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Philadelphia, United States (2003 – present)

There is more than one band with the name Rosetta.

1. Philadelphia quartet Rosetta push the boundaries between , , , , , , and , with influences as diverse as Neurosis, Isis, My Bloody Valentine, Frodus, and Stars of the Lid. The band somewhat humorously self-describes its music as “metal for astronauts”, and its members are very interested in astronomy and space travel. Their first album (The Galilean Satellites, 2005) was an especially ambitious project: the goal was to record two discs of equal length (one a metal album, the other a noise/ambient/drone album), each of which could stand on its own, but played together would create a third, more intense experience. The technique fits well with the band’s unique experiments in noise, sampling, feedback and power. The sheer amount of aural input means every listen becomes a new experience, allowing the listener to pick up on more and more layers within the sounds.

Their next album (Wake/Lift, 2007) was a bit more restrained, but for this reason, really allows the band’s songwriting to solidify and proves them worthy of the “mainstream” of the avant-metal world.

The third full-length album, A Determinism of Morality, was released in May of 2010, and featured shorter, faster songs, with a bit more attention to technical playing and compositional structure.


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    Flies to Flame is great.

    30 Jan 5:11am Reply
  • Deaddesu

    хохлы зима близко

    29 Jan 5:36pm Reply
  • Dream-core

    Can't describe how I love their music.

    20 Jan 4:56pm Reply

    audio/visual is a good starter for 2015.

    18 Jan 1:32pm Reply
  • PerfectSelf

    Крутые ребята

    18 Jan 11:57am Reply
  • Ladariel

    The OST is the best beginning of new year.

    15 Jan 2:46pm Reply
  • cyan_legend

    waiting in Saint-Petersburg!

    13 Jan 9:17pm Reply
  • sumliennie

    Waiting in Minsk, Belarus! [2]

    11 Jan 10:09am Reply
  • JIe0H

    waiting in Minsk, Belarus!

    7 Jan 10:22am Reply
  • piggyjohn

    the OST album is just wonderful

    6 Jan 11:09pm Reply
  • pukylly

    wonderful news on e-mail today morning :) love that more ambiental sound, suits more with this depressive winter weather :)

    6 Jan 3:45pm Reply
  • Electric__Frost

    I don't feel the disappointment a lot of people felt with The Anaesthete. I listened to it for the first time driving back from Leeds after seeing the band at Damnation Festival in 2013 and it was a very good experience. Low Autumn sunlight, long and clear roads, a mild hangover and the feeling of peace after weekend well spent. I suppose that has coloured my subsequent experience of the album, but it has never been anything else to me but another great record.

    6 Jan 2:17pm Reply
  • mk741 (In case some didn't get the email) A pay what you want release. Will def. check out myself (along with that new EP!) Diggin this recent surge of activity from the Rosetta camp. Hopefully both releases are stronger than the mediocre Anaesthete.

    6 Jan 4:21am Reply
  • DragonBottles

    The Anaesthete grew on me a lot, actually. Great album. Not sure why people are so disappointed with it.

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
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  • krumbledkookie

    ... feeling a strong desire... nay, a desperate need to see this band live again. Two times is not enough. Really want to hear the new songs in a live setting.

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
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  • One-O

    And I thought I'll never experience anything close to what I did when I first discovered ISIS. I couldn't be more wrong.

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • amneckbeard

    great new EP got me back into this band

    3 Dec 2014 Reply

    Gone all the passion that once dominated their sound!

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
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