4/20/12 New York City at Gramercy Theater – Periphery takes the stage on their show with Protest The Hero. AND KILL IT. Not to take anything away from any of the other great bands on that bill, but damn. If you are progressive metal band, you do not want to follow Periphery. Not only do they kill the prog rock/metal as players but they do it in style. With the kind of live energy that you want to see from a band who’s music packs technical yet gut wrenching punch, Periphery whips the crowd into frenzies seemingly at will.
Periphery is anchored by guitarist Misha “Bulb” Mansoor who formed the project in 2005, singer Spencer Sotelo who’s vocals range from guttural growls to unique melodies with surprisingly high and strong singing, and Drummer Matt Halpern’s awesome and technical drumming.
Now Periphery is not for everyone. You have to be able to get behind some very complicated playing often with unusual, progressive rhythms and a good deal of screaming. That said, even rock fans can get behind songs like “Icarus Lives” which contains as much singing as screaming, great guitar riffs and an impressive and melodic solo from Bulb. See the video for Icarus Lives here on gothamrocks.net
Periphery are rising stars in the metal world. If you get a chance to see them live, do it.
The live videos came from a camera phone so the audio sucks… the video ain’t that great either… BUT if you want a taste of what the show was like, here is a hint of it:
Periphery kicking some ass live at Gramercy Theater in NYC
Periphery performing Icarus Lives live in NYC
Bulb playing Icarus Lives on his seven string Ernie Ball John Petrucci guitar.
Matt Halpern rocking some SICK grooves in the studio.
Ever seen Periphery live? Want to? What do you think? Too much metal for ya? Not enough metal for ya?
Periphery’s official video for Icarus Lives