Gemini Syndrome Finishes Off Its First Trilogy Of Albums Successfully With ‘3rd Degrees – The Raising’

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Alt-metal band Gemini Syndrome released its latest album over the weekend.  3rd DegreeThe Raising was released Friday through Century Media Records.  The band’s third album, it came more than five years after the release of the band’s sophomore album, Memento Mori (2016).  The wait for the record was worth it, too.  This has already been proven through the singles that the album has produced.  That is due to the songs’ musical arrangements and lyrical themes.  The musical and lyrical content featured through the rest of the album is collectively just as powerful.  Each will be discussed in the bigger record’s bigger picture here, as will the record’s sequencing.  Each item noted does its own important part to make the album successful.  All things considered, they make the album overall, yet another strong addition to this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums.

Gemini Syndrome’s latest album, 3rd DegreeThe Raising, is an impressive new offering from the band.  Its success comes in part through its musical arrangements.  The arrangements continue to exhibit the richness and heaviness that became so familiar to audiences over the course of the band’s first two albums, Lux and Memento Mori.  However, a close listen also reveals clear growth from the band this time out in terms of the arrangements.  In place of the aggro rock and more nu-metal leanings present in those records’ arrangements is a darker, heavier approach that blends influences of Tool’s dark prog and Breaking Benjamin’s gloomcore sound into one.  Each arrangement is unique from its counterparts here, but the influences are still there.  The changes in the sounds and stylistic approaches are subtle from one to the next, but again, a close listen will reveal those variances.  Case in point is the arrangement featured in ‘Absolution.’  This radio ready arrangement whose contemplative verses and heavy, fiery choruses create a great contrast that is certain to keep listeners engaged.  The intense approach taken in the arrangement’s bridge, which finds front man Aaron Nordstrom almost rapping (believe it or not) adds even more to the song’s interest.  By comparison, the full-on alt-metal approach taken in ‘IDK’ (one of the album’s singles), complete with Nordstrom’s screams against the more melodic choruses is a distinct change in sound and style.  Yet it is still so immersive with its richness and heaviness.  On yet another note, a song, such as ‘Children of the Sun’ takes listeners in yet another direction.  The guitar riff that opens the song immediately conjures thoughts of Pantera.  Interestingly enough, that comparison is only brief as the song progresses.  From there, the guitar and bass line that builds presents an almost bluesy influence in its stylistic approach, even as heavy as the pairing proves.  The song’s chorus meanwhile is a full, immersive melodic hard rock presentation.  All things considered here, there is a lot that happens in this arrangement, but it is all so well-balanced from beginning to end.  The whole stands on its own merits separate from the album’s other arrangements.  Keeping that in mind, when it and those other arrangements (including the ones noted here) are considered collectively, they leave no doubt that the musical content featured in this record is so important to the album’s presentation.  They are just a part of what makes the album an impressive presentation.  The record’s lyrical themes also play in to the album’s success.

The lyrical themes that are featured throughout this album are important because of their overall accessibility.  The theme featured in ‘Absolution’ is a prime example of that accessibility.  The theme presents a seeming message that yes, things are going to be tough in life, but it is up to us to make a difference in our lives.  He reiterates that seeming message in the song’s chorus, noting that “This is our last chance for absolution.”  For those who might not know, absolution is the act of forgiving for having done wrong.  It would seem to go in line with the inferred theme.  He seems to be saying that forgiving others is part of making changes in our lives for the better; that we cannot hold onto anger as well as making the most of ourselves.  This is all just this critic’s interpretation of course.  Regardless, the seeming message is powerful and will certainly resonate with listeners whose hearts and minds are open to that apparent theme.

‘Broken Reflection’ is another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical themes.  This song – one of the album’s singles – is a rumination on how we view ourselves versus how we present ourselves to the public.  Nordstrom talked about the song’s theme when the single was released this summer, noting, “We are all trying to show the best versions of ourselves, but we need to master those versions inside before we can present the perfect image and not have it be confused for something illusory.”  This statement makes sense and hopefully will to audiences.  He is saying we need to look inward before we look outward as part of that process of rebirth.  The theme of personal and spiritual rebirth is the overarching theme of this album, so that makes this theme even more fitting.

‘Where We Started From’ is another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical themes.  In the case of this song, the inferred message (again this is this critic’s interpretation) seems to be one of addressing how we find ourselves in vicious cycles, doing the same things over and over.  It would seem that the song hints at how our own mental and emotional states play into those cycles happening.  It would seem to play into the album’s overall lyrical theme of personal and spiritual rebirth, too.  Once again, this is all just this critic’s interpretation and is hopefully somewhere in the proverbial ballpark.  When it is considered along with the themes (and seeming themes) of the other songs addressed here and those in the rest of the album’s songs, the whole makes clear that the album’s lyrical content is just as important to its presentation as the album’s musical arrangements.  The content overall gives audiences plenty to appreciate here.  When the sequencing thereof is considered, too, it works with the content to show even more why this record is a success.

The sequencing of 3rd DegreeThe Raising is important because it takes into account the subtle changes in the songs’ arrangements and their lyrical theme as it assembled the record.  It also takes into account the energy in each arrangement.  Considering the mood that the arrangements establish (even considering the overall positive and contemplative nature of the songs’ lyrical themes) this is extremely important.  That is how emotionally heavy each arrangement proves.  The themes, as noted, are meant to help audiences relate and cope with situations in their own lives.  The sequencing ensures that those themes change from one song to the next.  That in turn ensures listeners’ maintained engagement and entertainment even more.  When this is considered along with the impact of the record’s sequencing in terms of the subtle changes in the arrangements, the whole proves the sequencing just as successful as the album’s content.  When all things are considered together, they make the album overall a powerful new offering from Gemini Syndrome that the band’s fans will enjoy just as much as hard rock and metal fans in general.

Gemini Syndrome’s latest album, 3rd DegreeThe Raising is a successful new offering from the band.  It is a presentation that will appeal equally to the band’s established audiences just as much as it will to hard rock and metal fans in general.  That is due in part to its arrangements.  The musical arrangements stand out because of their familiarity and accessibility.  The lyrical themes that accompany the album’s musical arrangements are accessible in their own unique way and will also make audiences really think deeply about life and themselves.  It strengthens the record’s presentation that much more.  The sequencing of that overall content rounds out the album’s most important elements.  It takes all of the content into account in every way and ensures the songs are ordered so that the content has the maximum impact on listeners, ensuring the audiences’ maintained engagement from beginning to end.  When it is considered along with the content and its impact, the whole makes the album overall a strong finish to Gemini Syndrome’s trilogy of albums and gives hope for the band’s future.

3rd DegreeThe Raising is available now. More information on Gemini Syndrome’s new album, single, video and live appearances is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Gemini Syndrome Front Man Aaron Nordstrom Discusses The Band’s New Album, Upcoming Tour, More In New Interview

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Gemini Syndrome has been in the news a lot lately.

The band has released a handful of singles in recent months, from its forthcoming album, 3rd DegreeThe Raising. The guys are also prepping to head back out on the road in support of the album, which is scheduled for release Oct. 15 through Century Media Records. Before all that happens though, front man Aaron Nordstrom took some time to talk with Phil’s Picks about the group’s new record, its upcoming tour, and one of Nordstrom’s side projects in a new interview.

Sometimes Nordstrom is clearly serious and contemplative, and at others he gets a bit lighthearted with his comments. The interview is available to read in whole below.

PP: Congratulations on the upcoming release of your new album, 3rd Degree – The Raising.  If I recall correctly, you’ve mentioned that this album is the culmination of a trilogy of records from Gemini Syndrome.  So, talk to me if you will about how this new album connects, musically and lyrically, to its predecessors.

AN: The trilogy covers the aspects of birth, maturity, and death, through the realization of the self, the realization of death, and the realization of rebirth and awakening; A cycle that can be seen in all things in existence.  

PP: Staying on that note, did you all as a band have the intent to create a trilogy of albums right from the release of your debut album, Lux back or did things just sort of evolve from there?

AN: The plan evolved from the beginning. Yes  

PP: Gemini Syndrome released 3rd Degree – The Raising’s lead single, ‘Reintegration’ almost a year ago, well ahead of the album’s release. That’s a pretty big span of time.  Can you offer some insight into the decision to release the song so far from the album’s release?  Were you all just still working on the album at the time or was it something else?

AN: We decided to release music in the way we did mainly due to the pandemic. We had been ready to release in early 2020 but due to the worldwide shut downs we decided to wait. However releasing singles allowed us to get music out there while people were stuck at home without giving away the full album yet.  

PP: Staying on that matter of the album’s songs, you all have released five singles since the release of ‘Reintegration.’  That is almost half of the album.  Do you see the release of anymore singles as the album’s release date nears?

AN: We will definitely doing a couple more singles and videos from this album  

PP: The singles that the album has produced have been met with pretty good response nation wide from what I’ve seen and heard.  What does that support from radio and from audiences alike mean to you all?

AN: Support means everything  Support is the means by which we are allowed to carry on doing what we love  

PP: You all are resting up and prepping to head back out on the road again next month for the next leg of your tour in support of your new album, after already spending July and August on the road.  Is everyone ready to go for this next leg, or does it get easy to get kind of settled in and too relaxed, considering how taxing tours can be? 

AN: I can speak for myself that I am 100 percent ready to get out and keep touring.  We had a really long break anyway and this is what I was made to do  

PP: The upcoming leg of your tour is scheduled to launch Oct. 28 in Chippewa Falls, WI and to run through Nov. 27 in Reno, NV.  It even includes a stop in my home state on Nov.13 in Greensboro, NC.  When did planning for this latest leg start and how long did it take to finalize everything?  What factors played into the final schedule?

AN: Oh not long.  We just made sacrifices to the goat of Mendes and it all just kinda worked out  

PP: Staying on that matter, with all three of your albums being connected, what can audiences expect from the shows’ set lists?  Will there be a mix of music from all three records or will the attention be more on this latest release?

AN: Balance is key in all things.  

PP: Changing gears for a moment, Gemini Syndrome is not the only project that you have been involved in over the past year or so, Aaron.  You’ve also done some work as vocalist for Woyote.  What can you tell me and my readers about where things stand with that band right now?

AN: Woyote is a young project that Mikey Doling asked me to sing for about a year ago   Based in Belgium, We are almost done with a full length and have played a couple shows in Belgium in September. As the timing allows you will be seeing and hearing much more from us! 

PP: Getting back on the matter of your upcoming tour, you all are bringing Ovtlier and Pushing Veronica along for the ride again.  Ovtlier is a personal favorite of mine as well as Gemini Syndrome.  For those who maybe haven’t heard either band’s music, what is it about those two bands that impressed you all so much?

AN: We work closely with PV.  We love what they’re doing, their attitude, their drive, and their music!  They’re like family.  Ovtlier was great to have on the last run and they offer a great show and great music  They’re a really fun group of people to have on the road also  Making the family bigger  We’re also bringing out Them Damn Kings this run as well   

PP: Staying on the matter of touring, live music has had a bumpy road this year.  No pun intended.  Things started out hopeful as the year opened, but as the year has progressed, it seems like more and more tours have gotten postponed or canceled altogether because of concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.  So can you offer a first hand glimpse into what it’s been like being out on the road?  Are people wearing masks?  Have there been concerns among officials and audiences or even bands about the pandemic’s impact?  What do you personally see happening with live music as we wind down 2021 and head into 2022?

AN: Everywhere is different  I’ll say this, the thing I noticed the most is that people were and are grateful to be back out and experiencing live music and people again  It’s refreshing to see  

PP: Getting back to 3rd Degree – The Raising, it will be the band’s second album with Century Media, what with Another Century being essentially a division of Century Media.  What is it about Century Media that initially led you to sign with the label?

AN: A tarot reading I did in the Carlsbad caves  

PP: One last question before I close things out.  Thank you again for your time.  I appreciate you taking the time.  I know it’s probably way too soon to say at this point, but with the trilogy being completed with the pending release of 3rd Degree – The Raising, where does Gemini Syndrome go from there?  Are you already looking at your next album(s)?  Do you think this trio of albums will be the band’s only trilogy?

AN: We are already writing music for the future. I am collecting ideas from the astral plane to write about. I don’t know if we will do another trilogy. Maybe a double album to complete the 23 symbolism. Who knows?  

Thanks again for your time and best of luck to you all once you head out on the road. I for one am also looking forward to the album’s release.

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Gemini Syndrome Announces New Live Dates

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Gemini Syndrome is scheduled to head back out on the road next month in support of its new album.

The band is scheduled to launch its new headlining tour in support of 3rd DegreeThe Raising, Oct. 28. The album is scheduled for release Oct. 15 through Century Media Records. Ovtlier, Oh! The Horror, Pushing Veronica, and Them Damn Kings are scheduled to serve as support throughout the nearly month-long run.

Front man Aaron Nordstrom spoke about the upcoming tour in a prepared statement.

“We’re very excited to be back out in the road again this fall,” said Nordstrom. “It’s a time of transformation on our planet and our lives in preparation for the rebirth of the approaching solstice. We’re grateful to share this INITIATION with all you Spiritual Soldiers on the frontline helping to bring music back to this f***** up world.”

Added Nordstrom, “Our hope is that through sharing our experiences, lessons learned, and battles overcome, that we can help others to examine their own consciousness. Their role in the world in its almost infinite capacity, and to help remind each other that we are ALL in this together. We are a family, and when we are United in our commonality, we can achieve things worthy of the attention of the GODS. If you want to change the world, quietly go to work on yourself.” 

Drummer Brian Steele Medina expanded on Nordstrom’s comments.

“We love nothing more than performing and creating a sacred space for transmutation with our brothers and sisters,” he said. “Now more than ever, it feels like everything is trying to pull us apart and perpetuate the illusion that we are separate. That we are not ONE. It’s all b*******. Give us your pandemics, your Pentagon UFO videos, and your barriers… It’s all f****** noise, but we’re louder and we will rise above it all.”

3rd Degree The Raising has produced five singles to date:  ‘Broken Reflection,‘ ‘Abandoned,‘ ‘Die With Me,’ ‘IDK‘ and ‘Reintegration.‘

The schedule for Gemini Syndrome’s upcoming live run is noted below. The tour comes on the heels of another tour that the band recently ran, and most recently, a performance at the Blue Ridge Rock Festival on Sept. 10. Tickets and VIP packages for the band’s upcoming tour are available here.

GEMINI SYNDROME ‘Initiation’ USA Fall 2021 tour dates:

10/28 – Chippewa Falls, WI – Joel’s 4Corners *

10/29 – Green Bay, WI – EPIC Event Center *

10/30 – Racine, WI – Rt 20 (WIIL Rock Halloween Bash) *

10/31 – Battle Creek, MI – The Music Factory *

11/02 – Lakewood, OH – The Winchester Music Tavern *

11/04 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop *

11/05 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron Works *

11/06 – Liverpool, NY – Sharkey’s *

11/07 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance *

11/08 – New York City, NY – Mercury Lounge ****

11/09 – Albany, NY – Empire Underground *

11/10 – Reading, PA – Reverb *

11/12 – Johnson City, TN – Capones *

11/13 – Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger *

11/14 – Huntsville, AL – Sidetracks ***

11/16 – San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box **

11/17 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey **

11/20 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar

11/22 – El Paso, TX – Rockhouse **

11/23 – Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock **

11/24 – West Hollywood, CA – Whiskey a Go Go **

11/26 – Las Vegas, NV – Backstage Bar **

11/27 – Reno, NV – Reno Brewhouse ** 

* Direct support is Ovtlier

** Direct support is Oh! The Horror

*** Show with Smile Empty Soul, Ovtlier, Sunflower Dead, Pushing V, Tommy Gibbons

**** GEMINI SYNDROME and Ovtlier only

More information on Gemini Syndrome’s new album, single, video and live appearances is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Gemini Syndrome Releases More New Music From Its Latest LP

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Audiences are getting yet another preview of Gemini Syndrome’s new album.

The band premiered the album’s fifth single Friday. It came in the form of the song, ‘Broken Reflection.’ Its premiere follows that of the album’s four other singles, ‘Abandoned,‘ ‘Die With Me,’ ‘IDK‘ and ‘Reintegration.‘

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Broken Reflection’ is another heavy, melodic hard rock composition from the band. The richness of the instrumentation alongside front man Aaron Nordstrom’s powerhouse vocals makes the song’s overall musical content fully engaging and entertaining. When it is paired with the song’s lyrical theme, the items collectively make the song that much more appealing to audiences.

Nordstrom said in a prepared statement, the song’s lyrical theme is meant to address how humans see themselves and each other.

“‘Broken Reflection’ focuses on the concept of Indra’s net. Basically saying that every consciousness is a crystal in a net or web and they all reflect the reflections from all the other crystals,” said Nordstrom. “The thing about mirrors is, they don’t always reflect the image back exactly the way it appears. Sometimes the mirror can alter what you’re experiencing versus what’s actually there. ‘Broken Reflection’ is a state of being in a sense. We are all trying to show the best versions of ourselves, but we need to master those versions inside before we can present the perfect image and not have it be confused for something illusory.”

Drummer Brian Steele Medina expanded on Nordstrom’s comments with his own statement about the song’s lyrical theme.

“Generation after generation we build an ever growing structure higher and higher upon itself. Are we building it on a solid foundation or not is the question. Are we building towards something better? Or are we slowly building a faulty structure that is doomed to collapse?” said Medina on “Broken Reflection”’s deeper meaning. “It’s the idea that we can take everything given to us in this world: Education, Tradition, Religion, Politics, the entire structure of society, and we can do it all right down to the smallest detail, and yet, still not be fulfilled. It’s the idea that ultimately, the only way to live a life of purpose, is to follow our internal compass and forge our own way.”

The song’s lyrical theme follows the bigger theme that spans the album’s songs. Nordstrom discussed that overarching theme during a recent interview.

“The album is about death and rebirth. Finding your true self and fostering its growth so as to help build the world better than we inherited it,” he said. “In the process of this record I made some major life choices. Mainly to stop killing myself slowly with alcohol. Two years without a drink, and a couple near death experiences later, I think I have ample experience to talk about a subject as elusive as death.” 

Added Nordstrom, “Our hope is that through sharing our experiences, lessons learned, and battles overcome, that we can help others to examine their own consciousness. Their role in the world in its almost infinite capacity, and to help remind each other that we are ALL in this together. We are a family, and when we are United in our commonality, we can achieve things worthy of the attention of the GODS. If you want to change the world, quietly go to work on yourself.” 

The full track listing for 3rd Degree — The Raising is noted below.

3rd Degree – The Raising Track Listing:

1-Reintegration

2-IDK

3-Die With Me

4-Baptized In Fire

5-Children of the Sun

6-Abandoned

7-Broken Reflection

8-Sum Quod Eris

9-Best of Me

10-Absolution

11-Hold the Line

12-Where We Started From

13-Fiat Lux

In other news, Gemini Syndrome wrapped up an extensive tour in support of its new album Aug. 15. The band still has another live performance scheduled. The band is scheduled to perform live at this year’s Blue Ridge Rock Festival Sept. 10 in Danville, VA. Tickets for the concert are available here.

More information on Gemini Syndrome’s new album, single, video and live appearances is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Sick Of It All Debuts ‘Beef Between Vegans’ Lyric Video

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Sick of it All kicked off the weekend with the premiere of its latest single and its lyric video.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Beef Between Vegans’ and its lyric video Friday. The song is the latest single from the band’s most recent album, Wake The Sleeping Dragon (2018). It is the album’s seventh single behind ‘Bull’s Anthem,’  ‘Wake The Sleeping Dragon, ‘That Crazy  White Boy S***,’ ‘Inner Vision,’ ‘The Snake,’ and ‘Self Important S***head.’ 

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Beef Between Vegans’ is a heavy composition. Its overall instrumentation and vocals make it comparable to works from the likes of Hatebreed, Terror, and others of that ilk.

No information was provided in the press release announcing the debut of the new single and lyric video. The lyrics presented on screen however, make clear that the song is a commentary about the state of the world.

Speaking of lyrics presented on screen, they are presented over rough imagery of items, such as oil derricks, wildfires, and random cityscapes to help translate the message.

In related news, Sick of it All recently premiered a series of quarantine performances to tide fans over during the pandemic. The band performed new takes of its songs, ‘Deep State,‘ ‘Hardcore Horseshoe,’ ‘Paper Tiger,’ ‘The Bland Within‘ and ‘Alone.’

In other news, Sick of it All has two live dates scheduled for later this month. The dates are noted below.

SICK OF IT ALL Tour Dates:

August 27 – Providence, RI – Dusk

August 28 – Wallingford, CT – Cherry Street Station

More information on Sick of it All’s new quarantine sessions series and book is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Gemini Syndrome Announces New Album Release Date, Specs; Premieres Album’s Latest Single

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Gemini Syndrome will release its latest album this fall.

The band made the announcement July 23. The album’s title is 3rd DegreeThe Raising through Century Media. Pre-orders are open now.

Front man Aaron Nordstrom talked about the new album during a recent interview.

“The album is about death and rebirth. Finding your true self and fostering its growth so as to help build the world better than we inherited it,” he said. “In the process of this record I made some major life choices. Mainly to stop killing myself slowly with alcohol. Two years without a drink, and a couple near death experiences later, I think I have ample experience to talk about a subject as elusive as death.” 

Added Nordstrom, “Our hope is that through sharing our experiences, lessons learned, and battles overcome, that we can help others to examine their own consciousness. Their role in the world in its almost infinite capacity, and to help remind each other that we are ALL in this together. We are a family, and when we are United in our commonality, we can achieve things worthy of the attention of the GODS. If you want to change the world, quietly go to work on yourself.” 

Drummer Brian Steele Medina expanded on Nordstrom’s comments.

“The twist to the 3rd and “final” degree, is that it’s not the end at all,” he said. “Rather, it’s a rebirth contingent upon our growth and lessons learned from the suffering of our past mistakes. A spiritual growth that can only be attained through baptism by fire. A metaphorical, yet very real resurrection — THE RAISING.”

In anticipation of the album’s release, the band has premiered a new song from the record in the form of ‘Abandoned‘ along with its companion video. The song is the album’s fourth single behind its latest single, ‘Die With Me,’ and its video, ‘IDK‘ and its video, and ‘Reintegration‘ and its video.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Abandoned’ is a heavy, aggro-rock style work that will appeal just as much to Gemini Syndrome’s fans as to those of bands, such as Korn, Breaking Benjamin, Tool, and even Machine Head.

No information was provided as to the lyrical theme featured in this song. However, lyrics provided with the video, which features Nordstrom in deep contemplation along with a fire burning (all of which is presented in black and white), hints at someone battling with a lot of past demons spawned from some very negative life experiences.

The full track listing for 3rd Degree The Raising is noted below.

3rd Degree – The Raising Track Listing:

1-Reintegration

2-IDK

3-Die With Me

4-Baptized In Fire

5-Children of the Sun

6-Abandoned

7-Broken Reflection

8-Sum Quod Eris

9-Best of Me

10-Absolution

11-Hold the Line

12-Where We Started From

13-Fiat Lux

In other news, Gemini Syndrome is in the midst of a tour in support of its new album. The rest of its current schedule is noted below.

Jul 28 | Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse #
Jul 30 | Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre
Jul 31 | Harrisburg, PA – Stage On Herr
Aug 01 | Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Aug 03 | Ft Wayne, IN – Ft. Wayne Entertainment Center
Aug 05 | Columbus, OH – King Of Clubs
Aug 06 | Akron, OH – Empire Concert Club
Aug 07 | Louisville, KY – Diamond Ballroom
Aug 08 | Nashville, TN – Basement East
Aug 10 | Tusla, OK – The Shrine
Aug 11 | Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street Collective
Aug 12 | Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck
Aug 14 | Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
Aug 15 | Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad

w/ Fozzy (No Pushing Veronica) †
Rock Fest + Upheaval Feativals (No Supporting Bands) ‡
w/ Eva Under Fire *direct support (No Ovtlier) #

More information on Gemini Syndrome’s new album, single, video and tour dates is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Horisont Debuts ‘Sheldon Churchyard’ Cover

Horisont returned this week with some new music.

The neo-classic rock band debuted its cover of Larry Jon Wilson’s ‘Sheldon Churchyard’ Friday, along with a companion video for the cover. The song is the band’s first new music in more than year, following the release of its album, Sudden Death last year.

Courtesy: Century Media

Horisont’s take on the classic country tune stays true to its source material for the most part. Where it changes comes in the atmosphere that the band adds to the song. Wilson’s original composition features more of a bluesy style sound and stylistic approach. Meanwhile, Horisont’s take on the song infuses its more familiar neo-classic rock influence along with a touch of stoner rock to the whole to make the song a unique presentation.

More information on Horisont’s new take of ‘Sheldon Churchyard’ is available along with all of Horisont’s latest news at:

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Gemini Syndrome Announces New Tour Schedule

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Gemini Syndrome is scheduled to get back on the road next month.

The band recently made the announcement that it will launch its new tour July 9 in Salt Lake City, UT. The tour, which will run more than a month, is scheduled to run through Aug. 15 in Albuqueque, NM and will feature performances in cities, such as Marietta, OH; Cadott, WI and Harrisburg, PA. VIP packages are available here.

Front man Aaron Nordstrom said in a recent interview, he and his band mates are looking forward to getting back out on the road.

“We’re very excited to get back on the road this summer with some great friends,” he said. “After all that the world has been through, it will be nice to be part of the communion of synners once again. See you all soon!”

Drummer Brian Steele Medina echoed Nordstrom’s sentiments in his own comments.

“It’s great to get back out and visit with our brothers and sisters again, said Medina. “Now more than ever we could all use music and human contact to balance out the pandemic, murder hornets & Pentagon UFO videos.”

Ovtlier, A Killer’s Confession, and Pushing Veronica will share support duties for the upcoming tour. Additionally, Fozzy will join the tour for one date in place of Pushing Veronica. Eva Under Fire will take Ovtlier’s place on at least two dates.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Jul 09 | Salt Lake City, UT – Royal Bar
Jul 10 | Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theatre
Jul 11 | Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
Jul 13 | Lincoln, NE – Royal Grove
Jul 14 | Iowa City, IA – Wildwood Saloon †
Jul 16 | Grand Rapids, MI – Upheaval Festival ‡
Jul 17 | Cadott, WI – Rock Fest ‡
Jul 18 | Belividere, IL – Apollo Theatre
Jul 20 | Des Moines, IA – Leftys
Jul 21 | Joliet, IL – The Forge
Jul 23 | Westland, MI – Token Lounge
Jul 24 | Marietta, OH – Adelphia Music Hall
Jul 25 | Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
Jul 27 | Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz #
Jul 28 | Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse #
Jul 30 | Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre
Jul 31 | Harrisburg, PA – Stage On Herr
Aug 01 | Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Aug 03 | Ft Wayne, IN – Ft. Wayne Entertainment Center
Aug 05 | Columbus, OH – King Of Clubs
Aug 06 | Akron, OH – Empire Concert Club
Aug 07 | Louisville, KY – Diamond Ballroom
Aug 08 | Nashville, TN – Basement East
Aug 10 | Tusla, OK – The Shrine
Aug 11 | Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street Collective
Aug 12 | Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck
Aug 14 | Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
Aug 15 | Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad

w/ Fozzy (No Pushing Veronica) †
Rock Fest + Upheaval Feativals (No Supporting Bands) ‡
w/ Eva Under Fire *direct support (No Ovtlier) #

Gemini Syndrome premiered its latest single, ‘Die With Me,’ and its video in March. The song’s premiere came approximately two months after the debut of the band’s then latest single, ‘IDK‘ and its video. Additionally, it came more than three months after the debut of the band’s single, ‘Reintegration‘ and its video.

More information on Gemini Syndrome’s new tour dates is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Gemini Syndrome Gets Philosophical In Its Latest Single

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Gemini Syndrome debuted its latest singe and video this week.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Die With Me‘ Friday, along with the song’s video. The song is believed to be included in the band’s forthcoming as-yet-untitled album.

The song’s premiere comes approximately two months after the debut of the ban’s then latest single, ‘IDK‘ and its video. Additionally, it comes more than three months after the debut of the band’s single, ‘Reintegration‘ and its video.

‘Die With Me’ is the most radio-ready of the band’s current crop of singles. That is evidenced through the song’s musical arrangement. The arrangement is a heavy, melodic rock composition whose catchy, simple choruses pair with the more controlled sound and approach to make it a fit for any active rock radio programmer’s play list.

According to front man, Aaron Nordstrom, the lyrical theme, which adds its own appeal to the song, focuses on the topic of self-realization and discovery.

“23, Shakespeare, The divine wedding of yin and yang… ‘Die With Me’ is an invitation for the listener to come along on the journey of self-discovery with us, which ultimately leads to the death of the lower self and the resurrection of the higher self,” said Nordstrom. “Lao Tzu said, ‘The one created the two, the two created the three, and then came the 10,000 things.’  2 and 3 respectively correspond to the male and female energies. 2 being a single line and 3 being a triangle or vessel. Therefore 23 signifies the merging of the seemingly opposite energies of male and female.”

Drummer Brian Steele Medina expanded on Nordstrom’s comments.

“In our life we have many deaths, and many reincarnations, and these experiences transform us into a more complete version of our true self…Though while we’re going through it, it’s often uncomfortable, painful, and we tend to avoid these spiritual growth spurts because we’re more comfortable sitting in our pain and s***, than walking through it,” said Medina. “So, after we’ve walked through enough of these challenges, we might seek out that person, or tribe whose combined experience could help each other traverse that path to transmutation.”

The video that accompanies the song incorporates imagery that is used to help illustrate the song’s lyrical theme. That imagery looks occult in nature, but is not. It blends with footage of the band performing its new single in what is meant to reflect what looks like the band performing live.

Nordstrom addressed the visual elements.

The video for ‘Die With Me’ shows a different side of death than we’ve shown before,” he said. “Even though we’re all fatally wounded in some way, we’re still performing and extending our invitation. Maybe the girl is performing a ritual to help our souls cross the river styx? Or to keep us animated in our now, dead state.”

Medina expanded on Nordstrom’s comments.

“Our video for ‘Die With Me’ is designed for the watcher to be exposed to certain signs and symbols and evoke a spiritual experience,” he said. “It depicts a young initiate performing a ritual at her sacred altar. The blindfold symbolizes that her quest for truth must begin within. She contemplates time, and she laments death and learns that time is an illusion. She scribes the language of her heart as she cries out to the Universe, (Uni-Verse = The One Song.) And we’re all dead, so that’s cool too.”

More information on Gemini Syndrome’s new single and forthcoming album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Body Count Involving Fans For Next Video

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Body Count wants its fans to help create its next music video.

The band made the announcement Friday. The announcement states that the band wants its fans to create the video for its next single ‘The Hate Is Real.’ The statement adds, the fan whose video is chosen will become the official video for the single.

According to information that audiences can read here, the contest winner will also get a Body Count backstage pass, Zoom call with front man Ice-T, and $5,000 to cover expenses, such as travel, hotel, and food at the group’s next live show.

‘The Hate Is Real’ is featured in the band’s 2020 album Carnivore. The album produced the singles ‘Thee Critical Beatdown,’ and ‘Point The Finger.’

Carnivore has garnered Body Count a Grammy nomination in this year’s ceremony for its song ‘Bum Rush.’ The nomination is in the “Best Metal Performance” category. The nomination is the band’s second, with its first coming in 2017 for the song ‘Black Hoodie’ in the same category.

More information on Body Count’s new video contest and its latest news is available along with all of the group’s latest news at:

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