Rosetta have been a critical and listener mainstay of post-metal and post-hardcore for over 15 years. Attentive fans will note that Utopiod harks to ‘90s alternative – shades of Failure, The Smashing Pumpkins and Jawbox crop up all over the place. The increased emphasis on clean vocals and strong melody is certainly a shift for the Philly quintet, but it never strays into the kind of pop cheapness that would undercut their visceral impact or cosmic melancholy. Fans of heavy guitar will appreciate the detailed interplay between Matt Weed and Eric Jernigan, as they bounce between lush psychedelia and brutal valve amp riffage. But the show is almost stolen by Bruce McMurtrie Jr. His drum takes balance fluid detail with crushing impact – the lynchpin of dynamics and aggression for a consistently excellent band, and not to mention, an underrated great of his style. M.A.