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Lux
     

Lux

by Gemini Syndrome
 

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Upon first spin, the debut album from heavily chromed, Los Angeles-based mainstream metal quintet Gemini Syndrome, which features ex-Otep vocalist Aaron Nordstrom, invokes names like Disturbed, A Perfect Circle,

Overview

Upon first spin, the debut album from heavily chromed, Los Angeles-based mainstream metal quintet Gemini Syndrome, which features ex-Otep vocalist Aaron Nordstrom, invokes names like Disturbed, A Perfect Circle, Five Finger Death Punch, System of a Down, and Godsmack, and on subsequent listens, those same names come up as well. That said, what Lux lacks in originality, it certainly makes up for in execution, and if fat, earth-shaking arena anthems with beefy riffs, pained lyrics, and fist-pumping choruses that sound like the explosion-addled midpoint of every Michael Bay trailer gets your blood pumping, then this is the album that your weaponized SUV will be playing as it launches off of the last 12 feet of a crumbling suspension bridge and into the hull of a enemy UFO. Meticulously crafted, coiled, and ready to strike, cuts like "Stardust," "Pleasure and Pain," and "Falling Apart" are so uninterested in anything other than allowing the listener to fill in their own angsty context, that they're more like shots or bong hits than actual songs. Even less immediate offerings like "Left of Me," "Babylon," and "Pay for This" can't resist opening the throttle and letting all of the wind out of the sails (so to speak) when it's time for a chorus, lest the audience sense an aberration and go running out into the aisles in search of restrooms, sustenance, and dark corners with shady dealings. It's not rocket science (or any kind of science, for that matter), but Gemini Syndrome inevitably get by on their own propulsion, and while it would be easy to dismiss Lux as rote and uninspired, it's so masterfully made, that it would be a disservice to the hard work of the artists that inspired it to trash it.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/10/2013
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624942252
catalogNumber:
536425
Rank:
28780

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Performance Credits

Gemini Syndrome   Primary Artist
Aaron Nordstrom   Vocals
Alessandro "AP" Paveri   Bass,Background Vocals
Rich Juzwick   Guitar,Background Vocals
Mike Salerno   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Brian Steele Medina   Drums,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dave Bassett   Composer
Rob McDermott   Instrumentation,Management
Kevin Churko   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Frank Maddocks   Art Direction
Brian Howes   Composer
David Hodges   Composer
Andrew Goodfriend   Booking
TJ Landig   Marketing
Cameron Gray   Artwork
Frances Bowdery   Instrumentation
Alex Tenta   Art Direction
Christian Coffey   Instrumentation
Kane Churko   Engineer
Aaron Nordstrom   Composer
Gemini Syndrome   Composer,Concept
Alessandro "AP" Paveri   Composer
Rich Juzwick   Composer
Mike Salerno   Composer
Brian Steele Medina   Composer

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