Periphery is an American progressive metal band based in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. They play metal, djent, and progressive metalcore. Periphery is one of the pioneers of the djent movement within the metal genre. For those unfamiliar with Djent, it is an onomatopoeia for the distinctive high-gain, distorted, palm-muted, low-pitch guitar sound. Periphery consists of vocalist Spencer Sotelo, drummer Matt Halpern, and the triple threat of guitarists Misha Mansoor, Mark Holcomb, and Jake Bowen!
Today’s focus is on the guitarists of Periphery and their signature models. We had a chance to sit down with the guys from Periphery and pick their brains a little. We figured it would be best to talk to the minds that helped make the guitars become a reality. They also give us a little look into what it is like writing a song with three guitarists and what not so typical element inspires them.
Misha is the founder and lead guitarist. He endorses Jackson Guitars and has a number of variations and colors of his signature model, the Juggernaut. The guitars are also available in both six and seven-string models. Additionally, Peavey electronics invited him to design a killer signature amp. This brutal amp is available as the Invective 120, or the more compact Invective 20 and of course the matching Invective cabinet. It is tonally modeled closely after the original Peavey 5150 amplifier because it is one of the best for metal period. It does, however, feature a few upgrades compared to the original 5150 which make it more appealing to the modern shredder.
Periphery has become a force to be reckoned with in the progressive metal scene. This is due to the help of Mark Holcomb. Perhaps best known for bombastic riffs and liquid leads, Mark Holcomb is part of the guitar trifecta. Though he is not a founding member, Mark has helped the band carve out their signature tone. He helps achieve the full, lethal sound with his PRS guitars and signature Seymour Duncan Alpha and Omega pickups. His signature model truly stands on its own in the PRS lineup and delivers addictive playability thanks to some unique specifications, including a 24-fret, 25.5” scale length wide thin satin maple neck with 20” radius ebony fretboard. Other specifications include a quilted maple veneer, black chrome hardware, and a 3-way blade pickup switch with push/pull tone knob for coil splitting.
Hailing from upstate New York, guitarist Jake Bowen is the third integral cog in the progressive metal machine that is Periphery. He relies on Ibanez for his two signature models, JBM10FX and JBM27. Both guitars sound even better than they look. The JBM10FX’s Maple Wizard III neck allows for warp-speed fretboard work and smooth access to the upper frets. The JBM10FX features a bound Jatoba fretboard with jumbo frets that bears Jake’s own custom inlay at the 12th fret. Add a reverse headstock for yet another striking element of visual distinction. Lastly, The JBM27’s 3-piece Maple Wizard II-7 neck for smooth access to the upper frets and increased sustain. The JBM27 features a mahogany body with a maple top and a bound jatoba fretboard with jumbo frets that bears Jake’s own custom inlay at the 12th fret. Then add a reverse headstock for yet another element of visual distinction.
Now some people will say that a band doesn’t need three guitarists but those people are wrong! Periphery is a great example of how three guitarists can just make an even more technical and brutal metal band! If you have not checked out their music, do yourself a favor and give them a listen.
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