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 guitarist -- and Guitar World columnist -- Misha Mansoor seems just a tad ticked off in a post he wrote for Metal Sucks yesterday. In a very well-written diatribe on the state of the music industry -- and the state of the fans that inhabit the dark corners of metal forums and comment sections everywhere -- "Bulb" took on the "musical elitists" who make life all the more frustrating for aspiring musicians. You can check out an excerpt below.
In a recent interview with EspyRock, Periphery guitarist Jake Bowen revealed some details about one of the upcoming albums from Periphery. The band are currently in the studio working on what will be two albums for 2012. Bowen revealed that one of the albums, titled Juggernaut, would be a concept album.