May 22, 2012

IDES OF GEMINI Announce AOL Listening Party

Throughout the week AOL Spinner will be hosting an exclusive IDES OF GEMINI listening party where fans can check out the band’s forthcoming full-length, Constantinople, in its entirety! The latest studio offering from the West Coast cerebral doom mystics is set for North American release via Neurot Recordings on May 29, 2012, just one week from tomorrow. Called“darkly beautiful” by Pitchfork and a “dirg-y doom crawl of an album” by Decibel, the nine-trackConstantinople was produced by IDES OF GEMINI and engineered and mixed by Chris Rakestraw (Danzig, Skeletonwitch) at Sunset Lodge Recording in Los Angeles.

Check it out in all its transcendental brilliance HERE.

Following their official record release show on May 29 at the Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles, IDES OF GEMINI will douse the ears of revelers at the Scion Rock Fest with their shadowy tunes on June 2 at The Czar Bar in Tampa, Florida. The band will appear alongside the likes of Sleep, Merzbow, Church of Misery, All Pigs Must Die and more!

5/29/2012 Bootleg Theatre – Los Angeles, CA *record release show w/ VUM, The Nocturnes [more info]
6/02/2012 Scion Rock Fest @ The Czar Bar – Tampa, FL

IDES OF GEMINI is a collusion of musical forces precipitated by the haunting and inimitable vocal prowess of singer/bassist Sera Timms, also of Los Angeles dark-psych alchemists Black Math Horseman. The compositions are the long-simmering mental fallout of veteran music and film journalist J. Bennett (guitar/backing vocals), who has spent most of the last 14 years writing for such publications as Decibel, Terrorizer, Revolver, Alternative Press and Thrasher. The third and final corner of the triangle is Kelly Johnston, whose martial drumming techniques and soaring backing vocals literally brought IDES OF GEMINI to life as a performing entity.

Pre-orders of Constantinople are currently available at the Neurot Recordings Store.

“…a proverbial treasure chest in terms of atmosphere, ideas and contrasting musical textures. It is utterly original and breathtaking.” –

“Their accretion of small musical gestures inverts metal’s normal use of space. They imply terror without ever exposing it. Each song is an accumulation of outlines, a sort of sonic daguerreotype.” – MetalSucks

“…music that calls to mind deserts and tundras, angry ghosts emerging from the ether.” – RVA Mag

“Whereas Black Math Horseman makes you feel as if you’ve taken a wrong turn into a desolate medieval village, illuminated by the flicker of mere lanterns, IDES OF GEMINI hovers above complete darkness in a realm that can only be felt by those who welcome it.” – This Is Not A Scene

May 9, 2012

NATE HALL: Debut Solo LP From Founding USX Guitarist Out Now

A Great River, the debut solo album from doom/psyche masters USX’s founding guitarist NATE HALL, is out today in North America via Neurot Recordings.

Featuring nearly forty minutes of material over ten original numbers, A Great Rivereven further explores the lush bed of Appalachian heritage and songcraft USX has become widely popular for, yet showcases an even more folk and bluegrass influence as well as more expansive, soundscape passages. Fully envisioned and crafted byHALL himself, the album was recorded at Fahrenheit Studio in Johnson City, Tennessee by Travis Kammeyer. Here the multi-instrumentalist HALL displays his musical abilities by layering multiple styles of guitars, banjo, Theremin and all vocals, outside of keyboards courtesy of Kammeyer on two tracks, resulting in an incredible display of unique, modern Americana. A Great River can be ordered HERE.

NATE HALL will perform material from A Great River at the album’s official CD release show this Saturday, May 12th in Johnson City, Tennessee, with more live performances to be announced in the weeks ahead.

Nate Hall’s A Great River CD Release Show:
5/12/2012 The Hideaway – Johnson City, TN w/ Enoch

“A Great River isn’t so much a bold solo diversion than a natural progression of Hall’s overall musical body of work. He takes to folk and country as effortlessly as the heavy stuff and the mood he captures on these 10 tracks is extraordinary… 8/10″ — Decibel

“…beautiful and lush work of a songwriter beginning what will hopefully be a long journey…” — The Obelisk

“…if you have never longed for a life in the wilderness with nothing but the sounds of wind and trees and an occasional howl of a wolf or coyote in the background, A Great River may not be right for you. Seriously. This is a true vagabond’s album if I know one.” — Sea of Tranquility

“This is the album I have been listening to daily, because with every play, I realize how killer NATE’S voice is, plus he pens some of the best lyrics, word that cut to the bone.” — Cvlt Nation

“Musically A Great River is on the complete opposite of what I usually listen to, but sometimes you come across an album that really resonates with you, regardless of genre or style. Stunning album! 8.5/10″ — This Is Not A Scene

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