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Space Rockers Rosetta Announce Aotearoa Tour

Space Rockers Rosetta Announce Aotearoa Tour

Wednesday 18th October, 2017 12:36PM

Philadelphia post-rock/metal crew Rosetta have announced they are bringing their atmospheric take on metal and hardcore to our shores for two dates in December. The tour will mark the first time the five-piece has played in New Zealand and will no doubt feature a few tunes from their recently self-released sixth studio album Utopioid. Opening the tour is Wellington’s own purveyors of other-worldly musicianship Spook The Horses, who are also gearing up to release a fresh batch of tunes with their third full-length album People Used To Live Here.

Tuesday 12th December, Valhalla, Wellington
Wednesday 13th December, Ding Dong Lounge, Auckland
Tickets available HERE via UTR

Stream Utopiod below..

Press Release:

Rosetta finally tells New Zealand their story. Formed in Philadelphia in 2003 as a four-piece, Rosettas first two albums—2005s The Galilean Satellites and 2007s Wake/Lift—pulled together elements from 90s hardcore, drone, doom, and atmospheric sludge metal. Informed as much by the minimal soundscapes of Stars of the Lid as by the pulverizing weight of Godflesh, the bands compositions had a spaced-out, exploratory feel, appropriately dubbed “metal for astronauts.”

2010’s A Determinism of Morality moved on from celestial themes, focusing on increased melodic sophistication while honing a confrontational urgency. After concluding a decade-long partnership with Translation Loss Records in 2013, Rosetta embraced their newfound independence with the self-funded, pay-as-you-wish album The Anaesthete. The darkest, most unsettling album of the band’s career also marked their greatest success so far, recouping costs in 24 hours and remaining the top-selling release on Bandcamp for nearly a month. 2015s Quintessential Ephemera, Rosetta’s first effort as a five-piece, received widespread critical and audience acclaim for its energized guitar interplay and evolution of the band’s core sound. With Utopioid, Rosetta has again upended their stylistic palette. But as always, with ever deeper gratitude for the investment of fans around the world, they continue to search for the intersection of heaviness and beauty.

Forging ahead as a fully-independent band, Rosetta returns in 2017 with Utopioid, their sixth full length album and most concept-driven work to date. Written as a four-part song cycle that treads multipolar extremes of texture, dynamics, and harmony, it reaches the highest heights and the deepest lows of the band’s career. An unflinching study of human aspiration, frailty, and betrayal, the album is equal parts mysticism and biography. Utopioid tells a story in sounds, encapsulating and transcending the band’s 14 years of sonic experimentation.


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Rosetta - Utopioid New Zealand Tour
Tue 12th Dec 7:30pm
Valhalla, Wellington
Rosetta - Utopioid New Zealand Tour
Wed 13th Dec 7:30pm
Ding Dong Lounge, Auckland