetal tech death]]" ("[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ih_WgC3ZC_E Zyglrox]]"). They also throw in some glitchy electronic beats and effects reminiscent of IDM/Drill 'n Bass every once in a while.
** ''Clear'' also shows shades of this, what with 6 of the 7 songs on the album being written by an individual member of the band to show off different writing styles.
* GriefSong: "Mile Zero".
* IAmTheBand: Happens quite a lot with multiple members of the band.
** The first Periphery album was almost entirely written by Misha.
** Spencer wrote "Face Palm Mute" entirely by himself.
** Mark wrote "Scarlet" pretty much by himself too.
* IAmVeryBritish: Nolly unintentionally falls into this. Not only is he the one British person in a band of Americans, but he has an accent that could be deemed as being posh. Also subverted, as he is half-Egyptian.
* LastNoteNightmare: "Masamune" starts with happy-sounding major-scale progressions, then abruptly turns into a darker part which slowly goes to a downtuned dissonant chugging followed by cries from hell towards the end of the song. Repeated again in "Remain Indoors" without detuning the thickest string.
* LighterAndSofter:
** Both parts of ''Juggernaut'' are considered as this by both fans and the band themselves. Subverted with "MK Ultra" as it's one of the heaviest songs they've ever written.
** "Lune" is without a doubt the softest song they've ever written.
** "Catch Fire" is almost practically a funk song.
* MindScrew: Spencer's lyrics can be quite cryptic. Here's a fun activity: read the lyrics to "Buttersnips", and then try to figure them out without looking at the explanation below.
* MixedAncestry: 3 band members with this: Mark (American/Filipino), Nolly (British/Egyptian) and Misha ([[AmbiguouslyBrown Not even he knows himself]])[[note]]Mansur is a common Arabic name and Mansoor is most commonly used by South Asians, for what it's worth[[/note]]
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Either a hard 7 or a soft 8, most of the time, but they can be quite diverse: "Jetpacks Was Yes!" is around a 5 (or 4, for the EP version), while "Zyglrox", "The Price is Wrong" and "Motormouth" are a hard 9, skirting a 10 in some places.
* NobodyLovesTheBassist: Technically, as they've been touring with no live bass since Nolly decided to put his touring career on hiatus.
* NonAppearingTitle: The odd, often absurd ("Buttersnips" and "Jetpacks Was Yes!" in particular) song titles on ''Periphery''.
** Actually, most of their songs are this ("Scarlet", "Light", "Motormouth", "Marigold" and "Flatline" being notable exceptions.)
* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: The title of their second album, ''Periphery II: This Time It's Personal.''
** And their fifth album ''Periphery III: Select Difficulty.''
* PissTakeRap: The verses of "Catch Fire" give a sort of this feel.
* PrecisionFStrike:
** The last chorus of "22 Faces".
--> "Fuck me! I am dying to see".
** "Icarus Lives" has "Fuck them!" in the last chorus too.
* ProgressiveMetal / GrooveMetal: [[TropeCodifier Codified]] "djent", generally a fusion of the two styles.
* RenaissanceMan: Pretty much everyone in the band counts as this in some way or another.
** Nolly is perhaps the most glaringly obvious example. Not only is he a ridiculously good guitarist and bassist, but he is also very skilled at production, audio engineering and photography. Oh, and he also did a degree in Theoretical Physics before dropping out 2 years in to go to music school. Nolly's tendency to be awesome at pretty much everything has almost become an AscendedMeme.
* RevolvingDoorBand: They went through two drummers and three vocalists in five years, ''before they even released an album''. After that, they lost a guitarist and a bassist just for good measure, leaving Misha and Jake as the only founding members left. They could end up in Music/TheDillingerEscapePlan territory if they don't watch their step.
** Bafflingly, they seem to be on ''very'' good terms with many of the departed band members, to the point of going out of their way to help with their new projects in some cases. They even reconciled with Chris Barretto, who departed from the band in notoriously bad circumstances.
* SavedFromDevelopmentHell: both the first album and the Juggernaut double album.
* SeriousBusiness: The music seems serious and profound, but especially given that they (along with Meshuggah, [=TesseracT=] and Music/AnimalsAsLeaders) pioneered a new scene sweeping the metal world [[AvertedTrope the band members themselves have a very relaxed and humorous attitude toward what they do.]] See OneOfUs.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: ''Clear'' was made to show off the different writing styles of each member of the band. It definitely showed.
* SopranoAndGravel: Spencer does both sides of this trope himself.
* SubduedSection: "Feed The Ground".
* {{Supergroup}}: Arguably. After the most recent lineup shuffle, the band now has the main people from their extensive ProductionPosse in the band, most notably former Fifth Beatle Adam "Nolly" Getgood, to the point where the band is now a who's who of the internet guitar scene that djent grew out of.
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "Priestess" from ''Juggernaut: Omega'', "Catch Fire" and "Lune" from ''Periphery III: Select Difficulty.'' "Erised" from ''Periphery II'' may also qualify.
* TheRockumentary: "Remain Indoors: The Making of Select Difficulty".
* UncommonTime: Shows up here and there. Examples include "Marigold" (verses in 7/8), "Habitual Line-Stepper" (middle sections in 5/16), "Lune" (mostly in 7/4), and "Alpha" (7/4 after the last chorus, then 7+8+7/4 in the last section).
* UpdatedRerelease: The ''Icarus'' EP, containing among other things a rerecorded version of "Icarus Lives!" alongside several remixes, as well as a rerecorded version of "Jetpacks Was Yes!".
* VocalEvolution: Spencer Sotelo, [[RevolvingDoorBand the latest in a long line of vocalists]], was not very-well recieved by some fans, the most common complaints being that his singing was "whiny" and that his HarshVocals lacked power. Since the release of ''Periphery II'', he is now regarded as one of the best vocalists in Periphery's style of music.
** Jake Bowen has also contributed his own vocals in recent years. he often performs both clean and harsh vocals live to back up Spencer during sections where he is able to play and sing at the same time, and even performed some of the backing vocals on ''Periphery II''.
* ZombieApocalypse: "Buttersnips", apparently:
--> '''Misha:''' Spencer, any comments on [Buttersnips]?
--> '''Spencer:''' Umm, yeah, I think it's about zombies.
--> '''Misha:''' Yeah, that one's about the zombie apocalypse, pretty much. And, like, [[PurpleProse you read it and]] [[MindScrew you don't get it]], and now that we tell you that...
--> '''Spencer:''' You'll totally get it.

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-> ''[[MemeticMutation "Periphery! Love that shit!"]]''

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