Rosaline
The Vitality Theory


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Lowe CONTRIBUTOR (87 Reviews)
June 22nd, 2012 | 35 replies | 1,792 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great post-hardcore record hampered by "metalcore acceptance syndrome."

Madison Stolzer, Rosaline's main songwriter and guitarist/clean vocalist formed Rosaline in 2005, but the band didn't really kick off until Madison was kicked out of Emarosa in 2007 after playing on the bands first two EP's. He stated that he wanted to form a band that was a throwback to early 2000's melodic post-hardcore and he definitely achieves what he was going for on Rosaline's second record The "Vitality Theory."

Rosaline were a band that weren't afraid to wear their influences on their sleeve. One can easily pick up traces of The Appleseed Cast and Explosions In The Sky in this album, especially in the instrumental 10 minute closer, the intros on most tracks, and interludes. The band are also self proclaimed Thursday and Thrice worshipers and it shows. The weakest and most out of place of the band's influence was their metalcore traits. Certain sections of the album that adhere to the metalcore genre feel out of place and inferior to the rest of the album. Rosaline's second album "The Vitality Theory" could have been a much more enjoyable listen if they had dropped the metalcore gimmick and added more of their original voice to the record.

The album starts really strong with tracks like "London Lost It's Fog" and the opening track, but falls flat on it's face with the horrible song "Face Like Thunder". It feels like Rosaline made a song catering to the "Core" kids and obviously weren't feeling the song, as it comes of as pandering. The chorus of the song is actually pretty decent, but the track is derailed by a truly abysmal breakdown. Another bad track is "Repeat After Me," a really forced ballad that sounds like A Day To Remember at their worst. Really cheesy lyrics accompanied by bland acoustic guitar chords and a shaker make for one lousy song. These two songs alone hold this album back from being truly great. The Vitality Theory does have enough killer tracks to keep the record afloat however.

It's Just Better For Everyone is a great post rock influenced song that starts off with soft twinkly guitars being contrasted with pounding drums that eventually builds up to a huge climax. Madison truly shines on this track and shows that they should have dropped the harsh vocalist completely and just let Madison do all of the vocals. The song ends with some great sing along gang vocals and a killer keyboard line.The weakest part of the track is of course the part where they try to get heavy with the terrible screams, it doesn't derail the whole song, but it's pretty forgettable.

London Lost It's Fog seems to be the only song where the screams work properly. The song starts off with a minor melody that builds into a thunderous heavy part with some open note chugs that don't feel out of place for once, and then blasts into an extremely melodic chorus with one guitar trudging through pretty power chords, while the other guitar playing harmonics, all with some impressive clean vocals over the top.

Some of the lyrics can be really cheesy and or way to obvious. For instance "Within this bottle I'll build a ship and I'll sail it straight into your lips", if this isn't an oral sex reference then I don't know what is. The line "This place is a battlefield" from the song aptly titled This Place Is A Battlefield is probably the most cliched line in the post hardcore/metalcore scene. The track does have a killer intro and bridge, but the verses are pretty lame and are of course ruined by the terrible screamer.

All in all The Vitality has a few amazing songs, a few forgettable ones, and a couple terrible tracks. This was Rosaline's second album and it showed a lot of potential, but they unfortunately broke up in 2011 likely due to being disenfranchised with the scene and not getting signed to a choice label. It's really unfortunate because this band could have done great things. The Vitality Theory would have made for an incredible five or six track EP, but is regrettably severely hampered by a few bad tracks.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2012



49791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A guilty pleasure of mine that I've been wanting to review for a long time
If you like post-hardcore you should check it out, a few of the songs are incredible


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Recspecs
June 21st 2012



9820 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'll check this out.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2012



49791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks bro

RosaParks
June 21st 2012



14592 Comments


"metalcore acceptance syndrome".
i love that

and i even put the period outside the quotations to suit my preference

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2012



49791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was never sure about the whole ." ". thing

chambered49
June 21st 2012



1727 Comments


cheesy and or way to obvious




think that should be too man


great review terbor

ChuckyTruant
June 21st 2012



15707 Comments


Awesome review rob. Just my suggestion, bold songs and use italics for the album title

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ChuckyTruant
June 21st 2012



15707 Comments


But yeah man will check this for sure

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2012



49791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I always forget to do that, thanks

ChuckyTruant
June 21st 2012



15707 Comments


No prob

KSK1
June 21st 2012



4072 Comments


Sounds interesting will check. Nice review.

RosaParks
June 21st 2012



14592 Comments


"I was never sure about the whole ." ". thing"
it's whatever

i don't think there's any correct way per se, it's just preference

Fluttertrank
June 21st 2012



17098 Comments


good review.

and Model Ships is pretty good

ChuckyTruant
June 21st 2012



15707 Comments


Oops my bad bro I called you Rob instead of Ron lol.

Sup flutter - I'm just call you by your actual name now lol

So sup Tomas

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2012



49791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol my name is Rob

Fluttertrank
June 21st 2012



17098 Comments


lol sup chuck(lol i guess thats your real name?)

ChuckyTruant
June 21st 2012



15707 Comments


Aww fuck Rob you got me so confuzzled man lol

And si Tomas

Funeralopolis
June 21st 2012



11025 Comments


thats a relief

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Fluttertrank
June 21st 2012



17098 Comments


lol

also rob is a boss name

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2012



49791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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