Periphery kicked the night off with “Ragnarok” and played like a band determined. They used the stage to their advantage, moving around to work the crowd while playing viciously and proficiently. You could tell that the crowd got into them as enthusiasm grew throughout their seven song set that included “Face Palm Mute,” “Scarlet,” “Make Total Destroy,” which was voted 2012 Song of the Year by Revolver Magazine.
Unlike Periphery, the Deftones took the stage calmly opening with “Diamond Eyes.” But the calm didn’t last long. Momentum began to build with “Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away)” then opening chords of “My Own Summer (Shove It)” hit and the crowd went ballistic. If you were in the mosh pit there was no way around being pushed to the front (exactly how it should be). Other songs played included “Digital Bath,” “Change (In the House of Flies),” and “Sextape.” Kudos must be given to the band’s lighting team. They way they spotlighted the band while blacking out everything behind the stage was phenomenal.
When it comes to matching up bands teaming Periphery and the Deftones is a great move. While one band maybe harder then the other, the bands have similar sounds and their songs make good use of tempo and time changes that build momentum to a crescendo. A great job by both groups.