About This Event
Gemini Syndrome w/ Ovtlier
GEMINI SYNDROME welcomes you to the third and final degree of your initiation into the Synner Society. 3rd Degree – The Raising, is GEMINI SYNDROME’s third full length album. Following the band’s 2013 debut Lux, and 2016 sophomore LP Memento Mori, this new album offers the closing chapter in a trilogy of song and narrative. This order of three steps, and three albums, is not by chance, but is a nod to many of the initiatory traditions that exist and act as a vessel for transmitting and preserving the Sacred Knowledge throughout the ages. The intention is to provoke the listener to think about the mystery of life, the nature of reality, the roles we play, and the masks we wear in this world. Wherein Lux, meaning “Light,” was concerned with birth; and Memento Mori, meaning “Remember That We Must Die,” dealt with the finite nature of life; the focus and message of 3rd Degree – The Raising, is of traversing Death, being Reborn and reintegrating with our True Self, and thus being raised into the next degree of experience. “Every quest within deserves a good soundtrack…
WHAT STARTED OFF AS A ONE-MAN ARMY PROJECT… In Rochester, NY in the Summer of 2014, Ovtlier has grown into a roaring rock band of stadium ambitions. Led by the enigmatic frontman Joey Arena, Ovtlier has already captured the hearts of more than 60K daily followers online, appeared in Revolver Magazine, Alternative Press, and Loudwire, and has been selling out local shows around the Northeast. Drawing influences from Breaking Benjamin, 30 Seconds To Mars, Korn and others, Ovtlier brings the rock edge to a new height of intensity. “Buried Me Alive” features powerful visuals of abandonment, inner destruction, and rage that is born from having to be “buried alive”.
Inspired by 90s grunge, Joey Arena began playing guitar at the age of 11 on an old 3-string guitar. After achieving commercial success with his first band Young Bloods, Arena struggled to find himself, and soon was traveling 8 hours on weekends from Rochester to Cleveland in search of an identity and definition for what would become Ovtlier’s debut EP “What Doesn’t Kill You”. After adding Mike Wilkinson on drums, Joe Mosey on bass, Nolan Hayes on rhythm guitar, and Kane Buckley on lead guitar the full line up began playing sold-out local shows and rapidly growing their fan-base among rock music fans.