GEMINI SYNDROME will release their long-awaited, and highly anticipated new studio album 3rd Degree – The Raising this coming Friday, October 15. The album will be released worldwide via Century Media. Special album configurations (limited edition vinyl, deluxe CD sets, etc.) along with special merchandise are available for pre-order now via the band’s official website: www.GeminiSyndrome.com
In addition, the band are giving fans the opportunity to join them this coming Thursday (October 14) on YouTube for a special “Worldwide Initiation” ritual for all of the diehard Synners, and an advance album listening party, complete with a live Q+A session with the band! The band will stream the entire album, and then take questions from fans discussing the album and the songs.
The “Worldwide Initiation” ritual, and listening party starts at 7pm (ET), and will stream live on the band’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/
GEMINISYNDROME (*Fans will need to be logged in to YouTube to take part in the following live Q+A session.)
3rd Degree – The Raising is the long awaited, mind bending final chapter of GEMINI SYNDROME’s debut trilogy of albums; the first being 2013’s Lux, and the second being 2016’s Memento Mori (which hit #1 on Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart and spawned five singles). Wherein Lux, meaning “Light,” was concerned with birth; and Memento Mori meaning “Remember That We Must Die,” dealt with the finite nature of life, 3rd Degree – The Raising celebrates the extreme rituals of rebirth. Produced by Matt Good (Asking Alexandria, Memphis May Fire, Hollywood Undead) and featuring the singles \”Die With Me,\” \”IDK,\”, \”Abandoned,\” \”Broken Reflection,\” and \”Reintegration\”; 3rd Degree – The Raising is undeniably the heaviest, and darkest album of the band’s career.
“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.”
The album release also comes mere weeks before the band heads out on their ‘Initiation’ US Tour with support coming from Rochester, New York’s Ovtlier, who will be on the first half of the tour (Oct. 28 – Nov. 13), and Sacramento, California’s Oh! The Horror, who will join the run for the second half of the dates (Nov. 14 – 27). Additional support comes from pop-punk rock powerhouse Pushing Veronica (https://linktr.ee/
pushingveronica), and hard rock wrecking machine Them Damn Kings (www.facebook.com/ themdamnkings).
GEMINI SYNDROME spent the better part of 2018-2019 writing 3rd Degree – The Raising, the final installment of their long planned three album trilogy. They retreated to drummer Brian Steele Medina’s Las Vegas home studio, where they meticulously crafted song after song, relentlessly reworking and rearranging the musical arrangements until they were fully satisfied. After an exhaustive writing process, GEMINI SYNDROME relocated to Good Sounds Studio in Tempe AZ, where producer Matt Good would help realize the collection of songs. Medina recalls, “We absolutely loved working with Matt and he completely understood where we wanted to take this album creatively and what it was going to take to bring the third chapter of this trilogy to light. Our actual collective blood, sweat and tears went into its creation.”
“It was a long, treacherous road to get here.” continues Nordstrom. “First working out an insane amount of songs before arriving in Arizona to record with Matt Good, and then writing a slew more while in the actual recording process, we approached this album with high intentions to evolve musically and internally as people. But then, once we had finally finished everything, and were ready to start releasing new music… everything was put on hold due to the global pandemic.”
Medina adds, “These past few years have definitely been an exercise in patience and acceptance. We had everything mixed and mastered and ready to go in early 2020 before everything shut down. We’re just stoked to FINALLY put this album out and get this post plague show on the road.”
3rd Degree – The Raising is the first album to feature guitarist \”Meegs\” Rascón (formerly of Coal Chamber). To date, five singles have been released from 3rd Degree – The Raising: “Abandoned,” “Reintegration,” “IDK,” “Broken Reflection”, and the Active Rock Radio hit “Die With Me.” Currently four of the five singles feature visually stunning videos created by director Brian Cox (Bring Me The Horizon, The Struts, Starset).
GEMINI SYNDROME is Aaron Nordstrom (vocals, keyboards), Brian Steele Medina (drums, programming), Alessandro “AP” Paveri (bass), and Meegs Rascón (guitar).
3rd Degree – The Raising is available in CD, Limited Edition vinyl, and digital download formats.
3rd Degree – The Raising Track Listing:
3. Die With Me
4. Baptized In Fire
5. Children of the Sun
7. Broken Reflection
8. Sum Quod Eris
9. Best of Me
11. Hold the Line
12. Where We Started From
13. Fiat Lux