I’m not usually a fan of this sort of music. For Periphery I make an exception however. Since seeing them a few months ago with Devin Townsend, I was impressed enough that I began to follow the band and listen to more of their material. When they announced that they were coming back to Glasgow, I figured I might as well go and see them play again as I enjoyed them last time.
Opening up the evening were American metallers, Good Tiger. Having heard most of the punters outside raving about how excited they were to see them I was expecting good things. So to say I was disappointed would be an understatement. Most of the music sounded exactly the same and the vocals were cringe inducing. Whilst a good number of the audience was enjoying the band, the rest were cringing and looking as thought they were not enjoying themselves. The sound also wasn’t the greatest for them, with the drums being louder than everything else and the bass being hardly audible. If I have some advice to the band, it’s that they should work on melodies and the vocalist should work on his clean vocals. Nine times out of ten, your vocals were out of tune and not fitting with the music. Fix that, and you may go places. (5/10)
Up next on stage was Veil of Maya. Again, a band that I’ve continually been hearing good things about and have seen countless five star reviews from the likes of MetalHammer and other major press sites. Unlike the first band however, Veil of Maya were actually surprisingly decent with a good quality sound. However, the clean vocals in parts were pretty cringe inducing like the first band but the harsh vocals were much clearer and pronounced. This time, the crowd was much more energetic for them and as a result quite a few mosh-pits were observed. In Short, the band delivered a good set and suitably warmed everyone up for the headline act. (7/10)
Finally, it was time for the headliners of the night to take to the stage. Having spoken with Jake earlier, he mentioned that the band would be playing a slightly different set to last time and that it would also have a few older songs in. Opening the proceedings with “Muramasa”, the band immediately wasted no time in getting the crowd going and making sure everyone had a good time.
After the first few songs, Spencer mentioned that his voice wasn’t at 100% and as a result he needed the crowd to help with the singing. It didn’t seem as though his voice was affected, as he sounded even better than he did last time. Playing a good number of songs from their newest double album, Juggernaut Alpha and Juggernaut Omega, along with classics such as “Icarus Lives!”, the band didn’t let up and blasted through the 11 songs with hardly any breaks.
After momentarily disappearing off stage and the crowd bellowing the chant of “Wan mer Tune!”, Spencer announced that because we had been loud enough, we would be treated to not one, but three additional songs! Finishing the night with “Stranger things”, the band delivered a stellar set and gave everyone a night to remember. (9/10)