Periphery (album)

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Studio album by Periphery
Released April 20, 2010
Genre Progressive metal, djent
Length 72:52
Label Sumerian, Distort, Roadrunner
Producer Periphery, Matt Murphy
Periphery chronology
Icarus EP
(2011)Icarus EP2011
Singles from Periphery
  1. "Icarus Lives!"
    Released: April 23, 2010
  2. "Jetpacks Was Yes!"
    Released: January 21, 2011[citation needed]
  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]

All lyrics written by Chris Barretto, except where noted; all music composed by Periphery.

No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Insomnia" Barretto, Casey Sabol 4:49
2. "The Walk"   5:06
3. "Letter Experiment" Barretto, Sabol 6:51
4. "Jetpacks Was Yes!" Matt Murphy 3:57
5. "Light"   5:50
6. "All New Materials"   5:20
7. "Buttersnips"   5:54
8. "Icarus Lives!" Sabol 4:24
9. "Totla Mad"   4:00
10. "Ow My Feelings"   6:06
11. "Zyglrox"   5:06
12. "Racecar"   15:23
Total length: 72:52
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


  • An instrumental version was released through the iTunes Store.
  • Ragtime Dandies also appears at the end of Icarus Lives! on the CD version.
  • Captain On and Eureka! were included on the Icarus EP.
  • Passenger was released on February 21, 2012 as a digital-single via iTunes.


The following tracks were cut from the final album.[3]

  • Not Enough Mana
  • Absolomb (later included on Periphery III)
  • Far Out (later included on Periphery II as a bonus track)
  • Project 15


Guest appearances

  • Adam 'Nolly' Getgood – guitar solo (on "Totla Mad")[4]
  • Jeff Loomis – guitar solo (on "Racecar")
  • Elliot Coleman – vocals (on "Racecar")
  • Casey Sabol – vocals (on "Racecar")[5]


  • Misha Mansoor – producer, mixing, mastering
  • Matt Murphy – vocal recording, producer
  • Benjamin Guarino – album artwork, layout and design[6]

Chart positions[edit]


Year Chart[7] 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. ^ "PERIPHERY - We are currently auditioning singers and working on our full length! [Archive] - Sputnik Music Forums". 2008-05-21. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  4. ^ "Hi Pat, yes I did the guest solo on Totla Mad". Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  5. ^ "I had absolutely nothing to do with their album". Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  6. ^ "Thinking Imagery". Thinking Imagery. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  7. ^ "Periphery chart history". Retrieved 2013-07-07. 

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