I’m proud to present to you Richards Guitar Studio student Jake O’Malley (15, high school sophomore) who covers all solos from the monumental double-disc concept album Juggernaut: Alpha and Omega by Periphery. Jake studies electric guitar, classical guitar, and music theory with Nate Richards. In addition, he is currently working on an original music recording project with our guitar teacher and Rock Academy director Eric Matelyan and our drum teacher Josh Soltroff . Periphery’s guitarists are Misha Mansoor, Mark Holcomb, and Jake Bowen.
In his own words, Jack gives us a description of his experience working on the Periphery Juggernaut solos:
So this is what I have been working on for the past 2 months. I believe I got pretty much every solo somewhat dead on, but I do have a few places to note. First off, for whatever reason, iMovie cropped some of vids strangely, so the top part is a bit cut off in some. There are some spots where I add a bit too much vibrato in places that don’t need it, and places where I didn’t add enough. My amp and camera is kind of shite right now, so the tone may be a bit off. The ones with the question marks next to the composer are not listed as solos in the official tab book, so I made assumptions based off of their style (Alpha doesn’t even really have a solo I just needed an even number). Finally, there is a part in The Bad Thing which I believe is 5 septuplets followed by 12 sextuplets at 133 bpm, which is extraordinarily fast, so I don’t think I got that spot on at all. I’m in the process of recording some demos so those should be out in a few weeks/months, and I have a cover of Siren Sound by Intervals in the works. Also all music belongs to Periphery and Sumerian Records.