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02/09/2015 Periphery, Nothing More (Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall)

By Eric | February 12, 2015 2:20 pm

They can’t all be winners.

In another case of being on Nate-time, and the venue being ridiculously early (apparently the first band didn’t even make it to the show due to the weather), I only caught the last two songs of Nothing More’s set. Since that’s who I really went to see, needless to say I was a bit disappointed. Not in the band, however, because they played the hell out of Salem (Burn The Witch) and This Is The Time (Ballast), and only made me more upset that I missed the rest! They’re going on my “must-see” list the next time they come around. Picking up both CD’s was a positive, however.

So then it was time to try to make the best of the rest of the night. I’ve heard a ton of stuff about Periphery, both good and bad. Call them prog, call them djent, call them whatever. I was at least interested to check them out. And I wasn’t interested anymore by the end of the night. I’m not sure if I just don’t “get it”, or I’m just not programmed to like this style, but they did nothing for me. The six guys up there are unbelievably technically competent at their instruments, and the sound quality was great, but it just didn’t jive with me. The people down front (the place was only 1/3 full anyway) were into the set from the first song to the last, so it looks like they went home happy, but unfortunately this concert-goer was a little less than impressed.

Thanks to setlist.fm, Periphery’s set was:
Icarus Lives!
Make Total Destroy
The Scourge
22 Faces
The Bad Thing

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