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 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.


* ''Periphery'' (2010)
* ''Periphery II: This Time It's Personal'' (2012)
* ''Clear'' (2014)
* ''Juggernaut: Alpha'' (2015)
* ''Juggernaut: Omega'' (2015)

Current Lineup:

* Spencer Sotelo - lead vocals, lyrics
* Misha "Bulb" Mansoor guitars, production, primary composer
* Jake Bowen guitars, programming
* Mark Holcomb guitars
* Matt Halpern drums, percussion
* Adam "Nolly" Getgood - bass, production

!Tropes that apply to Periphery:

* ClusterFBomb: ''Feed The Ground'' and ''The Bad Thing''.
* 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}}.
* EpicRocking:
** ''Racecar'', the 15-minute climax of their self-titled debut.
** ''Omega'', the 11-minute song of "Juggernaut: Omega".
* [[ExcitedShowTitle Excited Song Title]]: '''Jetpacks Was Yes!'''
* FollowTheLeader: Regarded as the flagship band of the rapidly expanding djent scene...[[DoingItForTheArt not like they particularly care.]] Are themselves following in Meshuggah's footsteps.
* 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: Nearly everything Periphery has released thus far is an "official" version of Bulb's old demo tracks, usually simply with vocals added and some minor changes in instrumentation. Reportedly, though, the rest of the band will have much more input on ''Juggernaut''.
** After the production of ''Juggernaut'' stalled in late 2012, Misha has now possibly signaled an end to this practice by [[http://www.metalsucks.net/2013/06/21/peripherys-misha-mansoor-is-making-a-solo-album/ announcing that he is releasing a solo album]].
* 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.
* 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'' is a hard 9, skirting a 10 in some places.
* NonAppearingTitle: The odd, often absurd (''Buttersnips'' and ''Jetpacks Was Yes!'' in particular) song titles on ''Periphery''.
* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: The title of their second album, ''"Periphery II: This Time It's Personal."''
* PrecisionFStrike:
** The last chorus of ''22 Faces''. "Fuck me! I am dying to see".
** ''Icarus Lives". "Fuck them!" in the last chorus too.
* ProgressiveMetal / GrooveMetal: [[TropeCodifier Codified]] "djent", generally a fusion of the two styles.
* RenaissanceMan: Nolly. 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.
* 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.
* 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. Come the ''Periphery II'', he's stepped his game up significantly, developing a style evocative of Protest the Hero's Rody Walker. His vocal capacity has gotten even better since "Periphery II" with the deepest growls he has ever done showing up on the "Juggernaut" albums.
* XMeetsY: Music/{{Meshuggah}} meets Music/PorcupineTree.
* 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.

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