Periphery mastermind Misha Mansoor chooses Six Songs To Die With.
We have neither the budget nor the imagination of BBC Radio, so we've borrowed from their Desert Island Discs program to bring you our own scaled down version, dubbed Six Songs To Die With. We ask a noteworthy musical guest to select the six songs they'd be stranded with on an obligatory desert island. Hypothetically, said guest will be dying on this island, so they've been advised to choose wisely. Selections appear in no particular order.
Nearly ten years ago, Periphery was born when guitarist Misha Mansoor started posting his home-produced technical metal songs online. It didn't take long for people to start paying attention. Fast forward to 2014 and Periphery is one of the biggest names in the progressive metal scene. The band's last album debuted in the Top 50 on the Billboard 200 chart, and they're widely respected for pushing the boundaries of metal.
: I don't know if I am ending up on an island because of a plane crash, but this is what I would be listening to as the plane is going down, just imagine it as you listen, no other sound. This song is so haunting and beautiful, so simple yet effective and substantial, I don't think I would ever get sick of this song. Jon Hopkins is a master of melody and sound design, and this song showcases his talent in the most minimalistic and efficient way. This is off his Immunity album.
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"Map of What's Effortless"
: This song is from the album of the same name. I pick this song for pretty much the exact same reason as Abandon Window. It's not at all alike other than perhaps in general vibe, but this is another one of my favorite songs of all time, simple and haunting melodies, this time more dark and ominous, but again I just can't see myself wearing this one out.
"Good Morning Kaia"
: This song is just beautiful and is off of one of my favorite albums of all time: This Binary Universe. I would probably listen to this song when I was feeling sad or lonely. It would probably make me feel more lonely, but it's amazing so I would listen anyways. The build up and melodies in this song give me goosebumps; not many things will on this island so I will definitely need this one.
"The Sixteen Men Of Tain"
: I can't be stranded without some Holdsworth, and this song is one of my favorites. This song is also off of his album by the same name. Good vibes, and some of my absolute favorite lead playing over some absolutely awesome chord changes. It would have been this one or Tullio honestly, but I think this song has a slight edge. Tones are top notch too, won't wear my ears out!
: So at this point it's pretty clear that I want my desert island playlist to have mostly electronic music, and it obviously has to have some Trifonic as a result. It's tough to pick a song, but this one off of their Ninth Wave album kinda has everything, good vibes and melodies, and good grooves. I would listen to this if I needed to get pumped up about something, though I can't imagine what situation that would be on this island...
: Gotta have some Jaga on here too. This song is off of their What We Must album. It is beautiful and builds up to a cool vocal part which eventually transitions to this awesome and seemingly odd piano build up which just explodes with melody. I want to see this song live someday, but if I was on an island I would have to resign to listening to it constantly and imagining it in my head. I feel like this song would make me sad, but who cares! Worth it!