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Periphery share another new track – this time from Juggernaut: Omega

Periphery - Juggernaut Omega album art

Sometimes you have to laugh at the wisdom of your friends. Writing about music, I have to try and consume a lot of different stuff, so I tend to miss a some of the less ‘newsworthy’ pieces of media bands put out – things like playthrough videos, tour updates, and the like.

One of my friends follows Periphery relatively closely – he has a big boner for Mark Holcomb and pretty much anything the guy plays – and a couple of weeks ago when we were hanging out, he showed me this fairly in-depth video from February this year, for Top Secret Audio, of bandmate Misha Mansoor giving his top tips for recording your own guitars at home for. Throughout the course of this video, Misha plays one specific riff pattern that, once you’ve heard it a few times, nestles itself in your head.

My friend also said to me “I bet you this is material for a new Periphery song.”

Oh hey, look guys, a new Periphery song!

Well whadda ya know?

The Bad Thing” is the first new material we’ve heard from Juggernaut: Omega, one of the two forthcoming Periphery albums. We’d already heard “The Scourge from Juggernaut: Alpha, so it comes as no surprise to hear a taste of this record too.

It’s not the most barnstorming Periphery track ever – the rhythms are fairly comfortable territory for them, but it’s lush and big, and as ever Spencer Sotelo’s vocals are powerful and evocative. Of note, there’s a cool little solo about 3/4 of the way through, which is likely to please those with a penchant for noodlage.

Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega are out January 23rd in Australia via Roadrunner Records, January 26th in Europe/ theUK via Century Media Records, and through Sumerian Records/Distort/TripleVision Entertainment in the USA, Canada and Japan the 27th.

Periphery are touring North America in the new year, taking Nothing MoreWovenwar and Thank You Scientist with them – dates below – followed by a European stint with Devin Townsend, as well as a special show in London next April.

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