I don’t get the hype around Periphery. I’m sorry, I just don’t get it.

Sure, they’re fine, tolerable, my ears won’t start bleeding if I hear one of their songs but I’m not about to go out there and start worshiping these guys.

I’ve known of Periphery for awhile now. I know what they’re about and I’m pretty sure I’ve seen them before. When they first came out they were unlike anything else I had ever heard and I loved them. I thought they were unique and really caught my ear. Unfortunately, the heavy, technical music they play has gotten way more popular than it was when Periphery came out and I feel like they just can’t keep up with the scene.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the band and, after seeing them live last night, I can say that they are good at what they do. Their live show was strong and full of energy. The crowd seemed to be eating up every complicated guitar riff and every word. So why couldn’t I just let go and get lost in all of it? How were all of these people surrounding me going crazy for this band and hanging on every word and all I could think about was heading home and passing out.

I think Periphery is generic for me at this point. Sure, they’re fine at what they’re do but in such an over-saturated genre, you have to be better than fine to catch my attention. Your live show has to be better than good. There has to be something that catches me and unfortunately, Periphery just didn’t catch me last night.

The band that did catch me was SikTh. I had never heard of these guys before but my buddy Mike seemed to be super excited about them. SikTh is a progressive metal band from England. You could tell that this was their first U.S. tour by the way the crowd absolutely exploded with the first note. The fans were so excited to finally get the chance to see this band live after listening to them for over ten years. It was hard not to get lost in the excitement.

Their music was a bit different than the other bands due to having two vocalists with very different styles. There were times when the music had a rap-metal element sound to it but other times where it had a good old fashioned metal feeling to it. Regardless of what style it was, just like Periphery and all of the other bands that played last night, their set was full of energy and heavy music.

I always post pictures of the bands I see on my Facebook. Last night when I posted a picture of SikTh the craziest thing happen. My Myspace boyfriend from the U.K. (don’t fool yourself, we all had one and you’re just jealous that I kept in touch with mine) commented on the picture. Apparently he knows these guys to the point where the guitarist is actually in his Facebook profile picture. What a small freaking world!

I was super excited to see Chon open up the show last night. I really do have a thing against instrumental bands. I find them boring to watch live and hard for me to relate to because there are no lyrics but for some reason, Chon has won me over. Watching them is truly jaw dropping. It’s amazing to see how fast their fingers can move up and down the fretboard without missing a single note. Last night was the third time I have gotten the chance to see them live and I hope to get another chance soon. Seriously, if this young, instrumental band can win me over when I love to hate instrumental acts, then you really need to give them a looksie.

Toothgrinder opened up the show. I had been wanting to see these guys for awhile now and last night was finally my chance (they have played other shows I’ve been at but I always seem to miss their set due to timing). Their music was way better live than on CD. They had more energy and had a unique sound that seems to be lost on their recordings. Unfortunately, the crowd was obviously not there for them and there was little to no movement during their set. Regardless, I enjoyed finally getting to see them and hope to catch them on a headlining tour in order to see what happens when they have an audience to feed off of.

All in all, last night was a good show. Not great, not life changing but also not terrible, not the worst. It was a nice show to start a bender with. Now excuse me while I start a coffee IV to get through the next couple weeks of non-stop shows!

Line Up:

Toothgrinder

Chon

SikTh

Periphery

 

Venue: Varsity Theater

Sausage Fest Meter- 12 out of 10

Average Age of the Crowd- 22

Crowd Surfers- 0

Stage Divers-0

Moshability- Moderate

Broken Bones- None Noticed

Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None Noticed

Celebrity Sightings- Dustin of By The Thousands; Lee of Mithya; Mike of Windowvine; Jeff & Mike of Rivkit (RIP)

Overall Score- 4.5 out of 10

Show on Deck- Baroness

 

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