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First proper video from the Juggernaut double album cycle raises more than a few questions

Periphery Alpha video screen cap

Hopefully by now you will have read our reviews of Periphery‘s new double album, Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega – hell, you may well have heard both albums in the two official streams.

The only thing that’s really been missing from the ramp-up to Juggernaut is the ‘official video’ – but as the albums were released today, that has changed.

The song to get the treatment is, funnily enough, the only one of the preview tracks that we didn’t post about before hand: “Alpha“. Here it is:

As Juggernaut is a concept album, there is likely heavy significance to this video, in which a young man wakes up and plays a mysterious video game which seems to feature younger versions of him going off the rails. Without a lyric booklet in front of me, or access to the album art which Misha Mansoor advised in his recent interview with Heavy Blog Is Heavy’s Kit Brown is so important to the story, it’s hard to say exactly what that significance is, but with time spent and those resources to hand, I’m sure someone will figure it out.

It took me a couple of watches, but there are some easter eggs scattered throughout. The main ones are references to track titles – the guy’s keys say MK 22 (referencing “MK Ultra” and “22 Faces“); the video game is called “Rainbow Gravity” – and that’s just what I picked up cursorily; there are doubtless many more.

To expand on the story, we’d imagine there might be another video or two, which will also likely clarify things. Or not.

Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega are out NOW via, depending on your locale, Sumerian Records, Century Media Records, Roadrunner Records, Distort or TripleVision Entertainment, and the band are currently on tour for the remaining dates of their U.S. tour with Nothing MoreWovenwar and Thank You Scientist:

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

Anyone at their London show on April 1st with Xerath and Red Seas Fire; we’ll see you there!