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 Debuts New Single, ‘IDK,’ Companion Video

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Gemini Syndrome debuted its latest single this week along with the song’s companion video.

The band debuted its new single ‘IDK‘ and its video Tuesday. The song and its video are the second from the band’s forthcoming as yet untitled album. The debuts come more than a month after the band debuted the album’s lead single ‘Reintegration‘ and its video.

The video for ‘IDK’ features the band performing its new single against a psychedelic backdrop superimposed behind the band on a green screen. A variety of video effects is used to heighten the visual experience for audiences.

The musical arrangement featured in the band’s new single is a heavy melodic presentation. The contrast of the more melodic rock style verses and the aggression in the song’s chorus makes for even more impact for the song.

The lyrical content that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement presents something of an existential discussion, according to front man Aaron Nordstrom.

“IDK plays with the double entendre, ‘I decay’ and ‘IDK’ (I don’t know) to illustrate the Voltaire quote, ‘The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing,“ he said.

Drummer Brian Steele Medina added to Nordstrom’s comments.

“IDK opens the door to the idea that we have to be willing to discard our old ideas and identity to give space for new ideas to grow and allow a more evolved identity to flourish,“ said Medina.  The last thing we want to do is to get stuck in old patterns of thought and behavior. This is an essential principal as we progress through the various degrees of the initiatory traditions.”

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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Gemini Syndrome Debuts New LP’s Lead Single

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Audiences got their first preview of Gemini Syndrome’s new as yet untitled album this week.

The band debuted the album’s lead single ‘Reintegration’ Thursday. The song is available to stream and download here. The musical arrangement featured in the band’s new song is a heavy, guitar-driven work that will appeal to most melodic hard rock fans.

A prepared statement from the band points out that the lyrical content which accompanies the song’s musical arrangement takes on a matter of metaphysics.

“‘Reintegration’ perfectly encapsulates the theme of the third and final chapter of our trilogy of albums,“ the statement reads. “It’s a fearless and transparent introduction to the idea of traversing death and being reborn; ultimately reintegrating with our True Self, and being raised into the next degree of consciousness.”

‘Reintegration’ is Gemini Syndrome’s first new music since the release of its sophomore album Memento Mori in 2016. The album peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart, and produced five singles, ‘Eternity,’ ‘Anonymous,’ ‘Alive Inside,’ ‘Sorry Not Sorry,’ and ‘Remember We Die.’

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

Website: http://geminisyndrome.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GeminiSyndrome

Twitter: http://twitter.com/GeminiSyndrome

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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. 

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

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Fozzy Announces Details For New Livestream Concert

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Fozzy fans have a new live performance to anticipate from the band.

The band announced information Friday, for a new livestream concert. The online performance, dubbed “Capturing Judas” is scheduled to take place at 9 p.m. ET on Nov. 14 at Veeps.com The live event will broadcast live from Madison Studios in Atlanta, GA.

A new documentary presentation, FOZZY Across America will precede the concert. the 30-minute presentation documents the release of Fozzy’s most recent studio recording Judas. A presentation of the final live “Judas” set will follow the documentary, and then the band’s first live performance since 2019.

Tickets, VIP bundles, and merchandise are available here.

Fozzy front man Chris Jericho talked about the upcoming livestream event in a recent interview.

“After having to postpone our “Save The World Tour” multiple times due to the continuing lockdown, we decided we wanted to do something special for all of our fans worldwide who rocked with us over the past three years on the Judas tour cycle!” said Jericho. “So, on November 14, we will be coming at you LIVE without a net, to play some kick ass rock n roll for you all! We’re also gonna tell you some fun road stories, have a few drinks and maybe even do some Riverdancing! So come join us and let’s all celebrate and commemorate the most successful album and tour of Fozzy’s career.”

More information on Fozzy’s new livestream event is available online now at:

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Sick Of It All Debuts ‘Paper Tiger’ Quarantine Performance Video

Veteran punk band Sick Of It All continued its live quarantine sessions series this week.

The band debuted its quarantine performance of its song ‘Paper Tiger‘ Tuesday. The performance is the third from the band, following the premiere of its performances of its songs ‘The Bland Within‘ and ‘Alone.’ ‘Paper Tiger’ was originally featured in the band’s 2003 album Life on the Ropes.

Sick Of It All drummer Armand Majidi talked about the album and song in a prepared statement.

“Going back to a much overlooked 2003 album which has a type of cult appeal to a lot of our fans, we resurrect “Paper Tiger” for the third release in our series of Quarantine Jams,” he said. “We’re convinced it’ll remind you that it’s a caustic punk anthem about all the phonies who only flirt with this music just for fashion. We’re not letting this go – we’re calling em out,”

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In other news, the series’ launch late last month came less than a month after the band published its new book 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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Sick Of It All Debuts ‘The Bland Within’ Quarantine Performance Video

Veteran punk band Sick Of It All continued its live quarantine sessions series this week.

The band debuted its quarantine performance of its song ‘The Bland Within‘ Tuesday.  The song was originally featured in the band’s 2000 album Yours Truly.  The performance’s premiere came less than a month after the band launched the series with a performance of its song ‘Alone,’ which was originally featured in the band’s 1989 debut album Blood, Sweat & No Tears.

Front man Lou Koller, one of the band’s founding members, had the following to say about the song in a prepared statement:

“This track would have the whole place jumping crack in the early 2000s it was hard not having room to groove when we recorded here! One of our favorites off that album,”

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In other news, the series’ launch comes less than a month after the band published its new book 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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Twitterhttp://twitter.com/SOIANYC

 

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Ice-T Scheduled To Appear Tonight On NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show’

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Body Count front man Ice-T will appear tonight on The Tonight Show.

Ice-T’s appearance is part of an ongoing push to promote the band’s latest album Carnivore, which produced the single ‘Thee Critical Beatdown‘ last week.  The debut of the new song  and video’s comes more than two months after the band debuted its then latest single ‘Point The Finger.’

The Tonight Show airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT on NBC.

Carnivore is available now on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below.  It is also available to stream and download here.

 

  • Ltd. Deluxe 2CD Box Set (incl. bonus tracks, beanie, metallic logo pin, poster & instrumental CD)
  • Ltd. CD Digipak
  • Ltd. Gatefold LP+CD & LP-Booklet & Poster (incl. bonus track; various colored variants)

 

Carnivore‘s track listing is noted below.

 

Carnivore Tracklist:
  1. Carnivore
  2. Point The Finger (feat. Riley Gale)
  3. Bum – Rush
  4. Ace Of Spades
  5. Another Level (feat. Jamey Jasta)
  6. Colors – 2020
  7. No Remorse
  8. When I’m Gone (feat. Amy Lee)
  9. Thee Critical Beatdown
  10. The Hate Is Real
  11. 6 In Tha Morning – 2020 – Unreleased Demo*
  12. No Lives Matter – Live in Australia 2017**
  13. Black Hoodie – Live in Australia 2017**

(*) Bonus Track (available on Ltd. LP and Ltd. 2CD Box Set)
(**) Bonus Track (only available on 2CD Box Set)

In other news, Body Count also recently released a re-worked take of its song ‘No Lives Matter‘ from its 2017 album Bloodlust.  The band has also launched the sale of a limited edition t-shirt to benefit The Innocence Project and The RightWay Foundation.

The Innocence Project works to exonerate people who have been falsely incarcerated through DNA testing and criminal justice reform efforts.  It was founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law. According to information on the agency’s official website, 367 people nationwide have been exonerated by The Innocence Project through its efforts, and 21 of those people were on death row.

The RightWay Foundation foster care agencies to help young people who are caught in the foster system have better lives.

More information on Ice-T’s appearance on The Tonight Show, Body Count’s new charity effort and its latest news is available along with all of the group’s latest news at:

 

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Body Count Selling Limited Edition Shirt To Raise Money For Charity

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Body Count is doing its part to help those who have been wrongly imprisoned.

The band is selling limited edition “No Lives Matter” t-shirts.  Sales of the shirts will go to benefit The Innocence Project and The RightWay Foundation.

The Innocence Project works to exonerate people who have been falsely incarcerated through DNA testing and criminal justice reform efforts.  It was founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law. According to information on the agency’s official website, 367 people nationwide have been exonerated by The Innocence Project through its efforts, and 21 of those people were on death row.

The RightWay Foundation foster care agencies to help young people who are caught in the foster system have better lives.

Body Count’s new fundraising effort comes more than a month after the band re-issued its 2017 song ‘No Lives Matter,’  The song was originally featured in the band’s 2017 album Bloodlust.

More information on Body Count’s re-release of ‘No Lives Matter,’ its new charity fundraiser and its latest news is available along with all of the group’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.bodycountband.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/bodycountofficial

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/BodyCountBand

 

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