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Periphery digs into high concept on its latest albums

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Periphery did not scrimp on ambition when it set out to make its third album -- actually albums, "Juggernaut: Alpha" and "Juggernaut: Omega."

"Every other record we've done, along with EPs as well, were just compilations of songs, not really having anything to do with one another. Each individual song was its own thing," frontman Spencer Sotelo says of the just-released "Juggernaut" project, which the progressive metal group from Maryland will be supporting with a performance Wednesday, Feb. 4 at Detroit's Saint Andrews Hall.

"We wanted to create something a little different this time. We're always trying to push ourselves, so everything led to this album being a concept record and writing an elaborate story that fits with all the music. I think we started writing it at the beginning of (2014) and didn't finish it until, like eight months later. It was quite a feat, but we're really happy with the way it turned out."

The futuristic "Juggernaut" isn't exactly a linear story. As Sotelo, 27, explains, "We put the backstory of the character on one half ('Alpha') and a lot of the main events that happen later in life on the second disc ('Omego'). It's cool, almost like a Part 1 and Part 2 kind of deal."

Sotelo and company also produced "Juggernaut" themselves, which presented its own challenges according to the frontman.

"When you put that many cooks in a kitchen and everybody is really good at what they do, you're gonna be at each other's throats. There's no way around that," Sotelo says with a laugh. "But I think we wouldn't have done it any other way. It was a good thing, honestly; sometimes you just have to break things down and then put them back together to get the best out of the band. We're just happy with the way it came out."

Periphery, Nothing More, Wovenwar and Thank You Scientist

Thursday, Feb. 4. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.

Tickets are $27.

Call 313-961-8137 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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