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Time and freedom breed invention. Without compromise, GRAMMY® Award-nominated quintet Periphery-Misha Mansoor [guitar, programming], Jake Bowen [guitar, programming], Matt Halpern [drums], Spencer Sotelo [vocals], and Mark Holcomb [guitar]-enliven, enlarge, and expand the outer reaches of their signature progressive alternative metal on 2019’s Periphery IV: HAIL STAN [3DOT Recordings]. For the first time in a 13-year career, the group devoted an entire year to crafting the nine tracks comprising the album.

As a result, it sees them not only tread new territory, but conquer it.

“We finally spent a year on a record,” says Jake. “We’ve never been able to do that. The quality and pacing of the work show we really took our time with this one. That’s an important note about this. We really got to do everything we wanted to do in the space we had to do it.”

Adds Mark, “We’ve been learning how to do this as we go along. We cleared our schedules and made this one happen. We removed restrictions, boundaries, and deadlines. We chased freedom. We went to the extreme and took off a whole calendar year-15 months between shows. It pushed us to create the record we wanted to.”

They certainly earned such latitude. Most recently, Periphery III: Select Difficulty solidified their position at the forefront of modern heavy music. Opener “The Price Is Wrong” received a 2017 GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best Metal Performance.” Meanwhile, the album tallied 35 million cumulative streams and marked their third consecutive debut in the Top 25 of the Billboard Top 200. It represented the apex of a tireless decade-long grind. Along the way, the band graced the covers of Guitar World, Revolver, Modern Drummer, Bass Player, and more in addition to attracting acclaim courtesy of Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, and more. In addition to selling out countless headline shows, they stand out as the rare act who can share the stage with everyone from Deftones to Dream Theater. Not to mention, they launched a summer camp of their own, “Periphery Summer Jam.”

As the musicians commenced work on Periphery IV in late 2017, the circumstances differed from the outset. This time around, they operated as an entirely independent outfit, recording it as the first Periphery release for their own 3DOT Recordings. Additionally, Misha had recently moved to Texas, and it would be their introductory experience tracking outside of Maryland. The setting “breathed life into the music,” as Jake explains.

The band open up the proceedings with the 16-minute “Reptile.” Exemplifying a penchant for progression, it twists and turns through moments of bludgeoning groove, intricate fret fireworks, and melodic reprieve wrapped in what Marks calls a, “more saturated, aggressive, and darker tone than on the last albums.”

“Who begins a record with a 16-minute track?” he asks with a laugh. “We could finally do that, because we call the shots with our own label. It felt liberating. There were no rules.”

Elsewhere on the record, with its incendiary chant and frenetic sensory assault, “CHVRCH BVRNER” might be “the most spastic Adderall-driven song we’ve ever written,” as Mark describes it.

“Sentient Glow” began as an idea Spencer actually sang on during his audition for the band, making for a special full circle moment. The near ten-minute closer “Satellites” saw the musicians sit together in a room with practice amps in the center and perform face-to-face-a technique implemented on “Lune” from Periphery III: Select Difficulty. They bulldozed a path for the album with the single “Blood Eagle.” It takes flight on a full steam chug of thick riffing and airtight percussion as the vocals cut like a guillotine.

“It’s the most unrelenting, uncompromising, heavy, and pissed-off song on this thing,” grins Mark. “A ‘Blood Eagle’ was a style of Viking torture. It fits the vibe!”

The slow trudge of “Garden in the Bones” offsets a hypnotic vocal performance from Spencer and a lush clean guitar bridge. The frontman’s voice exorcises raw emotion from pockets in between the distortion.

Through taking their time, Periphery arrive at a new level in the end on HAIL STAN.

“When people hear certain songs, they’re not going to expect them,” Mark concludes. “It would be amazing if we become known for that sort of unpredictability. All of our favorite artists embrace freedom and follow their own muses. It’s tangible when a band embodies that quality. I hope we do too.”

“I can’t imagine life without these guys,” Jake leaves off. “This is the tightest family you can imagine. We’re doing what comes naturally together. We love it now more than ever.”

Artist Bio

Periphery represents the vanguard of addictive, chaotic, challenging and cathartically inviting heavy music for the modern era. The triple-guitar attack and rhythmic dexterity of Periphery has won them devoted adherents across underground subcultures, regardless of whether those fans were weaned on the passion-fueled sounds of the Vans Warped Tour or the progressive rock of Rush.

A clear contender for “Breakthrough Band” at Metal Hammer’s 2013 Golden Gods Awards and frequent tour mates of Meshuggah, Dream Theater, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders and other ultra-shred-happy friends and contemporaries from across the spectrum of loud rock, Periphery have earned their reputation onstage and off through a combination of undeniable chops and upbeat charisma.

The Clear EP represents the sum total of Periphery’s unrivalled achievement and the promise of what’s to come courtesy of seven tracks most bands would be extremely grateful to see comprise a full LP. Periphery II: This Time Its Personal made Guitar World’s 2012 “Best Of” list. Clear is undoubtedly destined to turn heads, as well.

Born in an era where cookie-cutter musical constructs and fame-driven scene pretenders dominated the album and touring landscape, Periphery immediately rose to the fore with their dedication to unique artistry, musicianship and melody. The band steadfastly refuses to submit to the humorlessness that often plagues metal, particularly metal bands whose players possess such massive skill. They've put serious focus on their music, enabling them to share a laugh in presentation.

“Icarus Lives!,” “Make Total Destroy,” “Scarlet” and like-minded Periphery jams have racked up millions of YouTube views and digital downloads, inspired massive amounts of air-guitar and air-drumming in clubs and theatres around the world and driven attention to the band’s instant genre-classic pair of full-length albums. Periphery and Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal galvanized a new generation of heavy music fans, many of whom have been as likely to scramble for guitar tabs to decode the inscrutable polyrhythms as they are to bruise themselves in the moshpit.

Initially the brainchild of producer, solo artist and Guitar World cover star Misha Mansoor, the Washington D.C. based musical collective has since grown into a wild beast that belonging to their fiercely dedicated group of fans as much as to the band. Mansoor is joined by fellow axe wizards Jake Bowen and Mark Holcomb; viciously proficient bass slinger and production minded maestro Adam “Nolly” Getgood; monstrous staple Matt Halpern; and Spencer Sotelo, who singularly manages to make heads or tails of Periphery’s mindboggling music, inviting newcomers into the band’s world via counter-intuitively catchy vocals.

Following a support slot on the Devin Townsend Project UK tour, Periphery will play O2 Academy Islington on April 1st.

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