Rosetta – A Determinism of Morality (2010)

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Hailing from Philadelphia today we have Rosetta, a band that combines elements of Hardcore, Shoegaze and Post-Metal with heavy melancholic atmospheres. This American band has been around for a while and has a pretty strong following in the scene, achieved thanks to their superb releases.

“A Determinism of Morality” is the band’s latest effort. The album is being released by Translation Loss Records, a very unique label that has such acts as: Javelina and Mouth of the Architect. “A Determinism of Morality” starts off very aggressive before blending into an intoxicating mix of atmospheric passages. The band does a great job in gravitating between aggressive sections and instrumental passages that remind us of God is An Astronaut and similar bands.

While most bands that play combine Shoegaze with Metal focus on creating highly emotional atmospheres, Rosetta focuses more on blending their hardcore influences with the clear passages. This creates a very interesting mix of both aggression and melodies unlike other bands are able to achieve. All seven tracks in this release are masterfully crafted from start to finish, showing the high level of musicianship this band possesses.

The album production creates a very thick atmosphere with all elements mixed similarly there is a sense of chaos in their music. This chaos is perfectly calculated and makes this release standout and be aggressive, not a complete snore fest like most Post-Metal/Shoegaze releases these days. Don’t get us wrong and think this album is just randomly chaotic, because it’s not; it’s just part of the structure of the music.

The guitar work is very traditional of this type of releases, everything from the tuning to the riffing. The drumming is stellar, especially in the clean atmospheric parts. The vocals are not so much on our favorite range, but they are adequate for the harsh sections of the music. We loved that the band incorporated some clean vocals but did not abused them, most bands suffer from this problem when trying to sound too artsy.

In general “A Determinism of Morality” is a great release. The band has been perfecting their sound over the years and with this album they are closer to perfection. If you are looking for a trippy (and aggressive) release to relax after a day of work, definitely get this album and keep an eye out for this band in the future.

Band: Rosetta Album: A Determinism of Morality
Label: Translation Loss Records

Release: May 25th, 2010

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Genre: Post-Metal, Shoegaze, Hardcore

Country: USA

Rating: 88/100