Periphery - Clear

In case you were wondering when we’d get to hear new music from the polarizing metal act Periphery, you’re in for a surprise! Yesterday, the group announced that they will be dropping a new release titled Clear next month, an experimental record featuring tracks composed by each member of the band based on a single melodic theme.

Here’s how the band describes the unique concept behind Clear:

Clear is an experiment to explore all of the different writing styles in the band. It’s rare when you have a band where every member is capable of writing and producing music. With each member controlling their own track, this recording enabled us to go down any path we chose in terms of style and sound.

Every track also contains a melodic theme established in Clear’s intro track ‘Overture’. This common thread links all of the songs together, even though they all sound wildly different. Clear shouldn’t be confused with our new 3rd full-length album that we’re currently working on, nor should it be considered an EP as it rides somewhere in-between clocking in at 30 minutes. Enjoy!

It’s odd to see a substantial studio recording being released and it not be categorized as a full-length or an EP. Clear certainly sounds interesting, but it could get lost in their discography for some listeners simply because it doesn’t fit our arbitrary categories for music format, as silly as that sounds. Perhaps could come up with a new phrase. We’ve got Long Play and Extended Play. Might I suggest Peripheral Play, or PP? Misha, I know you’re reading. Feel free to use that!

A teaser for Clear has been made available. Get your sneak peak below:


Periphery’s new PP Clear will be available January 28th through Sumerian Records. Pre-order bundles are now available. Sadly, no clear vinyl release in sight just yet. What wasted potential!

– JR


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