Rosetta
Utopioid


4.0
excellent

Review

by Luke M. Jenkins (Confessed) USER (87 Reviews)
September 6th, 2017 | 87 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Thoroughly enjoyable outing from the post metal titans, even if it is a departure from the sound so prevalent on previous releases.

Rosetta have come to be a force to be reckoned with over the past few years in the Post Metal genre, releasing a number of excellent albums during their tenure in the music business. Their debut, The Galilean Satellites, is hailed as a classic within the genre, with it pushing the boundaries by incorporating a double album that musically synchronised when both discs were played simultaneously. Since then, the band have carved their niche within Post Metal, with Wake/Lift and A Determinism of Morality proving to be stellar releases. Their style is comparable to that of bands such as Pelican and ISIS but the main thing that separates them from their peers is the theme of space that runs across their discography. Quintessential Ephemera, whilst not as highly credited as other releases, showed a band more willing to experiment with the lighter side of their sound. This is where Utopioid fits in nicely; overall, the album is a lot more organic sounding than previous releases. In general, this is like nothing they've produced before - there is a lot more focus on atmosphere and melody, with particular attention to detail paid to the cleaner, lighter side of the bands sound.

The album opens up with an instrumental in the form of Amnion. Nothing particularly extraordinary here to be frank - gentle guitar sets a calm and serene atmosphere, which is followed on nicely by Intrapartum. There is a lot more focus on Rosetta's unity as a whole I feel. They certainly are not recapturing the sounds of their first three records but the emotion throughout the album is felt immensely. Neophyte Visionary, one of the albums early highlights, brings forth the ever recognisable harsh vocals for the first time on the album. One thing I did notice is that they are quite deep in the mix and not as forthright as say Wake/Lift - they are not utilised a great deal on Utopioid but where they are used, the fit the music well and help to heighten the overall emotion that is so prevalent throughout the album.

Generally speaking, everything present on Utopioid is solid. On first listen, I could differentiate between all of the tracks very well, yet nothing particularly stood out from the set as a whole. Every track has great moments - King Ivory Tower is a powerhouse of great riffs and a good vocal performance. 54543 is a very unique track, especially considering the band rarely deviate from their layering of sounds to produce a more 'wholesome' feel. The heavier sections of Qohelet sound excellent, which makes me wonder why the band didn't feature more elements such as this throughout Utopioid. However, the album flows brilliantly from start to finish and even though the band have most definitely departed from the sound that made them such a force to be reckoned with in Post Metal, the new approach to song writing and atmosphere is most definitely welcomed.

It seems no matter which direction the band take, they can do no wrong. Utopioid is a great addition to their discography, despite the fact that in general, the band are not as visceral or insurmountably heavy when compared to releases such as Wake/Lift. Utopioid certainly isn't album of the year in any respect but the band can be satisfied (as well as the listener) that they have produced a thoroughly enjoyable release full of atmosphere and fantastic instrumental work.

Recommended Tracks

Neophyte Visionary
King Ivory Tower
Qohelet



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Confessed2005
September 6th 2017


3816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is a 3.8 to be exact. It may grow on me however. It is good but I feel they could have done more to incorporate heavier elements to it.

Digging: August Burns Red - Phantom Anthem

NOTINTHEFACE
September 6th 2017


1685 Comments


My feeling is that at this point, Rosetta are a gimmick, but it's one that I can't get enough of.

Astral Abortis
Contributing Reviewer
September 6th 2017


2905 Comments


I feel like they should have never made anything after Determinism. Solely to appease me and the reverence I have for those first three albums. Everything else seems like a poorly adapted version of what made Rosetta great and lacks all the mystique.

SgtShock
September 6th 2017


686 Comments


Ive been spinning a lot the past few days and its hard to pinpoint my feelings in it. The whole album feels like it was painted in watercolor. On one hand, its a muted, blended take on their sound. On the other hand, its homogeneity gives it a nice sense of direction and concept. Still, sometimes you want a meal with some texture, not a soup (if you know what I mean).

daBomb88
September 6th 2017


73 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm enjoying the album but QE tops it. Neither of them quite touch ADMO though.

Evokaphile
September 6th 2017


5340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well, ADMO is incredible so that much is assumed. As long as its better than Anesthete I wont be wholly dissatisfied lol

Digging: The Tragically Hip - Road Apples

tacos N stuff
September 6th 2017


2644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ADOM and TGS are top but i actually think this is a real return to form

I like this much more than Quin

PistolPete
September 6th 2017


4453 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Anyone know why they haven't been putting their albums up on the main streaming services? Apple Music only has their first three and a couple splits/EP

Digging: Arcane Roots - Melancholia Hymns

tacos N stuff
September 6th 2017


2644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is honestly why i still back mp3 players pretty hard

JAV
September 6th 2017


2743 Comments


All of their albums are on bandcamp, just split between Translation Loss and their personal page. Probably just the best deal in terms of money and rights I'm betting.

Hopelust
September 6th 2017


2733 Comments


Yea I just tried to find this on spotify... nothing. Listening to another 4 rated album instead.

DarkNoctus
September 6th 2017


10031 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i really cannot get into this. the production sounds hideous to me and it just lacks the memorable moments that the last three albums had in spades (and their other albums for that matter), and i'm really not keen on the reliance on the frankly indistinct clean vocals. i'm hoping it grows on me like the anaesthete did, though oddly quintessential ephemera didn't need to grow on me at all. we'll see.

Digging: Bell Witch - Mirror Reaper

Evokaphile
September 6th 2017


5340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"i'm hoping it grows on me like the anaesthete did"



Damn that thing did the opposite of grow on me lol. Other than that I've really enjoyed everything they've done so I'm hoping I can get into this.

DarkNoctus
September 6th 2017


10031 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i hated it to begin with but it really grew on me in the end. oddly, QE took no growing at all. this one... well, it's not treating me so well. the only track i like is king ivory towers.

GhostOfSarcasticBtrd
September 6th 2017


5401 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Hey thanks for doing this. Correct rating, too.

Digging: Arcane Roots - Melancholia Hymns

tacos N stuff
September 6th 2017


2644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really dont mind the production on this *shrug emoji*

SgtShock
September 6th 2017


686 Comments


King Ivory Tower goes hard

FearThyEvil
September 6th 2017


15343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Still really liking the this and the last album but you can tell this band has definitely completely changed their sound now and are sticking to it.

GhostOfSarcasticBtrd
September 7th 2017


5401 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

My taste has changed alike tho, so I'm happy they evolved.

Confessed2005
September 7th 2017


3816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool that this review got featured. Thanks for all the comments so far guys.



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