Violent Idols Takes On Social Media, Its Impacts In New Single, Video

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Violent Idols debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the video for its latest single, ‘Revenge‘ Wednesday. The single will be available to stream and download April 7, almost a year after the release of its then latest single, ‘F*** You.’ That song featured guest vocals from Gemini Syndrome front man Aaron Nordstrom.

The video features Violent Idols’ enigmatic front man “V” in a hallway with a shining light behind him, walls on either side as he sings against the song, which plays over the simple visual. The visual of the light shining on that darkness of the hallway is meant to help translate the message in the song’s lyrical theme.

The band talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a prepared statement.

”This band has always been about looking the monster inside right in the eye and staring it down,” the statement reads. “‘Revenge’ is no exception. With social media we all always seem so caught up in only showing our best selves. But that’s not all we are. You really only know somebody after you’ve seen the worst side of them; yourself included. When you confront the depths of your own darkness, you begin to lift that veil.”

“It’s easy to say you’d turn the other cheek while sitting in an ivory tower,” the statement continues. “But when the blood of someone you love ends up on the hands of your enemy, what do you do? A lot of people don’t like to ask themselves that question. They don’t want to know what the monster inside of them looks like.”

The musical arrangement that accompanies the song’s resonating lyrical theme is an industrial type work that will appeal to fans of bands, such as Orgy, Spineshank, and Apartment 26.

More information on Violent Idols’ new song and video 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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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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Gemini Syndrome Debuts ‘Reintegration’ Video

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Gemini Syndrome debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Reintegration‘ Thursday. The video’s premiere comes less than a month after the band debuted the single by itself. The song is the lead single from the band’s forthcoming as-yet-untitled new album.

The video, directed by Brian Cox (The Used, Bring Me The Horizon, Starset) features the band performing its new single in an enclosed studio recording space. That visualization, which uses multiple colored lights and cinematography, is paired with footage of a person standing before a series of pillars, between which the roman numeral III stands, illuminated.

Front man Aaron Nordstrom discussed the video’s treatment during a recent interview.

“Our video for ‘Reintegration’ tells the story of an initiate’s journey as he travels through the various stages of initiation,” said Nordstrom.  “We follow him as he walks away from his past in an effort to find himself by facing and overcoming various trials and tribulations, until he ultimately ascends to the highest version of himself.”

The visuals and story told through the video work in tandem with the song’s lyrical message, which Nordstrom discussed in another interview.

“‘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.”

Cox shared his own thoughts on the video in his own comments.

“The video for ‘Reintegration’ allowed me to re-connect with my inner layers, distortions and glitches, reestablishing my continued search of artistic clarity,” said Cox. “2020 has been a force to allow us to think outside of the box. Directed all the way from my studio in England, band performance shot on location in the US, animations created in Portugal… this video truly is a worldwide collaboration”

‘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:

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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

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/GeminiSyndrome

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Gemini Syndrome, Woyote Front Man Nordstrom Joins Invidia For New Single

Gemini Syndrome front man Aaron Nordstrom is keeping himself quite busy lately.

Nordstrom has joined independent hard rock band Invidia for its latest single, ‘The Other Side.’  Invidia debuted the single’s companion lyric video Tuesday.

The video features the song’s lyrics set against a post apocalyptic skyline, reminding listeners that there is a need for unity even as the end is near, so while there is a certain nihilism to the song’s lyrical theme, there is also a message of unity and hope, making for an interesting juxtaposition for audiences.

Front man Travis Johnson discussed the song’s lyrical theme in a recent interview.

“With everything that has gone on with recent events, I feel this song has even a stronger meaning than the day I wrote it, love prevails,” he said.

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Nordstrom’s guest appearance with Invidia is just his latest project.  He was recently announced as the new front man of another independent hard rock band, Woyote.  The band was formed by Mikey Doling (Soulfly, Snot, Channel Zero).

Nordstrom himself stressed in an interview he has no intention of leaving his post with Gemini Syndrome in his own statement.

“You never know when your time is up so I plan on doing as much as I can, and I am very excited about being a part of Woyote!,” he said.

Woyote is working on its new single.

More information on Woyote’s new single and front man is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://woyote-official.com

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More information on Invidia’s new single and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at http://www.facebook.com/invidiarises.

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Woyote To Debut New Single, Video Friday; Announces New Vocalist

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Independent hard rock band Woyote made a big announcement this week.

The band announced it will release its new single this week and that it has a new, well-known front man.  The band announced it will release its new single ‘Alternate Reality’ Friday through Intercept Music, and that now handling vocals for the band is none other than Gemini Syndrome front man Aaron Nordstrom.

Woyote founding member Mikey Doling (Soulfly, Snot, Channel Zero) confirmed in a prepared statement that the video for the band’s new single will be a lyric video.

“Being that there are travel limitations these days we decided that the lyric video was the way to go on this release,” he said.

Woyote is the brainchild of Doling.  He is joined by — Quentin Cornet (guitar), Jari De Roover (guitar), Sebastiaan Verhoeven (bass) and Charles Degolla (drums) — to round out the band’s lineup.  The band released its debut single ‘The Hard Way‘ early this year.  It was followed by the debut of two more singles, ‘Way of the Wolf‘ and ‘And You Know.’

Information provided by the band about its new single and front man does not identity the band’s original front man, who performed on the noted singles, but does note that after working with the unidentified vocalist, Doling felt it necessary to move in a different direction, leading to the connection with Nordstrom.  The information stresses that even with his new duties, Nordstrom is still fronting Gemini Syndrome along with this new project.

Nordstrom himself stressed he has no intention of leaving his post with Gemini Syndrome in his own statement.

“You never know when your time is up so I plan on doing as much as I can, and I am very excited about being a part of Woyote!,” he said.

The noted provided information states that Doling and Nordstrom have known each other for approximately 12 years, and that Doling previously produced records by Gemini Syndrome.

More information on Woyote’s new single and front man is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://woyote-official.com

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

 

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Violent Idols Asking Fans To Help Craft Its Next Video

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Violent Idols wants fans to help create the video for its new song ‘F*** You.’

The band debuted the song by itself April 23.  It is featured in the band’s new EP Idolatry, which is streaming in whole through Spotify.  The song and EP were produced and mixed by Kane Churko at The Hideout Recording Studio.

As the band prepares to create an official video for its new single, which features guest vocals from Gemini Syndrome front man Aaron Nordstrom, the group is launching a contest to get its fans involved in the process.  The band is asking fans to submit footage to the band showing how they say ‘F*** You’ during the COVID-19 quarantine.

The footage picked by the band will end up in the upcoming video.  Fans can submit their footage now here.

In terms of its musical arrangement, the song lends itself, ironically, to comparisons to works from Gemini Syndrome, The Veer Union and other similar acts through its heavy, guitar-driven foundation.  The song’s low-end and percussion adds to that comparison even more.

The song’s lyrical theme is an anger-fueled statement to which any listener can relate, and was discussed by the band recently in a collective statement.

“‘F*** You’ encapsulates a feeling that every single person alive has felt at one time or another,” the statement reads.  “Even the best of us still have moments where we just want to let our anger and frustration out and say, ‘F*** You.’  This song is an ode to that feeling, a feeling that need not be hidden inside, as it’s an honest reflection of he internal human struggle.”

The band’s enigmatic front man “V” added to the discussion with his own comment on the song’s creation with his own statement.

“Very appropriately, I started writing this song in my car after getting stuck behind bad driver after bad driver,” he said.  “Aaron [Nordstrom] and I had discussed the idea of him guesting on our EP and once I had the initial seeds for it I knew it would be perfect to involve him on.  Aaron is an extremely talented artist, and he brought a whole other layer of intellectual rage to the song that I would not have been able to do alone.”

‘F*** You’ is the fifth and final single from the new five-song EP.  The band debuted the EP’s lead single ‘Enemies With Benefits‘ Oct. 22, 2019.  The song’s musical arrangement presents a sort of industrial metal sound at its base while its lyrical theme is heavy in its own right.

“V” discussed the song’s lyrical theme in a previous interview.

“There is no hero without an enemy, and usually, even the villain thinks himself the hero,” he said.  “This song explores the schizophrenic relationship between the two and their perpetual bond.”

‘Enemies with Benefits’ is available to stream and download here.

The debut of the EP’s second song, a cover of The Doors’ ‘Break On Through (To The Other Side)‘ followed in December.  The band debuted the EP’s next song, ‘Unscripted VIolence,’ which is the theme song for AEW star John Moxley, on Feb. 5.  It was followed weeks later with the debut of the record’s fourth single, ‘New Religion (ft. K.A.Z.).’

More information on Violent Idols’ new song, contest, latest news and more is available online at:

 

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Blacktop Mojo To Launch 2nd Leg Of Its N. American Tour Next Week

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Blacktop Mojo has announced a new slate of live dates.

The Texas-based southern rock band will launch the second leg of its current North American tour July 12 in Cadott, WI.  The nearly month-long tour is currently scheduled to run through August 11 and to include performances in Jacksonville, North Carolina; Mankato, Wisconin; Denver, Colorado and other cities.

Along with its headlining dates, the band’s tour also includes select dates with Shaman’s Harvest, Gemini Syndrome and Black Stone Cherry.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Tour Dates:
07/12 @ Rock Fest – Cadott, WI
07/13 @ Nikki’s – Sturgis
07/14 @ Machine Shop – Flint, MI
07/15 @ The Outpost – Kent, OH
07/18 @ Hooligan’s – Jacksonville, NC
07/19 @ Purple Buffalo – Charleston, SC
07/20 @ Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
07/21 @ Soundbar – Orlando, FL
07/22 @ Kelly’s Live – Sarasota, FL
07/26 @ Rusty’s – Cape Coral, FL
07/27 @ Crowbar – Tampa, FL
07/28 @ Southport Hall – New Orleans, LA
07/31 @ El Rey – Albuquerque, NM
08/01 @ Globe Hall – Denver, CO
08/03 @ Iron Horse Saloon – Sturgis, SD
08/04 @ Icon Lounge – Sioux Falls, SD
08/05 @ What’s Up Lounge – Mankato, MN
08/07 @ The Annex – Madison, WI
08/08 @ Subterranean – Chicago, IL
08/09 @ The Monarch – Peoria, IL
08/10 @ The Landing – Topeka, KS
08/11 @ Pierre’s – Ft Wayne, IN

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Blacktop Mojo’s latest tour schedule is in support of its new album Burn The Ships. That album has produced three singles so far — ‘Burn the Ships,’ ‘Where The Wind Blows‘ and ‘Dream On.’  The band also recently released performances of covers of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams‘ and Phil Collins’ ‘In The Air Tonight.’  The band also has covers of Jamey Johnson’s ‘In Color‘ and Fuel’s ‘Hemmorhage.’

More information on Blacktop Mojo’s new tour dates, music and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.blacktopmojo.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BlackTopMojo

 

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Gemini Syndrome Announces New Live Dates; Taps Label Mates Code Red Riot For Support

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Alt-metal outfit Gemini Syndrome is prepping for a new string of live dates.

The band announced Wednesday that it will embark on what has been dubbed the “Synner Conversion Tour” starting July 8 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  The two-week tour is currently scheduled to run through July 22 in Mesa, Arizona and include performances in Joplin, Missouri; Denver, Colorado; Albuquerque, New Mexico and a handful of other cities across the midwest.

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The band’s Red Music label mates in Code Red Riot will serve as support  during the tour as it promotes its debut album Mask. Code Red Riot front man Corey Gainsford (ex-Otherwise) said in a recent interview, that he and his band mates were looking forward to the tour.

“I’m incredibly excited that our first national tour is with our brothers in Gemini Syndrome! I’ve known those guys for years, going back to when we were all unsigned bands, hustling on the Los Angeles circuit,” Gainsford said.  “We’re charged up, fired up and ready to bring the riot on the road.”

The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

SYNNER CONVERSION TOUR w/ Code Red Riot:
07/08 @ The Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
07/10 @ Lefty’s Live – Des Moines, IA
07/11 @ The Forge – Joliet, IL
07/12 @ Rock USA – Oshkosh, WI †
07/13 @ Nikki’s – Sturgis, MI
07/14 @ The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
07/15 @ Empire Concert Club – Akron, OH
07/17 @ Guitars – Joplin, MO
07/18 @ Aftershock – Merriam, KS
07/19 @ Sunshine Studios Live – Colorado Springs, CO
07/20 @ Herman’s Hideaway – Denver, CO
07/21 @ Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
07/22 @ Club Red – Mesa, AZ

† Festival date, no Code Red Riot

VIP packages including private acoustic performance by the band, autographed poster and “Synner Tour” laminate can be purchased here.  General admission tickets will be available at the venue concert locations.

More information on the “Synner Conversion Tour” is available online now along with all of Gemini Syndrome’s latest news at: http://www.facebook.com/GeminiSyndrome.

More information on Code Red Riot is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://coderedriot.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/coderedriot

 

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