Periphery Releasing New Record 'Clear' in January

Band promises 'experimental' new record.

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Periphery has posted a trailer on YouTube for their new experimental recording, "Clear." The record is due to be released on Sumerian Records on January 28th. The trailer is accompanied by the following statement from guitarist Jake Bowen: "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!"here.

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    It's probably about time that everyone get used to the fact that Spencer is the vocalist for Periphery. I understand the love for the instrumental first album, but each release since has benefited a great deal from his amazing skill, both technically and structurally. He's doing something that isn't really seen anywhere in music right now (that I know of) and that fits the bands style of pushing boundaries perfectly.
    Misha's track is my favourite so far. Production sounds a lot better. I think spencers voice is still awesome, obviously it is each band members discretion which other members they use and how on their tracks and the overall album. Surprised and tired that we're still getting comments begging for instrumentals.
    Spencer went from being the weak link in the band to me (on PI) to being one of my favorite members on PII. Dude has really done a lot of work to improve his craft and it shows.
    I agree, maybe it's just me but I found his vocals on P1 one of the best aspects. His voice just really matched the melodies and honestly I don't think anyone would have been able to sing racecar or all new materials like him.
    Evangelion 00
    Yeah, Spencer has one of the best voices in recent times for a metal sub genre. People just aren't open to the idea of a guy with a unique sound.
    Just bought their second album and haven´t been able to stop listening to it. I really love those crazy riffs combined with Sponces voice.
    Once again periphery demostrate the amazing band they are, great stuff here !! Misha's track is my favorite one
    I just love this concept of the different writing styles, these guys really have talent
    wow, I honestly did not have high hopes for this album. I liked their last release at first, but I thought it got annoying quickly. This has me pretty stoked though, it sounds ****ing awesome IMO.
    My Last Words
    If only they would clear out those vocals.. Not to hate on spencer or anything, but the music speaks for itself.
    With every new Periphery release, I only feel more vindicated for purchasing the instrumental first album. No idea why they don't keep doing that, or I'd keep buying them.
    a drummer
    Why would an band with a (great) vocalist continue to release instrumentals? really man, think about it
    Emperor's Child
    The quality of the vocalist should be irrelevant. Some people might just want to hear the instrumental music.
    a drummer
    the quality of the vox really is irrelevant. I threw that in there because i personally think he's great. It's the fact that they are a band with a vocalist. NOT an instrumental band or side project. of course people want to hear the instrumentals, of any band they like, people have wanted instrumentals from bands for decades. but that is just a smack in the face to any vocalist. people need to get over it.
    The Spoon
    I love Spencer, but I would like instrumentals because it really helps with dissecting what each instrument is doing. Plus it's a lot easier to do vocal covers when you have the instrumental tracks, imo.
    Because people obviously want them. It would be bad business not to.
    I want a lot of things, but demanding a band release instrumental versions of their songs just because you don't like their singer is not only demeaning to all the work that Spencer has done (which is phenomenal by the way), but it invalidates all they intended to do with their music. Vocals are not just a slipshod afterthought, especially for Periphery. If you've listened to Periphery II, the vocals act as the fourth guitar on that record, and there are vocal lines and runs that, if they were removed, would greatly detract from that record. My favorite aspect of Periphery II was Spencer's vocals.
    The way I see it, is that the vocals are another instrument. Do people ask for a no-guitar version of Periphery or a no-bass version of Periphery? "Yes, I'd like it if Periphery got rid of their drummer and just had a bunch of distorted guitars, bass, and singing and no percussion at all" I'm not even a fan of Periphery, and the vocals are like 30% of why I don't like them, but Spencer's a member of the band through and through, so if you don't like that aspect, then you gotta live with it, I mean if I didn't like the guitars in Periphery, then I wouldn't ask for them to be removed, I just wouldn't listen to Periphery or ignore the guitars. Since I don't like the guitars I don't listen to the band. And I saw them live and I met Misha and all that jazz, it's just not my thing so I don't listen to them. But I sure don't tell them to fire Misha.
    Mmmmmmyes people do ask for a no-guitar version to play along to. Many bands put out "producer's" editions of albums so people can get the stems, and play along to them or re-mix them or what have you.
    Nope. I listened to the instrumentals and I don't think they detract at all. Sometimes I like Spencer on the songs and sometimes I prefer the instrumental.
    Quit being pretentious, 30 minutes is the length of a normal EP.
    I think 30 minutes is a little long for an EP, especially with 7 tracks. There are some LP's under 40, which is quite short. I think Clear does fall in that grey area between EP and LP.
    Evangelion 00
    Does it really matter? A CD is a CD.
    It's obviously important because they dedicated a whole sentence to describe what it's not. It's not an album, right? It's not a single either? So it's an EP, no matter how long it is. It's not rocket science. Agalloch's The White is 33 minutes and has 7 songs, still an EP. Pain of Salvation's Linoleum EP is 29 minutes. Meteora is just short because they left out songs to re-release it featuring live songs later on. The re-releases clock at 43+ minutes. Reign In Blood is short because Hanneman didn't like repeating riffs more than three times in a song so they just didn't, but yeah, Reign In Blood is well within the range of an EP.
    Emperor's Child
    I'm not sure about other countries but the UK defines an EP as "over 25 minutes or more than 4 songs". Pretentious shouldn't even come into it.
    Veil of Maya's last two albums were under 30 mins. Slayer's Reign in Blood clocks at 29 mins. And so on...
    So pumped for this. I think Misha's track sounds the best so far, but the fact that Periphery is based around his artistic vision (at least at first) means I'm probably more used to the band sounding that way. I think all the tracks are going to be amazing though.
    What exactly is the cut-off when it comes to time for an EP? Reverend Bizarre have a couple EPs which are over an hour long. And those are still considered EPs. One of which dedicates a song to the Goddess of Doom. Christina Ricci.
    I like everything about this band except for the clean vocals. No denying Spencer is amazingly skilled, but for some reason I just can't get into his clean vocals. Oh well, interesting concept for an album. It's cool to see a band trying different things and experimenting a bit.
    Spencer's track sounds like hardcore punk in some ways lol. Probably my favorite teaser out the lot!
    Spencer & Misha's songs sound ****ing sick Kind of ironic that Matt (the drummer)'s song is the simplest on drums