Rosetta
A Determinism of Morality


4.5
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Review

by Fosster3567 USER (6 Reviews)
May 18th, 2010 | 44 replies | 6,575 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Rosetta may not be Isis, Neurosis or Pelican, but as of now they are scary close.

The Philly art metal unit has been building promise alongside peers such as Mouth of the Architect, Balboa (with whom Rosetta shared a cool split EP), Cult of Luna and Long Distance Calling. Rosetta's 2007 output Lift/Wake was more of an announcement of this group's capabilities than their brow-raising debut The Galilean Satellites. Yeah, there may be another alt rock Rosetta in Michigan, but at this point, Broad Street's won the bragging rights.

Did anyone expect Rosetta to elevate themselves to the proportions they achieve on their latest album A Determinism of Morality? Seriously, Rosetta suddenly find themselves in a class equal to The Ocean and Red Sparowes this album is that good.

Would peeling the paint be declared an official art form, A Determination of Morality would lie somewhere between impressionism and expressionism. Their isolated fragments dotted, streaked and melded onto an aural escapist canvas, Rosetta has engineered an aerodynamic masterwork of ambient chaos.

Declaring a state of urgency with clambering drum flails by Bruce McMurtrie, Jr. which rolls and rolls and rolls on the opening number "Ayil," Rosetta seizes their audience's attention with massive shakes and throttles before wailing a sequence of ear-puncturing guitar tugs in a loud and shivery breakdown by J. Matthew Weed.

Weed brilliantly escorts rails of shoegazing guitar luminescence ala Kitchens of Distinction, My Bloody Valentine, Lush and Sonic Youth on "Je N'en Connais Pas la Fin" and other songs on A Determination of Morality before he and David Grossman stamp on their pedals and blast their immediate space to obliteration. Their tone-heavy anarchy is controlled by tranqulity as soothing heralds to the bombasts following their wake. When Rosetta amps up on this album, you freaking feel it.

"Blue Day for Croatoa" threads above a whisper upon a strong set of chord sequences and a sleek aura susurrating behind them. Rosetta barely turns up the urgency by the six minute mark yet never delivers a climax. Some may consider this a big-time cheat, but before the listener can cry foul, Rosetta thuds down a climax within the first tick of "Release." They hardly extinguish the intensity minus a swervy stabilization to allot for clean vocal foils against Michael Armine's customary woofing. In the final stanza of "Release," Rosetta turns on the brutality switch yet it's done in such grandiose fashion you can't help but surrender to the emotive mood shift. A ballsy maneuver on Rosetta's part to separate the songs with airs of tension and the suspicion of no payoff, but it works beautifully.

Rosetta plays within the precepts of drone, trance and ostinato yet only on the ten-minute title song do they emulate Isis' sculpture modes. Make no mistake, though; this band is pure alt at-heart, evidenced by the Cure and Siouxie-ish hypno-swoon during the opening of "Revolve."

Jesus and Mary Chain and Cure sprinkles are found throughout the dreamy "Renew," which soon erupts with gorgeous thunder, serving perfect justice to all of the delicate measures planted beforehand. Though you know the aggression is on its way, once Rosetta swings their clubs into action, they're so freaking wonderful you want to scream skywards with rapture. Better yet, Rosetta halts the boom of "Renew" after its momentary arrival, leaving a rare gimme more hankering. Fret not space cadet, for you're lifted, propelled and satiated in full on "A Determinism of Morality."

If this was Dancing With the Stars, it'd be goddamned hard not to pull up that elusive 10 paddle.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Fosster3567
May 18th 2010



76 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Comments, criticisms, suggestions are appreciated.

Inveigh
May 18th 2010



24192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Would peeling the paint be declared an official art form, A Determination of Morality would lie somewhere between impressionism and expressionism. Their isolated fragments dotted, streaked and melded onto an aural escapist canvas, Rosetta has engineered an aerodynamic masterwork of ambient chaos.

man, you were almost losing me in the paragraph before that but then you just dropped that nugget of brilliance and pulled me right back in. pos'd.

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kylelolz
May 18th 2010



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

good stuff breeeeeeeh

Prophet178
May 18th 2010



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just delete the first two paragraphs, the name dropping does nothing for your review.

FadeToBlack
May 18th 2010



10913 Comments


yeah the name-dropping bits need to go

i think you should try using bold or italics or something for band names/albums/songs to make them clearer, atm it just looks kind of... empty

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
May 18th 2010



6961 Comments


Album would be good if it wasn't so boring

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eternium
May 18th 2010



16209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I thought Rosetta was already in a class with The Ocean and above Red Sparowes.

The beginning of the review is meh, but it got a lot better when you actually started describing the album.

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FadeToBlack
May 18th 2010



10913 Comments


also Cult Of Luna are at the right hand of the Neurosis's Post-Metal throne. Isis has a nice little throne to the left which isn't as grand, and Pelican are just lowly servants.

that's how I imagine the post-metal hierachy anyway :P

Inveigh
May 18th 2010



24192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

who would Rosetta be? The resentful and rebellious son of the king who doesn't want to be heir to the throne?

FadeToBlack
May 18th 2010



10913 Comments


eh idk I only have Galilean Satelites (which is awesome), I'll need to give Wake/Lift and this a listen first ;)

NeutralThunder12
May 18th 2010



8742 Comments


Rosetta may not be Isis, Neurosis or Pelican, but as of now they are scary close.

Yeah, Rosetta is better

eternium
May 18th 2010



16209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Neurosis, Isis, Cult of Luna


The Ocean, Rosetta, Pelican


Intronaut, Mouth of the Architect, Giant Squid


Every freaking band that Relinquished knows than that, which is all of them (except The Waters Deep Here, who are of my own finding)


That's my hierarchy.

FadeToBlack
May 18th 2010



10913 Comments


lol @ Rosetta being better than Neurosis

actaully lol @ any band being better than Neurosis

but anyway back on topic nice review, pos'd

NeutralThunder12
May 18th 2010



8742 Comments


uhhh yeah I don't Neurosis well enough yet but every time I hear them I snorreeee. But I dunno. Rosetta definitely shits on Pelican and Isis (yes, imo)

Inveigh
May 18th 2010



24192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't know if Rosetta shits on Isis necessarily, maybe on Wavering Radiant, but Oceanic throught Absence are pretty amazing.

And in no way is Rosetta better than Neurosis (at least yet, but I'm not sure it's possible). They wouldn't even sound like this if it wasn't for Neurosis.

O.J. Simpson
May 18th 2010



408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rosetta may not be Isis, Neurosis or Pelican, but as of now they are scary close.


well Pelican only have one good album so yea duh.

FadeToBlack
May 18th 2010



10913 Comments


Neurosis >>>>> All other forms of audio = Cult Of Luna > Rosetta >> Isis

I love how we've completely hi-jacked this guys thread. SORRY

Relinquished
May 18th 2010



22378 Comments


also Cult Of Luna are at the right hand of the Neurosis's Post-Metal throne. Isis has a nice little throne to the left which isn't as grand, and Pelican are just lowly servants.

that's how I imagine the post-metal hierachy anyway :P

you read my mind. I personally imagine Pelican to be better than the other post-metal bands, probably cuz of my long time with Australasia and This Fire...

Prophet178
May 18th 2010



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Eternium's ranking is spot on.

Relinquished
May 18th 2010



22378 Comments


I should get to that post-metal list of mine and post it here soon...



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