Periphery are an American Progressive Metal 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 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, 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:
I Am the Band: 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.
I Am Very British: 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.
Mind Screw: 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.
Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: 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.
Non-Appearing Title: The odd, often absurd (Buttersnips and Jetpacks Was Yes! in particular) song titles on Periphery.
Renaissance Man: 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 Ascended Meme.
Revolving Door Band: 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 The Dillinger Escape Plan 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.
Supergroup: Arguably. After the most recent lineup shuffle,the band now has the main people from their extensive Production Posse 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.
Updated Re-release: 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!.
Vocal Evolution: Spencer Sotelo, 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 Harsh Vocals lacked power. Come the Periphery II, he's stepped his game up significantly, developing a style evocative of Protest the Hero's Rody Walker.