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Ides of Gemini Live at LA’s Complex

Words and photos by Diana Lungu
Words and photos by Diana Lungu

After spending a few days with Ides of Gemini’s new album, Women, it was safe to say that I was sufficiently excited come the evening of their record release, what would come to be one of the final shows at Complex. I’ve always considered Ides of Gemini an LA staple; they have yet to let me down. Seeing them share the evening with fellow locals Taarkus and Zig Zags was no exception.

Taarkus began the evening with their unique brand of Native Peoples-influenced doom. Lead singer Stephanie Sallee’s soaring vocals, intertwined with the melody of her flute, carried the audience. The band also paid homage to legendary doom band Candlemass, performing an excellent cover of their song “Solitude” that the audience seemed to enjoy across the board.

Next, punk band Zig Zags, whom I had originally thought would be a strange addition to an otherwise doom-and-gloom filled bill, ended up providing some needed energy with their upbeat tunes. A pit actually opened up towards the end of their set, getting a good few members of the audience moving along.

Ides of Gemini took to the stage last. Show goers had begun to huddle around closer to the stage in anticipation just as the fog machines started filling the space, adding to the ethereal atmosphere. Sera Timms nailed the vocals as per usual; looking behind me, I felt as though the audience was in a trance. The set list included songs both old and new, including a special performance of the track “Heroine’s Descent” which featured guest vocals from CJ Leedy and two other guest singers. It was inspiring to say the least – being a woman in the metal scene has at times made me feel as though I don’t belong, but being a witness to Ides’ performance definitely made me feel at home. They concluded their set with an old favorite off their sophomore album Old World New Wave, “May 22, 1453.” All in all a fantastic night and a fitting way to welcome Women into the world.

-Diana Lungu

Taarkus

Zig Zag

Ides of Gemini

View Diana’s portfolio here and follow her on Instagram at @winterfelled.

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