Periphery Working On New Album

It looks like Periphery are working on a new album. Frontman Spencer Sotelo recently confirmed the news on Twitter:

Matt Halpern has been tracking drums at The Magpie Cage Recording Studio in Baltimore, MD as well. However, he did not specify whether or not he was working on new Periphery music.

[via The PRP]

King Mothership (Periphery, Etc.) Premiere New Song “Cosmic Meltdown”, Reveal Details For Debut Album “The Ritual”

King Mothership, the band featuring Spencer Sotelo (Periphery), Matt Halpern (Periphery), and Tai Wright (Slaves), have premiered a new song titled “Cosmic Meltdown.” This track is from the band’s debut album “The Ritual,” which will be released on October 2.

“The Ritual” Track Listing:

01. “Hope”
02. “Cosmic Meltdown”
03. “Gold”
04. “Only You”
05. “Babby”
06. “Goodnight My Darling”
07. “Death Machine”
08. “The Ritual”
09. “Ego 101”
10. “The Devil’s Train”
11. “Imminent Distortion”
12. “I Stand Alone” (feat. Plini)

Sotelo said the following about the new record:

“Very excited to finally share this record with the world. These ideas have been around for about eight years and it’s such an amazing feeling to have sculpted them into songs we’re all so proud of as a band. We had a blast making this record and I think it’s gonna be the first of many to come.”

“I just got sick of hearing it in the demo form. But I would have some Periphery fans hit me up every now and then, and they’d be like, ‘What happened?’ Somebody hit me up in my direct messages like, ‘What’s the deal with that?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, what is the deal with that?’ A couple years ago, I went back and started opening the sessions. I was like, ‘This is fucking cool.’ I was re-inspired.”

A Perfect Circle & Periphery Members Guest On New Till The Days End Song “The Road To Awakening”

Charity music collective Till The Days End have released a new song titled “The Road To Awakening.“ The track, which was mixed and mastered by Periphery’s Spencer Sotelo and engineered by Drew Mazurek (Dog Fashion Disco, Nothingface), features a number of guests including: Matt Halpern (Periphery), Matt McJunkins (A Perfect Circle), David Manning, and Justin Gosnell (Vestascension).

Till The Days End commented:

“‘While we were busy trying to save the world, we left ourselves behind.’

Today we linger in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic on what is typically Tax Day in America every year. The deadline to file your income tax has now been postponed for another 3 months. However, today we’d like to acknowledge all of the other services that are being taxed to the hilt during this horrific crisis.

Hospitals, unemployment, grocery stores – all taxed beyond capacity. Food banks, rescue missions, soup kitchens, and just about every relief program out there – all taxed to the breaking point, too.

All of the essential workers on the frontlines are being taxed as well, from the nurses working overtime in the ICU to the workers making sure your local market is stocked with fresh produce.

And then there’s the people behind closed doors, those stuck at home in isolation. For so many people, time spent alone in quarantine feels agonizing. And that despair is only compounded by staring out of the peephole through the lens of the 24-hour media portrayal of the ‘end times’, complete with an ever-increasing death counter. Record numbers of us are left with no work and little to no assistance.

Many are faced with the previously unimaginable choice between stay home and starve or find work and risk getting sick. With so many businesses permanently affected by this crisis, some of you won’t even have a job to return to. Or perhaps it’s not income that’s stressing you out but the isolation itself, with its inherent separation and self-reflection.

We humans are social beings, not meant to spend this much time alone without physical connection from family and friends. Whatever your particular source of stress during these troubling times, for so many the result is the same – we’re left feeling hopeless about the outcome.

We bear the burden of a side effect that is often overlooked in the media – being stuck at home, taxed by relentless anxiety and crippling depression.

We here at Till The Days End know that dark things hide behind closed doors. With that said, we are very proud to present ‘The Road To Awakening’, a song about the importance of self-care and the power we ALL hold within.

Every time you look in the mirror, you’re locking eyes with a person who has the power to love, the power to change, and the power to heal. If you are struggling with your mental health, fighting every urge in your body to relapse, this song is for you.

We know that it feels damn near impossible, but we implore you to take some time to focus on self-care through these trying days. If you’re struggling, please reach out and ask for help. Remember to step back and take a good look at the bigger picture and the individual place that we each hold within that picture.

Remember that we are all reflections of each other. The more you are able to love yourself, the better you will become at providing love to others. Lastly, we ask you to remember that circumstances outside of ourselves don’t define who we are within.

All proceeds from the sale and stream of ‘The Road To Awakening’ will go directly to the Mental Health Association of Frederick County, an organization dedicated to the aid of those who are struggling with their mental health and who need help the most.

You can purchase the song on our Bandcamp page here:

To learn more about the Mental Health Association of Frederick County, or to donate directly:

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Neil Peart (Rush)

As previously reported, Rush’s Neil Peart has sadly passed away following a battle with brain cancer. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary drummer and some of the various posts can be found below:

Geddy Lee (Rush):

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Rest in peace, my brother. 💔

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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett:

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins:

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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RIP #NeiPeart

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Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath):

KISS’ Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons:

Gary Holt (Exodus):

David Ellefson (Megadeth):

Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, and Frank Bello:

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

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R.I.P. #nealpeart An extraordinary talent.

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King Diamond:

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine):

John Dolmayan (System Of A Down):

Steven Adler (ex-Guns N’ Roses):

Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row):

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour):


Mike Inez (Alice In Chains):

Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins):

Alex Bent (Trivium):

Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless):

Chris Jericho (Fozzy):

Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N’ Roses, etc.):

Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch):

Adam Gontier (Saint Asonia, ex-Three Days Grace):

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~ Shocked. The Legend. Rest In Peace Neil Peart. 🙏🏻

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Shawn Drover (ex-Megadeth, etc.):

Sacred Reich:

Matt Halpern (Periphery):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Chuck D (Public Enemy, Prophets of Rage):

Dan Briggs (Between The Buried And Me):

Peter Frampton:

Jack Black (Tenacious D):

Matt Halpern To Miss Periphery’s Knotfest Mexico Performance

Drummer Matt Halpern will be missing Periphery’s Knotfest Mexico performance in Toluca, Mexico. During his absence, JP Bouvet (Childish Japes, etc.) will fill in.

Halpern commented:

“Peripherals – Matt here… Unfortunately one of my immediate family members is in the hospital and I am unable to join the band in Mexico for Knotfest this weekend. On the bright side the rest of the band will be there and my very good friend (and incredible Drummer) JP Bouvet will be filling in on the drums – he’s gonna crush it.

For those of you attending the Convergence tour in the US and Canada, I want to assure you that I will be there and I’m beyond excited for the tour. Thank you to my band, the band’s business team, and most importantly all of you guys for your support and understanding. See ya soon!”

Periphery Members Cover Linkin Park’s “Shadow Of The Day”

Periphery’s Spencer Sotelo, Matt Halpern, and producer Taylor Larson have decided to record a cover of Linkin Park‘s “Shadow Of The Day” as a tribute to the late Chester Bennington. You can check that out below: