Posted in metal | music | pictures on December 15, 2009

words by Ilya Blokh, photos by Jason Jamal Nakleh

Mike Armine of Rosetta with ppl rocking the f out.
Rosetta

Saturday (12/12) brought Tombs, Junius, Irepress and Rosetta to The Studio @ Webster Hall for a somewhat bizarre cross-section of heavy genres. Tombs are fresh off a month-long European tour promoting Winter Hours with Buried Inside, while Rosetta have just released a three-way split with Year Of No Light and (the newly revamped) East Of The Wall.

Rosetta opened the show with a mind-blowing set - easily the highlight of the show. Their vast, powerful, and almost nautical sound reminds me a lot of Russian Circles. The singer, Mike, was clearly not a fan of the stage and spent most of his time down on the floor with the crowd - always a welcome gesture. The crowning moment was when the audience literally peer pressured the guys into playing an encore - it's always great to see this sort of connection between band and fans. Can't wait for their next show in January with Tombs, Battlefields and City of Ships.

Next up were Irepress. Instead of focusing on a coherent sound, they threw a pile of disconnected elements - dance beats, proggy guitar noodling and some basic breakdowns - on top of each other, in a quantity over quality approach. Why have a keyboardist if he spends most of the show playing air drums? In any case, part of the crowd was clearly into it and there was a decent amount of "dancing", including a strangely epileptic mix of drum'n'bass moves and flying kicks.

Junius played next, with a heavier take on the old goth/darkwave sound that moved from straight pop songs to darker and more complex pieces, straying even into some Radiohead'ish moments. Not my cup of tea really, but it was well put together, soothing and a nice break before the last band.

The excellent sound at Webster Hall was a good match for Tombs' wall-of-sound approach, which tends to get lost on sub-par sound systems. Easily the most consistent and hard-working band in the NYC scene, the guys tore through a solid set with their trademark, all-business approach (have you ever seen one of them smile?) which, as always, ended with at least one band member smashing their instrument on the ground. They are at their best when the drums slow down and a little groove enters the mix and hopefully we'll see more of that in the future.

More pictures from the show are below...

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Comments (21)

great pics! wish i could've made the show...

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2009 3:44 PM

Awesome pics!

Posted by MCSATANIC | December 15, 2009 3:50 PM

Awesome pictures. I too wish I could have made it to the show. I'll definitely be heading to Union Pool in January to see Tombs.

Posted by atanamar | December 15, 2009 3:50 PM

Man I love this band. I wish Rosetta played here every night of the week.

When do tickets go on sale for that January show??

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Posted by kristian | December 15, 2009 3:54 PM

Tomb really are the hardest working band in NYC right now, and one of the best. Winter Hours is eaisly one of tops of the year in any genre! I too wish I'd gone to this show, but I will be there at Union Pool next month!

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2009 4:13 PM

the first photo totally looks like dude is giving other dude a BJ

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2009 4:29 PM

@4:29 - ack! you beat me to the comment!

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2009 5:02 PM

I don't know, maybe Rosetta has gotten better but when I saw them a few years back @ the Translation Loss CMJ show they reminded me of some nu metal kids that had just discovered weed and ISIS. eh, maybe i'm wrong.

Posted by JT | December 15, 2009 5:20 PM

I love metal

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2009 5:45 PM

not a fan of rosetta stone.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2009 6:12 PM

metal rules!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2009 6:27 PM

I really enjoyed this show, Rosetta and Tombs specifically. Like the poster above said, Tombs ARE the hardest working band in the scene, and they deserve their success tenfold.

Posted by Jason Jamal Nakleh | December 15, 2009 8:48 PM

Second Rosetta photo is epic, as is pretty much every shot of the Tombs drummer

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2009 8:48 PM

Great photos, garbage review. Tombs are bland and boring garage rock. Irepress and Junius put on incredible shows, and Rosetta wears baggy T shirts while playing standard doom progressions.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2009 9:56 PM

Agreed, watched everyone file out for Tombs, who supposedly are a NYC band? Why is it that the two Boston bands brought the draw?

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2009 9:57 PM

Can't believe Rosetta played second bill to those Irepress fags.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2009 10:45 PM

don't like either tombs or rosetta. i agree with the previous post that they are boring.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2009 11:34 PM

Haha wow, you do know that Rosetta owes a lot to Irepress and vice versa. Both bands have toured extensively together, share the same label, and have been great friends for years.

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Posted by Hot-Shawty | December 16, 2009 5:49 AM

@JT: yep, you're wrong

Posted by analblowjobs | December 18, 2009 12:35 AM

hahaha that nu metal/weed/isis thing is a good line, i've seen him use it on some message boards

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2009 12:43 AM

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