Rosetta Stone, Chemical Emissions

Jon Wiederhorn

By Jon Wiederhorn

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Since 1988, Liverpool's Rosetta Stone have taken the morbid teachings of Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy and the Mission UK and updated them with an arsenal of modern electronics. Chemical Emissions, the group's sixth album, clatters, bleeps and crunches in all the right places, giving the band a sound that's equal parts passion and aggression. Frontman Porl King's painstricken croon resembles that of the Mission UK's Wayne Hussey, who helped promote Rosetta Stone almost a decade earlier, and his guitar work is a layered blanket of agitated fuzz interwoven with delicate, but familiar-sounding melodic strands. Without the industrial and electronic touches, Chemical Emissions might be a little too derivative, but the computerized passages give the band its own edgy, energetic identity.