LA alternative metal band GEMINI SYNDROME have announced that their new studio album 3rd Degree – The Raising will be released worldwide on October 15, 2021 via Century Media. Special pre-order album configurations (limited edition vinyl, deluxe CD sets, etc) along with special merchandise bundles are available now via the band’s official website.
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 Heatseakers Album Chart and spawned five singles). 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.”
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).
GEMINI SYNDROME is Aaron Nordstrom (vocals, keyboards), Brian Steele Medina (drums, programming), Alessandro “AP” Paveri (bass), Meegs Rascón (guitar), and Nicholas Paul Arnold (touring guitar).
3rd Degree – The Raising will be 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
8-Sum Quod Eris
9-Best of Me
11-Hold the Line
12-Where We Started From
About GEMINI SYNDROME:
GEMINI SYNDROME is an American alternative metal band formed in 2010 in Los Angeles, California featuring Aaron Nordstrom (vocals, keyboards), Brian Steele Medina (drums, programming), and Alessandro “AP” Paveri (bass), Their debut album, titled Lux, was released in September 2013. Four singles spawned from Lux: “Pleasure and Pain,” “Left of Me,” “Basement,” and “Stardust” which peaked at #19 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
The band would go through several line-up changes before releasing their sophomore album, Memento Mori on August 16, 2016. The album would go on to hit #1 on Billboard Heatseakers Charts. Five singles spawned from Memento Mori: “Eternity,” “Anonymous,” “Alive Inside,” “Sorry Not Sorry,” and “Remember We Die” which reached #24 and spent 20 weeks on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
The band would then go on to tour with numerous bands including: Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment, Sevendust, Avatar, Motionless In White, and perform at some of America’s largest rock and metal festivals, before taking an extended hiatus from touring and recording.