Misha and Mark (via Mayones Guitars)

Ever since the departure of “arms of steel” Alex Bois from Periphery, Haunted Shores guitarist Mark Holcomb has been on tour with the group as a fill in. We all knew where this was going to lead, as Mark and Periphery have been friends and collaborators for years. Finally, it is official — Mark Holcomb is now a full member of Periphery. Great success!

Here’s an array of quotes!

Misha Mansoor states: “We are happy to announce that Mark Holcomb (Haunted Shores) will be joining the Periphery ranks as a full time guitarist! He toured with with us our headlining run of Australia, our Frak The Gods US headliner and our 2 shows opening for Dream Theater, and we feel that we have found a perfect fit for us both live and in the studio. We are extremely excited to have him on board, and cant wait to show you all the cool new music we have been working on together! Since we made arrangements for the tour before Mark was inducted, our good friend Nolly (Red Seas Fire) will be filling in on the European tour opening for Dream Theater. However that will be the last tour we do with a fill-in guitarist, as Mark will join on full time after that!”

Thomas Murphy (bass) states: “The most important thing about a band is the chemistry between its members. We’ve all known Mark for years and are very proud to announce him as our newest member. Not only is he an amazing writer and guitarist, but also an amazing person. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for the band now that he has joined.”

Mark Holcomb further comments: “I couldn’t be more excited as not only have these guys been great friends of mine for a long time, but I consider every last one of them musical siblings in a sense. Each of us brings something different to the table and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish.”

If for some reason you are not familiar with Mark’s body of work and have some sort of ill-placed doubts, behold:

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Perfect fit for Periphery. They couldn’t have found a better replacement for Alex! So congrats go out to Mark; hope you kill it out there!

After the jump, check out the tour dates for their 2012 tour with Dream Theater!

Jan 23 – Helsinki, Finland – Icehall
Jan 25 – Stockholm, Sweden – Hovet
Jan 26 – Oslo, Norway – Valhall
Jan 27 – Copenhagen, Denmark – KB Hallen
Jan 29 – Poznan, Poland – Arena Hall
Jan 30 – Berlin, Germany – Columbialle
Feb 01 – Zwolle, Holland – IJsselhallen
Feb 02 – Dusseldorf, Germany – Mistubishi Electric-Halle
Feb 03 – Paris, France – Le Zenith
Feb 05 – Hannover, Germany – AWD Hall
Feb 06 – Offenbach, Germany – Stadthalle
Feb 08 – Glasgow, UK – Clyde Auditorium
Feb 09 – Manchester, UK – Apollo
Feb 10 – London, UK – Wembley Arena
Feb 12 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Rockhal
Feb 13 – Stuttgart, Germany – Liederhalle
Feb 14 – Wettingen (Zurich), Switzerland – Sportzentrum Tagerhard
Feb 17 – Budapest, Hungary – Arena
Feb 18 – Vienna, Austria – Gasometer
Feb 20 – Pordenone, Italy – Palasport
Feb 21 – Milan, Italy – Mediolanum Forum
Feb 22 – Perugia, Italy – Palaevangelisti
Feb 24 – Barcelona, Spain – Palau St Jordi
Feb 25 – Madrid, Spain – Palacio Vistalegre
Feb 26 – Lisbon, Portugal – Coliseum

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