GEMINI SYNDROME will release its new album, "Memento Mori", on August 19 via Another Century. The alternative hard rock outfit continues to push the envelope both musically and thematically on the record, which is the follow-up to their 2013 debut, "Lux". "Memento Mori", which was produced by the legendary father/son duo of Kane and Kevin Churko, is a direct successor to "Lux" in a three-part trilogy; with the latter being a representation of birth, and the former acting a reminder of life.
Brian Medina (drums) comments on the meaning of the album title and artwork (which can be found below): "The title of the new album, 'Memento Mori', essentially means 'Remember, We Die.'
"The artwork is designed to show the different layers of our physical and spiritual form going through the phases of disintegration, ending in the release of the soul."
Last week the band also announced that Daniel Sahagún (guitar) and Charles Lee Salvaggio (guitar) had joined the group. In addition to both men joining the band's touring lineup, they are also featured on the new record.
"Memento Mori" track listing:
02. Remember We Die
05. On Point
06. La Devastante Veritá
07. Sorry Not Sorry
09. Alive Inside
11. Lucido Somnium
12. Say Goodnight
14. Ordo ab Chao
15. Brought To Light
Medina also talked about the writing process for "Memento Mori" in comparison to "Lux". He said: "With 'Lux', we were a new band. It was our first raw expression of us as a group. Now we've gone through things like switching record labels and replacing band members, and the whole experience has strengthened us as a unit. We have a new sense of determination and feel that 'Memento Mori' shows us delivering on a higher level in every aspect."
The official video for the first offering from "Memento Mori", the hard-hitting track "Anonymous", can be seen below. The song is a direct response to the war on mental freedom being waged by divisive elements, from the media to politics, with the goal being to protect the sovereignty of our mind and spirit. The virtual reality 360° clip directed by Brian Cox offers a unique and immersive viewing experience. Fans watching the video using their smartphones or any other device with VR capabilities will be able manipulate the camera angle, allowing them to view it from multiple perspectives.
In support of the release of "Memento Mori", GEMINI SYNDROME has announced the first leg of its upcoming U.S. headlining tour, which is slated to start on July 13 in Salt Lake City. Joining the band are fellow Los Angeles-based rock groups and Another Century labelmates STITCHED UP HEART and 9ELECTRIC.