So for the first time with a new record, I am going to give my thoughts before I give my thoughts. Expect a full review of Periphery II, but in the mean time consider this a taste of that.
The sheer size of this album is kind of daunting during even a casual listen. That kind of twists my thoughts on trying to come back to this once I put it down post review. Sure, there is a ton of cool stuff going on throughout this album. Spencer's vocals are up a notch or two. The layering of sounds is still great. The production is solid... probably beyond solid. This is the start of a new wave for Periphery. I would say this is probably 75% progressive rock based with a little bit of djent thrown in – but don't get bummed out by that. There's something very engaging about this record in the layers of vocals, impressive drumming and triple guitars. I wasn't really sure what to expect from this record considering my knowledge of the band outside of Periphery, but after a couple listens I can hear a true progression for the band.
The question is whether or not the fans will accept it.