Periphery Wildfire and Zagreus Kick Off A New Era With A Bang!

Periphery have delivered on releasing the first two singles from their upcoming record Periphery V: Djent Is Not A Genre. After five days of teasing and three more days of waiting for the releases, the new tracks are finally here, and they totally live up to the hype. The new Periphery singles are Wildfire and Zagreus, and both are lengthy and heavy bangers.

Let’s jump on in and discuss both of these singles in detail.

Periphery – Wildfire

Wildfire is the primary single released and the first track from Periphery V: Djent Is Not A Genre. So not only is this one of the first songs chronologically released from the record, but also the introduction to the album in general.

I state that Wildfire is the primary single because it is the track that is first to receive a music video. The Wildfire music video is releasing this afternoon, and I will update this post to include it as well.

Now let’s get into the wild track itself. The appropriately titled Wildfire is an onslaught of a track. It is one of those rare lengthy tracks that doesn’t get old for a second.

Wildfire switches from a heavy banger, to a jazzy jam session, so video game ambiance. I love the progressive nature of the track, and the genre bending is pulled off masterfully across the track. 

Another noteworthy addition to this track are the incredibly deep growls from vocalist Spencer Sotelo. He has teased these growls sparingly in previous tracks like “Flatline” and “Follow Your Ghost”, but in Wildfire these vocals are displayed loud and proud.

Overall Wildfire is a fantastic track and a great way to start of the album.

Periphery – Wildfire Music Video

Periphery just released a music video for Wildfire to accompany the release of the track. The music video is a straightforward performance of the band ripping the banging track in a industrial warehouse. The video is also features with occasional shots of the band playing in a hallway of a dim-lit house.

While the Wildfire music video is simple, I do appreciate the close-up shots of the musicians playing their instruments. Additionally, I love the style of Spencer Sotelo in this video. The band brings an attitude to the shoot that matches the song well, as has me excited for future live performances of Wildfire.

During the jazz-break portion of the song, there is a bit of a fourth-wall break, as the footage cuts to guitarist Misha Mansoor watching a performance of the saxophone being played for the track. This is a great part of the track, and I am glad it was highlighted in the video.

Periphery – Zagreus

As if the dynamic seven-minute Wildfire wasn’t enough, Periphery decided to spoil their fans by releasing a second track “Zagreus“.

Zagreus is a different beast in itself. The track is easily one of the heaviest Periphery songs out there, without sacrificing the progressive and melodic elements the band excels so well at.

Despite how heavy the track is, it has a huge chorus. I always wished that previous lead single “Blood Eagle“, from “Periphery VI: Hail Stan“, had a sung chorus, and this time Periphery deliver. 

With Zagreus, the band hit that rare perfect balance between heavy and melodic that make for a perfect progressive metal banger. Additionally, the track is also over eight-minutes in length and it doesn’t get old or repetitive at all.

I can’t decide what my favorite part of this track is. I am torn between the brutal deep-low screams and pig-squeal by Spencer Sotelo, or the fantastically done melodic element in the latter half of the track. Regardless, these two pieces complement each other well, and mix together to form the perfect Periphery track.

PS. Hades fans might hear something a bit familiar in Zagreus.

Periphery Juggernaut References In Wildfire And Zagreus

Fans of Periphery’s Juggernaut double-concept album are going to be very happy with Wildfire and Zagreus. Both songs feature many references to Juggernaut songs such as Four Lights, Omega, The Event, and more.

Some of these references are lyrically, while others are reinvented versions of riffs from the Juggernaut record. I won’t spoil them here, and I encourage ever fan to listen to the new Periphery tracks and listen for these exciting Easter eggs.

As a huge fan of both Juggernaut: Alpha and especially Juggernaut: Omega, I really enjoyed these references and I can’t wait to see what awaits on the full album. I will likely write a full article going over all references found on the album after the full release.

It is possible that Periphery V: Djent Is Not A Genre is a spiritual successor of sorts to the Juggernaut records, but only time can tell if this is indeed the case. The record could also be a love letter to the entire history of the band.

I can’t wait to see what theories evolve as this album cycle is rolls out.

Periphery V: Djent Is Not A Genre Album Details

Periphery V: Djent Is Not A Genre Album Review

Want to know everything there is to know about the upcoming Periphery album “Periphery V: Djent Is Not A Genre“?

Check out this post that goes over the album announcement including the release date, tracklist, and more. I also go over some rumors and information regarding the record.

Closing Thoughts

There you have it! Periphery have kicked off the P:V era with not one, but two incredible singles all in one day! Both Wildfire and Zagreus live up to the hype in their own right, and I am so excited to hear more. It seems like the new record is shaping up to be one of the most cohesive records in the band’s discography.

Periphery V: Djent Is Not A Genre is one of my most anticipated albums of the year, and I can’t wait to review the album in full upon release.

What did you think about Wildfire and Zagreus? Let me know down in the comments.