Forging ahead as a fully-independent band, Rosetta returns in 2017 with Utopioid, their sixth fulllength 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. Formed in Philadelphia in 2003 as a four-piece, Rosetta's first two albums—2005's The Galilean Satellites and 2007's 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 band's 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. 2015's 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.
Written during a flurry of creativity immediately following the completion of their last LP, PSYCHIC TEENS return with HEX: a five song EP that showcases their unique blend of post-punk, goth, shoegaze, and noise rock. With HEX, PSYCHIC TEENS set to capture the sensory overload of their live show -- colossal guitars and ear-piercing volume --and combine it with the gloomy mood they have brought on their previous three LPs.
New Jersey's Gatherers announced their signing to Equal Vision Records in March 2015, with the release of a bold new video for "God Deluxe" from their sophomore full-length, “Quiet World” . The album, which envelopes the listener in a captivating world of catharsis and intensity, was recorded by drummer Adam Cichocki and mixed by Brad Wood (Touché Amoré, Balance & Composure).
Shortly after its debut, the band embarked on a full-U.S. tour supporting Every Time I Die as part of the 2015 Common Vision Tour during which they premiered a second music-video for "Ritual Flowers". The video, shot by Samuel Halleen
(Fearless Records) is an unnerving display of a narrative written and directed by vocalist Rich Weinberger and bassist Matt Popowski.
The band continued to tour through the fall, eventually performing at FEST 14 alongside mewithoutYou and Foxing. After leaving a buzz-worthy impression, the band was invited back to perform at FEST 15 alongside Drug Church and Pianos Become The Teeth.
“Quiet World” follows the release of the band's first EP, “Postcards” (2012) and their debut full-length “Caught Between a Rock and a Sad Place” (2013). With each release, Gatherers has created a truly unparalleled emotional experience.
The band recently finished recording their third full-length album with producer Mike Watts (Glassjaw, As Tall As Lions) scheduled for a spring 2018 release on Equal Vision Records and under the management of Party Smasher Inc. (Ben Weinman of Dillinger Escape Plan).