The definition of Juggernaut is “a huge, powerful, and overwhelming force”. Periphery’s latest releases Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega are certainly huge and powerful, while consisting of a total of 17 songs they can even be a bit overwhelming. Admittedly this is my introduction to Periphery, I never heard much of their two previous albums. That being said there is a lot to take in here. In short what we have here is a huge slice of progressive metal peppered with polyrhythms and incredible guitar playing.
Juggernaut: Alpha/Juggernaut: Omega are 2 parts of a concept album, although I can’t tell exactly what that concept is. I can tell you that it is an ambitious undertaking. The album is full of complex riffs and Djent phrases. I know the term Djent may turn some people off and there is a lot more to this record than that, but Periphery’s main man Misha Mansoor is synonymous with the term. That being said Juggernaut: Alpha/Juggernaut: Omega are very much progressive metal albums. They teeter between ultra heavy and sublime, mixing metal with some experimental elements and even some pop like touches.
I go on forever about the guitar playing on this album but what really impressed me was the vocals. Spencer Sotelo’s ability to go from death like growls to soaring melodies is impressive. Some of the vocal styling’s may turn off fans of full on death metal but you can’t deny the man has some incredible talent. The 11 plus minute track “Omega” shows off Sotelo’s dynamic range perfectly.
If you are interested in progressive metal you must check out Juggernaut: Alpha/Juggernaut: Omega, the production is great and the bands performances superb. Periphery is pushing the parameters of modern metal.