It’s a cool night in Kentish Town as we get nearer to the venue we start to see lots of shirts with a “P” symbol upon them, this must mean Periphery are in town and ready to rock the o2 Forum.
First up to kick things off is Italian metal band Destrage. This is our first time seeing these guys and they sure know how to open a show with bounds of energy and completely owning the stage to get the crowd pumped for The Contortionist and Periphery. They blister through a half hour set with vocalist Paolo Colavoipe taking control of the stage and the rest of the band rocking out to every song. For a relatively unknown band they certainly have got a few new fans from tonight’s show.
Next to hit the stage was The Contortionist. This is a band you have to check out and experience because they are absolutely mesmerising to see live, and unlike any band we’ve seen before. The ambience, precision and feel of their songs have a profound effect when witnessed live in action, completely taking the listener to another place in space and time. From vocalist Michael Lessard‘s soft voice, the heavenly guitar tones and the bands graceful movements whilst performing to give an outstanding live set tonight in London. If you know of The Contortionist already then you are aware of the fact that their albums are quite contrastingly different with their earlier works being much heavier and the new material being much more progressive based. They played songs from both albums giving a seamless flow to their set tonight with the highlight being ” Primordial Sound “.
This is the moment everyone one has been waiting for as headliners Periphery take the stage in front of 2,300 eagerly awaiting fans. Tonight we are in luck and graced with the full line up as bassist Nolly Getgood takes to the stage for the first time in over a year, with this being the only show he will be doing on the tour.
As the lights shine on the band open with ” A Black Minute ” which instantly has the crowd singing every word along with vocalist Spencer Soltero feeling the air come alive with each note sung. The energy inside the venue is unlike anything felt before. Next up was a track from their album Juggernaut: Omega hitting fans with ” Stranger Things ” which was played flawlessly completely capturing the crowds attention and hanging on to every word.
Periphery are truly something special to witness live and on top form tonight in Kentish Town. The chemistry between members onstage is electrifying and you can genuinely see they love playing live, with Mark Holocomb and Misha Mansoor getting up to funny antics during songs including dramatically high fiving each other and getting a laugh from everyone that noticed.
Tonight’s set is full of fan favourites playing ” The Way The News Goes ” and “ Marigold ” back to back to delight of the crowd. Periphery‘s guitar changes are more numerous than Beyoncé ‘s costume changes during a set but they have some tasty guitars to show off, with each guitarist having a signature model with their respective guitar sponsors of Jackson, PRS and Ibanez, and songs in a multitude of tunings. Every song is played to perfection with the sound being one of the best I’ve ever heard live from a band, with tonight turning out to be truly impressive as Periphery continue to fire through song after song that could happily have you watch them for hours in amazement for these are musicians of the highest caliber doing what they do best.
Some of the highlights from the show was them playing ” A Bad Thing ” which got everyone moving and singing a long. They also played an interlude with the three guitarist coming together center stage with the crowd clapping along, although out of time which was acknowledged by guitarist Misha Mansoor as you could hear him yell out ” You’re out of time it’s too fast! ” which we found quite funny.
Overall this was one of the best shows we have covered and can’t recommend going to see them enough. The sound was incredible, every song on point and performed flawlessly and the overall vibe of the night being great, it doesn’t get much better than this.