Periphery (album)

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Studio album by Periphery
Released April 20, 2010
Recorded 2010
Genre Progressive metal, Djent
Length 72:52
Label Sumerian, Distort, Roadrunner
Producer Periphery, Matt Murphy
Periphery chronology
Icarus EP
Singles from Periphery
  1. "Icarus Lives!"
    Released: April 23, 2010
  2. "Jetpacks Was Yes!"
    Released: January 21, 2011
  3. "Passenger"
    Released: February 21, 2012[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 84% link
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Rock Sound 7/10 stars link

Periphery is the debut studio album by American progressive metal band Periphery, signed by Sumerian Records and released on April 20, 2010. Many songs on the track list had been written long before the release date but due to vocalist complications the debut album had been postponed on several occasions. Former vocalist Chris Barretto had nearly finished recording the album before he and the band parted ways months before its release. Rather than release the songs with Barretto's vocals, the band decided to rerecord Barretto's songs with Spencer Sotelo; however, Sotelo only re-worked a few of the melodies when recording vocals, versus writing completely new lyrics. As a result, Sabol's and Barretto's lyrics and vocal melodies and harmonies are still featured on the record. The album was re-released on February 6, 2012 as a 'Special Edition' including instrumentals, along with a new song "Passenger," originally recorded by guitarist Mark Holcomb during his time in the band Haunted Shores.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Insomnia"   4:49
2. "The Walk"   5:06
3. "Letter Experiment"   6:51
4. "Jetpacks Was Yes!"   3:57
5. "Light"   5:50
6. "All New Materials"   5:20
7. "Buttersnips"   5:54
8. "Icarus Lives!"   4:24
9. "Totla Mad"   4:00
10. "Ow My Feelings"   6:06
11. "Zyglrox"   5:06
12. "Racecar"   15:23
Total length:
iTunes Bonus Tracks
No. Title Length
13. "Captain On"   3:13
14. "Ragtime Dandies"   1:12
UK Bonus Track
No. Title Length
13. "Eureka"   4:51
European Reissue Track
No. Title Length
14. "Passenger"   3:35
  • As well as releasing two exclusive bonus tracks, instrumental versions of the original twelve songs of the album are also available in the iTunes Store
  • The iTunes spoken-word bonus track "Ragtime Dandies" can also be found at the end of "Icarus Lives!" on the CD version of the album


All instruments produced, mixed and mastered by Misha Mansoor
All vocals recorded and produced by Matt Murphy at Illuminate Studios
All lyrics by Chris Barretto and Periphery except:

  • "Icarus Lives!" Written by Periphery and Casey Sabol
  • "Insomnia" Written by Periphery, Chris Barretto, and Casey Sabol
  • "Letter Experiment" Written by Periphery, Chris Barretto, and Casey Sabol
  • "Jetpacks Was Yes!" Written by Periphery and Matt Murphy

Guest Appearances:

  • Adam 'Nolly' Getgood formerly of Red Seas Fire — Guest guitar solo on Totla Mad [3]
  • Jeff Loomis formerly of Nevermore — Guest guitar solo on Racecar
  • Elliot Coleman formerly of TesseracT — Guest vocals on Racecar
  • Casey Sabol formerly of Periphery — Guest vocals on Racecar (although Sabol has repeatedly denied this: Jake Bowen later explained to a fan via his formspring account that the part was a one-off take done by Sabol that the band decided to keep on the final recording. This means that Sabol possibly had no idea that his vocals had been used.)[4]

Album Artwork Layout & Design By: Benjamin Guarino of Thinking Imagery ([5])



Year Chart Peak
2010 The Billboard 200 128
2010 Top Hard Rock Albums 12
2010 Top Heatseekers 2
2010 Top Independent Albums 18
2010 Top Rock Albums 39



  1. ^ "Periphery Passenger (Single)". Spirit of Metal. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Hi Pat, yes I did the guest solo on Totla Mad". Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  4. ^ "I had absolutely noting to do with their album". Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  5. ^ "Thinking Imagery". Thinking Imagery. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  6. ^ "Periphery chart history". Retrieved 2013-07-07. 

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