California’s Ides of Gemini might be one of the most exciting things to happen to doom metal in a long time. Fronted by singer/bassist Sera Timms, and with J. Bennett on guitar and Kelly Johnston-Gibson on drums, the band creates ethereal melodies and haunting rhythms with possessed vocals. They released Old World New Wave this past September to much critical praise.
Today Ides of Gemini released their latestoffering for the track “Seer of Circassia,” which plays like a private film that documents some sort of pagan ritual. It’s pretty creepy, and that’s fine because the Daciana Birladeanu-directed video matches the atmosphere of the song perfectly. Timms explained:
The concept of the album traces the symbolic-psychological breakdown of a character over 10 days [‘Seer Of Circassia’ takes place on day four]. We’re working within the structures of psycho-spiritual alchemical transformation, utilizing Carl Jung’s school of analytical psychology. Essentially we have a story of the psychological conflict of opposing forces — yin-yang, male/female, dark/light, etc. — each driven by desire. The masculine archetype in this story desires control and structure, while the feminine archetype desires recognition and equality as it has been repressed in the ‘Old World.’ Our protagonist is the Emperor, based creatively on the last Emperor of Constantinople, who represents the ego, masculine, solar consciousness along with control, structure, domination, force and power.
Did you get that? Good, because she’s not repeating it.
Rock Hard \m/