Periphery [Bonus Tracks]

Periphery [Bonus Tracks]

by Periphery
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Periphery [Bonus Tracks]

As a genre, metal has always been firmly rooted in pushing music to new extremes, taking the sounds we've come to know and love from other styles and pushing them well past their limits until they become something new. Always looking to pushing things into increasingly lower directions is Periphery, the new project from expanded-range guitarist Misha "Bulb" Mansoor. Utilizing a combination of extreme tunings and studio magic on the eponymous album, Periphery presents us with a combination of blistering fretwork, extreme tunings, and studio magic to create a maelstrom of prog guitar worship reminiscent of Meshuggah and the Dillinger Escape Plan. While lightning-fast playing and odd chord structures and time signatures are certainly a part of Periphery's charm, the production on the album helps to give it a razor-sharp edge over some of the competition. The band uses the studio here almost as an instrument in and of itself, controlling not just what you hear, but how you hear it. Guitars are gated and compressed into tones that are almost mechanical, replacing anything resembling bluesy warmth with a sound that is stark and metallic, at times sounding more like a piece of industrial equipment than a stringed instrument. What's most impressive about the whole thing is that they manage to pull the whole thing off without sounding over-produced. By pushing the production to such limits, the album manages to blast through the typical production clichés to create a sonic assault that should quickly change your reaction from "Why did they do that?" to "How did they do that?," making Periphery an album that'll give lovers of prog metal something to sink their teeth into. [The CD was also released with two bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 07/03/2012
Label: Sumerian Records
UPC: 0817424011242
catalogNumber: 224
Rank: 22474

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Periphery   Primary Artist
John Petrucci   Soloist
Guthrie Govan   Soloist
Jake Bowen   Synthesizer,Guitar,Soloist
Misha Mansoor   Synthesizer,Guitar,Soloist
Mark Holcomb   Guitar
Adam "Nolly" Getgood   Bass
Spencer Sotelo   Vocals
Matt Halpern   Drums
Lezlie Smith   Cello
Alice McIlrath   Violin
Wes Hauch   Soloist

Technical Credits

Ken Dudley   Engineer
Ash Avildsen   Booking
Jake Bowen   Programming
Mike "Mowery" Mowery   Management
Misha Mansoor   Producer
Jim Morewood   Booking
Adam "Nolly" Getgood   Producer
Spencer Sotelo   Vocal Producer
Randy Slaugh   Producer,String Arrangements
Periphery   Composer,Producer
Taylor Larson   Producer,Engineer
Will Donnelly   Engineer
Alden Bradstock   Artwork

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