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    Mon, 25 Jun 2012 09:58:03

    DragonForce, Gemini Syndrome, and More Turn Up at MSK Party - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino…

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    So what was the most rock 'n' roll soiree at E3 this year?

    Well, our friends over at top Los Angeles law firm Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP [site] threw an E3 party that was brimming with heavyweights from Los Angeles's burgeoning 21st century hard rock scene and video game trendsetters from the likes of Rockstar Games. Among the music set though, the firm played host to recent Warner Bros. records signees, Gemini Syndrome. They're the first band from the current crop in Hollywood to be snagged by a major label and deservingly so. The group conjures a heavy alternative sound somewhere between the guttural darkness of A Perfect Circle and the distorted bliss of The Smashing Pumpkins. In other words, they're utterly amazing. Also in attendance were members of light speed epic metal masters DragonForce, modern thrashers Consume the Fire, BMX stalwart Rick Thorne, industrial rock outfit 9 Electric, and many more.

    Presciently, partner Eric German has been one step ahead of most of the game when it comes to new hard rock talent. He's been a proponent of the current scene and really championed it to much success.

    "There's something very special happening on The Sunset Strip again," enthuses German. "You have all of these incredible bands coming up at the same time. In some ways, it's reminiscent of the revolution in the late '80s, but it's heavier."

    It's more like the L.A. explosion of the early to mid-90s which boasted Tool, Korn, Rage Against the Machine, and more among its ranks. Already, MSK has given these young cats the spotlight, and everyone else will soon.

    PHOTO: Left to right: Courtney Cox (Iron Maidens). Aaron Nordstrom (Gemini Syndrome), Eric German (MS&K), Nita Strauss (Consumer the Fire, Iron Maidens), Herman Li (Dragonforce), John Kevill (Warbringer).

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