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Fans of Periphery are eagerly counting down the days until the band release their brand new album Periphery IV: Hail Stan. Well we here at HEAVY Mag couldn’t wait any longer so we decided to sit down with drummer Matt Halpern to chat about what the band were aiming to do with this album.

“I think they can expect an aggressive record – a very heavy record,” says Halpern when we talk about the band’s fans can expect from this album. “I think they can expect an album that shows a lot of emotion and whole lot of different feelings that we have all poured into the nine songs that you are going to hear on Hail Stan. I think it is a true snapshot of where we are as people, as musicians and as a band as a whole.”

“I think this is the album that we really wanted to do,” he explains as we talk about just how much feelings went into each track. “You know before we made this album we decided to take as much time off touring as we needed. We gave ourselves a year but we told ourselves that if we needed longer that was okay because we would simply take as much time as we needed to really put our honest selves into this record without feeling any outward pressure, so I think what you are getting is a truly uninhibited and pressure free injection of our feelings with this album. And all we really did was give ourselves the time and the space to decide what we wanted it to sound like… we wrote this album for us in every sense of the way. This was an album that we wanted to give ourselves as a bit of a gift and as a reward for giving ourselves that time off. I think you end up hearing a very honest perception of that.”


You can listen to our full Periphery interview on Spotify.

Periphery IV: Hail Stan will be out through Roadrunner Records on the 5th April.


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