The last release from Periphery came in January 2015 when the D.C.-based prog-rock collective released two albums on the same day, Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega. On July 22nd, the band returns with its latest album, and fifth overall, in Periphery III: Select Difficulty.

The LP was produced in-house by bassist Adam “Nolly” Getgood. In an accompanying press release, guitarist Jake Bowen said the band took its sweet time with Select Difficultly, working to refine its ever-shifting approach to mighty prog.

“We spent two months writing songs that are not only representative of the Periphery sound but also reflect where all of us are as musicians, working together has helped us tread new ground musically and creatively,” he said.

In support of the album, the band is set to hit the road for the “Sonic Unrest” tour. The outing spans August and includes openers SikTh, Chon, and Toothgrinder. Before the tour proper, Periphery will play the U.K.’s Download Festival in June and July’s “Periphery Summer Jam,” a four-day summer camp in upstate New York.

The aforementioned Getgood, though, will not be joining the band on tour. Instead, he’ll be tackling more production work in the U.K. While he remains a member of Periphery, he explained that “touring life isn’t something that everyone can continue doing indefinitely, and for me, the time has come where I want to settle into a more normal existence, be able to make plans further into the future than the touring life enables”. No word yet on who replaces Getgood as touring bassist.

Below, watch an in-studio clip of the band during the recording process.

Periphery 2016 Tour Dates:
12/06 – Donington, Download Festival
25/08 – New York, Summer Jam
04/08 – Raleigh, Lincoln Theatre
05/08 – Atlanta, Masquerade
06/08 – Memphis, New Daisy Theater
07/08 – Dallas, House of Blues
08/08 – San Antonio, Alamo City Music Hall
09/08 – Houston, House of Blues
11/08 – Phoenix, The Press Room
12/08 – San Diego, House of Blues
13/08 – Los Angeles, Regent
14/08 – San Francisco, The Fillmore
16/08 – Portland, Hawthorne Theater
17/08 – Seattle, Showbox
19/08 – Salt Lake City, The Complex
20/08 – Denver, Summit Music Hall
22/08 – Minneapolis, Varsity Theater
24/08 – Milwaukee, Turner Hall Ballrom
25/08 – Grand Rapids, Intersection
26/08 – Detrot, St. Andrew’s Hall
27/08 – Millvale, Mr. Smals Theatre
28/08 – Philadelphia, Theatre of the Living Arts
30/08 – Boston, Paradise
31/08 – New York, Irving Plaza
01/09 – Baltimore, Baltimore Sound Stage

By Chris Coplan

Over the last seven years, Chris has held a number of titles in music journalism, including news writer, reviewer, and columnist. He lives in Chicago, a mere stone's throw from Lake Michigan, and owns a dog he didn't want to name Blade.