• Mon. Jul 22nd, 2024

Prog Rockers Periphery Have Unleashed Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega!

Periphery - Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega
Periphery – Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega


Periphery, originally the brainchild of Misha Manor, who has worked with Animals As Leaders, is at the forefront of modern progressive metal. Boasting a triple guitar attack that includes John Petrucci’s nephew (how’s that for some prog cred?), Periphery has just unleashed Juggernaut, which they released as two albums, Alpha and Omega.

Juggernaut is a concept album, however, the band, including vocalist/lyricist Spencer Sotelo, hasn’t revealed any details as to what the story is. Normally I hate that “we want the listener to figure out what it means to them” crap. However, with each previous album Periphery have gotten better and better, so I let it slide.

Periphery’s debut was largely Misha’s solo project, with musicians recruited to play as needed. After two intervening albums, Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal and Clear, Juggernaut marks the first time they have written in a truly collaborative process.

The two albums are filled front to back with amazing guitar playing. One of the great things about this band is that even their backing parts to vocal tunes are incredibly creative and melodic. (Their first album was also released as an instrumental version, and stands up well even with no vocals.) There is always something going on.

Juggernaut is truly a unified musical work. Many musical figures appear in different contexts throughout the course of the two albums.

Vocalist Spencer Sotelo is truly remarkable, from soaring melodies to intense extreme screams. Like the rest of the band and music, he just keeps getting better with each release. (It’s fairly well known that I have an aversion to extreme vocals, but Periphery is my exception to the rule.)

Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega are a fantastic collection of modern prog metal, and I highly recommend them both.

By Brad Bailey

Brad Bailey- Guitars and Gear Columnist and Staff Writer: I'm Brad Bailey. I play guitar, write and improvise music, and perform it in front of people. I generate odd noises, randomly, as well as random noises with intention. I was in the Army band for 9 years, with two deployments to Iraq, as well as multiple national tours. Since I returned to Las Vegas, I have released my first cd, Earthbound, and am working on my second, Connection. All of my exploits are kept up to date at bradbaileymusic.com

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