Maryland-based experimental, progressive metallers PERIPHERY will release their sophomore album, “II”, on July 3 via Sumerian Records. The CD will feature guest appearances by John Petrucci (DREAM THEATER), Guthrie Govan (THE ARISTOCRATS) and Wes Hauch (THE FACELESS).
Commented PERIPHERY guitarist Misha Mansoor: “We put so much hard work and time into this album and we thank all of you for your continued support and patience. The album clocks in at sixty-nine minutes exactly and has tons of brand new material, so I assure you it is well worth the wait. Make sure to keep on the lookout for the first track which we will be releasing in the coming weeks.”
“II” track listing:
02. Have A Blast (feat. Guthrie Govan)
03. Facepalm Mute
06. Luck As A Constant
08. The Gods Must Be Crazy!
09. Make Total Destroy
10. Erised (feat. John Petrucci)
12. Froggin’ Bullfish
13. Mile Zero (feat. Wes Hauch)
PERIPHERY supported DREAM THEATER for two U.S. shows last October and a full-length European tour in January and February.
In a September 2011 interview with Metal Assault, Mansoor stated about Petrucci, “John Petrucci is the reason why I have a seven-string. John Petrucci is who I wanted to be when I started taking guitar seriously. I learned all the songs off [1999’s] ‘Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory’ and played them horribly. But it really challenged me and showed me… I wanted to be him… I wanted to be John Petrucci so badly. I didn’t even wanna be like him; I just wanted to be him. And I figured if I learned every song and solo, I’d get in his head and figure out how he wrote the amazing parts that he did and I’d understand how to be a better musician. I kind of got over that eventually when I realized I just didn’t have the technical prowess to pull that off. But it definitely made a very big mark on me in many ways — in his approach to lead playing and arrangements and songwriting, in riff writing… everything. He’s just such a balanced player and such a huge influence to me.”
Bassist Tom Murphy last year announced his departure from PERIPHERY “to pursue something new.” Adam “Nolly” Getgood of RED SEAS FIRE has been filling in on bass while Mark Holcomb took up his position as the full-time guitarist on the band’s most recent tour.