Rosetta/Junius
Split


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ryan Kroner USER (29 Reviews)
October 6th, 2011 | 34 replies | 4,918 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's all about the atmosphere, man.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Everyone loves atmosphere. From the suffocating bleakness of the latest Ulcerate record to drawn-out string arrangements of a Stars of the Lid meandering, atmosphere can be found in both the heaviest and the most peaceful dredges of the world of music. Genres beginning with "post" rely on it even more than others, and one can't get much more atmospheric than Rosetta or Junius. With 3 full-lengths each, both are relatively new to the scene, but in that time, they've both managed to make reasonably large dents in the domain of atmosphere-centric microgenres whose validity people enjoy debating. For one who loves meandering epics soaked in more reverb and delay than a cold, refreshing, and delicious Tres Leches cake is in sweetened condensed milk, what could be a more welcome thing than a split by both bands?

On the first side of the record, Junius, the lesser-known of the two contributing bands, debut a track oh-so-enticingly entitled A Day Dark With Night. The name's lack of creativity aside, Junius are absolutely in top form here, taking their droning, vocal-driven post-rock delivery and expanding it into an 8-minute epic, longer than most tracks they've crafted in the past. With powerful riffs, incredibly dreamy and very unique vocals, and, of course, buckets of glorious reverb, they weave an intricate soundscape of multiple textures to a level of success striven for by so many similar acts. Technical proficiency isn't the name of the game here: it's all about honing all 8 of those magnificent atmosphere-drenched minutes into a song that's intelligent enough to hold the interest of the connoisseur, but catchy and emotional enough as not to turn away the casual listener.

Let's be completely honest with ourselves, though: it is highly probable that you sought out this split not for Junius, but for Rosetta, everyone's favorite delay addicts. They contribute a 9.5-minute slab of their signature hardcore-driven post-metal (no matter how much Armine might protest, his band's categorization in this silly microgenre is more or less unavoidable) that acts as a hybrid of the lengthy Cult of NeurIsis worship displayed on Wake/Lift with the more energetic and concise dynamics of A Determinism of Morality. An avid Rosetta fan may experience a sense of dej√°-vu at the hands of a very familiar chord progression that carries through the entire song (most prominently utlized on the title track of Determinism), but Rosetta progress substantially in other areas. Mike Armine's vocals are as intense and heartfelt as they have ever been, and Bruce McMurtrie Jr, as usual, utterly dominates the kit, again proving himself to be one of the scene's most underrated drummers. The largest improvement, however, lies in the string section. Rosetta progressed in riff-writing ability on Determinism more than they ever had in the past, but TMA-3 takes it to a whole new level. They utilize the obligatory ambient sections, but these are permeated by immensely catchy riffs. The last quarter of the song consists of an almost danceable tapping guitar line and even ends with odd-meter Meshuggah-esque chugging (think Je N'en Connais Pas la Fin, except better).

The only real issue on this split is the refusal of both bands to make significant progressions in their sound, but when it comes down to it, this is not actually a problem. It depends on who you ask, but to the average Rosetta or Junius fan, neither of the bands' sounds is broke, nor do they need fixing. This split will not covert the naysayers, not will it revolutionize the field of reverb and delay-obsessed indulgences, but for what it is, no one could have asked for anything better than this. So I strongly encourage you to do yourself a favor. Pick up this excellent split, find a quiet place (herbal recreational items are optional), and immerse yourself in some of the most relaxing "heavy" music to ever be crafted by bearded hipsters.



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Ignimbrite
October 6th 2011



5293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It might be a bit long for a two-sing split, but hey, the songs are lengthy. I may add something about the bonus tracks later. Also, 1st review on the new account. whoopee

Blindsided
October 6th 2011



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Heard the Rosetta side on Brooklyn Vegan a while back, probably one of the best Rosetta songs I've heard yet.

Wizard
October 6th 2011



19206 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Both bands are pretty mediocre on this album. Also, Junius kinda sucks.

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

DoubtGin
October 6th 2011



6748 Comments


no

Ignimbrite
October 6th 2011



5293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wiz, you're a great guy who likes some awesome music, but when it comes to Rosetta I'm most likely not going to ever agree with you.

Ignimbrite
October 6th 2011



5293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

have you heard the song off the Juarez split?

Inveigh
October 6th 2011



24752 Comments


interested to hear this, love most of Rosetta's stuff. never heard Junius though.

Wizard
October 7th 2011



19206 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Wiz, you're a great guy who likes some awesome music, but when it comes to Rosetta I'm most likely not going to ever agree with you.

I have my moments of "wtf" all the time, you should be used to that by now hahahaha.

The review was very well done, pos'.

Motiv3
October 7th 2011



8905 Comments


judging by the rosetta track i heard this isnt any good. How the mighty has fallen since the galilean satellite

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

Photon
October 7th 2011



1292 Comments


junius S/T is a really good album . TMA 3 was pretty good . I will probably like this anyway

BetaAquilae
October 7th 2011



248 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Matt Weed's the guitarist bro.

Split is great, but as much as i love Rosetta, the Soundgarden cover really just blows.

Ignimbrite
October 7th 2011



5293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh yeah, thanks.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
October 7th 2011



8738 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

as a fan of both bands, this is bad. rosetta's song sucks compared to the live version, junius is meh in both songs and rosetta's cover is reeeally bad. fuck you, 2011. :[

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Ignimbrite
October 8th 2011



5293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Noctus, you are simultaneously a shining ray of positivity in these depressing Sputnik realms and a depressing raincloud of :[

I personally prefer this to the Restorations split by a fairly wide margin. Also, 2011 rules, i dunno wut u b speakin of

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
October 8th 2011



8738 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

so many disappointments ]:

also

"This spit will not covert the naysayers,"

hehe spit :]

Ignimbrite
October 8th 2011



5293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dammit, thanks. i wrote this on a school computer and they recently got a bunch of stupid compact mac keyboards and i hate them

bububut... Corrupted, Ash Borer, Falls of Rauros, Earth, Ulcerate...

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
October 8th 2011



8738 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i only liked 3 of those, and only 1 of them was album of the year material. last year i had like 10 strong contenders for aoty. :[

Ignimbrite
October 8th 2011



5293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

but last year's music was so boring and uneventful :[

buck up, new Russian Circles later this month, Blut Aus Nord in November, a Rosetta EP later this year or early next year, and stuff i'm forgetting

next year will be epic. neurosis, cult of luna

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
October 8th 2011



8738 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

didn't hear about the rosetta ep, that sounds neat provided it's not as bad as this

Ignimbrite
October 8th 2011



5293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it was annouced on their blog a while back.



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