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Philadelphia, United States (2003 – present)

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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  • ThomasWurmli

    Could someone please upload the videos from China (Release and Wake) to another website? Don't know what's up with that shitty site, but I simply cannot watch the performances, no matter what I do.

    20 Jul 2:42am Reply

    is in my hands now... [2]

    18 Jul 8:43am Reply
  • sanerinchains

    actually the last one is in my hands now...

    17 Jul 9:05am Reply
  • sanerinchains

    last copies are sold out in China tour.

    17 Jul 9:03am Reply
  • maggit

    Two years ago I bought one of the last copies they had on tour. Doesn't Translation Loss sell any copies?

    14 Jul 1:14pm Reply
  • SiMonvmentvm

    Srsly where does one acquire a copy of the dual Galilean Satellites? I have money.

    10 Jul 9:36pm Reply
  • GreyWarden93

    Хороший, годный пост-митол

    2 Jul 3:35am Reply
  • Bob_Haagstrom

    1 Jul 5:11pm Reply
  • AvertedTrope

    YO. The documentary finally got a release date of Autumn 2014. There's a crowdfunding...thing over at Indiegogo for it.

    22 Jun 8:08pm Reply
  • leo_____

    when I listen to Rosetta I feel they're my favourite band, and I listen them all the time

    8 Jun 1:46am Reply
  • irishtim

    I'm excited to hear the new ep. Have they announced a release date?

    7 Jun 4:16pm Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Ślaska dla fanów Rosetta

    31 May 6:12pm Reply
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    30 May 7:03pm Reply
  • Downtuned

    The Anaesthete was fucking awesome, I will never understand why people want to keep hearing the same album not twice, but 3 times in a row. You are entitled to your own opinion but don't go posting that shit around as a fact.

    27 May 7:02am Reply
  • DruMmEr0s

    "The Anaesthete" isn't emotional. It's just raw and rather boring. [2] unfortunately, it's true..

    18 May 6:49pm Reply
  • sanerinchains

    Rosetta will tour China July this year! Check this out everyone!

    16 May 1:25am Reply
  • SiMonvmentvm

    Does anybody have a link to purchase/download the Combined Galilean Satellites? Can't find dis anywhere.

    15 May 6:15pm Reply
  • jellybeanery

    I thought The Anaesthete was amazing. [2] So excited for the new EP ♥

    11 May 1:34am Reply
  • Bur_Bot

    The Anaesthete is above-emotional

    9 May 1:26am Reply
  • lintu987

    Guys. First listen to "A Determinism of Morality" and tracks like "So warm a solitude". Then listen to "The Anaesthete". Hear the difference? The most important things in Rosetta's music are EMOTIONS. Deep emotions, melancholy, sorrow. "The Anaesthete" isn't emotional. It's just raw and rather boring.

    3 May 7:19pm Reply
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