Periphery at Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY

Periphery has been on the road to kick off 2020 in support of their latest record Hail Stan which was released last year.

The band, along with support act Plini, made their final stop of the tour at Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn and treated fans to a metal show like never before. Before the band’s show in Maryland, Periphery announced vocalist Spencer Sotello would be sitting out from the performance due to laryngitis, leaving drummer Matt Halpern, guitarist Jake Bowen, and guitarist Mischa Mansoor to play the show instrumental with vocals coming courtesy of the crowd. The same was expected and confirmed before the band’s Brooklyn performance.

Kicking off the show was Sydney, Australia’s Plini, the group which is comprised of Chris Allison, Simon Grove, Troy Wright, and Intervals’ own Aaron Marshall. The instrumental outfit is out in support of their latest EP Sunhead, which was released in 2018. The guys took to the stage, all smiles, and wowed the crowd.

After watching Plini’s instrumental set, the crowd was ready to hear Periphery. As the lights went down and the intro for the band’s set began, singer Spencer Sotello took to the stage with roars echoing through the crowd. Sotello told the crowd, “So this is how tonight is going to go. I’m gonna do the screaming parts, but I need you all to do the singing.” The fans did just that, from the set’s first song “Reptile” through until the very end of the show, Periphery fans screamed the lyrics at the top of their lungs. Spencer, who was still ill, belted demonic-like screams, and of course, the rest of the guys made the set sound like perfection with driving guitar riffs and heavy blast beats from drummer Matt Halpern. 

The setlist featured songs spanning from albums like Periphery 2 and Periphery 3 to their Icarus EP and Juggernaut: Alpha. Tracks included fan favorites “CHVRCHES BVRNER,” “Scarlet,” “Marigold,” and “Blood Eagle” before closing out the set with “Lune” while being joined on stage by touring partners Plini to close out the night in a true tour family fashion. Periphery triumphed through illness to allow fans to experience a one of a kind, highly interactive performance that turned out to be a blast for everyone there. The guys have some time off now, which will allow frontman Spencer Sotello to heal. 

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