Periphery Releases JuggerDoc Documentary, European Dates Booked

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Progressive metal stalwartsPeriphery, who released the double album Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega (Sumerian) in January, have made available JuggerDoc: The Making of Juggernaut, The 45-minute long making-of style documentary is available now via iTunes.

Up to now, the documentary had only been available as a bonus item with physical copies of Juggernaut Omega.

The band recently announced a fall tour of Europe with label mates Veil of Maya opening, in addition to summer time appearances at Spain’s Resurrection Fest and Heavy Mtl Montreal.


Periphery tour dates:

Jul 16: Resurrection Fest- Viveiro, ES
Aug 07: Heavy Mtl -Montreal, QC


Periphery tour dates: with Veil of Maya
Nov 13: Marble Factory- Bristol, UK
Nov 14: Academy 2 – Manchester, UK
Nov 15: The Garage- Glasgow, UK
Nov 16: The Library @ The Institute- Birmingham, UK
Nov 17: Waterfront – Norwich, UK
Nov 19: Koko – London, UK
Nov 20: Muziek-O-Droom -Bristol, UK
Nov 21: Essigfabrik – Koln, DE
Nov 22: Epic Metal Fest – Eindhoven, NL
Nov 23: Markthalle – Hamburg, DE
Nov 25: Sticky Fingers – Gotebord, SE
Nov 26: John Dee – Oslo, NO
Nov 27: Debaster Strand – Stockholm, SE
Nov 29: Tavastia – Helsinki, FI

Dec 01: Lille Vega – Copenhagen, DK
Dec 02: C-Club – Berlin, DE
Dec 03: Proxima – Warsaw, PL
Dec 04: Fabryka – Krakow, PL
Dec 05: Rock Café -Prague, CZ
Dec 06: Szene- Vienna, AT
Dec 08: Backstage Halle- Munchen, DE
Dec 09: Schlachthof – Weisbaden, DE
Dec10: Substage- Karlsruhe, DE
Dec11: Kiff – Aarau, Switzerland
Dec12: R’n’R Arena- Romagnano Sesia No, IT
Dec14: CCO Lyon, FR
Dec15: Razzamatazz 2 – Barcelona, ES
Dec16: Caracol- Madrid, ES
Dec17: Rock School Barbey – Bordeaux, FR
Dec18: Divan Du Monde – Paris, FR


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JuggerDoc: The Making of Juggernaut, the 45-minute documentary that captures the making of the band’s dual albums, Juggernaut: Alpha andJuggernaut: Omega, is available now via iTunes ( documentary had been previously only available as a bonus item with physical purchases of

Juggernaut: Omega.Periphery released

Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega simultaneously in late January via Sumerian Records, with the pair of releases landing at #22 and #25 on Billboard’s Top 200 (#15 and #16 on the Top Albums chart as well as #2 and #3 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Chart).The band recently announced a European tour for the fall with Veil of Maya opening:


Periphery – Juggernaut: Alpha / Omega

'Juggernaut: Alpha'

‘Juggernaut: Alpha’

If I’ve learned anything from the internet (aside from cat’s secretly ruling the world) it’s that Periphery is the worst thing to ever happen to metal.

Or it’s that Misha Mansoor arrived on earth with the sole purpose to teach us plebs what guitar playing should really sounds like.

Yeah, the internet is split like Democrats and Republicans when it comes to this Maryland collective.

Their ambitious latest undertaking, double album Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega (Sumerian) will only strengthen that electronic divide. With Alpha and Omega running 42:55 and 40:36, respectively, ambitious is the best way to describe the much discussed follow up to 2012s Periphery II.

Everyone knows double albums are a tricky proposition. Particularly for metal or rock bands. Us metal fans are a fickle bunch. We love to denounce when a band drastically alters their approach (cough, In Flames) and piss and moan when they decide to stay the course (i.e. Cannibal Corpse’s discography). So the challenge here is twofold: how do you please the audience while keeping their attention for the span of discs worth of material? I grew up in the 90s. I remember Use Your Illusion I and II. Those are not good memories.

Fortunately for the peripherals, Periphery have, for the most part succeeded at retaining listener’s attention all while making bold, refreshing sounds.

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‘Juggernaut – Omega’

Both Alpha and Omega feature their heaviest music as well as some of the most melodic. If there was any common sense (and taste) left in commercial rock radio, tracks like ‘Priestess’ and ‘Heavy Heart’ would have found a home on their airwaves. With that said, be prepared to get your ass handed to you by the seven string attack Mansoor, Mark Holcomb and Jake Bowen bring on ‘22 Faces’ and ‘Graveless.’ There’s also the opportunity in track ‘Omega’ for Periphery really to get their prog going. It passes the 11 minute mark without sounding like a second rate Meshuggah or Dream Theater. Most of their peers couldn’t pull that stunt, let alone a double album.

From what I gather, the reason Juggernaut getting the dicey double album format is its narrative. Alpha chronicles the birth and rise of our protagonist, while Omega details the trials and tribulations of said character. And quite frankly, I didn’t follow the narrative. While I can certainly appreciate them taking the creative chance, it feels a bit unnecessary. By eliminating the narrative and trimming some of the instrumental interludes on the first half, it is very possible to have all the great music on one disc as opposed to two. But that’s really more of a nitpick.

A few years back I felt Periphery seemed on track to become the new Killswitch Engage. That analogy still fits. Much like Killswitch shed itself of the metalcore stigma, Periphery, through strong songwriting and not playing it safe, have successfully shaken any association with djent. Now that they can’t be pigeonholed to djent or the “Sumerian sound” it leaves Periphery open to be viewed for what they truly are, a brilliant metal band.

Who cares what the internet says.



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Periphery Premiere New Song, Plot Juggernaut Album and Tour

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Progressive metal manics Periphery premiered a new song today, ’22 Faces’, in anticipation of their ambitious double-album dropping in early 2015 on Sumerian Records. In addition to a flurry of activity to promote Juggernaut, the band is hitting the road with Nothing More, Wovenwar and Thank You Scientist.



Official Press Release:

WASHINGTON,Dec. 15, 2014– Periphery, the DC-based sextet that Revolver Magazine recently said “stand at the vanguard of a new, and thoroughly modern, musical movement”, premiere the new song “22 Faces” via Rolling Stone


Digital pre-orders for the band’s forthcoming dual album releases, Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega, are available today ( with instant downloads offered for “The Scourge,” “The Bad Thing” and “22 Faces.” Physical pre-order bundles are available now via The physical release of Juggernaut: Omega will be packaged with The JuggerDoc, a documentary on the making of the two albums.

“’22 Faces’ is a track off of Juggernaut: Alpha that I happen to be super proud of. One minute it is ambient and pretty, and the next minute it is assaulting you from every which way,” sing Spencer Sotelo explained to Rolling Stone. “This track also goes right to the heart of the Juggernaut story and gives a good look at some of the conflicts that the main character has to endure.”

Periphery documented the recording process for the ambitious, two album release and is releasing footage as a series of webisodes via Sumerian Records’ YouTube page ( Clips featuring drummer Matt Halpern and guitar player Jake Bowen have surfaced with four more installments to come, the next arriving onDec. 21and profiling guitar player Mark Holcomb’s work on the albums.

A five-week tour kicks off on Jan. 10at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, N.C. A video teaser for the tour, which includes openers for the upcoming tour are Nothing More, Wovenwar and Thank You Scientist, is available here: Tickets are on-sale now with VIP packages available via

Confirmed dates are as follows:

January 10 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle

January 11 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore

January 12 Atlanta, GA Masquerade

January 13 Tampa, FL Orpheum

January 14 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live

January 16 New Orleans, LA House of Blues

January 17 Houston, TX House of Blues

January 18 Dallas, TX House of Blues

January 20 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre

January 21 Phoenix, AZ Club Red

January 22 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues

January 23 Anaheim, CA Yost Theater

January 26 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore

January 27 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater

January 28 Seattle, WA El Corazon

January 31Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
February 2 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater

February 3 Chicago, IL House of Blues

February 4 Detroit, MI St. Andrew’s Hall

February 6 Toronto, ON Opera House

February 7 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre

February 8 Albany, NY Upstate Concert Hall

February 9 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall

February 11 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club

February 12 New York, NY Irving Plaza

February 13 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore

February 14 Philadelphia, PA District N9ne

April 25 – 26 Jacksonville, FL Welcome to Rockville Festival

May 15 -17 Columbus, OH Rock on the Range