The way the two Sera Timms-fronted bands are set up, it’s hard not to compare the dormant (currently writing) Black Math Horseman and this new release from cerebral trio Ides of Gemini. Each share her soothsayer’s vocals that are tempered and resonant and they are most importantly, instantly, recognisably unique.
The similarities don‘t stop there; stripped down compositions with little embellishment, cymbal adverse heavily rhythmic percussion and a plough-like pacing, letting the music dig in thoroughly. Yet where Black Math Horseman are the doomsayers and deerslayers with their more prominent Om-isms and Tool riffs, Ides of Gemini are more perilous, there’s a leaner edge to their stargazing in comparison to the former’s earthenware.
They retain the weight-baring percussive strengths, this time provided by Kelly Johnston, but they don’t vent as regularly, the pacing is still a walk. It is when J. Bennet’s jangling riffs sear with a more blackened tone Constantinople steps up in to a rare gallop that they sound at their most ominous and threatening. ‘Reaping Golden’ heaves a great magnitude of heavy and Sera Timms’ gloomy divinations complement handsomely. It is without doubt that Timms is the centrepiece of this trio. Her bass works well in tandem with the sparse percussion forming a strong rhythm section of which everything relies, BMH and IoG are more rhythm than anything else. Her vocals are achingly beautiful and makes Constantinople stand out as a contender for a few year end lists. The end of the world never sounded so exquisite.
They only have their first EP up on Bandcamp, but it’s a good taster of what makes this record so good.
Lecherous Gaze (ex Annihilation Time) have set a release date of March 29th for their self titled debut EP on Tee Pee Records!
Be on the lookout for exciting news on 2011 releases from The Atomic Bitchwax, Weird Owl, Mirror Queen, Ancestors, The Fucking Wrath, and many more. It’s going to be a good year!
Black Math Horseman European Tour! (more…)
TEE PEE RECORDS AND SPACELAND proudly presents “ALL HALLOWS EVE”
Thursday, October 28 & Friday, October 29
Spaceland (1717 Silver Lake Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026)
Night one: BLACK COBRA, ANCESTORS, BLACK MATH HORSEMAN & LANTVRN
Night two: BIG BUSINESS, NIGHT HORSE, THE FUCKING WRATH, THE SHRINE
* Special kick off performance by JASON SIMON on October 27 @ Vacation Vinyl
Pop Montreal 2010 presents the TEE PEE Records Showcase
Saturday, October 2
Katacombes (1635 St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 2S9)
THE MAIN STREET GOSPEL
Purchase Jason Simon’s debut self titled album on CD or Vinyl.
White Color vinyl is limited to 500 copies and available while supplies last. Click on the cover image below to purchase.