First Reaction: Periphery “Juggernaut: Alpha” and “Juggernaut: Omega”
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 10:29:51
Every once in a while, an album, or in Periphery’s case two albums, will arrive and just change things. Its landing will exert a downright seismic impact that shifts perspectives and ultimately shapes the landscape of music, ushering it towards a brighter, better, and more brilliant future in the process. That’s precisely what Periphery stand primed to do with Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega when they drop on January 27, 2014. We’ve been able to dive into both albums from start-to-finish extensively, and that’s our first reaction to the music. It’s poised, yet primally powerful. It’s intricately constructed, yet undeniably irresistible at the same time. It’s everything you would hope from Periphery and so much more after the breakout Periphery and Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal.
As mentioned, this journey must be taken in its entirety. Think of this as Tool’s Ænima or Coheed and Cambria’s In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 for the Keek and Vine age. These salvos will exert that sort of force. The musicianship of Misha Mansoor, Adam Getgood, Jake Bowen, Matt Halpern, and Mark Holcomb simply enthralls at every turn. It’s a dramatic and fascinating background for singer Spencer Sotelo to deliver hypnotic verses and unshakable verses via his potent signature delivery. Neck-snapping guitars will break down into spacey breaks or, in one place, a swaggering almost tribal groove. Or airy atmospherics will tensely build up, forging polyrhythmic guitar wizardry. It’s as if the music is living and breathing.
You can feel hints of this on “The Scourge”. It’s a perfect example of the power inherent within these two records. Moreover, it comes across loud and clear during the blissfully brutal “The Bad Thing”. It’s clear that this kicks off the golden era of Periphery.
”The Bad Thing”
Get ready to have your mind blown. 2015 is off to a hell of a good start with these two albums.
What’s your favorite Periphery song?