Best Periphery Songs

The Top Ten
1 Icarus Lives!

Amazing vocals. Guitar is just brutal all the way through. I listen to this song every day. It's simply put as what it is: BADASS!

Very powerful song. I like the riff in the intro that explains the whole song like a tree branch!

So cool, and the drumming is phenomenal!

2 Scarlet

Why is this not number 1? One of the most exciting and fun songs they've made, along with being the song that basically cemented Mark's place in the band.

One of the best songs. It is rated so low because the album is newer, but this song is beast!

Best song Periphery has ever written. Mark Holcomb is a genius.

3 Racecar

I used to definitely think Insomnia or The Walk was their best, but now after listening to Racecar some more, I'm entirely convinced this is the best song that Periphery has on their debut. One of their all-time best as well, it is expertly structured and executed.

The song that Periphery should and most likely will be remembered for in the long run. As someone said already, it's a prog metal masterpiece. It contains everything that one would want in such a song.

Absolutely amazing song! Epic as all hell, and extremely progressive. Great riffs and a killer solo from Jeff Loomis of Nevermore to top it all off! Best Periphery song hands down.

4 Reptile

It's pretty much Omega 2.0 but more groovy and, dare I say, heavier?

5 Marigold

That part where he comes in after the calm with "I guess I'll just leave things the way they are" gets me every time.

This is the first song that I ever heard by Periphery, which launched me into enjoying many more of their songs.

All around solid song. Melodic but heavy. The music is a little interesting but not in a bad way.

6 Omega

The best progressive metal song ever written. Starting out with a well-written piano solo, the song begins unfolding the tale of the Omega. The song tells a beautiful story with an unforgettable climax. It has a soul-lifting chord progression filled with Spencer's incredible singing.

Shortly follows is a depression-inducing breakdown that chills to the bone. Laced throughout the song are odes to other songs from both albums (notably Alpha). Of course, it flows perfectly into the last song of the album, beginning how it started with an eerie and uncertain melody.

The most well-written Periphery song to date in terms of overall cohesion and execution. It is written very well to the strengths of the individual players. I still get goosebumps each time the climax approaches. Give it a few spins if you haven't already!

7 The Walk

It has such great lyrics. It's too bad that you can't even make out what he is saying.

Completely mental, yet amazing.

8 Mile Zero

Smooth going song! A couple of drops, but it should be up there in the top ten!

New song, but excellent. Riffs of excellence and great vocals make this song belong on this list.

First song I heard by Periphery. I get chills every time I hear it.

9 Zyglrox

This song is the best! And this song has too many insane riffs that will melt your mind! Periphery at its best!

10 Light

Such emotions attached to a song. Epic vocals. Impossible drumming. Powerful guitars.

The Contenders
11 All New Materials
12 Erised

Oh come on! John Petrucci guest solos on this track, and it's down at no. 19?

This is a much better track than Icarus Lives. Must be in the top 5!

The lyrics are pretty good with some good riffs to boot.

13 Jetpacks Was Yes

When I first started getting into Periphery, this song was my absolute favorite, and in fact, it still is. Definitely the best song to ease into Periphery.

I always go for the rhythm and tune. My second favorite is "Have a Blast." And then "Alpha."

A different approach, and it paid off. One of Periphery's most popular songs.

14 Alpha

I'm guessing people aren't voting for this because it's considered commercial? It's their catchiest song in my opinion. Let me put it that way because technically stuff like Racecar is by far superior.

Yes, but have you guys heard the second half?

15 Luck as a Constant

The perfect blend of simplicity and technicality. The simple intro, the fast riffs, the vocals, the catchy chorus, and then Jake's epic solo. This song needs to be in the top ten.

Amazingly put together song, amazing solo at the end. The part where he goes "collecting through the sheets" is so short yet so sweet.

This is a top 10 song easily. There is so much variety of music in one song. Plus the guitar solo is amazing.

16 Make Total Destroy

What the hell is this doing at 15? Listen to this song and you'll change your mind. It has beautiful headbanging djent melodies and an amazing clean part in the middle, which makes the song so memorable and enjoyable all around. This is #1 for me.

I'm sure no one has listened to this song. God, what an amazing song this is! Awesome vocals, unbelievable drums, and amazing vocals! This needs to be in the top 5!

17 It’s Only Smiles

This song fools you by starting off happy and cheery, and then as it goes on, the facade falls and it reveals the heartbreak and pain underneath. This is their only song that makes me cry every time.

18 Letter Experiment

Brilliant song! I love Icarus Lives, but in my humble opinion, this is any day better! Hats off to Misha and Periphery! This is what real djent/progressive metal is about!

The middle section where the harmony comes in just gives me goosebumps. And the vocals during the end of the song, well, that's just pushing the limit. And the guitar solo, I love it!

19 The Bad Thing

Just absolutely brilliant. The guitar is amazing. The vocals are badass. The solo kicks ass. This is one of the best progressive metal songs ever made and the band's best song yet.

This song brought me into listening to Periphery. Great balance between rhythm, power, and melody.

The riff at the beginning of the song is the most badass thing I've ever heard.

20 Insomnia

Seriously one of Periphery's best songs. Everything about this screams awesome. It's more complex than Zyglrox, has better clean sections than Racecar (might be considered blasphemy, but oh well), and portrays the diversity of the band in one song, instead of one album.

21 Have a Blast

This song is packed with loads of sick riffs and a sick solo by Guthrie. I used to love Scarlet and Luck as a Constant when I first heard P2, but after hearing the entire album more than 50 times (P2 is my most heard Periphery album to date), it's safe to say Have a Blast is my absolute favorite.

Well, to be fair, I love every single piece on P2. I consider it a music masterpiece that is even above Rust in Peace!

Has something euphoric in it. In my opinion, the best Periphery song.

I'm so surprised this isn't on the list. It would be in my top 3 for sure.

Periphery forever!

22 Buttersnips
23 Absolomb

This song epitomizes Periphery: a Bulb-style, rhythmically complex intro (that is also quite djenty), seamless transitions from heavy to soft, perfectly placed hits by Matt, three unique solos played by each of the three guitar powerhouses, and transcendent harmonies and chord changes over Spencer's lush yet passionate singing. I truly believe that this song is the pinnacle of Spencer's singing (as of October 2017).

The ending, however, is what keeps me coming back to this song so often. Incorporating a massive-sounding string orchestra in a way that I believe doesn't shock metal fans but rather captivates them further proves that all six members have songwriting skills beyond many other djent artists.

But even more, I am in awe of how they made the ending in their own style rather than in the style of classical orchestral music. I am not referring as much to the notes that are being played, but rather more to the entire song structure. The ending comes after a monumental five minutes of "transcendence" and leaves the listener to close their eyes and relax as the song tapers off.

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