Periphery "Periphery III: Select Difficulty"

Long being originators of what we now know to be djent, Periphery have had a bit of a wild card catalogue until Juggernaut dropped as a double mammoth a few years back. While their songs were always "really good" they always were "hardly interesting." With III, the group have officially made their masterpiece, capitalizing on four (five) albums worth of growth and songwriting ability.
     While Juggernaut was obviously the band's magnum opus, the double disc fat pack is just too much to swallow in this day and age. Not that it wasn't an absolutely spectacular release, but there's no way that's ever going to be regarded as a casual listen to enlist it as the greatest in Periphery's discography. III is instantly accessible and has endless hooks to lure us in.
     While the album shows a mature side of Spencer, Misha & Co. it isn't until the album's closer "Lune" reigns fire on the sound system. From the wild riffage to the closing ballad, it's practically the main reason this should be the first album those who aren't familiar with the band should listen to. Select Difficulty is the best place to start if you've never heard a lick by the boys on triple eights, and it wouldn't be a bad idea to go back two albums either.

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