Glasgow Garage, Wednesday 3rd October, 7.00pm [£13]
Periphery make their explosive return to Glasgow on Wednesday October 3rd, melding incredibly technical math rock with brutal yet intelligent progressive metal in an unmissable display of melody and riffage.
The Washington DC outfit last hit Glasgow in February 2011, as part of their ‘The League of Extraordinary Djentlemen’ headline tour. (For the benefit of those confused by the term ‘djent’, it is an onomatopoeic word used to describe the highly distorted, palm-muted guitar sound typical of bands like Meshuggah, who in fact first coined the term). They have been busy since then, following the tour with the release of the monumental Icarus EP in April 2011. In early 2012 they scored a touring support slot with progressive metal legends Dream Theater on their European tour, before the release of their own second album, ‘Periphery II’, on July 2nd. The album has been a roaring success, selling roughly 12,000 copies in its opening week and featuring several incredible guest guitar solos from some of the finest guitarists in the metal realm. Yes, as if the three guitarists in the band weren’t impressive enough, John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats) and Wes Hauch (The Faceless) also all feature on the album. Whilst it would be impossible to decide which does the best job, their presence on the record is a testimony to the places that Periphery are going in the world of heavy music. Their new material marks some of their most exciting to date, and it is hard to anticipate the height of chaotic energy that it will likely cause in a live situation. They will be joined at The Garage by Between The Buried And Me and Safety Fire, and it is safe to say that the place won’t know what hit it. Head on down for an incredible night of heavy music with all the djent-y goodness you could ever wish for: you certainly won’t be disappointed.