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Rosetta A Determinism of Morality


01. Ayil 02. Je N'en Connais Pas La Fin 03. Blue Day for Croatoa 04. Release 05. Revolve 06. Renew 07. A Determinism of Morality
2010 Translation Loss Records
Our score 7

by Nick
6/27/2010

Rosetta has put some excellent material to tape over the last few years. It's easy to consider their past two full-lengths to be required listening for all of those on board with the still-growing Cult of Neur-Isis movement of the last decade (and beyond), although their ambience-heavy, delay-soaked approach doesn't borrow much more than sweeping song structures from the genre's trio of major names. I'd argue that their latest release, A Determinism of Morality, is their first that truly feels the weight of the expectations that come along with being a firmly established band. And that can be tough sometimes. In that light, since the guys in Rosetta have stuck with the major elements that make up their trademark sound -- layers of warm guitars, echoes of screams, a rhythm section fond of momentarily locking into a groove at the end of a well-crafted build -- it doesn't seem that anyone is going to be let down by these seven tracks. Furthermore, there are subtle, masterful touches that didn't show up on The Galilean Satellites or Wake/Lift. "Ayil" offers a feedback- and noise-laden breakdown that proves to be the bands heaviest recorded moment. It also sounds nearly identical to Coalesce (a comparison furthered, of course, by the likeness in vocals to those of Sean Ingram), but that's certainly a good thing. "Blue Day for Croatoa" is the record's instrumental track, but it leans less on delay-heavy guitars in favor of a more straightforward, cleaner progression that is reminiscent of Tarentel. "Revolve" has some cleverly syncopated one-string guitar riffs near its close as well as the tasteful addition of gang-vocals to add an extra dimension to Michael Armine's almost omnipresent scream. On that note, "Release" also ventures into more adventurous vocals territory, only this time with clean singing and mixed results. With most of the instrumentation and Armine's screams being coated in a layer of ambience and delay, the singing's high and bright presence in the mix is almost blinding. I like the idea, but its inclusion could have been a little more organic. As much as I like some of the smaller additions on A Determinism of Morality, I can't get past the fact that it's just not sufficiently different to instill excitement. The shift between The Galilean Satellites and its abundance of traditional metallic riffing to Wake/Lift and its more expansive songwriting approach was noticeable and very respectable. However, A Determinism of Morality just feels like a lateral step -- competent and enjoyable, but very safe. Again, previous fans of Rosetta aren't likely to be let down -- the band is too well-oiled to release a musically poor record -- but the likelihood that this goes down in history as a "mind-blowing" album is pretty small. Bottom Line: Rosetta's A Determinism of Morality maintains the same level of musicianship and mastery of ambient metal that the band set with The Galilean Satellites and Wake/Lift. Yet, even with the inclusion of a few clever songwriting touches (gang vocals, clean singing, brief periods of previously unused guitar work), the release is lacking a defining direction that it needs. It's also possible that my overexposure to this type of music leaves me more critical than most. Either way, it's still a good record, and proof that Rosetta still rightfully owns their niche in the atmospheric metal world.

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anonymous 6/27/2010 10:45:08 AM

First post and I don't even care about this crappy band.


hotaction_ 6/27/2010 12:40:23 PM

thanks for posting


mydadfucksme_ 6/27/2010 1:35:36 PM

thought it deserved an 8/10 but a solid review nonetheless.


dick_ 6/27/2010 2:47:06 PM

9/10 album


tony_ 6/27/2010 3:05:46 PM

I actually fully agree with this review. Rosetta is probably my favorite band and a huge influence, musically, so at first I was of the opinion that this album was phenomenal and the best they've done, hands down. After a while I did start to feel like some of the songs were pretty similar and the singing as well bothered me a bit. I still feel like this is a good record, and probably the one I'd show people new to the band and genre, but it just doesn't quite achieve the same heights as wake


tony_ 6/27/2010 7:12:06 PM

Favourite band? Jesus are you 17?


anonymous 6/27/2010 7:21:37 PM

I can't take Nick seriously, he gives everything a 7...it's ridiculous. He isn't even trying.


shacklemenot_ 6/28/2010 3:12:05 AM

SHIT RIPS, SUCK MY dck


fuck_ 6/28/2010 6:07:56 AM

Yeah dumbf*ck go to a Rosetta show and you'll see all the 17 year olds. Ignorant f*ckface. chock on a coke. If teenagers liked this style of music motherf*ckers wouldn't be playing to 20 people in a bastufft.


ass_ 6/28/2010 6:10:22 AM

Choke of course. f*ck typos.


arty_mcfarty_ 6/28/2010 7:58:18 AM

7/10..........SHOCKER!


onemeansquid_ 6/28/2010 10:32:38 AM

i like this record a lot. the review is pretty much dead on. good but safe.


Brett__ 6/28/2010 12:22:35 PM

"SOMEONE HELP!! THIS COKE IS CHOCKING ME!!!!!!!"


poopcockhahaha_ 6/28/2010 7:12:28 PM

and really, if 17-year-olds liked this shit, it would have been trashed on LG instead of properly reviewed. plus Rosetta probably wouldn't exist anymore....I don't think the guys in this band give a f*ck about anything in this band, other than making the music they want to make.


Godfatherofironaut_ 6/29/2010 8:42:27 PM

Band is f*cking worthless


NJRUSSIANSPY_ 6/29/2010 10:14:28 PM

This is a fair review. Nothing groundbreaking, but a fine addition to their catalog. This band plays flea markets, bastuffts, bah-mitzvahs, college radio stations, sports arenas, the new giants stadium, NYC, LONDON, FARGO, PARIS etc and tours the world on their own dime. No scene wants them and they don't care. DIY FTW PHL PRD


encunted_ 6/30/2010 9:46:28 PM

I found this album a little disappointing a first - probably because their previous material set the bar so damn high - but it's grown on me a lot. Still not as good as Wake/Lift, but pretty f*cken phenomenal all the same.


Godfather_ 7/1/2010 4:05:29 PM

Great band, great review.. I highly recommend this little treasure for it truly inspired me to take those hard sought "next steps" in our so called carnival known as life. Bravo to Nick for truly, truly putting fourth all one's effort to properly document this seemingly transcendent piece of musical history. Bravo chaps, bravo.


Dayman_ 7/1/2010 8:11:52 PM

Waiting for Godfatherofsoul and his hung African-American master to bang my twink bum bum.


7/10_ 7/2/2010 2:19:43 AM

lol


Godfather_ 7/2/2010 9:14:31 AM

I seem to lack, the taste of the big black...Who shall satisfy my needs?


LARGE EBONY MAN_ 7/2/2010 7:58:19 PM

ME


godfatherofsoul_ 7/3/2010 2:32:03 PM

why hello chaps, i like a i few fingas up the stinker ever now and again, dont ya know


Guy in the know_ 7/3/2010 3:59:52 PM

Just so you retards know, godfather was the originator and was imitating himself, and now multiple people are doing it as well as him. I don't know if you know how "BDSM" relationships work. But Godfatherofsoul is being controlled by his male dominant master who is ordering him to humiliate himself publicly via the lambgoat review section.


Myblackson_ 7/3/2010 7:10:23 PM

also he's a ninja.


Myblackdick_ 7/4/2010 12:50:15 AM

Cummin' for Godfather


TakeAsNeededForPain_ 7/14/2010 4:23:14 PM

This record is decent, but this band is pathetic live.


Dog_ 8/11/2010 6:05:20 PM

"Rosetta has put some excellent material to tape over the last few years" No one uses tape anymore, this phrase makes you sound like you don't know shit.


actually_ 8/31/2010 4:02:53 PM

Wake/lift was recorded to tape.


anonymous 11/5/2011 7:28:09 PM

saw this guys yesterday. f*ckin blew me away....