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Bethesda, Maryland (2005 – present)

Periphery is an American band from Bethesda, Maryland, formed in 2005. Periphery is one of the pioneers of the djent[/ movement.

Formation and Lineup Changes (2005 - 2009)
Periphery was formed by guitarist Misha Mansoor in 2005. He slowly gained a reputation on the Internet, primarily via a regularly-updated Soundclick account,
Meshuggah and John Petrucci forums, and the message boards. Before and during Periphery’s tenure in the metal scene, Mansoor developed a reputation for doing his own audio production, the majority of which was performed with a home computer and a Pod XT during this period. Mansoor has continued to update his personal project, Bulb, which preceded Periphery, often transferring songs between the two projects. Mansoor continues to be involved in a number of other musical projects.

Between 2005 and 2009, Periphery worked with vocalists Jake Veredika, Casey Sabol and Chris Barretto, gradually moving from a nu metal-influenced sound to a more experimental style, with a focus on innovative production. In 2009, the band announced via their MySpace blog that they had signed a one record deal with Sumerian Records, on which they would release their debut full-length album.

Periphery has toured extensively since 2008, supporting artists including DevilDriver, Emmure, Veil of Maya, Animals as Leaders, God Forbid, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Fear Factory.


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  • Mysiak15

    Hyped as fuck for Juggernaut thanks to 22 Faces <3

    17 Dec 8:54pm Reply
  • Qyaffer

    All of these new songs are incredible ! ! ! 22 Faces is so sexy.

    17 Dec 12:53am Reply
  • rmoore74

    22 faces is so fucking sick

    16 Dec 11:30am Reply
  • skeletocat

    22 faces >

    16 Dec 4:40am Reply
  • Grotlo94

    This band does not really appeal to me, and nor does it really try to, but I found The Scourge to be the best song Periphery has to offer for me. Less wankery, less djenty and it is trying to be a bit more progressive. If The Scourge is the type of songs we could expect from Juggernaut, then I will probably end up liking Periphery a lot more.

    15 Dec 5:02pm Reply
  • ReaIis

    Haha, indeed the bulb days were fucking awesome DarkMessenger!

    8 Dec 6:25am Reply
  • DarkMessengerVI

    new tracks are alright.... I hope the album has some of Misha's old soundclick ideas, like Press Enter or Inertia! those tracks are way too good.

    6 Dec 12:33am Reply
  • thiago_japa

    Quem diria que o Periphery teria uns fãs tão babacas, hein?

    5 Dec 5:45am Reply
  • nazcapilot

    I haven't heard "The Bad Thing" yet, but I've come to love "The Scourge". I don't know about the rest of you, but it gets better with every listen. I can't get enough of it now. I'm very optimistic about the band's current direction. I hope that Juggernaut will be the best the band has offered to date. I'm just eager to know more about the packaging. Will I need to buy two separate CDs, or will Periphery sell both Alpha and Omega together?

    4 Dec 11:38pm Reply
  • Darkes7

    "because you know, double concept albums and 12 minute long songs is pandering to teenage girls" yeah, that's more or less my point, plus the fact that neither of the two new songs have absolutely anything resembling a verse-chorus structure, both sound like one part of something larger.

    4 Dec 3:24pm Reply
  • Ondskapet

    At least that's my thoughts on the matter, I could be wrong and Periphery could actually be pandering to teenage girls and sponce could also be channeling Katy Perry.

    4 Dec 11:26am Reply
  • Ondskapet

    What I see is a trend in wanting a reason for the band being popular other than quality of the music or just pure coincidence or luck. It's easy to just point fingers at a metal band and shout "sell out" and "they're pop now" (Because pop music is dangerous and spooky for my hardcore ears of metal steel). I even read a message from a guy claiming that the band is pandering to teenage girls, because you know, double concept albums and 12 minute long songs is pandering to teenage girls. The new record seems to be going the way of the contortionist and tesseract with even more focus on groove and melody than blazing speed and crazy riffing. Spencer's vocals are literally the same style as before, only a bit more refined, you're just cognitively applying the association of their popularity with the fact that you're not crazy about the new songs.

    4 Dec 11:21am Reply
  • Darkes7

    I still have no idea where you're coming from, though... How does Clear (or especially The Scourge which is mostly pretty damn dark) have poppier vocals than before? Off the top of my head, Jetpacks, Light, Facepalm Mute and above all Scarlet (plus probably a bunch of other songs but it's 4:10 AM) have much poppier vocals than anything on Clear not to mention The Scourge. And catchiness or poppiness or however you call it has never been an issue for me because I've always found them so ridiculously addictive because they manage to sound melodic and accessible despite their music being very complex (arrangement-wise and technicality-wise), making it both easy to get into but also not getting boring after 5 or 10 listens. And both The Scourge and The Bad Thing seem to be a general "fuck you" to usual verse-chorus song structures and overall sound like the least poppy thing I've heard them release with less catchy melodies and more gloomy riffs with ambience.

    4 Dec 3:17am Reply
  • vividserenity

    "The only thing I don't like much is more nu-metal nuances (especially on The Bad Thing.) The way Sumerian Records has been going the last few years, I really wouldn't expect any innovation anymore like they used to."[2] Can always count on Hayden for mature, logical music discourse ;) :). With everything said, hopefully the double release ends up actually being their best yet.

    3 Dec 10:48pm Reply
  • xVictimOfADownx

    I kind of agree that this these last 2 songs are less complex, but hey these guys are most people's go-to djent band and with how popular they have gotten i'm not surprised they are just taking that sound further (their last album billboarded quite high for this kind of music.) The only thing I don't like much is more nu-metal nuances (especially on The Bad Thing.) The way Sumerian Records has been going the last few years, I really wouldn't expect any innovation anymore like they used to.

    3 Dec 7:42pm Reply
  • Ondskapet

    Cool opinions, I do not agree

    3 Dec 7:16pm Reply
  • vividserenity

    I can also expand upon the whole Spencer thing and why instrumentally I'm not impressed with Scourge, and why this PREVIEW/taste/track does not hint at "yes we have been taking all the time off working painstakingly on this new Juggernaut release" at all, but this is getting really 'tl;dr' right now.

    3 Dec 6:43pm Reply
  • vividserenity

    I know Clear was an experiment, buckos. I was saying why people might have a bad taste in their mouth and I AM >>>HOPING<<< we are not seeing the devolution of the band in general; from what it seems, Spencer vocals are mutating into pop, which is making them SEEM like another Bring Me The Horizon Lisa Frank band that belongs on pop radio, and the way they market is just a vibe/taste. Scourge shows that the pop vocals he tested in Clear aren't going away, and 1 song is too many songs with that style. You guys need to back off your defense horses a bit. CLEARLY (rofl) I can't judge an album I haven't heard yet, I just have a bad feeling about it, and that would have been understood if my previous comments were actually read properly, if at all. Going through the shoutbox I'm not the only one here and I don't blame the suspicious tone. YAY for HONEST criticism.

    3 Dec 5:06pm Reply
  • xVictimOfADownx

    I liked the song more than I thought I would, had a brooding atmosphere which is quite different for them. They always did well at that super sugary-pop-prog-core sound but it seems like they are shaping into one of the better mainstream metal acts at the moment even if their music is getting more accessible and rock sounding *shrug*.

    30 Nov 2:40am Reply
  • JohanLiljeblad

    If you like Periphery you might like my band, check it :)!

    29 Nov 7:46am Reply
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