Review: Rosaceae – ‘Transcending into the Cold’

Newcastle-based Rosaceae have offered a number of releases as free downloads over the last few years; one EP and three demos to be precise. Each time, the one-man black metal act – created by Liam McGeorge – has moved forward with some great musical developments and showed increasing potential. ‘Transcending Into The Cold’ is yet another free download from the talented North East musician, though this time it’s a much more substantial occasion because ‘Transcending Into The Cold’ is Rosaceae’s debut full-length album.


What’s brilliant about this 48-minute, four-song piece is that it assures us of our early suspicions that Rosaceae have the potential to be a significant one-man, underground BM force. McGeorge’s ambitions and ideas have noticeably broadened; with it, it’s safe to say that this is the best thing we’ve heard from the unsigned musician. ‘Transcending Into The Cold’ is a dark, lo-fi, atmospheric record but it’s also much headier, riff-wise. Cold melancholic chord progressions are delivered in a haze of whirring blackened distortion with ravenous screams dwelling at the underbelly of this lo-fi beaut. Opening track ‘The First Frost. Transcending Into The Cold’ hears the sad, aggressive layers of guitar take over the song to a euphoric blastbeated conclusion. In fact, Rosaceae’s impressing overlapped melodies are fresh from the start to the finish of this record. Pacey tremolo work is wrapped up in ethereal keys and deep, echoing, sombre vocals on ‘Solar Descent. The Crimson Sky Casting Immemorial Darkness, Throughout The Pine Glade’. ‘Deforestation, Depravity, Corruption’ is the most harrowing ordeal of the 48 minutes with good abuse of crash symbols and slabs of raw riffage to conjure visions of ancient forests being bulldozed by colossal iron machines before beautiful 13-minute album closer ‘From The Footprints Of Amaranthine Knowledge, Forever Mourning’ concludes in reflective tone.

Clearly a lot of hard work went into making this new material stand out as much as it does. Rosaceae are hardly known in the world of black metal, and whilst that won’t change overnight, it doesn’t mean this project won’t start to be appreciated – not only in the UK, but across the world. The seeds of Rosaceae’s earlier works have blossomed into a well-rooted strangling vine, climbing the concrete structures of modern life.


Originally published at SoundShock Webzine:

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