Maryland-based experimental, progressive metal band Periphery has announced the addition of guitarist Mark Holcomb to the group's ranks. Holcomb previously had a project with Periphery axeman Misha Mansoor called Haunted Shores and was the fill-in guitarist on Periphery "Frak The Gods" tour.
Commented Mansoor: "We are happy to announce that Mark Holcomb will be joining the Periphery ranks as a full-time guitarist! He toured with with us our headlining run of Australia, our 'Frak The Gods' U.S. headliner and our two shows opening for Dream Theater and we feel that we have found a perfect fit for us both live and in the studio. We are extremely excited to have him on board, and can't
wait to show you all the cool new music we have been working on together!
"Since we made arrangements for the tour before Mark was inducted, our good friend Nolly (Red Seas Fire) will be filling in on the European tour opening for Dream Theater. However that will be the last tour we do with a fill-in guitarist, as Mark will join on full time after that!"
Added bassist Thomas Murphy: "The most important thing about a band is the chemistry between its members. We've all known Mark for years and are very proud to announce him as our newest member. Not only is he an amazing writer and guitarist, but also an amazing person. We can't wait to see what the future holds for the band now that he has joined."
Stated Holcomb: "I couldn't be more excited as not only have these guys been great friends of mine for a long time but I consider every last one of them musical siblings in a sense. Each of us brings something different to the table and I can't wait to see what we can accomplish."
Periphery will be direct support for Dream Theater throughout Europe from January 23 through February 26.
Periphery released a new EP, Icarus Lives, on April 19 via Sumerian Records. This CD features a brand new unreleased track, a series of remixes and video clips.
Periphery's self-titled debut album sold around 4,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 128 on the Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at No. 2 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.