[Live Review + Photography] Periphery – Live in Hong Kong

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Periphery 作為 Djent / 前衛金屬家族中家喻戶曉的名字,這晚在香港首次登場更是少數Sold-Out的金屬演出之一,舉行前幾天網上預售門票已售罄,演出前更宣布全場爆滿。不難理解為何門票去得這麼快 —— 樂隊的人氣已不限於 Progressive Metal 的界別,多年來其音樂也收到不同流派聽眾的注意。他們在兩周前舉行的美國格林美頒奬禮也憑 The Price Is Wrong 被提名「最佳金屬演出 Best Metal Performance」,雖然最後敗給 Megadeth, 但亦因此受到非搖滾金屬圈的注意。

Periphery is a household name in the djent / progressive metal family. This night at their debut show in Hong Kong is one of the few metal gigs that are sold out days before it was held. It is not hard to understand why the tickets were going so fast – the band have gained so much popularity not even in the prog metal scene, but also expends the fanbase to other genres’ listeners throughout the years. And their recent Grammy’s nomination for “Best Metal Performance” (though eventually lost to Magedeth) has raised the attention even in the non-metal circle.

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Photo Gallery 現場相集 – Periphery – Live in Hong Kong
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當樂團踏上舞台時,你注意到主唱 Spencer Sotelo 並沒有上台。當你認為這是他出場的特別安排時,Jake Bowen 問現場觀眾:「我們有一些好消息和壞消息給大家,你想先知道哪一個呢?」台下尖叫:「 BAD NEWS FIRST!」他繼續說:「好吧,壞消息是 —— 我們的巡演時間表一直很緊密,所以途中不幸有些成員病倒。」

When the group step onto the stage, you notice Spencer Sotelo is missing. Just when you think that was the way how he makes the entrance, Jake Bowen asks “We have some good news and bad news. Which one do you want to hear?” “BAD NEWS FIRST!” scream from the crowd. He continued,” Well, bad news is – we’ve been touring and some of us get sick.”

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原來Jake所指其中一個生病的成員就是Spencer(希望他早日康復吧!) 但好消息是,活動會繼續下去!樂隊仍盡一切努力完成這個期待已久的表演,因此最後方法便是把這晚變成一個純金屬器樂演奏會,並由台下歌迷代替主唱一職。只要在場所有人都享受這個時光,這也不是個壞主意吧!

One of the member who is ill is vocalist Spencer. (Get well soon!) But the good news is, the show will go on! The band still try their best to make this long-awaited show works. So this night becomes an instrumental concert, with the crowd as vocalist. Not a bad idea though as long as everyone is enjoying the show, isn’t it?

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Periphery Scarlet 為當晩打開序幕,樂迷按照樂隊指示,聲嘶力竭大聲歌唱。各成員以其舞台魅力來填補這場演唱會未能Full Band上陣的缺失 —— 全身傾向人群演奏,作超近距離接觸,近得你可以觸摸到他們的結他,看到每條弦線的振動 ; 各人亦不時切換站台位置,從舞台中間到側面,甚至側邊的擴音器 —— 總之盡一切能力保持與觀眾的連繫。

Kicking off the show with “Scarlet,” the crowd follow the band’s instruction by singing their heart out as loud as they can. The missing gap is filled in by each member’s stage movement – leaning towards the crowd, so close that you can touch their guitars and see how each  string vibrates, switching positions of where they play, from middle of stage to the side, and to the amps off stage – everything they can to stay connected with the audience

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這個專場成為對純粹音樂造詣的欣賞,而 Periphery 一向以技術精湛見稱,所以全晚亦手到拿來。你的眼睛不能離開他們在指板上飛舞的手指,即使死忠粉絲全程尖叫著,你細心聆聽之下仍會留意到在旋律上精彩的層次、突然變奏的節拍和扭曲。相信所有的Music Nerds都會偏執特別留心觀察!現場看到歌曲延伸末段的輕微扭曲,通過弦線振動再放大至音響的效果,實在令人著迷。

The show becomes a pure appreciation of musicianship, which is something Periphery is known for. There’s no way to keep your eyes off their fingers dancing on the fretboard. Even the diehards are screaming the lines out, you’d still hear the phenomenal layering and carefully-placed distortion in the background. Yes, we all music nerds do that! Seeing how the slight twist of notes at the extended vibration resonates through the amps is fascinated to look at.

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樂團最新專輯 Periphery III: Select Difficulty 中的電影氣氛在現場減低不少,整個聲音走向較重的方向,但這也增加了樂器層面上的維度,可以想像得到,如果沒有缺少 Spencer 的聲音,整個Set聽起來會更殘酷。但說到尾現場表演最重要夠隨心、夠準繩,在某種程度上,所以今趟香港至少有機會看到與Periphery其他巡演站的演出。對於他們仍盡力表演可要表示尊重,而香港樂迷們等待了很多年才能在這晚與Periphery一起Djent

The cinematic atmosphere that’s running through their latest release ‘Periphery III: Select Difficulty’ is gone in live, probably the whole sound is drifted towards the heavier side, but that opens up another dimension of these tracks on the instrumental level, which as we could imagine, it would sound downright brutal if Spencer’s vocal was not missing. But live performance is all about being raw and at some point, being spontaneous, so at least we get the chance to see something different from other Periphery show. Huge respect to them for trying their best to make this happen, because Hong Kong has waited for so many years for Periphery to come djenting with us!

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Setlist:
1. Scarlet
2. Luck as a Constant
3. The Way the News Goes…
4. Marigold
5. Remain Indoors
6. The Bad Thing
7. Flatline
8. Memento

Encore:
9. The Price Is Wrong
10. Make Total Destroy
11. Four Lights
12. Stranger Thing

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Photo Gallery 現場相集 – Periphery – Live in Hong Kong
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