Label: Neurot Recordings
Release Date: 9/16/14
This is one of the more daunting tasks I’ve taken on since I’ve decided to become an amateur (very amateur, by the way) reviewer. Not only is the guitarist in Ides of Gemini, J. Bennett a better musician than I am, he’s also a far better scribe but here we are. I’m a huge fan (figuratively and literally) of Ides of Gemini’s first LP Constantinople. With its warm, minimalist and non-traditional take on doom, the album really stood above the rest of the women-fronted occult rock bands that it invariably (and unfairly) got lumped in with. Old World New Wave is the second LP by Ides of Gemini and when your first album is as brilliant as Constantinople, the initial instinct is to directly compare the two but at least they’re being compared with themselves at this point in their existence and not to The Devil’s Blood or Blood Ceremony as the result of chromosomal similarities.