Sound — 10
The talented young djentlemen in Periphery continue to raise the standards of thier genre with thier short (but satisfying) offering, Icarus. Things get kicked off on all the right notes with New Groove, which is just that, Djent grooves of the highest callibur. The instrumental leads into Frak The Gods, another gem marked by insane synchopation, heroin induced drums, and all-out insanity. Even through all this, the song is still a melodic, masterful work. Now the E.P. does some re-hashing of older material. Jetpacks Was Yes! (V2.0) takes the song from their self titled album and adds some brilliant soloing, the likes of which will make any musician drop their jaw in jealousy. The single Icarus Lives! follows, and it's tweaked for the better again. The vocal production on this version is outstanding. The next three tracks are what may steer some fans away from the E.P. Three remixes of Icarus Lives! follow, all adding an industrial or dubstep-esque feel to the songs. The Bulbous mix relies on smooth, electronic feel backed by strings to hype the song, while the Zedd remix is more of a straight forward Dubstep rendition. The final remix, the Petey G remix, has a rolling Industrial bass throughout, making such a heavy song insanely dance-abe. Captain On! follows, starting with some amazingly melodic tapping, and segwaying into a soaring chorus only the way Periphery could accomplish. The E.P. ends with Eureka, a straight-forward blu-djent-ing of heavy riffs, insane guitar acrobatics, and maniacally flowing drums, before making an almost sudden melodic change. The diversity of sound on this E.P. makes for an extremely enjoyable listening experience, and there's almost certainly something for any music fan.
Lyrics — 9
Vocally, Periphery have improved my miles. The vocalist no longer comes of as whiny or lacking passion in his delivery. Instead, the ferocity and melody captured in the music is projected to a whole new level by his voice. Don't believe me? Compare the old and new Icarus Lives! for undisputabe proof that his performance has improved significantly. I can't really rate the lyrical content, seeing that all of these songs have been available in some other Periphery medium before, but the excellence is still there.
Overall Impression — 9
Periphery are bounds above any other band in their genre, whether you classify them as Djent, Progressive Metalcore, or just plain Metal. The Icarus E.P. is a sonic treat, satisfying every longing I had for this release. If this E.P. were ever stolen from me, I'd buy it again in a heartbeat. Heck, I may just buy a second one anyway. For fans of: Meshuggah, Veil of Maya, Born of Osiris, Big Chocolate (referring to the remixes)