Rolo Tomassi // Where Myth Becomes Memory // Album Review

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Rolo Tomassi is a band I found by sheer chance. One of my friends had a spare ticket to their show and I decided to go along, but have been following ever since. Their last album, Time Will Die and Love Will Bury it was in, short a masterpiece of Atmospheric Metal-Core, and I’m eager to see if they can pull it off again with the latest release from the band, Where Myth Becomes Memory.

Opening the album is Almost Always, a softly sung, atmospheric epic that shows off both the range of the instrumentals with the ambient breaks and crushing riffs, as well as one of two styles that vocalist Eva Korman has in her arsenal. Up next is the album’s first single, Cloaked. With crushing riffs, ambient background instrumentals and incredibly tight musicianship, alongside a great blend of clean, angelic vocals mixed with harsh, aggressive screams to create a duality within the sound.

The next track I want to mention is the latest single off this release, Drip. Starting with a long, ominous build-up of distortion and pounding drums, before breaking into one of the most extreme riffs I’ve heard so far this year while still having moments of cinematic soundscapes amongst the organised chaos. The final track I want to talk about is the closing track of the release, The End of Eternity. Bringing the sound full circle to the opening features a much more ambient, atmospheric soundscape with soft, soothing vocals full of emotion and passion before breaking into anger and rage towards the middle, and as it draws to a close, keeps the aggressive and violent riffs but swaps back in the clean vocals. A great close to a great experience.

Rolo Tomassi has, to put it simply, done it again. Where Myth becomes Memory not only features a great level of passion and talent but shows the sheer range that metal bands can have if they’re not scared to adventure outside the trends and norms set by those at the top of the genre. With great songwriting from start to finish and a great sound that truly encapsulates the band, this album is a must-hear for any metalhead.

 

Review: Daniel Stapleton

 

ROLO TOMASSI will be releasing their brand new album ‘Where Myth Becomes Memory’ on February 4th through MNRK
The band have already announced a full UK and EU headline tour for February 2022, with support from Pupil Slicer. Tickets on sale
now.
Full track-listings for ‘Where Myth Becomes Memory’
1. Almost Always
2. Cloaked
3. Mutual Ruin
4. Labyrinthine
5. Closer
6. Drip
7. Prescience
8. Stumbling
9. To Resist Forgetting
10. The End Of Eternity

Full list of all ROLO TOMASSI UK and EU dates are below, support on all dates
will be Pupil Slicer: Tickets can be bought – HERE

February 2022
Thursday 10th – Antwerp Trix, Belgium
Friday 11th – Péniche Antipode, Paris, France
Saturday 12th – Complexity Fest, Haarlem, Netherlands – *FESTIVAL*
Monday 14th – Cassiopeia, Berlin, Germany
Tuesday 15th – Strahov 007, Prague, Czech Republic
Weds 16th – A38, Budapest, Hungary
Thursday 17th – Vienna Arena, Austria
Friday 18th – Feierwerk, Munich, Germany
Saturday 19th – MTC, Cologne, Germany
Monday 21st – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Tuesday 22nd – Manchester Club Academy
Wednesday 23rd – Bristol Fleece
Thursday 24th – London Oval Space

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MORE ON ROLO TOMASSI:
Formed in 2005 this quintet’s early material blended hardcore with kitschy synths and nonsensical song structures. However, the group shaved off its more oddball qualities in favour of shoegaze and dream-pop on subsequent releases.This sound is beautifully demonstrated with Dillinger-style freak-outs transition to lush soundscapes at a moment’s notice. Anchored by the Spence siblings’ complementary singing voices, the group perfectly blur the barrier between tranquility and destruction.

They have worked with US super producer Diplo and performed on Channel 4 TV live with Biffy Clyro (watch that HERE), they have played the SXSW Festival, released an album through IPECAC after catching the ear of Mike Patton and their last album is on around 7 million streams on Spotify alone. This most recent album from 2018 ‘Time Will Die And love Will Bury It’ was released to a flurry of praise an acclaim, landing it as the 2nd highest review score for the year on Metacritic (gaining a 92/100). Following previous tours and shows with the likes of Faith No More, Biffy Clyro, Dillinger Escape Plan, Architects, The Bronx and Gojira in 2019 (as main support), the band have established themselves as a live tour-de-force, now a headline prospect not only in their home territory of the UK and the EU, but also Australia, Japan, Russia and the USA.

There is no band on Earth quite like ROLO TOMASSI.

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ROLO TOMASSI are:
Eva Korman – vocals
James Spence – keyboards, piano, vocals
Chris Cayford – guitars
Nathan Fairweather – bass
Al Potts – drums
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