A handful of old school bands from the first and second wave of punk, post-punk and even gothic rock have been making waves by releasing albums decades after their last – like The Damned releasing ‘Evil Spirits’ last year – and the most surreal part is this: they’re not just stabs at nostalgia, but the albums shape up to be actually quite good.
One of these is ‘90s UK goth rock outfit Rosetta Stone and after 19 quiet years since disbanding in 1998, it’s climbing out of the grave and dusting off the instruments to make new darkly-inclined music. ‘Seems Like Forever’ is both a delightful surprise and impressive, considering the whole album was recorded and produced by the band’s front man, Porl King.
King is a prolific musician and his body of work – including side-projects, darkwave Miserylab and electronic post-punk In Death It Ends – reflects that he is not one to impersonate a statue and waste his prodigious talent by standing still.
He has helped keep the dark music scene alive (term used lightly so as to not offend the old guard) in the UK not only through the many bands he has been part of, but by being an accessible artist. The coffin crowd isn’t dead; it’s in the shade and likes it that way.
What can you expect from ‘Seems Like Forever’? A return to their ’80s sound and a tightly-produced texture that is sure to win new fans. Check out the music video for “Tomorrow For Us” below and hear for yourself. You shan’t be disappointed.
‘Seems Like Forever’ track listing:
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