Gemini Syndrome
Lux


3.5
great

Review

by pizzamachine USER (213 Reviews)
September 5th, 2013 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A solid debut, if lacking ingenuity.

I personally hear shades of Allele and A Perfect Circle in Gemini Syndrome’s hard rock/alternative metal sound - mine is but one opinion against a sea of endless squabble. Gemini Syndrome is new to the game, Lux is their debut, and people are already making band comparisons like no tomorrow. These comparisons are warranted, not as describing factors for a sound, but as a response to the band’s apparent inability to stand out. I will say one thing though, Lux rocks. The way they present themselves, with dynamism and conviction, is the band’s mark, and it’s good enough to make a solid debut.

Monstrous guitar parts and even screams fill Lux, but the album is equally melodic. Nothing new here, just the same generic hard rock/alternative metal structure, with heavier riffs and a darker feel in verses only to break into accessible, harmonious choruses. It’s the kind of stuff that will easily get radio play, but it still rocks. Their sound is massive, Lux is an incredibly loud album, and sounds like it was recorded in a hellish chamber in Dark Souls. The mix is clearly too muddy and is actually quite terrible, but somehow adds to the band’s metal attitude. It’s a cheap trick but it ultimately gives Gemini Syndrome the edge they need. It can’t disguise, however, their aptitude for generic songs (ex: ‘Stardust’, ‘Mourning Star’ and ‘Take This’). It’s on the metal side where they find their stride, especially when they’re playing darker songs like ‘Resurrection’ and ‘Left of Me’ or the intense ‘Falling Apart’, an obvious highlight.

Since Gemini Syndrome is a youthful band, it’s understandable that Lux could have used more polish. Despite its issues, however, the album rocks hard, and is bound to make waves in the hard rock/alternative metal scene based on that fact alone. Lux is generally good fun, the kind of album to take with you while you’re driving and sing along to (if you’re into that). It’s a great album and an excellent appetizer as hard rock fans wait with feverish excitement for Ra’s upcoming album.



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pizzamachine
September 5th 2013


13476 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album stream: http://noisecreep.com/gemini-syndrome-lux-exclusive-album-stream-premiere/



I haven't reviewed in a while so hope this doesn't read too shaky!

BallsToTheWall
September 5th 2013


48088 Comments


Good review/band name. Don't think this is lo-fi enough for me to listen though.

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Sapient.
September 11th 2013


1109 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

they sound decent enough, but like you said in your review, they lack that identity that great bands need. I literally can't go to a review or a music video about these guys without seeing 5FDP and Disturbed comparisons

Apollo
September 12th 2013


10670 Comments


Sounds like 5FDP but less douchy. Not bad though. Great review Pizza, good to see you reviewing. I'm overdue for a review myself.

FrozenVain
September 12th 2013


2955 Comments


Gandalf is in this band so it has to be good. Really good review, man.

pizzamachine
September 12th 2013


13476 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha yeah he got a crazy white beard goin on.



Thanks guys!





Mad.
September 12th 2013


4674 Comments


Was just about to say that Gandalf is the frontman. Fuck yeah.

TheSupernatural
September 12th 2013


1655 Comments


Saw them live last year, going to see them again this weekend. Decent enough although that guitar tone is grating live.

renegadestrings
September 12th 2013


1510 Comments


all of the song titles sound like they were ripped straight off a Chimaira or Spineshank album. 17yr old me would approve.

scary enough, so far, so does 26yr old me. not too bad for a debut

Epicenter
September 12th 2013


243 Comments


Damn, that beard is bitchin'.

MO
September 14th 2013


21937 Comments


knew this was pizza

flebber
September 23rd 2013


3 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It doesn't sound bad, but then you do start to fall asleep. No surprises.



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