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3.71 | 89 ratings | 6 reviews | 26% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Muramasa (2:51)
2. Have a Blast (5:55)
3. Facepalm Mute (4:54)
4. Ji (5:14)
5. Scarlet (4:08)
6. Luck as a Constant (6:04)
7. Ragnarok (6:35)
8. The Gods Must Be Crazy! (3:38)
9. Make Total Destroy (4:27)
10. Erised (6:13)
11. Epoch (2:10)
12. Froggin' Bullfish (5:05)
13. Mile Zero (5:31)
14. Masamune (6:09)

Total Time 68:54

Line-up / Musicians

- Spencer Sotelo / lead vocals
- Misha Mansoor / guitar, programming, producer
- Mark Holcomb / guitar
- Matt Halpern / drums & percussion
- Jake Bowen / guitar, programming
- Adam Getgood / bass & guitar tracking, producer

Releases information

CD Roadrunner (2012)

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PERIPHERY Periphery II: This Time It's Personal ratings distribution

(89 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(26%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(28%)
Good, but non-essential (27%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
Poor. Only for completionists (10%)

PERIPHERY Periphery II: This Time It's Personal reviews

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Review by FragileKings
4 stars Customers who bought (band name) also bought "Periphery". Cool. Let's check them out. Hmm. The vocals are out. Next!

A few months later. Periphery again? Okay, let's give them another shot. Nope. Not with those vocals.

Several months later. Periphery? Try. Fail.

And then the band appears on a list of top progressive metal bands. But I just can't get passed those vocals. And then "Periphery II: This Time It's Personal" is on LoudWire's list of 25 top prog metal albums, and I'm looking at the list and thinking, "I have 15 of those and five more are on standby in my Amazon cart. You know what? Let's just buy the damn album and give it a fair listen.

Periphery. Progressive metal. But clearly there's a djent approach. And there's a metalcore style too not unlike Between the Buried & Me or Protest the Hero. Then there's the vocals which immediately remind me of Sugar Cult or Jimmy Eat World. Emo. Powerful vocals for sure and with an edge and a harsh scream. But there's also that plaintive heartbreaking tone that just sounds so like that, like emo pop punk. I can take it in its own genre. But here on a metal album?

The funny thing is that everything I might have had to say against this album has ultimately come to mean little or nothing. The fact is simply that I enjoy listening to this album. Okay, so it's like Animals as Leaders without Tosin Abasi combined with Jimmy Eat World and Protest the Hero guiding the song writing and musical composition. And there's another element which was nagging at me for two nights until I could place it: the gruff, shouted vocals remind me of Slipknot. Come to think of it, what little I know of Slipknot's music, there's some similarity in places. Is the tuning to dropped B, perhaps?

Well, that's just the thing about this album. There's so much going on that it's easy to say, "This part reminds me of xxx in places, and xyz in other places." I mean, there're the djent parts, the clean and pretty echoing guitar parts, the electronic percussion parts accompanying the pretty guitars, the wild lead parts, and more emotive Jimmy Eat World-like parts, and more! I keep taking my phone out of my pocket while walking and checking what track I'm listening to and that's a very good sign. Listen to Spencer Sotelo just belt out the note at 3:52 in "Ragnarok" or the sudden change in the music in "Facepalm Mute" from aggressive and heavy to light, atmospheric and electronic. How about the violin and proggy keyboard sound that starts off "Have a Blast"? A list could easily be made because each track seems to be able to shift and move around in different directions.

Now, I understand that not everyone wants this kind of music in their ears and not everyone will be accepting of the vocals simply for their style. At times I am even tempted to think the music and vocals are actually not that interesting. But then soon something comes along to perk up my ears. And so, "In fact, f**k it, Nick," I'm going to go ahead and give this album four stars. I'm not likely to go and buy another Periphery album so soon but this one here has quickly won me over. Now I'm adding Protest the Hero and Animals as Leaders to my playlist for the next week.

Latest members reviews

5 stars Periphery II: This Time It's Personal is not just an album, it's a force of nature. Unlike Periphery I or founding guitarist Misha "Bulb" Mansour's previous solo work which "merely" explored the possibilities afforded by modern "bedroom" production and djent style riffing, Periphery II actually ... (read more)

Report this review (#2436376) | Posted by ssmarcus | Sunday, August 9, 2020 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Periphery on their second album continued with their heavy, progressive metalcore, or "djent" as some people call it. Call it what you will, it is a decent album. I honestly like to listen to Periphery for their metalcore side instead of their progressive metalcore side but that means I just like th ... (read more)

Report this review (#2336769) | Posted by progtime1234567 | Monday, February 17, 2020 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is Djent Tech Prog this is more on they heavy side extreme prog with grunts voice and smooth one This is my favorite kind of prog ( probably a nice mirror of my brain will side this is going all over Wow Chris Baretto This guitar payer go they extra mile to impress me ( looking for music ... (read more)

Report this review (#1309783) | Posted by Pieromcdo | Sunday, November 16, 2014 | Review Permanlink

3 stars When the album started it had one of the most epic intros I have heard in a while, though it kind of tailed off towards the end of the track, I was hopeful though that this sophomore effort from this progressive metal band would be better than their first album. Well all I can say is this album ... (read more)

Report this review (#848885) | Posted by Puppies On Acid | Thursday, November 1, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Hook, Line, No Sinker I've noticed something I do when I'm listening to Periphery. It's probably not something many of their other fans do, but from my impressions, Periphery's fanbase aren't the most intelligent or interesting bunch. When I listen to a Periphery song, especially from this album, ... (read more)

Report this review (#778739) | Posted by Gallifrey | Wednesday, June 27, 2012 | Review Permanlink

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