With an astrological band name like Gemini Syndrome, it makes sense to have a song entitled “Stardust.” Aside from the obvious connection between the band name and the song title, Gemini Syndrome is somewhat mysterious. Their official website offers no information about the band, and their Facebook page only lists the first names of the band members. These California rockers march to the heavy beat of their own drum, as evidenced by the lyric video for “Stardust” which replaces many of the letters of the alphabet with symbols, almost daring the viewer to follow along with the band’s cryptic lyrics. However, you don’t need to understand the message to fully appreciate this hauntingly mesmerizing song.
In spite of the fact that the band operates on a higher spiritual and intellectual plane than many hard rock bands, their brand of melodic, aggressive music carries mass appeal to modern-day metal fans, particularly those whose favorite radio station is SiriusXm’s Octane.
The riff on “Stardust” bears a resemblance to Shinedown’s “Sound Of Madness,” while the alternating melodic and guttural vocals over pulsating drum beats pays homage to the signature sound that Five Finger Death Punch has created over the years. Not surprisingly, the band has been opening for FFDP on their current tour.
Although Gemini Syndrome’s influences are readily apparent on “Stardust,” the band has their own distinct sound that makes them stand out amongst other modern hard rock bands. Unlike many songs that start to lose their luster after repeated listens, “Stardust” keeps getting better – the mark of a great song that will stand the test of time.
For more information about Gemini Syndrome, check out their MySpace page.
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