Last weekend while covering Upheaval Festival, I had the opportunity to interview Gemini Syndrome. I had been lucky enough to do a video interview vocalist Aaron Nordstrom a few years ago when they were touring for their last album Momento Mori. We had an amazing conversation about music, religion, and the afterlife. Really, one of my favorite interviews. Given my past experience, and the pending release of their new album, I was especially excited to do a video interview with Aaron again, even more exciting was the addition of drummer Brian Steele Medina to the mix.
Let’s just say things went a little… different….this time around.
What started with pulling some tarot cards quickly escalated into a laugh filled discussion about conspiracy theories…aliens…illuminati….alien illuminati… lots of “top secret” info. So much so that I joked the CIA might steal our video camera later that night.
I was quickly corrected that it would be more likely the aliens would just erase the tape.
Fast forward to when my videographer and I got back to the hotel and start to download our days work. Now… I am not saying that Aaron and Brian are for sure alien illuminati…but what I am saying is that their interview was the only one mysteriously missing from our SD card.
*Cue X-Files music*
Taking all that into account, it is of no surprise to me that Gemini Syndrome would end up announcing their long awaited album release date today, the same night as a full moon.
3rd Degree – The Raising is the final chapter of GEMINI SYNDROME’s debut trilogy of albums (2013’s Lux, and 2016’s Memento Mori). But whereas those first two albums dealt with the painful struggles of life and death, 3rd Degree – The Raising celebrates the extreme rituals of rebirth. Produced by Matt Good (Asking Alexandria, Memphis May Fire, Hollywood Undead) this is undeniably the heaviest, and darkest album of the band’s career; featuring the singles “Die With Me,” “IDK,” “Abandoned” and “Reintegration.”“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.” says GEMINI SYNDROME vocalist Aaron Nordstrom. “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.”
Drummer Brian Steele Medina adds, “The twist to the 3rd and “final” degree, is that it’s not the end at all. 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.”
Nordstrom continues, “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.”
On the brand new single “Abandoned” which has just been released today, Medina says, “This was always one of my favorite heavy riffs that we had in the bank for a while. When the music was finally done Aaron already had a concept in mind he had wanted to tackle for a while.”
Nordstrom elaborates, “At one point when I was working through some of my traumas, my kung fu teacher made me promise to write a song about my adoption and the rejection from my birth mother. This heavy beast of a song was the result. An anthem if you will that I control me. Not anyone or anything else.”
“Abandoned” is the fourth single released from 3rd Degree – The Raising: “Abandoned,” “Reintegration,” “IDK,” and the currently Top 30 Active Rock Radio hit “Die With Me.”
So, while I am super disappointed to not be able to share a video interview with you, there is some good news for us Ohioans. Gemini Syndrome has several upcoming tour dates in our area.