Aug. 27 — Audiences are getting yet another preview of Gemini Syndrome’s new album.
The band premiered the album’s fifth single Friday. It came in the form of the song, ‘Broken Reflection.’ Its premiere follows that of the album’s four other singles, ‘Abandoned,‘ ‘Die With Me,’ ‘IDK‘ and ‘Reintegration.‘
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Broken Reflection’ is another heavy, melodic hard rock composition from the band. The richness of the instrumentation alongside front man Aaron Nordstrom’s powerhouse vocals makes the song’s overall musical content fully engaging and entertaining. When it is paired with the song’s lyrical theme, the items collectively make the song that much more appealing to audiences.
Nordstrom said in a prepared statement, the song’s lyrical theme is meant to address how humans see themselves and each other.
“‘Broken Reflection’ focuses on the concept of Indra’s net. Basically saying that every consciousness is a crystal in a net or web and they all reflect the reflections from all the other crystals,” said Nordstrom. “The thing about mirrors is, they don’t always reflect the image back exactly the way it appears. Sometimes the mirror can alter what you’re experiencing versus what’s actually there. ‘Broken Reflection’ is a state of being in a sense. We are all trying to show the best versions of ourselves, but we need to master those versions inside before we can present the perfect image and not have it be confused for something illusory.”
Drummer Brian Steele Medina expanded on Nordstrom’s comments with his own statement about the song’s lyrical theme.
“Generation after generation we build an ever growing structure higher and higher upon itself. Are we building it on a solid foundation or not is the question. Are we building towards something better? Or are we slowly building a faulty structure that is doomed to collapse?” said Medina on “Broken Reflection”’s deeper meaning. “It’s the idea that we can take everything given to us in this world: Education, Tradition, Religion, Politics, the entire structure of society, and we can do it all right down to the smallest detail, and yet, still not be fulfilled. It’s the idea that ultimately, the only way to live a life of purpose, is to follow our internal compass and forge our own way.”
The song’s lyrical theme follows the bigger theme that spans the album’s songs. Nordstrom discussed that overarching theme during a recent interview.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Added Nordstrom, “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.”
The full track listing for 3rd Degree — The Raising is noted below.
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
In other news, Gemini Syndrome wrapped up an extensive tour in support of its new album Aug. 15. The band still has another live performance scheduled. The band is scheduled to perform live at this year’s Blue Ridge Rock Festival Sept. 10 in Danville, VA. Tickets for the concert are available here.
More information on Gemini Syndrome’s new album, single, video and live appearances is available along with all of the band’s latest news at: