Periphery IV: HAIL STAN

Periphery - Periphery IV: HAIL STAN
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2019 Ratings: #711
April 5, 2019 / Release Date
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You did not call your album HAIL STAN. You just did not.

EDIT: Actually it's not that bad.

This is my first rodeo with Periphery, and i'm not gonna lie I had a pretty decent time with this album. Not a great time, but it was far from a bad time. It sounds a little generic in places (a lot of this reminds me of if Coheed and Cambria incorporated goddamn Djent into their sound) but it's still a nice little headbanger of a metalcore album that leans a little more into the poppier side of the ... read more
Damn, I rarely had an album like this which doesn't want to get the fuck out of my head, and I even didn't like it so much at first but it has grown on me so endlessly. Everything from the complex composition, the huge guitar tone, the drum sound to the incredible vocals and infectious choruses is outstanding! (seriously listen to Satellites if you want some constant goosebumps). But the song that has grown on me the most was Reptile, at first I thought it's too long and draggy (never actively ... read more
Periphery returns with yet another very similar album to their previous works. First of all, I'd like to talk about the opener, "Reptile". It is a 16 minute long progessive track with some pretty interesting distinct sections, that actually work pretty well together. The first part features more of the metalcore side to the band, with more symphonic, almost Devin Townsend-like instrumentals, along with the djent riffs. The middle part is a lot more toned down, and I really like the ... read more
I got very nervous when I heard Blood Eagle for the first time. It's a good head banger and a delight live, but I feared Periphery were about to throw away years of building a unique melodic sound that is utterly compelling in favour of 'is heavy lol'. I genuinely thought I was in for disappointment.

How wrong I was. Certainly, whilst not quite hitting the highs of Juggernaut: Omega and Periphery III, HAIL STAN has some of the most brilliant songs of the band's entire discography. Whilst, yes, ... read more
Look, I know Periphery aren't real great with metal overall but this record has it's moments. The melodic side of Periphery shines on tracks like It's Only Smiles and Sentient Glow. However, their straight djenty/prog-ish tracks don't do as well (Blood Eagle, CHVRCH BVRNER). And Reptile, while it has awesome moments.... well.....let's just say that cinematic metal is not something Periphery should explore much more. Follow Your Ghosts and Satellites aren't bad though. And Crush.... I think ... read more
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Added on: February 7, 2019