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On their new album, the Boston post-metal quartet reach for the stars.
Now that djent is no longer be the bone of contention in extreme music that it once was, progressive metallers Periphery are free to simply be a band having fun playing heavy music. In support of their tongue-in-cheek but hard-as-fuck new album Periphery IV: Hail Stan, the band is heading to Europe and the UK this fall, with metalgaze band Astronoid and prog act Plini in tow.
The tour doesn't begin until November, so you have plenty of time to practice wiggling your fingers at Misha Mansoor before then. There will be four UK shows as part of the trek, with three in England and one in Scotland.
Pledge allegiance to Stan at one of the following dates:
01 Cologne, GER – Essigfabrik
02 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
04 Munich, GER – Backstage Werk
05 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof Halfhouse
06 Berlin, GER – Columbia THeater
08 Nijmegen, NET – Doornroosje
09 Amsterdam, NET – Melkweg
11 Bristol, UK – O2 Academy Bristol
12 Glasgow, UK – The Garage
14 Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
15 London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town
In an interview with Kerrang! before the release of Hail Stan, Periphery guitarist Jake Bowen said that he thinks the album is a chance for the band to show their sonic diversity and their sense of humor.
"We’ve always like to dabble with different styles and different aesthetics," said Jake with a laugh, "and if it confuses people, that’s kind of on them. We like having fun with the music, and fun with the imagery, and just doing what we’re doing. I know that’s a lazy answer, but it’s true that…when we were naming the album, we went through hundreds and hundreds of possible titles, and when somebody said, ‘Hail Stan,’ we said, ‘That’s perfect — people are going to mess that up because people are going to say Hail Satan, and the imagery is going to suggest that it should say Hail Satan.’
"It’s just us being silly about it in a subtle, or not so subtle way, depending on how you look at it," he continued. I’ve never seen it in print or online like that yet, but I was just talking to someone on a radio program who called it ‘Hail Satan’ on-air, so I got a kick out of that. The whole point is that people are going to mess this up...It can be a bit pretentious on our end to kind of, like, constantly be fucking with people. But we’re constantly fucking with each other, so we want to share our senses of humor with everyone."
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