The anonymous Swedes who make up Ghost BC (formerly just plain Ghost) shroud themselves in robes and masks befitting a satanic liturgy, but despite all their evil iconography, their hard rock isn't as scary as all that. Skirting just shy of metal, these nameless ghouls set the mood with soaring guitars, churchlike organs, and arena-sized melodies. NED LANNAMANN
Meditation is a very personal thing. To accompany the inward journey, some might use incense, or acupuncture, or whale songs, while others might prefer morose, crawling, down-tuned doom. For those, Ides of Gemini could be the perfect soundtrack for peering through your third eye. The band's style of doom oozes ethereal qualities, seemingly aiming to melt your subconscious. Sera Timms' ghostly, angelic vocals swell like an ancient chant, hypnotically gliding over the methodically slow pace of drummer Kelly Johnston, the lurching gloom of Timms' bass lines, and the guitar licks of (world-class metal journalist) J. Bennett. Don't shoegaze too hard, because Ides of Gemini could send you to an extremely saddened state of nirvana. ARIS WALES
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