sitting here in my dorm room trying to study but knowing it really won’t happen, listening to Periphery to both calm down and get out my aggression. Its at this time when I go from start to finish through the entire album and just think to myself and the meaning behind everything that’s happening. A lot of shit has gone down recently and we begin with “Insomnia” where the beginning percussive djenty guitars start a rhythmic beat and continue with distorted heavy metal. Spencer’s harsh vocals yelling and screaming capture the same emotions I feel under stress and Misha’s tone is perfect. But at the end, it goes into a calmer section that helps relieve my stress. After that the album transitions to the very panic driven song, “The Walk” which seems like a full blown shred fest for seven string guitars. Everyone by now probably knows that I truly get my emotions out with my music, especially playing it myself on my guitars. Next is “Letter Experiment” where Misha rides on the low A# on his seven string but eventually leads into more melodic lines that compliment Spencer’s singing. I absolutely love how the guitars mess around a standard 4/4 time signature but still keep the groove. The transition from the clean guitars to distorted ones show how much of a range of tones Misha’s Music Man JP7’s have. The solo is just full of emotion, that feeling of success and triumph, but when it stops, the guitars show how hectic and heavy they can be. Guitar riffs and tones sometimes speak to me than the whole band sometimes. The fourth track “Jetpacks was Yes!” starts out very ambivalent but as the chorus hits the guitars get heavy, but not just for the sake of being heavy, it’s more than just that, as layers of clean almost aural guitars fill the song as well. It portrays how everything can be different but at the same time can mix so well. The solo is almost uplifting in the sense that it just makes me happy about everything and is just so fun to play. After the almost upbeat “Jetpacks was Yes!” come the dismal sounding “Light”. ”Open your eyes/Devotion deprived/Deny the very thing that accepted this life is about/Listen to words/Defy devotion/Sick from the fall behind the wallI demand of you stand up and see” stands out to me so much and I just can’t explain it. Lyrically, this is my favorite song. It’s just so heavy and sad sounding even when Spencer sings, the djent riffs sound better and articulate the feeling better than most metalcore I listen to. ”All New Materials” is my favorite song balancing the nice chimey riffs with ones that flow excellently and then the off time heavier ones. The heavier riffs just pack a punch that is really hard to find in bands today, something that really drives me to write as well as Misha. The jazz solo just does it for me, shreddy, but at the same time really isn’t. This leads into “Buttersnips”, a song filled with tasty riffage and an insanely fun song to learn. Just so heavy and original sounding and if you listen carefully you can hear the layering of each guitar. The one tapping transition to a speedy legato run just shows how calm and chaos works well together as well as the main tapping riff after it, being clean and melodic but just so intense. This brings us everyone’s favorite, “Icarus Lives!” with the beginning riff that sounds kinda old but turns in to modern djent that I love. Another perfect balance of clean guitars and heavy seven string riffage with changing in the vocals. The way Misha solos over the groove is just brilliant as he glides his fingers over the fretboard. The main lyric the gets me is “When I said I’d never feel or see/Love and sight are last resorts for me”. Then comes the interlude joking about he band. LOVE THAT SHIT. This leads on to “Totla Mad” another heavy hitting seven string tune with superb shredding with guitar solos at the beginning and sporadic riffs. I still do not understand how someone can just make fluid riffs as the ones in this song then back them up with amazingly rich chords. This takes us the desolate sounding “Ow My Feelings” which name sums up of a lot of hurt I’ve felt in my heart lately. The guitars are almost hypnotic as I just have to bob my head up and down to the tune. Vocally this is my favorite of Spencer’s, as he fits the song perfectly. The ending seems almost like a realization of what I must to to succeed in everything, the guitar tone is just… inspiring. Then it gets crazy with “Zygrlox” with tapping and artificial harmonics everywhere rushing into different riffs everywhere. This is the heaviest and craziest song of theirs just rushing into anything and everything. What really gets me is the breakdown rushing into a clean interlude into an epic guitar solo where everything seems to come back and compiles and just bursts into the beginning of “Racecar”. It starst out calm but brings in a percussive seven string guitar then two more that go back and forth for the main riff that turns into chords that go through many changes. This goes to a very up and down riff thats nice to bob your head to then gets into a more rushing feel of a riff. I just feel all my emotions with each riff, and with each riff my heart becomes a little bit happier. things calm down and go into the first guitar solo. As my friend/fellow guitarist says, it all just makes sense, it just fits together so perfectly, speeding up and slowing down feeling so much passion from the band. It continues to flow but then goes into an off tempo where all chaos reigns and sounds like the very depths of hell, but you can tell that its as if the world is tearing apart what it doesn’t need and rebuilds itself to make everything better to progress forward. The riffs indicate rising action as it slowly get to semi clima as a clean tone. This comes back to an overdriven chord progression that rises again through the instrumental part of the group. It slows down into a groove where Misha brings an eerie lead line that transitions into a solo from Jeff Loomis, a super shredder. He rips on his fretboard shredding up and down the strings which come back down to a groove that Periphery is most commonly known for. The guitars clean up to an almost divine sounding experience, total bliss, which goes to rising actions with the eerie lead line that Misha used but it doesn’t sound eerie, it sounds as if it guides you through the divine tones. It all climaxes with the smallest most innocent of lead phrases but in the end the groove carries on, just as life itself.