Rosetta
The Anaesthete


4.0
excellent

Review

by Cryogenix USER (3 Reviews)
August 8th, 2013 | 77 replies | 8,176 views


Release Date: 08/08/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I shed a tear for what Rosetta might have become but is slowly dying in the shadows of mediocrity as an unwanted child with a beautiful mind not even its mother is able to understand let alone appreciate.

1 of 40 thought this review was well written

Rosetta have always been a hit and miss band. They describe themselves as a band for the astronaut lost in space and while they always have had amazing and epic soundscapes that forecast doom, despair, the end of existence, and generally force you to rethink your entire life, there is a different side to them. They have a very distortion heavy hard core (or call it what you will) trait that sucks more than the black hole the drifting astronaut will end up in. It fascinates me how they're able to completely ruin perfection with utter trash and are willing to do so.

On their last effort things were improving however, especially on compositions like Renew, Release (at least the first half), Je n'en connais pas la fin, and even Blue Day for Croatoa and A Determinism of Morality though to a lesser extent. Nevertheless Renew and Je n'en connais pas la fin were complete philosophies, they were worlds of their own, they had such epic and melancholic melodies I could actually visualise Gabriel blowing his horn and existence coming to an end.

All of that changes with The Anaesthete. The cover "art," "artistic" portrayel of the band name on the cover and the name of the album itself were ominous signs. It was something I'd except from a black metal band who can't stop painting their eyeballs black and scratching their testicles with spikes, but not Rosetta. Gone is the sofisticated surrealism, gone is the Post Rock, perhaps not completely, but mostly, and I'm afraid to even think what comes after.

Ryu is the first track and is great, really superb...I thought FINALLY Rosetta are pushing their Post Rock as far as it can go because it reminds me so much of Renew and Je n'en connais pas la fin. That would gradually change as the album went on.

Fudo is...well...ok, decent, nothing groundbreaking though. Boy did my hearth skip a beat after I realized the first track might just be the odd one out, a genetic yet beautiful mistake. Slowly but evidently the boring junk takes over Post Rock.

This is even more evident in In & Yo which is dull and boring with almost no post rock whatsoever. Rosetta isn't a band I'd imagine listening to while hardly suppressing the urge to skip a track.

Oku starts with probably the worst crap I've heard this year, it adds a bit of Post Rock half way through but nothing epic, nothing memorable and concludes on a dull note. At this point things are looking pretty grim and I wish I would have just repeated the first track forever, never listening to the other eight, it's like when you realize Santa Claus doesn't exist.

Hodoku is different though. It's beautiful, epic, and the ethereal vocals are superb. The piano adds a whole new flavour I wish Rosetta would pursue a bit more, it makes it all sound dramatic. It's another beautiful genetic mistake though, one that exists only to revive an almost bludgeoned to death hope.

Oh how naive I must have been for not expecting Myo to just hit me in the head with more trashy hard core from the very first second of the track. Here I was, waiting in anticipation for Renew 2, and it never happened. All I got was more distortion to drown out my cries.

I was almost afraid to listen to Hara fearing disappointment, however it was ill founded as it's yet again a very surreal and epic composition that makes you feel like you're lost in life, makes you contemplate your very existence. It was unexpected as I grew accustomed to Rosetta disappointing me by then.

And just as I expected the last two tracks are pure crap. There are soundscapes, by all means, but they're not Post Rock at all, they're something you'd expect a gothic band to play with their eyelashes while licking their guitars. They're too pretentious, "black" and "tr00" I shed a tear for what Rosetta might have become but is slowly dying in the shadows of mediocrity as an unwanted child with a beautiful mind not even its mother is able to understand let alone appreciate.

Recommended Tracks: Ryu, Hodoku, Hara
Worth a listen: Fudo

Rating: It's extremely hard to rate Rosetta. How do you rate an album with 3 amazing tracks, 1 decent and 5 terrible ones? If you give it a high rating you're giving too much to those 5 bad ones, yet if you give it a low rating it's a disservice to those 3 great tracks. Just imagine the album consists of only those 4 tracks, the other part is an entirely different hard core band who also did the cover art and band name "art" and it's actually a split EP. Just find an excuse damnit!


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Comments:Add a Comment 
dosia
August 8th 2013



53 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The contrast between a rating and an opening paragraph is misleading. Without a "rating" paragraph this review sounds like the album is bad.

I don't know... so far I like only Hara. I'll give the album more spins but I'm afraid it will end as a solid 3.



MO
August 8th 2013



18181 Comments


premature ejacreview

JS19
August 8th 2013



4152 Comments


Don't review this early it's dumb

Digging: Sadistik - Ultraviolet

SAPoodle
August 8th 2013



450 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sorry man, neg'd. Also, album's only been out for like 6 hours

geasoftime
August 8th 2013



1139 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You should just write your reviews in your native language. I don't think your English is good enough for this kind of thing yet.

Cryogenix
August 8th 2013



114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I explained the odd rating. I wish there was no such thing as a rating, or the rating being optional, or one being able to rate individual songs rather than the whole album.

SlMBOLlC
August 8th 2013



4827 Comments


" 3 amazing tracks, 1 decent and 5 terrible ones? , 4/5"

math makes sense to me

Cryogenix
August 8th 2013



114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'M GOING TO SPACE! THAT'S RIGHT! SPACE! WHENEVER I FART SHIT HITS THE FAN!

JAV
August 8th 2013



1920 Comments


That opening paragraph hurt my brain. You should definitely rewrite this.
If English isn't your first language like geasoftime said it would make a lot of sense why the review sounds so odd.


minty901
August 8th 2013



1962 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

neg. haven't read it but neg. no respect for getting a review out this early and your opinion should be ignored -- whatever that opinion may be. future visitors to this website should ignore this review, just fyi. and since i'm talking to you... hi future person! 2013 was a pretty good year. this album is probably a "classic" now right? hope you're sat there listening to some new isis reunion album or something. that would be sweet, fair play to you if you are -- enjoy!

lauriej
August 8th 2013



1711 Comments


i call troll

minty901
August 8th 2013



1962 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah i just read this and either it is a troll or simply someone who is terrible at reviewing music.

Motiv3
August 8th 2013



8888 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I wasn't impressed with this on first listen. I think Rosetta's sound as a bad is wearing off me.

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

MasBarHigeuoris21
August 8th 2013



1526 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Review is very misleading. How can you give this a 4 if you trash the album throughout your whole review? Negd

JAV
August 8th 2013



1920 Comments


It's not a problem having a review out this early assuming he didn't listen to it only right when it came out. It has to be well written though. This is a mess.

Tyrael
August 8th 2013



20713 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Give it time to sink (at least a few days) before you review something dude

oltnabrick
August 8th 2013



30039 Comments


lol dam

MrElmo
August 8th 2013



1950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Let an album sink in before you write about it, reviews that come the same day as the release just aren't credible.

MrElmo
August 8th 2013



1950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

After reading it's actually a shit review anyway...

Underflow
August 8th 2013



2522 Comments


Lol yeah I read the summary and a figurative question mark popped over my head.



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