Dream Theater and Devin Townsend Inspired Periphery's New Album

. (Prog) Periphery guitarist Misha Mansoor says his love of concept albums by Dream Theater and Devin Townsend helped inspire his band's Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega twin releases.

Launched last week via Century Media, the project follows 2012's Periphery II: This Time It's Personal and 2014's Clear EP. Mansoor - who received the Dimebag Darrell Shredder Award at the 2014 Metal Hammer Golden Gods - tells Ultimate Guitar: "Some of my favorite albums are concept records. Like Dream Theater's Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory, for example. That's just such an awesome record. It's one of my favorite albums ever and I love the use of themes. And a lot of the stuff Devin Townsend does also has a lot of really cool use of themes.

"It's a way to look at an album differently in my opinion. It's a way to look at it rather than a collection of really cool songs, now it's one entity and the songs representing that entity and working within that."

He believes Periphery found a chance to reinvent their creative process through the Juggernaut concept. "It gave us a chance to be more theatrical and adventurous," he says. "I think it was a way to shake up our process, which I didn't want to become routine." Read more here.

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