Uto­pi­oid (In­de­pen­dent)

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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.

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