Once upon a time, video games were considered the nerdy domain of geeks, freaks and social misfits. Over the past couple of decades, however, the $65-billion gaming industry has become as ubiquitous and all-American as baseball and apple pie. The long-term cultural and psychological impact of gaming and the relentless pursuit of “the next level” will undoubtedly fuel countless sociology books and psychiatric papers, but for now one only has to listen to the ambitious, cutting-edge prog-rock of Periphery for a glimpse of how gaming is shaping art and music in the 21st century.
Periphery have announced that they have been forced to pull off of the remaining dates of this year's Summer Slaughter tour due to a family emergency in the band. There are only five dates remaining on the tour, which is being headlined by Cannibal Corpse, including tonight's show at Summit Music Hall in Denver, Colorado.
"I always thought that it would be really cool to compose an album of music in the same way that you’d score a movie," says Periphery guitarist Misha Mansoor. "In other words, the lyrics and storyline would come first and the music would be almost secondary to the plot. The arrangements are going to be very unconventional, even by our standards."
Tomorrow, Sumerian Records will release the highly anticipated sophomore album from Periphery, the aptly named Periphery II. And if you're not excited enough by that prospect alone, you will be after checking out the killer new music video for the album's lead single, "Make Total Destroy."
One of progressive metal's most highly anticipated summer releases is now streaming in its entirety online. You can listen to all of Periphery's sophomore album, Periphery II, via the YouTube clip below.
Yesterday, Periphery debuted another new track off their upcoming album, Periphery II, on SiriusXM satellite radio. In case you missed it — or just couldn't get enough — the song has made its way online and can be heard in the YouTube clip below.