Periphery Concert Review, Max Watt’s Brisbane, 2 Feb 2017
Periphery had an amazing journey over the last few years. Since the release of their self-title debut album in 2010 the band has released another four full-length albums and an EP. Besides the fact that this has been a remarkable, creative outburst, Periphery have also had a lot of chart success. Their latest album “Periphery III: Select Difficulty” was in the charts in all of the most important markets worldwide including the US, UK, Germany and Japan. The album peaked at number 8 of the Australian charts so it is just logical that the band now took some time to tour around Australia. The start of the Australian leg of their tour was in Brisbane.
Before Periphery went on stage two up-and-coming heavyweights of the Australian metal scene warmed up the crowd. First up were Sydney-based metalcore outfit Polaris. Polaris had a stellar year 2016 with the release of their EP “The Guilt & The Grief” scoring them an ARIA chart position. The crowd obviously seemed to know that there was more on offer than the main act that night. The Max Watt’s was already packed when the band began their set. Polaris immediately had the crowd on their side. Fists were pumping, hair was flying and the fans were cheering all the way through the set. The band’s relentless touring schedule has formed them into a kick-ass live band. Watch out for Polaris. There is more to come.
You would think that Melbourne-based Circles had a hard time following such a great opening act but the band took it as the pros they are and kept the level of intensity were Polaris had left it. Circles is another one of the Australian finest metal exports. They have already had successful tours overseas and the show at Max Watt’s in Brisbane was proof why Circles have reached the status as crowd favourites in Australia. The powerful vocals in combination with heavy guitar rhythms and catchy melodies are the perfect recipe for getting any metal crowd going. This wasn’t any different that night and when Circles left the stage the fans were screaming for more.
The fans were really in for a treat that night. After two energetic opening acts there was still the main act to play. And Periphery took the stage in a storm. It seemed that everybody screamed and raised their fists when Periphery started their set. The band members are masters of a progressive sound that incorporates their famous backing tracks as well as an array of guitars with different numbers of strings and different tunings. Periphery brought their unique and complex music on stage with the perfection of the meticulous musicians they are. Skillfully raising the intensity up and down and back up again on many occasions throughout the set, Periphery showed why they are so popular.
I think anyone in the almost sold-out Max Watt’s was glad to have witnessed that evening. It is a rare occasion to have three acts of that calibre on one stage in one night. Polaris, Circles and Periphery have set the bar quite high for the metal live event of the year.