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:

Websitehttps://geminisyndrome.com

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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.

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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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TesseracT Announces Details For Upcoming Live Event

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TesseracT will hold a unique live performance later this month.

The band made the announcement Tuesday through a press release. The event, titled “PORTALS,” is scheduled to stream live at 2 p.m. ET Dec. 12. The pre-show is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET and will feature extra, such as interviews with the band, behind-the-scenes footage, crew rehearsals.

Tickets for the upcoming concert experience are available here. Early bird tickets are $17 while standard tickets are $20. Ticket bundles featuring t-shirts, laminates, and posters are also available.

A trailer for the extensive presentation is streaming here. According to the trailer, the concert will be spread across five separate acts and will have a “new set list.” Audiences can stream the concert for three days after its premiere.

Bassist Amos Williams produced “Portals” and discussed the upcoming presentation in a prepared statement.

“P O R T A L S is a celebration of our love of performing,” he said. “Each act is a still from an ever-evolving musical personality. Each song is the conversation you have with old friends when you meet up for the first time in ages and you pick up exactly where you left off.”

“This year has presented us all with an unusual set of barriers to surmount,” added Williams. The limitations of not being able to tour and the absence of shows has focused us towards the concept of creating the ultimate tour production, within the ultimate TesseracT show; Where we explore every facet of our music, and every story we have told, and in doing so create new stories and in some cases commit evolved versions to a medium that will outlast the moment.”

Mike Malyan handed drums for the upcoming concert in place of the band’s drummer Jay Postones. Postones was unable to travel from his hometown in Texas to the United Kingdom due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Early this year, TesseracT re-issued its 2013 sophomore album Altered State through Century Media Records. The record was released on a 4LP/2CD box set. The collection features the isolated instrumental tracks that were recorded during the Altered State sessions.

Tesseract’s vinyl/CD re-issue of Altered State is available now.

More information on TesseracT’s Altered State re-issue and upcoming concert is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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Sick Of It All Debuts Final Quarantine Series Performance

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Sick of It All continued its quarantine session performances this week.

The band released its quarantine performance of its song ‘Deep State‘ Tuesday. ‘Deep State’ is taken from Sick of It All’s latest album, Wake The Sleeping Dragon.

The new video is the band’s sixth in this series. It comes two weeks after the band debuted the series’ fifth video, its performance of its song ‘Never Back Down.’

Also featured in the band’s quarantine performances series are presentations of the band’s songs: ‘Hardcore Horseshoe,’ ‘Paper Tiger,’ ‘The Bland Within‘ and ‘Alone.’

According to a prepared statement from Sick of It All, its performance of ‘Deep State’ is the closer in its quarantine session.

“Here it is the last Quarantine Jam we have recorded,” the statement reads. “We went ‘Deep’ off the latest album ‘Wake The Sleeping Dragon!’ for this one. The heavy pounder that got that SOIA groove, ‘Deep State’ we saved this for last because we love how it came out, the performance, the visuals, the sound! Also the lyrics to remind everyone that no matters who’s in charge they don’t care about you and want to keep us at each other’s throats! Thank you for all the love you have shown these videos and we hope you love this one as well. We don’t know if this is the final one yet. But to produce these ain’t free and we ain’t touring! So we will see what’s next”

In other news, the band also has a book available titled The Blood and the Sweat: The Story of Sick of It All’s Koller Brothers.  The book, published through Post Hill Press, is available through Barnes & Noble BooksellersBooks-A-Million, and Amazon.

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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TesseracT’s ‘Altered State’ Re-Issue Will Find A Very Targeted Appeal

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Progressive metal band TesseracT is resurrecting its 2013 sophomore album Altered State.  The band is scheduled to re-issue the record Friday on an extended 4LP/2CD box set.  The set’s re-issue is centered around the addition of the previously unreleased isolated instrumentals recorded during the album’s sessions.  This aspect will be discussed shortly.  That the band featured the noted instrumentals not just on one, but both platforms is its own positive that deserves its own attention.  The box set’s average price point rounds out its most important elements.  That is especially considering the average prices for vinyls in this day and age.  It will be addressed later, too.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of TesseracT’s vinyl re-issue of Altered State.  All things considered, this presentation is one that will appeal mainly to the band’s most devoted audiences.

TesseracT’s forthcoming re-issue of its 2013 sophomore album Altered State is a presentation that will appeal largely to the band’s most devoted fan base.  That is thanks in part to the inclusion of the album’s previously unreleased isolated instrumental tracks.  For those who might not already know how the creation of songs works, instrumentals are recorded and mixed separate within themselves and even separate from vocal tracks.  The instrumentals that accompany songs’ lyrical content can either compliment that lyrical content or even give that content (and itself) a whole new identity and impact.  The thing is that when the two sides are coupled it is sometimes (actually often) difficult to focus just on one or the other.  By presenting the isolated instrumentals, audiences are able to focus just on the instrumentals.  This in turn allows the band members’ talents to really shine and get the appreciation that they deserve.  The djent nature of so much of the record’s musical arrangements is on full display here alongside the record’s darker, heavier, moments, which were clearly influenced by the likes of Fates Warning, Tool, and Dream Theater.  Simply put, having the instrumentals isolated and available for audiences to hear by themselves for the first time is plenty of incentive for TesseracT’s most devoted fans to own this re-issue of Altered State.  Adding in to that appeal is the fact that Century Media has made sure not to alienate any of the band’s fans in the process.

TesseracT’s forthcoming re-issue of Altered State is a box set that features the band’s landmark album and its isolated instrumentals on vinyl and CD.  In other words, whether a fan takes the side of vinyl or CD, audiences on both sides of that discussion will get to enjoy the full presentation.  The only catch is that regardless of which side audiences take, they will have to purchase the box set in whole in order to get the experience.  That can easily be construed as a negative, and yes to a point it is negative.  That is because owning the 4LP vinyl set is going to be more expensive than owning the 2CD set by itself.  Owning both together is even more expensive.  On the other hand, by owning the re-issue together in both formats, Century Media’s officials are making sure that all of their bases are covered.  Their logic is understandable.  By having the set together in one box  means that again, both sides of the discussion are covered.  It also means that those audiences who themselves take both sides can enjoy the album’s re-issue whether on vinyl at home (or a family or friend’s place) or in their cars.  In other words, again, all the bases are covered, so Century Media has actually done a favor for all of TesseracT’s fans here.  It is just one more way in which this record’s re-issue proves to be a boon for TesseracT’s most devoted fans, and not the last.

The average price point of Altered State’s re-issue rounds out its most important elements.  As has already been noted, the price of the re-issue together in one full 4LP/2CD set is not inexpensive.  The box set’s average price point – using price listings at Amazon, Best Buy, and Barnes & Noble Booksellers (it was not listed at Walmart, Target, or Books-A-Million) – comes to $67.32.  As expensive as that is, it is in line with other expanded vinyl box sets that are available from other acts in terms of pricing.  To that end, while the noted devotees will shell out quite a bit for the set, it is not above the price for other vinyl collections that are out there.  For instance, Motorhead’s newly released Ace of Spades box set – released Oct. 30 – is priced at approximately $165.  It features far more content, though.  Single disc vinyls will run audiences between $25-$30, depending on the retailer.  To that end, the price point for this collection is up there but not overly so.  Amazon’s price of $65.98 is the least expensive, though literally by just a penny from the listing at Barnes & Noble Booksellers ($65.99).  Best Buy lists the set at $69.99.  Simply put, regardless of the retailer, the single pricing at each noted retailer is below the noted average.  What’s more, it is below the $100 mark, making for even more encouragement for the band’s devotees to pick up this re-issue.  When this is considered along with the overall content and its availability, all three elements join to leave no doubt as to why TesseracT’s biggest fans will appreciate this set.

TesseracT’s forthcoming re-issue of its 2013 sophomore album Altered State is a presentation that will appeal to a very targeted group of the band’s fans.  Those fans will be glad to know that there is plenty of motivation to own the new box set, too.  That is proven in part through the fact that the re-issue features the album’s instrumentals isolated alongside the full album in this presentation.  That the isolated tracks and albums are featured on the box set’s vinyl and CD platforms make for even more motivation for the noted audiences to own this collection.  The set’s average and separate price listings are their own motivation.  The average and separate listings are below the $100 mark.  What’s more, the separate listings are below the average price point, making for even more appeal.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the box set’s presentation.  All things considered, TesseracT’s most devoted fans can be assured that this box set is a positive investment and addition to their music libraries. 

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