Periphery
Juggernaut: Omega


4.0
excellent

Review

by gordodustin USER (12 Reviews)
January 23rd, 2015 | 25 replies


Release Date: 01/27/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: More vocal confidence, heavy and melodic guitars, and more mature subject matter makes this album stand out.

Periphery have seen more attention on Sputnik than any other band in their genre by far. Whether negative or not, they must be doing something right. The fans can't get enough, and the haters can't stop taking time out of their day to bash them for being "a rip-off of Meshuggah" and "a sub-par version of Protest the Hero". The fact is, Periphery are clearly influenced by other artists. Hell, every band is. Whatever your opinion of Periphery, they have clearly opened a new gateway for future bands to follow in the djent world.

Periphery stands out amongst other artists in the djent category because they do so much more than that genre expects. They are progressive and seem to push themselves every time they release new material, which seems to be a problem for many bands who just find a good sound and stick to it for the next 5 albums. Every member has stepped it up here, the most noticeable being Spencer Sotelo. The hollow, throaty screams of Periphery I don't exist here. Spencer is back with deeper growls, higher shrieks, and just an overall better tone. His clean vocals are continuing to show improvement as well. He hits the listener with some surprises that include some really amazing falsetto in Stranger Things and multiple quick changes between clean and harsh vocals that really showcase his confidence in switching between the two. Spencer's cleans are noticeably poppier this time around, and will turn anyone away that was on the fence about his voice. However, Spencer is essentially a pop singer gone metal, so it actually seems to add to the album because it feels like he's finally embracing his natural style.

Instrumentally, this is still djent at it's core. 7 strings are prevalent and low tuned throughout the album. However, there are still a few standout moments in Omega that are worth talking about. For starters, all of the soloing in Juggernaut is superb. In fact, it's possibly the best soloing the band has done to date. What makes them stand out is the choice of clean tone while doing so. As heavy as some of these tracks get, the solo's seem to keep them reeled in with a real sense of melody. They are fairly lengthy, especially when compared to most of their older lead work, and give the songs such a great contrast to what the rhythm guitars are doing. Another thing that Omega sees in excess is the use of harmonic scales. In just one listen, it is easy to pick out multiple bad ass harmonic licks that give some groove and melody to the heavy down-tuned riffs. The drums are fantastic as always. Odd time signatures and complex fills continue to showcase what makes Matt Halpern one of the best modern drummers in the metal world. The bass doesn't get a lot of time to shine, but that's to be expected with the style of music for the most part. Although it would have been nice to hear a couple bass solo's, as Nolly has quite a bit of talent and really needs to start showing it off.

The only thing about Juggernaut that is somewhat frustrating is that it's a concept album that is trying to tell a story, yet after multiple listens, the listener will still be scratching his head trying to figure out what the story is about. Although most of the lyrics in the album are well done, they are vague and don't paint a very clear picture of what the band is trying to tell us. Luckily, the album will come with a graphic novel upon release, which will hopefully clear up some confusion.

As a whole, Periphery has really stepped up their game with this record. The subject matter is more mature, the vocals are more confident. The guitars are heavier, and its variety far exceeds that of Periphery 1&2. Hopefully, Misha will continue to lead them down this path of maturity and we will continue to see them grow as a band. If so, they have a long future ahead of them.

Recommended Tracks:
Hell Below
Omega
Stranger Things



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ExplosiveOranges CONTRIBUTOR (3.5)
The closest thing to a Juggernaut between the two albums....

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Juggernaut, Pt. 2: Return to roots...

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Periphery is as Periphery does....

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Comments:Add a Comment 
Durrzo
January 23rd 2015


1475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stranger Things may very well be my favorite track from them, from any album. Such a strong closer and just

a really well crafted song in all areas. I might end up bumping this up to a 4.5 if it grows on me any more,

which it very well could considering I have't had the chance to listen to it with my high quality headphones

and equalizer settings of choice yet.

BassDemon333
January 23rd 2015


3434 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is the better of the two records for sure. The Bad Thing and Hell Below rule, especially the latter with those crushing riffs it has.

JokineAugustus
January 23rd 2015


8618 Comments


crushing riffs in a periphery thread lol

ExplosiveOranges
Contributing Reviewer
January 23rd 2015


4408 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm sorry, but that intro is...... Oh God. This review needs a lot of work based off of that alone. Won't neg, but dude, try proofreading first instead of posting a review in such a hurry.

Nocturnalize
January 23rd 2015


2463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Far from the best review I've read but definitely not the worst have a pos



Is this album streaming somewhere? Cuz if not bye bye review



As for this album I gotta say I love it way too much hate for the bad thing which has riff of the year written all over it

Tunaboy45
January 23rd 2015


15609 Comments


Summary is rather awkward

Digging: Converge - The Dusk in Us

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
January 23rd 2015


16793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Instrumentally, this is still 'djent' at it's core. 7 strings are prevalent throughout the tracks, aside from 'The Bad Thing' which is played on a 6 string.




There's more to 7-string guitars than just playing this genre

Digging: Tame Impala - Currents B-Sides & Remixes

Omeggia
January 23rd 2015


193 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I get the feeling that someone told Spence to do whatever the hell he liked on these albums which was a terrible decision

His vocals were never this overblown or annoying

OwMySnauze
January 23rd 2015


1683 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

So disappointed with these two albums. There's nothing too exciting about these tracks and the "overblown" vocals just kills these songs. Misha needs to take charge again over the song writing. Bowen needs to bring back his electronic effects. And Spencer needs to tone the vocals way down. I really enjoyed PI and PII but everything after has been crap every since that abomination Clear EP

climactic
January 23rd 2015


22300 Comments


There's more to 7-string guitars than just playing this genre

he never implied otherwise...?

XfingTheSullen
January 23rd 2015


4095 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Is it really so good? and so much better than alpha?

Diglett
January 23rd 2015


1607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

staff review pls

Durrzo
January 23rd 2015


1475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ Insurrection review part two where

Tunaboy45
January 23rd 2015


15609 Comments


The vocals are the reason I can't enjoy anything from this band really

Nocturnalize
January 23rd 2015


2463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off



Is it really so good? and so much better than alpha



Yes. It is.

gordodustin
January 24th 2015


219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@spookynewghostfriend I wrote this review late last night and should have done it earlier when I wasn't so tired. I reread it this morning and noticed a few errors myself. I've fixed most of the ones you noted and reworded some sentences as well. Hopefully it flows a little better. I'm still pretty inexperienced writing reviews so I'm thankful for the criticism on it.

gordodustin
January 24th 2015


219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@spookynewghostfriend Thanks again. I changed those mistakes as well. Will definitely start doing that for future reviews. Thanks again for the feedback!

DatBeefPudding
January 24th 2015


1866 Comments


if i liked only PI will i enjoy this album?

i fear the bands sound is too centered around spencer and i was never really a fan of him to begin with...

gordodustin
January 24th 2015


219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@DatBeefPudding if you've always hated Spencers voice then these vocals won't do it for you. But if you can get through his cleans the screams are definitely worth it

beefshoes
January 24th 2015


6885 Comments


ugh

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