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Periphery 2013

Maryland-based djent act Periphery can’t seem to not attached themselves to amazing tours. In 2012 alone they spent the first two months touring Europe with Dream Theater, then on their return to the states headed straight out in support of Protest The Hero with the Jeff Loomis and British tech-metal youngsters The Safety Fire. The warmer months were taken up with Summer Slaughter (Between The Buried And Me, Cannibal Corpse, Job For A Cowboy, Exhumed, The Faceless et al) before finishing up the year reuniting with BTBAM and The Safety Fire again in October for more European shenanigans, and a couple of dates with Killswitch Engage.

Unholy hell. They’re definitely not on the periphery any more (har har).

So with that, and despite a few lineup changes in recent months, the band have taken it all in their stride and continue to go from strength to strength. I can’t help but think that they’ll continue to get bigger and bigger as the years go on, discounting some monumental split, and become one of our generation’s Big Four. However that makes you feel, that’s certainly a feat they seem on course for.

It should come as no surprise, then, to find them added as the main support for Deftones‘ upcoming spring U.S. tour. Deftones are hard to pigeon-hole musically, and this match-up makes about as much sense as any, even as far down as both bands’ penchant for guitars with more than six strings.

Good luck to ‘em I say. Dates will be in the events calendar shortly – but that’s not all!

Despite releasing a fairly successful album last year – Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal – it’s well known that Periphery were immediately working on new material, as they essentially announced two albums at the same time. one became PII, and the other - Juggernaut – was put on hold as a result of the aforementioned Dream Theater tour (as well as the others, we’d assume).

It seems they’re back on track with it now, however, as yesterday they shared a work-in-progress preview of the new material. This one has long been rumoured to be a concept album, as many a prog band are wont to produce at some point in their careers, but confirmation of that plan hasn’t been made recently. Nevertheless, here’s what they had to say:

Cockteases. Expect more as it becomes available.

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