Last night Periphery played The Opera House in Toronto as a part of their latest headlining tour and, naturally, members of the Sound Cave team were in attendance. The opening bands were Canadian metal act Auras and Australian bands Twelve Foot Ninja & Dead Letter Circus. Each band brought a certain style and energy to their performance and got the crowd moving. I personally enjoyed Twelve Foot Ninja's set (check out the Silent Machine album) and thought their melodic grooves brought a nice counterbalance to the heavier bands in the lineup. I was unfamiliar with Dead Letter Circus' music but I thought they had a very unique sound, their live presence has convinced me to check out more of their music. It was pretty cool to see some Australian bands playing in Canada, and they seemed to be really enjoying the experience. By the time Periphery took to the stage with 'Muramasa' the crowd was ready to explode. Crushing their way through a killer set of fan-favourite tunes from their first and second albums, the band was on top of their game. Spencer's vocals were powerful and commanding when they needed to be and the rest of the band's intense yet precise riffing was impressive. Matt Halpern's drum playing was very dynamic and on point and really held the band's ever-changing groove together. And you could tell the band was having a lot of fun, starting staring contests with each other during difficult parts and posing for photos on stage while playing. Misha even had a fan's phone in his hand at one point, taking selfies while still flawlessly chugging away on the guitar with his other hand. Little things like this make Periphery exciting to watch, and it brings a certain feel to their performance for the audience. Overall, a really great show with good sound and an amazing energy from the bands & the crowd. I would highly recommend going to see Periphery live (and the other acts as well) if you get the chance.
- Brandon Consoli
Check out some pics from the show below (and check out our Instagram at @soundcaveproductions for videos!)