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From left to right: Guitarists Mark Holcomb, Misha Mansoor, and Jake Bowen have signature PRS, Jackson Guitars, and Ibanez guitar models, respectively.

The prog-metal juggernauts’ latest is the product of blood, sweat, tears, and a persistent, fierce commitment to raising the bar for themselves—and for djent—that’s matched every step in their career.

It’s not clear exactly when it was coined, but “djent,” the somewhat facetious, catch-all onomatopoeia name of one of today’s most vital and popular heavy metal subgenres, is here to stay. And, perhaps because they’re so well-known as pioneers in that movement, prog-metal disruptors Periphery are making a bit of a tongue-in-cheek statement with the title of their latest record: Periphery V: Djent Is Not a Genre. Of course, despite that resistance, it’s yet another example of their djent prowess—and they’re pretty sure it’s a level up in their catalog.

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The song will debut at midnight (EST) on Friday, April 8th in support of the people of Ukraine.

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On the heels of the MC5’s nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Detroit proto-punk/activist/hard-rock innovator Wayne Kramer has released two new songs and announced The Heavy Lifting Tour in May – all as a reanimation of his pioneering group dubbed WE ARE ALL MC5.

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