Periphery II: This Time It's Personal
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Peripherys much anticipated sophomore full length release shows a band that defies the boundaries of conventionality, ultimately blazing a trail of originality that will send shockwaves throughout the metal world. Founded in 2004 by guitarist, songwriter Misha Bulb Mansoor, Periphery seems to always be drawing from a constant stream of inspiration which is most apparent with this new offering.
The Album is a venerable rollercoaster of beauty, emotion, intensity and overall positive energy.
The must have metal opus of 2012 and a benchmark release for progressive music as a whole.
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The album is conceptual - each track blends one into the next. Often loops are falling at the end of a track, signaling more of a transition. While they sound cool, they don't feel like part of the song as much as they do a connecting piece. In other words, this isn't an album where you can pick out a song and listen to that one song on its own - it was meant to be listened to as one entire composition. Overall, there is an insane amount going here, perhaps a bit too much to digest at nearly 70 minutes. I doubt dedicated fans will mind though because II is more diverse than I, and with the degree of self-absorption required to really appreciate what is going on here that one hour passes by pretty quickly. Some may find the aggressive lyrics a bit distracting at times but this is metal after all.
Why it's 4 instead of 5 stars is because I found myself skipping more tracks on this album than on their debut album. There are so many BRILLIANT moments (perhaps my favorite is the gut-punching riffage that serves at the album outro on the last track - how do you even MAKE a guitar do that sound? maybe it's a 9 string? does that exist??), but there is some less than exciting parts too. I don't think they needed to have so many guest guitar soloists on this album, they definitely have the skill themselves. The first album was perhaps lacking in lead guitar solos, but there was significant track to track variability and each track was exciting in its own right. This album can be a little shades of gray.
All said and done however, this is still a brilliant album and it's pretty early on in their careers. No doubt we have many more good tracks yet to come.