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Periphery to release dual albums in January

Wednesday, November 05, 2014 6:43 PM PT
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Official press release:

Periphery, the D.C. based prog outfit whose music Rolling Stone described as "instrumentally vigorous" and whose members have graced the covers of Guitar World and Modern Drummer, release dual albums Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega, on January 27 via Sumerian Records.

"Given the nature and complexity of the Juggernaut story, we've actually done something different and exciting in regards to the release," explains drummer Matt Halpern. "Juggernaut is a story that is told through our music, and we want our audience to fully digest the whole experience. Because Juggernaut is very detailed and dense in terms of character development, peaks and valleys, climaxes and resolutions we've divided the story and music in two, in the form of two separate albums. Juggernaut: Alpha, the first part of the story, focuses on the back story and character development, while part two/album two, Juggernaut: Omega, focuses on some pretty serious and gut-wrenching events, taking you for a thrill ride along the main character's complex journey. Although the albums are split in two physically, the story is only complete when the albums are digested consecutively, allowing the listener to recognize and hear the lyrical and musical overlapping themes, foreshadowing, and connected ideas."

"This is new ground and it's exciting," band founder and guitarist Misha Mansoor says of the band's approach to writing and recording Juggernaut, which saw all six members work collectively for the first time in Periphery's history. "It's a way to shake things up. Everyone contributed to everything, even if it wasn't his instrument. It wasn't about confrontation. Everyone was focused on creating a really cool album."

Periphery hit the road in support of the forthcoming album on Jan. 10, kicking off a five-week, North American tour at Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, N.C.

"We are ecstatic to be out of the studio and touring on Juggernaut," said vocalist Spencer Sotelo. "The band is planning on performing a good amount of tracks from that record on this tour and we are beyond excited to share this experience with all of our fans. It's going to be a killer tour and we feel very strongly about the diverse line-up of bands that we were able to bring together for this."


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