I got pretty stoked for this, Philly post-metal giants Rosetta‘s split with like-minded space rock foursome Junius, when I heard ‘TMA-3’ a few months ago, one of the two tracks Rosetta contributed to the EP which came out two days ago. Where the band have been a little guilty of Isis worship in the past, 2009’s A Determinism of Morality full-length really saw everything fall into place as they lowered the song lengths, upped the BPM and, gasp, included clean vocals for what was one of the year’s best releases. Both tracks included here continue this fine run of form, the aforementioned ‘TMA-3’ offering a familiar but no less rad nine minute post-metal excursion complete with killer screamed vocals which will undoubtedly satisfy fans of Wake/Lift, while ‘4th of July’ makes up for its shorter length with bursts of menacing, sludgy intensity usually reserved for the conclusion of a long build up. I’m not too crazy about the vocals on Junius’ two efforts, but check out ‘Fire Head’ for an example of heavy hooks done right. Originality within this whole ‘Cult of NeurIsis’ genre is starting to become more and more rare, but I daresay this split is an exception, download below.
Rosetta/Junius – Split EP
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