Ides of Gemini

Ides of Gemini

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"...I was watching a show performed by wizards. Their sound walks a fine line between the ethereal and the palpable,
as though existing in a liminal state or moving between words, making their live show seem more an act of summoning than a simple performance. " -Natalie Walschots/Toronto Standard

Biography

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.

Timms and Bennett recorded and self-released IDES OF GEMINI’s four-song EP, The Disruption Writ, which was anointed “My Favorite Demo of 2010” by the highly influential music blog Invisible Oranges. Lyrically, the songs detailed the terrifying permanence of dismemberment in all its unsettling forms: psychological, emotional and physical. Musically, though? Someone on the Internet called it “dream doom.” Nobody likes to be pigeonholed, but IDES OF GEMINI will gladly take up temporary residence in that particular nook for the sake of shorthand. Which is to say that “dream doom” will do the trick for now. And now is nothing if not fleeting. IDES OF GEMINI unveiled their full-length debut, Constantinople, on May 29th via Neurot Recordings.

The nine songs on Constantinople evince the light and shade of the IDES dynamic: the vicious and the atmospheric mingling in a spacious panorama of high white ether. Respected metal journalist Etan Rosenbloom described it best on MetalSucks.net: “Guitarist J. Bennett lays down imperial metal riffs swathed in so much reverb that they seem isolated from the rest of the world. Bassist/vocalist Sera Timms layers her affectless voice in ghostly counterpoint, turning tales of spiritual discord into disturbing lullabies…If something seems missing from Ides Of Gemini’s sound, that’s exactly the point. 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.”

Produced by IDES OF GEMINI and engineered and mixed by Chris Rakestraw (Danzig, Skeletonwitch) at Sunset Lodge Recording in Los Angeles, Constantinople was mastered by James Plotkin, formerly of doom masters Khanate and currently of Jodis. The artwork and design was conceived by Sera Timms and J. Bennett and constructed by Sera Timms.

Lyrics

Starless Midnight

Written By: Sera Timms

Take me tonight
To the old war
You know I'll fight
My way through the twin
doors
of your 
2 world 
order
You shine bright
Dancing in blood
Between knives
A bleeding dove

Why should I save your life
Why should I save your life

Tell me a lie
Drown it in white
My desire
Has been baptized
Inside
a wild
Westernized
mind
Something died
In the last flood
The demise
Of your selfhood

Why should I save your life
Why should I save your life

You stand upright
With your eyes closed
Starless midnight
Is all you know

The Vessel & The Stake

Written By: Sera Timms

Buried my black twin under the field
Carried the dead seed down to the guild
All whom agreed, all with me
Banish your ancient identity

Great below, I’ve lost you now
Great below, I’m going down

Every garment taken from me
Through seven gates of enmity
I’m descending, the light ending
I look to the east to be free

Great below, I’ve lost you now
Great below, I’m going down

One To Oneness

Written By: Sera Timms

Only a man can be found
Turning around in my shroud
Inside my words he is bound

I am the truth
I am the truth

See my face here in your place
Without my legs I’ll rise up
Painted my face with my blood
I am the one whom I love

I am the truth
I am the truth
I am the truth
I am the truth

Resurrectionists

Written By: Sera Timms

Cover me, I’ve lost my divinity
My body is cold and complete

How will I rise? This body was once mine
How will I rise? This body that divides

All you thieves, you stand there waiting
to retrieve this forlorn anatomy

How will I rise? This body was once mine
How will I rise? This body goes through time

And I know you, And I know you
And I know you, And I know you

I awake to the wooden spade
You have come to take me from the grave

How will I rise? This body was once mine
How will I rise? This body that divides

I am deaf in this second death
I’m unblessed to watch them touch my dress

How will I rise? This body was once mine
How will I rise? This body goes through time

And I know you, And I know you
And I know you, And I know you

I can see the hands of a death clock
as they cut through my hands the dream stops

Spectral Queen

Written By: Sera Timms

Gathering ghosts
three sisters pray
glass wings unfold
into the fray

Offering
Virgin in flight
Altar bring
Me back to life

Infernal lust
Through bones of light
Lost in my love (I accidentally sang lust..whoops!)
For sacrifice

Swallowed the mead
from hollowed veins
the bull now sleeps
my lunar saint

Offering
Virgin in flight
Altar bring
Me back to life

Offering
Virgin in flight
Altar bring
Me back to life

Discography

Hexagram 45 7" (Magic Bullet, April 2013)

Constantinople (Neurot, May 2012)

Ides Of Gemini / Vermapyre split (Magic Bullet, February 2012)

The Disruption Writ EP (November 2010)