Wake/Lift

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Wake/Lift
Studio album by Rosetta
Released October 2, 2007 (2007-10-02)
Recorded Early to mid-2007 at Jane Doll Studios
Drums: Menegroth studios[1]
Genre Post-metal,[2] space rock[3]
Length 64:41
Label Translation Loss
Rosetta chronology
Project Mercury
(2007)
Wake/Lift
(2007)
The Cleansing Undertones of Wake/Lift
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk.net (82%) [4]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [5]
Decibel Magazine (favorable) [6]
Decoy Music 4/5 stars [7]
Music Emissions 3.5/5 stars [8]
Plug In Music A− [9]
Scene Point Blank (8/10) [10]
Sonic Frontiers (9.3/10) [11]
StonerRock.com (favorable) [12]
Transform Online (favorable) [13]

Wake/Lift is the second full-length album by post-metal band Rosetta. The album was released on October 2, 2007 through Translation Loss Records on CD, with a limited-edition double LP prepared for late 2008.

This album is the first to not be entirely engineered by the band. It is also Rosetta's first to be recorded to analog tape. Consequently, the production on Wake/Lift is more refined than the band's previous works.

Release[edit]

Months before the album's release, the band had been performing "Red in Tooth and Claw" at live show as far back as April 2007.[14]

The track "Wake" was posted on the MySpace for Translation Loss Records in a low-quality format on August 17, 2007, and again later on Rosetta's own MySpace on August 19, 2007.

A component disc, entitled The Cleansing Undertones of Wake/Lift, was released alongside Wake/Lift. It contains a collection of ambient samples used by Armine. It is, however, not meant to be synchronized with Wake/Lift (as The Galilean Satellites was); Armine "purposely designed The Cleansing Undertones of Wake/Lift to make Wake/Lift sound terrible if played together".[2]

In September 2008, the album was remastered and pressed on 180 gram vinyl. It comes in three limited-edition color combinations and is currently in pre-order, with no official release date set.[15]

Style[edit]

Guitarist J. Matthew Weed has stated that the band has taken on a more melodic, technical, and experimental sound. Rather than sounding entirely like the metal style of The Galilean Satellites, Wake/Lift falls more into the post-rock genre while retaining space rock and hardcore influences.[16]

Lyrically and thematically, the album deals much less with astronomical concepts and is more influenced by vocalist Mike Armine's experiences as a teacher. He states,

This release is more of a social commentary on my first year teaching, and the kids whose lives I've seen destroyed by poor parenting. I seriously believe people should legally need to have a dog for three years before having a child. I've seen my knuckles turn white at some of the things parents do and say to their kids in the name of guilt, denial, power, and neglect.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Red in Tooth and Claw" – 12:15
  2. "Lift (part 1)" – 5:06
  3. "Lift (part 2)" – 3:19
  4. "Lift (part 3)" – 6:08
  5. "Wake" – 9:27
  6. "(Temet Nosce)" – 14:56
  7. "Monument" – 13:30

Temet nosce is Latin for "know thyself".

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weed, J. Matthew (2007-03-24). "News". Anchor States. Retrieved 2007-06-23. 
  2. ^ a b c Warren, Dave (2007-09-28). "Rosetta: Wake/Lift". Sonic Frontiers. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  3. ^ Wood, Mike (2007-09-27). "Rosetta - Wake/Lift". Music Emissions. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  4. ^ AboslutePunk review
  5. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. Wake/Lift at AllMusic
  6. ^ Decibel Magazine review
  7. ^ Decoy Music review
  8. ^ Music Emissions review
  9. ^ Plug In Music review
  10. ^ Scene Point Black review
  11. ^ Sonic Frontiers review
  12. ^ StonerRock review
  13. ^ Transform Online review
  14. ^ "Rosetta live at North Street Bar, Philadelphia, April 2007". YouTube. 2007-04-23. 
  15. ^ Translation Loss Records
  16. ^ a b "Translation Loss Recording artists ROSETTA complete new record entitled WAKE/LIFT!". Translation Loss Records. 2007-06-12. Archived from the original on 2007-05-14. Retrieved 2007-06-23. 
  17. ^ a b Weed, J. Matthew (2007-06-07). "Rosetta junk". Anchor States. Retrieved 2007-06-23.