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    ZEISTENCROIX - Gemini - 6/10


Release date: December 8, 2017

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5/10 (1 vote)

Gemini, the 5 track debut EP from Industrial Metal act Zeistencroix, is a fine effort within the traditional Industrial genre that leans heavily towards stalwart acts like Powerman 5000, Rammstein, Orgy, Static-X, and Marilyn Manson. Front-man and band founder Orlando Draven’s vocals are focused and crisp, with a direct, deliberate sensibility that leaves a forceful impact on the listener.

Most of the tracks fall into standard mid-tempo Industrial territory, however on “Dantes” we get some heavier, almost Thrash influences which provides us with a nice change of pace. The instrumentation and production style stays consistent across all 5 songs, giving the album a very finished, decisive quality to it.

The good qualities of Gemini aside, this is still a standard-fare release in a genre that has not seen any major growth in more than a decade. Industrial Metal is currently in a similar position to Pop Punk, in that it’s not old enough to be nostalgic, but too old to be current. The audiences are quickly aging out of the live concert scene and there are no lucrative opportunities for any bands other than the few leading, major, established acts. That being said, for what it is, Gemini is a well-done and genuine album. Fans of the above mentioned acts will enjoy this heartfelt release.


  • Maxxxwell Carlisle

    Maxxxwell was a reviewer and the host of The Maxed Out Metal Hour here on Metal Express Radio. He is the current lead guitarist for LA based metal veterans Hellion. In addition to his ongoing role in Hellion, he has also released 5 albums as a solo artist and appeared as a guest writer and soloist on Michael Angelo Batio's Intermezzo album, named one of the Top 5 shred albums of 2014 by Guitar World Magazine. He continues to collaborate with various Metal musicians and teaches guitar technique and Metal composition via Skype. Additionally, he is a former competitive bodybuilder and enjoys a lifestyle based around health, fitness and Metal.

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