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New Periphery album will be a literal Juggernaut

Periphery Juggernaut tour poster

Everyone’s known about this for a while – that Periphery would, at some point, be releasing an album called Juggernaut – because they told us all a couple of years ago. This was before even Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal if I recall, and the somewhat iffy EP Clear.

I don’t think we took the name at its face value though, as Juggernaut will be just that: big. A double album in fact, as the band have just announced.

They’ve officially shared the names of the two parts, which will be Alpha and Omega. The band announced some shows to support the release too:

“We’re incredibly excited to announce Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega.

We’ll be playing songs from these two records on The Juggernaut Tour with Nothing MoreWovernwar and Thank You Scientist!

Juggernaut will be released in January on Sumerian Records , Distort, Century Media Records, Triple Vision, and Roadrunner Records.”

It was initially said that this would be a concept album, which still appears to be true – guitarist Mark Holcomb took to Twitter yesterday to answer fan questions, confirming that plus a few interesting snippets including:

- Both are full-length records

- The story is very detailed

- One is more traditional Periphery, whilst the other is “much proggier”

- It’s a much more serious, darker record than previous releases

- One song features the lowest tuning they’ve ever used

- There’s a track (which they’ve been playing live) called “Psychosphere“, which after an exchange with a particularly insightful fan, seems like it will appear towards the end of Juggernaut: Alpha

- There are plans to release a Between The Buried And Me Colors/Parallax-esque live DVD at some point

As well as an North American tour in the new year (dates as follow), Periphery will be playing a special show at London’s Islington Academy in April, after their European tour with Devin Townsend. Coo’.

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 
January 28 Seattle, WA El Corazon
January 30 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
January 31 Denver, 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 WaterStreet 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

More news on the artwork and the tracklisting is due in the coming days. Expect both parts to be released late January 2015.