Sensational progressive metal artists Animals As Leaders and Periphery are bringing their signature sounds to the Newport Music Hall!
Periphery was formed in 2005 by guitarist Misha Mansoor and has become renowned for its heavy, progressive sound which employs poly-rhythmic patterns and soaring melodies. It’s considered of the pioneers of the djent movement within progressive metal. The band went through numerous lineup changes during its early history and is currently composed of Misha (guitars, programming), Jake Bowen (guitars, programming), Matt Halpern (drums), Spencer Sotelo (lead vocals), and Mark Holcomb (guitars). The band has numerous influences such as Deftones, Meshuggah, Veil of Maya, Tool, Sikth, Hiromi, Shane Gibson, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Dream Theater, Ion Dissonance, Nevermore, Guthrie Govan, Between the Buried and Me, Nobuo Uematsu, Devin Townsend, Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Gojira, Mats/Morgan, Refused, Ron and Bobby Jarzombek, Textures, Return to Forever, and Paul Ortiz. All of the band’s material is self-produced and it’s had a stellar career with 4 studio albums, 2 EPs, 9 singles, 7 music videos and several members are involved in other projects as well (Spencer is lead vocalist of post-hardcore band From First To Last, Misha and Mark are members of Haunted Shores, and Jake produces electronic music). The band’s latest album (Periphery III: Select Difficulty) comes out in July 2016.
Don’t miss your chance to see this dazzlingly technical band originally formed as the recording project of extreme progressive metal innovator and guitar wizard Misha “Bulb” Mansoor!