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  • Years Active

    2003 – present (14 years)

  • Founded In

    Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States

  • Members

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.

The fourth full-length album saw a change in release strategy by the band. Released through its own bandcamp The Anaesthete was released as a 'pay what you wish' release on August 8th 2013. The band hoped that the money paid by the fans would allow them to invest in a vinyl run in the USA as a CD/Vinyl deal was in place for Europe ( Debemur Morti Productions) and Australia (Monolith). On August 15th the band posted a facebook update on its DIY 'experiment'.

The original and constant lineup:

Michael Armine - vocals, sound manipulation;
James Matthew Weed - guitar, violin;
David Grossman - bass guitar, vocals;
Bruce McMurtrie Jr. - drums.


Demo - 2003/2004
The Galilean Satellites (2xCD) - 2005
Project Mercury (split w/ Balboa) - 2007
Wake/Lift - 2007
The Cleansing Undertones of Wake/Lift - 2007
Three Way Split w/ East of the Wall & Year of No Light - 2009
A Determinism of Morality - 2010
Restorations/Rosetta Split - 2010
The Anaesthete - 2013

2. For the female-fronted Japanese visual-kei band, see the Rosetta page.

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