8.Periphery-Periphery II: This Time It's Personal
The godfathers of the alleged "djent" genre are back and better than ever on their second record. There is less chug and groove riffs than their debut and more of a focus on their melodic elements. They balance the progressive, haunting tracks ("Luck as a Constant", "Scarlet", "Erised", "Mile Zero") and their heavier, more groove-based side ("Make Total Destroy", "Facepalm Mute", "Have a Blast") much better on this album and the songwriting is definitely improved. Spencer Sotelo busted his ass on vocals on this album. His cleans are even better than before and his screams are far superior to their past work. His performance on this album is nothing short of incredible. I also really dug the inclusion of guest guitarists performing solos. Jazz-fusion virtuso Guthurie Govan, Dream Theater's (and guitarist Jake Bowen's uncle) John Petrucci, and The Faceless's Wes Hauch all play diverse and exceptional solos that add depth to the respective songs they are featured on. Periphery has matured a lot from their first record. Everyone in the band stepped their game up big time on this record and it pays off with an incredibly satisfying and flat-out great record.
1.Have a Blast
3.Luck as a Constant