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Alright folks, you already know what this is about: Periphery, one of the most vocal bands in recent years, are finally nearing release of their epic Juggernaut. Prior to its release, in good modern-day fashion, the band are streaming the album in two beats; one for Alpha, already on the air since yesterday, and now for Omega as well, the closer to the double album. Head on over the jump and bring ear plugs: this is their heaviest work yet.

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periphery alpha

With just over a week until its release, Periphery and Sumerian Records have moved forward with streaming the first half of the band’s two-part Juggernaut epic, Alpha. Longtime fans of the band will without a doubt be enamored with Juggernaut; even some Heavy Blog staff members who were less than thrilled with Periphery II are touting Juggernaut as being some of the band’s best work to date. But don’t take our word for it; stream Alpha below, as presented by Loudwire.

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Periphery – Juggernaut

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Few bands in modern progressive metal have been able to amass the level of both success and acclaim with only two albums quite like Periphery. The Washington D.C.-native six piece essentially laid down the groundwork for the “djent” style and production techniques that would be ripped off for years to come. They did this with their self-titled debut and then introduced a healthy amount of pop influence and added melodicism with their comically-titled 2012 follow-up, Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal. After a relentless touring schedule, the release of the experimental Clear EP last January, and a truckload of internet buzz behind their new double album, Juggernaut was poised to be the band’s make-or-break moment. Not only has Periphery retained practically every facet of their sound in albums past, they’ve now delivered their darkest and heaviest material to date, as well as one of the most dynamic prog-metal albums in the past few years.

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thank you scientist

New Jersey’s Thank You Scientist are one of the most exciting young bands in music today. Blending classical and jazz elements with aspects of progressive rock and metal, the group is turning heads and rapidly building a following. With the guys currently on tour with Periphery, Wovenwar and Nothing More, I had the chance to catch the show on January 11th in Charlotte, NC at The Fillmore. After a stellar set featuring both old and new songs, I sat down with the band to talk about their upcoming album amongst other things. Here’s what they had to say:

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On January 10th, 2015, progressive metal heavyweights Periphery came to Carrboro, NC to play at Cat’s Cradle in support of their upcoming double-album, Juggernaut: Alpha & Omega. This was the first date of their tour with support from Nothing More, Wovenwar, and Thank You Scientist, and was also the first time the band has begun performing new material like “The Bad Thing,” “The Scourge,” “Alpha,” and more. I got a chance to speak with the three guitarists of the band, Misha Mansoor, Mark Holcomb and Jake Bowen about the structuring of the album, the politics of picking tours, how album reviews should be done, and much more!

So this is the first night of touring in support of your new album Juggernaut, which I’m really hyped on after hearing it a bunch over the past week. Didn’t the album start off as a story and then the music came with it?

Misha: It’s all kind of together. Juggernaut to us was just the idea to do a concept, and it’s been many things throughout the years. At one point in time it was going to be our first album. “Icarus [Lives!]” was supposed to be on Juggernaut, and there were a bunch of themes going with that initially. It was this hyped thing, but I think we all got in a room after Clear and when we were touring. We were talking about what we envisioned it to be. I think we all were saying we want dark, epic, theatrical, ambient…that kind of stuff, which was a very different vibe from Periphery II. That was more notey and upbeat and playful.

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Periphery Juggernaut Alpha

With these consistent song releases, Periphery may just end up streaming the Juggernaut albums in full before the end of the week. Until then, we have the title track from the first Juggernaut album, Juggernaut: Alpha. It doesn’t disappoint, either. Get ready for pure riffery following the jump.

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We’re really bad at breaks, in case you hadn’t noticed yet. We just love music too much, especially when it’s excellent instrumental music. This past year has been great for instrumental releases and it appears that 2015 is not looking to be any different. Here to kick us off is NOK NOVUMa darkly ambient, fanatically progressive outfit, with their single ‘Shiryō’. What you need to know: it was mixed by Adam “Nolly” Getgood of Periphery fame, it has a guess spot by Emil Werstler of Daath/Chimaira at around the two minute mark and it will have you licking your fingers from aural goodness. For crying out loud, head on over the jump already and listen for yourself!

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hype-2015

We know 2014 is not over yet but you’ll forgive us if we gaze past its dying moments and into the bright flame that is 2015 (wow, that was metal as fuck). A lot of us honestly believe that we are living in a Golden Age of Metal, going by number AND quality of releases in the past 3-4 or years. Keeping that in mind, it seems as if 2015 is gearing up to be just as badass and filled with amazing music as 2014. In order to get you prepped for all the goodness that is about to descend on us, we’ve compiled a list of releases we are currently expecting in 2015.

Just to make something clear: an “expected release” is any release which is confirmed or very highly likely. Your mileage may vary though, so it’s quite possible some of these won’t actually come out in 2015. However, we did all we can to research these and make sure that they are either confirmed or extremely likely due to the band being in the studio, signing to a new label or hinting towards a close release. We haven’t bothered with “mythical” albums that might see release, such as Tool (yeah right) or Necrophagist (please). So, enjoy! Head on over the jump for the full list and let us know in the comments if there’s anything we missed.
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Here we are, once again, facing a Periphery track from their upcoming double album, Juggernaut. This one comes to us from Alpha and I have to be frank with you: I love it. It’s so much better than the other tracks, which I did not care for all that much. This has dynamics, it kicks and bucks and it goes places. Head on over the jump to stop reading my two-bit opinion and listen to the song!

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Evans Percussion has released some duel videos of Periphery‘s Matt Halpern going head-to-head with The Dillinger Escape Plan‘s Billy Rymer in a sweet drum-off taking place in a boxing ring.

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