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Periphery – ‘Periphery III: Select Difficulty’

Candice Haridimou
Candice Haridimou 21 July 2016 at 16.35

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You want djent? 

Once considered pioneers of djent, it’s hard to believe that ‘III: Select Difficulty’ is the work of the same Periphery – with this, the six-piece’s fifth album, steering away from the progressive metal inventiveness of their past.

A poppier polish, especially vocally, coats this album as they move into catchier, crowd-pleasing metalcore territory with mixed results. Whilst their production and technical skill is exceptional, tracks like ‘Catch Fire’ – complete with Issues-esque R&B vocals and juvenile lyrics – are such a contrast to the heavier moments that it’s largely a tug of war.

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