In May of 2012, Ides Of Gemini unveiled their debut full-length, Constantinople. Its mere existence was a triumph for the three band members—Sera Timms (vocals/bass), Kelly Johnston-Gibson (drums/backing vocals), and Jason Bennett (guitar/backing vocals)—but other folks had some nice things to say about it as well. Spin magazine called it “Processional doom, [with] ethereal female harmonies and high-strung riffs [that] incite head-bowing, not –banging.”
The learned scholars at MetalSucks chimed in with, “Their accretion of small musical gestures inverts metal’s normal use of space. They imply terror without ever exposing it. Each song is an accumulation of outlines, a sort of sonic daguerreotype.”
And About.com called Constantinople “a proverbial treasure chest in terms of atmosphere, ideas and contrasting musical textures…original and breathtaking.”
In the fall of 2012, Ides Of Gemini played a pair of shows with Old Man Gloom before embarking upon a European/UK tour that kicked off at Germany’s South Of Mainstream Festival and saw the band play direct support to Saturday night headliners The Obsessed—and later to a full house at Holland’s Incubate festival.