Rosiere - We Wait in Rising Water
Record Label: Self-Released
Release Date: May 15, 2010
In today's music scene, it seems like the internet is inundated with bands who have decided that the best way to become the next big thing is to sound like Chiodos, Dance Gavin Dance, or any of the other more mainstream bands who feature vocalists with a wide range alternating singing and screaming, with plenty of metalcore breakdowns thrown in. In this capacity, Rosiere, a post-hardcore band out of Maryland, fits well into the niche that permeates the scene. However, having said that, it must also be admitted that Rosiere is actually damn good.
The strength of Rosiere's self-released debut album is evident immediately. The band's vocalist has a rather impressive pair of pipes, mixing his high pitched clean vocals with an occasional screamed section, but the man is talented enough to mix things up enough. This allows Rosiere to have fairly dynamic songs, as their singer dips and weaves, with his backing band following along.
Following along, is this case, is a fairly apt description of the album, as the instrumental portion of the band has a few fairly good ideas about how to showcase their vocalist's impressive set of pipes, but not quite enough to keep We Wait in Rising Water from getting slightly stale instrumentally. Showcasing this fact, the mostly instrumental track is fairly pointless, not bringing enough new ideas to the table to be considered worthy of being on the record. I don't think this is lack of skill, exactly, but more of a lack of ability to make the most of the skill that the band possesses, something common to younger bands such as this.
This should not in any way be seen as a condemnation of the album. For a self-released debut, Rosiere has shown all sorts of promise. Several songs are absolutely brilliant, such as the absolutely frantic "Leave Me Awake," which sees the band cover nearly every part of the musical spectrum, with the band's vocalist singing, screaming, and finally hitting an excellent last note, and conjuring up enough emotion to have the song stuck in your head for weeks. Likewise, the track "Asleep in Mid-Air" starts out as a slower, pleading song, before escalating beautifully into an absolutely crushing ending. Rosiere absolutely has the talent to be huge.
When you're delving through the independent bands on the internet these days, Rosiere is definitely worth giving a chance. Especially if you're fond of Craig Owens-era Chiodos or similar bands, such as whatever Jonny Craig is in these days. Rosiere has already shared the stage with quite a few larger bands, and if the band keeps it up, they'll be sharing the stage with quite a few more in the days ahead.