Periphery’s decision to title their new effort Juggernaut has become that much more fitting as the band have decided to split it into two albums. The records have been relabeled Juggernaut:Alpha and Juggernaut:Omega, with both scheduled for release on January 27th via Sumerian Records. Drummer Matt Halpern explained the decision to split the record saying:

“Given the nature and complexity of the Juggernaut story, we’ve actually done something different and exciting in regards to the release. Juggernaut is a story that is told through our music, and we want our audience to fully digest the whole experience. Because Juggernaut is very detailed and dense in terms of character development, peaks and valleys, climaxes and resolutions we’ve divided the story and music in two, in the form of two separate albums.

Juggernaut: Alpha, the first part of the story, focuses on the back story and character development, while part two/album two, Juggernaut: Omega, focuses on some pretty serious and gut-wrenching events, taking you for a thrill ride along the main character’s complex journey. Although the albums are split in two physically, the story is only complete when the albums are digested consecutively, allowing the listener to recognize and hear the lyrical and musical overlapping themes, foreshadowing, and connected ideas.”

Guitarist Misha Mansoor also commented offering:

“This is new ground and it’s exciting. It’s a way to shake things up. Everyone contributed to everything, even if it wasn’t his instrument. It wasn’t about confrontation. Everyone was focused on creating a really cool album.”

The band have also announced that they will be hitting the road on the Juggernaut Tour at the beginning of next year with support from Nothing More, Wovenwar, and Thank You Scientist. Tickets and VIP packages for the tour are available and can be purchased at this location, dates follow:

1/10 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
1/11 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
1/12 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
1/13 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
1/14 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
1/16 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
1/17 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
1/18 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
1/20 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
1/21 Tempe, AZ – Club Red
1/22 Los Angeles, CA – House Of Blues
1/23 Santa Ana, CA – Yost Theatre
1/26 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
1/27 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
1/28 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
1/30 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
1/31 Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
2/02 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
2/03 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
2/04 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
2/06 Toronto, ON – Opera House
2/07 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
2/08 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
2/09 Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall
2/11 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
2/12 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
2/13 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
2/14 Philadelphia, PA – District N9ne