Feb 10

Periphery Juggernaut: Omega and Juggernaut: Alpha 2015

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Periphery has persevered since they started out in 2005. Writing and producing all their own albums, they sold over 12,000 copies of their last CD Periphery II: This Time Its Personal in 2012 within its first week!! They were even ranked number 3 as Guitar World Magazines  “Top 50 Albums of 2012.”  The band is currently on tour promoting their newest double concept album, Juggernaut: Omega and Juggernaut:Alpha. These guys have a HUGE fan base with tons of love to follow. However, I have tried several times to listen to this album in its entirety to give it a fair chance, and I have come to the conclusion that  – Periphery just isn’t for everyone. I literally cant find a single song on either Omega or Alpha that I’m impressed with.

The only thing that really sticks out, is the fact that  every one of these guys are extremely skilled – individually. It  just seems like they had so much left over from their last few CDs, that they decided to pile it on and on to make Juggernaut Alpha/ Omega. Maybe its that djent sound they’re trying to make their own or the fact that Sotelo’s pop punky vocals just rub me the wrong way. Many of their tracks start and end well, but are seriously lacking a sense of core value. As I said previously, everyone in this band is so complex and technical in their music writing. Bouncing in between the guttural screams and clean harmonies, even Sotelo’s vocal scale is talent in itself -. But even with that being said –  to the average ear – its all technical poly rhythmic  layering on top of more unnecessary  layering, on top of clashing with scattered melodies.

 A Black Minute, the beginning track of Juggernaut: Alpha – starts the album off so melodically, as if you were slowly waking up from a dream like state. Aahhs and ooohs progress into a slightly heavier theme adding high pitch screams and ending with a creepy Silent Hill type lullaby. Forcing you to realize that you’re waking up to the nightmare that is track 2. MK Ultra… in all its chaos.. –  I’m assuming this is Periphery‘s attempt at mathcore.. I can’t even.. instant migraine.  Skip on over to track 4. The Event to find peace in the instrumentals. I will say, the last song, Psychospere – is probably one of the more decent tracks out of both records – not only because it is the last song  – but also because it is the only song that’s consistently tolerable. It seems within every track, they push one element that doesn’t belong and inevitably ruins the song and the album.

Periphery defiantly has a “style”. Regardless of musical taste, there is no disputing that there is actual talent in the band . But in my opinion, what makes a true artist is some one/ a group who can put incredible pieces together to make a song/album as a piece of art or tell a story – not smashing them up into 4 minute tracks. I would suggest to make the songwriting more listenable: be patient and build something pleasurable.  Or an even quicker solution – become an instrumental band.

I mean no ill will to the members of Periphery, I am confident they will have a very successful career given their massive following. I just personally feel like this band is capable of so much more. AND we shall see soon enough!

Juggarnaut Tour:

01.10 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
01.11 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
01.12 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
01.13 Tampta, FL @ Orpheum
01.14 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
01.16 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
01.17 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
01.18 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
01.20 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
01.21 Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
01.22 Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
01.23 Anaheim, CA @ Yost Theater
01.26 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
01.27 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
01.28 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
01.30 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
01.31 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
02.02 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
02.03 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
02.04 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
02.06 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
02.07 Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
02.08 Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
02.09 Rocherster, NY @ Waterstreet Music Hall
02.11 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
02.12 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
02.13 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
02.14 Philadelphia, PA @ District N9ne

2 out of 5 Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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Tracklist:

Juggernaut: Alpha

  1. A Black Minute
  2. MK Ultra
  3. Heavy Heart
  4. The Event
  5. The Scourge
  6. Alpha
  7. 22 Faces
  8. Rainbow Gravity
  9. Four Lights
  10. Psycosphere

Juggernaut: Omega

  1. Reprise
  2. The Bad Things
  3. Priestess
  4. Graveless
  5. Hell Below
  6. Omega
  7. Stranger Things

Genre: Experimental metal/ Djent

Record Label: Sumerian Records

Length: 01:23:20

Line Up:

Misha Mansoor – Guitar
Adam Getgood – Programming/Bass
Matt Halpern – Drums
Jake Bowen – Guitar/Back up Vocals
Spencer Sotelo – Lead Vocal
Mark Holcomb – Guitars

Links:

http://www.periphery.net/
https://www.facebook.com/PeripheryBand
https://twitter.com/PeripheryBand

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