The metal community at large is divided when it comes to Periphery, and the #1 grievance that I’ve been hearing lies in Spencer Sotello‘s vocal work. For some reason, a lot of people are turned off by his singing.  I suppose I get it, though. The aesthetic isn’t for everyone. Personally, I love Spencer’s voice and I hold Periphery’s debut record in high regard, being on of my favorites of the year.

So, you could imagine my excitement when I heard the band are working on not only a new EP, but their second full length album.

Here’s guitarist Misha Mansoor with the skinny.

“Hey everyone, it’s been an amazing whirlwind of a year for Periphery and there are no signs of slowing down anytime soon. We are currently preparing for a long tour with Darkest Hour, Veil of Maya and Revocation, which is going to be a blast and we can’t wait to get back out there to play for everyone. Also, we encourage everyone to come and meet us at our merch booth after each and every show to come and hang with us. We love hearing feedback from our fans and getting a chance to meet new people.

We also will have a fresh new, longer setlist with a BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW SONG and a few fun surprises just for this tour. We are also giving lessons on our respective instruments (a lot of days are already booked!), so please come out early to see us and jam with us. Contact us on myspace or facebook if you are interested in lessons.

I am also really happy to announce that Periphery is well into the writing process for our upcoming EP. We have tracked most of the instrumentation and vocals and are making final tweaks on everything but you guys are in for a treat. There will be some re-tweaked material, some rare material and some brand new material on it so there will be something for everyone.

We have also been working on material for our second full-length now, so that we can have as much time to refine it before we record the final product. Be sure to check our MySpace and Facebook pages regularly for our updates. Our goal with our music is to cover as much ground as possible while staying true to our sound, and hopefully evolve from previous work all at once. It’s a tall order but a fun challenge nonetheless, and we are doing our best to ensure that the new material will fulfill that goal.

We want to thank all of our fans for their love and support. We would be nowhere without you and we want to be able to meet you all and thank you in person, so be sure to come out to the shows and hang out with us. We also want to thank Darkest Hour for giving us the opportunity to be on this very special tour with them and it is such an honor for us. You guys are in for a treat. See you there.”

The evidence is piling up; 2011 will be bigger and better than 2010. BTBAM, The Faceless, Born of Osiris, Necrophagist (oh please Jesus), Protest the Hero, Devin Townsend, and Periphery are already on the horizon for next year. Someone invent the time machine already.

Here’s “Icarus Lives!” from their debut Periphery, out now on Sumerian Records. Did you know Icarus had wax wings and flew to the sun AND LIVED? It’s true! He may have had wings of wax, but he had balls of steel.


– JR


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