|Planet Gemini is the Complete Package for U.S. underground doom. They've set up their own cottage industry of sorts, and it appears to be working just fine, thank you. They make music their way: on their own label and in their own studio, and they make it all available for free download. Failing that, they burn it to CDr and hand it out for free, like they did at a recent Down gig. Lots of people talk the talk about how shitty the music industry is, but these guys walk the walk when it comes to making music outside of it. Cool.|
None of which would matter, of course, if the music sucked. Which it most emphatically does not. But more on that in a minute. Anyway, Planet Gemini is a duo: Hellion on vox, guitar, and drums and Josh on bass. It's hard to believe that all of this music is made by a mere two people, but there it is. 'SuperGod[t]DevilMan' is a journey of sorts, though it's difficult to say just where it's taking you. The lyrics, which seem to be largely improvised, are about betrayal, mistrust, religion, and addiction, among other weighty concepts. In short, nothing is as it seems, so watch it! Heh. The music to all of this is a heartfelt blend of 'Sabbath (the first four, 'natch) and Trouble, heavy on the 'Sabbath. Given the fact that so many bands have made music with these two icons as their main influences, its remarkable that Planet Gemini can produce all this music and keep it fresh and original. But they do it, in spades. This is aggressive old school riffing doom made with passion.
Although there's lots of musical ability here, the sound quality is not at all slick. In fact, it seems pretty mid-fi to me. Which is fine, 'cause it gives the music a welcome lack of pretension that many more established bands could learn from. As if to add to their low-profile image, the group now refuses to be photographed, preferring to let their music be their sole spokesman. Check these guys out if you're into raw, 'Sabbathy doom made by a group who truly cares about every stage of their music's development.
1. Shining Wizard (Shine On)
4. Only the Dead (Chapter 2)
6. Song of the Servants (Sleeping Ones Awake)
7. Nova Kane
11. Reaching Out
12. Cast a Stone
13. Children of the Cross
Duration : Approx. 66 minutes.
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