Periphery II: This Time It's Personal
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
I'm only interested in watching them put themselves in context with their other music, (and other people's music comparable to it) and saying "This is where we decided to go with our sound." Metaphorically speaking. Isn't that how progressive music works? Always pushing the art form in different directions to come up with something different? People who expect too much of the same thing out of a band should just accept the fact that you can't write the exact same album twice.
However, If I must compare Periphery II to their first album, there were three things that I saw in the music that were surprising and exiting to see:
1. Amazing Production: If you thought their first album was sharp, then you'll be stunned how much better the guitars and the Pure-rifferey is. I mean, isn't that what put Periphery on the map the first time around? They've even made their riffs tighter and more percussive by slapping some guitar parts, and one song even goes into eight-string territory with tunings.Read more ›
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.
Vocals - Powerful screaming and powerful, high/clean vocals!
Guitars - Low tunings and awesome solos and syncopation
Drums - Insanely syncopated drum rhythms with fast runs and awesome fills!
Bass - powerful!!
Overall this CD really stands out from the rest of my collection and I have listened to it hundreds of times!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You might wanna change your shorts after listening to this. Pure madness!!!Published 10 months ago by oscar garza
The second full album from Periphery is one of their best so far. Each track is incredible and will blow you away. You can't help but laugh at some of the names of the songs... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Josh Total
This Time Periphery shows why they are such an important part of the Progressive Metal scene. From beginning to end this record will have you wanting to listen more and more.Published on July 19, 2014 by Eric