June 5, 2013

Rosetta - The Galilean Satellites (2005)

When I speak of a post-metal/sludge band that has multiple releases out there, it’s quite hard for me to recommend just one album. In Rosetta’s case, however, it’s safe to say that the debut, Galilean Satellites, is the one to grab first.

A concept piece released on two separate discs (one metal, one ambient) meant to be played together is quite ambitious for a young band (at that time), yet they pulled it off masterfully. What’s strange though is that Rosetta’s music, if analyzed in bits in pieces, has absolutely nothing innovative to it. We have the mandatory harsh vocals that don’t stray much from the original tone, the long songs made apparently just for the sake of being long, a distinctive lack of ‘addictive’ bits (or hooks, as many of you call them), pretty much all the standard ingredients that you can find on a record of this type. 

The true value of the compositions, however, appears only if one chooses to listen properly and, dare I say, in the right order. As a must, the first listen would be the ‘metal’ side of the album, followed closely by the ambient counterpart, which is basically just another hour of synthetic noise. After you’re done with these two listens it’s time to play them in synch, and if you had the patience to get through the first two hours of playtime, you’ll definitely stay for the third. At the end, what you’ll be granted with will be something in the likes of this song here:

Strangely enough, I find The Galilean Satellites to be unnervingly relaxing. Space metal, as this album has been branded, is probably the best definition to it; and it’s true, because every time I give it a spin, images from all the sci-fi movies that I’ve watched and books that I have read over the years come popping into my mind. 

Surely it must mean they’re doing something right.

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