Rosaline
The Vitality Theory


4.0
excellent

Review

by hallflukai USER (2 Reviews)
November 20th, 2010 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rosaline have managed to craft a post-hardcore album that sounds fresh and interesting amidst a sea of boring generic bands.

Post-Hardcore is everywhere. The more concerts you go to, the more generic post-hardcore bands you find. For every unique local band, there are probably 3 generic post-hardcore bands. Because of this, I'm skeptical when listening to any band labeled post-hardcore. There are two ways for said band to catch my ear and make me want to listen to more. Number one is adding something to the mix, and number two is nearly perfecting it.

Rosaline chose to do the latter on The Vitality Theory. There is nothing on this album I haven't heard before, but because Rosaline executes it so well, this album manages to remain interesting and exciting. The guitars are melodic when they need to be, the drummer is great but knows how to hold back so the rest of the band can shine, and both the screaming vocals and the clean vocals sound superb.

This album starts with no holds barred on The Messenger, Infinite; this song showcases everything else that is to come on the album, and is probably one of the best on the album. Listening through the entire album, I can say there are a lot of "wow" moments. That is, there isn't one specific part of a song that you will listen to over and over again, but instead you'll be listening to the entire song over and over again. Each song on this album is pretty unique, but they all manage to blend together quite nicely. It's very impressive how Rosaline manage to blend Face Like Thunder, a very hardcore sounding song, with It's Just Better For Everyone, which is more of a ballad.

Rosaline also chose to throw in an acoustic ballad, very similar to A Day To Remember's If It Means a Lot to You. If this immediately throws up a warning sign in your mind, have no fear; the song is very well written, and doesn't tarry on for too long. If you enjoyed If It Means a Lot to You, you'll absolutely adore this song.

The lyrics on this album are quite poetic, but nothing special. You probably won't find any philosophers mulling over this bands lyrics for years to come, but at the same time, there are a lot worse lyrics to be found. Some of the lyrical topics are easy to figure out; It's Just Better For Everyone and Repeat After Me! being about relationships, while other songs such as Model Ships still remain a mystery to me.

Rosaline have managed to craft a post-hardcore album that sounds fresh and interesting amidst a sea of boring generic bands. Rosaline have left their mark on the genre with The Vitality Theory, and will most likely continue to do so with future releases, if this album is anything to go by.


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Robert Lowe CONTRIBUTOR (3.5)
A great post-hardcore record hampered by "metalcore acceptance syndrome."...


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hallflukai
November 20th 2010


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

First review, be nice.

Nervous Sad Poor
November 20th 2010


73 Comments


review is cool for a first welcome

Captain North
November 20th 2010


6791 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Pretty damn good for a first review. The dude's cleans are pretty great, but the screams feel totally out of place and pretty shitty. Fairly ordinary overall.

TheOceanInside
November 20th 2010


439 Comments


i was never a fan of rosaline tbh.

have a pos, good review.

LiveByFaith
November 21st 2010


141 Comments


i was really into this band when they first started,
im not so sure if ill be able to get into this album.

gabethepiratesquid
February 18th 2011


4521 Comments


This album is still pretty generic, just above average. I was teetering between a 3 and 3.5 for this

Acanthus
February 19th 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album still rocks.

Digging: The Knife - Deep Cuts

IllPromiseYouThat
February 27th 2011


427 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Model Ships alone gave this a 3.5 for me. I saw these guys live a long time ago at a local show. I think its funny that they have that nequa valley gunslinger song cus i have been to nequa valley several times.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 16th 2011


50587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

WITH NOTHING TO HOLD ONTO

Digging: Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2012


50587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This rules, gonna review

Acanthus
January 15th 2012


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hahhaa sweet, still surprised more people haven't found it.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2012


50587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I found these guys from the related bands section in Emarosa's wiki page a long as s time ago

Acanthus
January 15th 2012


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Their album came out when I worked at Hot Topic so it made my list of things to check out.

gabethepiratesquid
January 15th 2012


4521 Comments


I would be mortified to work at Hot Topic

gabethepiratesquid
January 15th 2012


4521 Comments


but then again this is coming from the dude that's still looking for a job so rock on

Evreaia
January 15th 2012


4045 Comments


Album is pretty good!

Acanthus
January 15th 2012


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's cool man, it was 2 years ago when they still played metal.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 15th 2012


50587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Still gonna review

Acanthus
May 16th 2012


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thought you might, summer's the best time for this album.

elry2k
December 19th 2012


121 Comments


I don't like this album. I don't like this band's sound.



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