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Founded in Sheffield, UK in 2005

ROLO TOMASSI are very hard to pigeonhole, who almost destroy the word genre completely, with their blend of punk, metal, jazz, art rock and to some extent classical music. They are named after the fictional character in the film LA Confidential.

Musically, they can be losely compared to the likes of Unexpect and Iwrestledabearonce, however they have their own punkier edge to the music and include a lot more jazz and ambient elements than the latter comparison. They are a truly magnificent band for anyone into the heavier, crazier side to avant-prog.

Their album Hysterics was released on the 22nd September 2008 with Hassle records, and features 10 short tracks (including the song I Love Turbulence which was made into a video prior to the album's release date) and a lengthy 14-minute epic called Fantasia. An album definitely worth checking out.

They also were given a spot at Dowload festival in England in 2008, alongside Between The Buried And Me and The Dillinger Escape Plan.

They are currently recording a second album as it stands.

Information from the band's myspace, wikipedia and other internet sources.

(Thanks to The Pessimist for the artist addition)

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3.88 | 7 ratings
2.52 | 8 ratings
4.00 | 4 ratings
4.00 | 4 ratings
4.24 | 8 ratings
Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It
3.29 | 9 ratings
Where Myth Becomes Memory

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 Where Myth Becomes Memory by ROLO TOMASSI album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.29 | 9 ratings

Where Myth Becomes Memory
Rolo Tomassi Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

3 stars When it comes to metal in 2022, it's tempting to think we've just about heard of it all. Every genre and its branches, every possible hybrid with non-metal tones and timbres but then some band comes along and reminds you that you ain't seen nothing yet. England's ROLO TOMASSI is no stranger to twisting disparate strains of molten metal into bizarre new chimeric creations. Mostly residing in the already strange world of fusion that involves bombastic outbursts of mathcore with the more restrained processions of post-rock and post-metal, the band has dabbled in everything from blackgaze and post-hardcore to nintendocore.

But metal mixed with dream pop? Now that is a combo pack that i couldn't quite believe exists until i set my ears to this bizarre mishmash of opposing forces. Turns out this is a rather new development in the metal universe with Boris having released an archival drone metal dream pop album in 2021 and Sun Addicted Family mixing dream pop with blackgaze in 2020, but dream pop with mathcore? WTF?!!!! Well after listening to ROLO TOMASSI's seventh full-length release WHERE MYTH BECOMES MEMORY, it's not quite as inventive as i had hoped but still a decent listen.

ROLO TOMASSI features the lovely Eva Korman as lead vocalist and can she ever display her Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde mood swings the drop of a hat by sweetly singing dreamy pop melodies in the vein of The Cranberries before lashing out the most wicked screams in full fury mathcore mode. Her chameleonesque powers of completely taking you from one extreme to the other are the highlights of WHERE MYTH BECOMES MEMORY which features ten average length tracks that add up to 48 minutes. It's truly a bizarre choice of styles and almost sounds like two completely different bands simply taking turns, as if Beachhouse had joined forces with Cult of Luna and The Dillinger Escape Plan.

The album opens with serene dream pop track "Almost Ways" but becomes accompanied by quickened guitar chunks to provide a most surreal effect that could possible be called nightmare pop. The following "Cloaked" kicks into full mathcore mode with Eva's complete transformation from sweet girl to raging bitch on the rampage! It soon becomes obvious that this band hadn't really married the dream pop and mathcore elements at all and the gist of the album is to merely present one track with dream pop meets post-metal and then another in full mathcore fury. That is mostly true as tracks like "Prescience" actually work quite well in blending all the elements into a cohesive whole but by this time i feel like i've listened to an iTunes playlist rather than a continuous album flow.

No doubt ROLO TOMASSI has latched onto something with the disparate worlds of dream pop and mathcore duking it out in the same arena on WHERE MYTH BECOMES MEMORY but in the end it doesn't seem like this cake is fully baked. While i love both dream pop and mathcore, in this situation they just don't really work out together and the overall effect is like putting jalapeņos on your ice cream, an interesting idea in theory but one that has its limited appeal. Nice try but i find this album more irritating than captivating. The dream pop melodies are sweet enough and the mathcore outbursts aren't mathy enough. Everything feels watered down in an attempt to force two opposite musical forces into the same cage. Not a horrible album because some of the moments work quite well but just not as brilliantly crafted as i was expecting.

 Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It by ROLO TOMASSI album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.24 | 8 ratings

Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It
Rolo Tomassi Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Gallifrey

4 stars Listening diary 23rd April, 2022: Rolo Tomassi - Time Will Die & Love Will Bury It (post-hardcore, 2018)

It's been a real pleasure to follow Rolo Tomassi over the years. It's been a decade since I first heard Astraea, right in the middle of the period where I was convinced that mathcore was a worthless genre, and since then they've done nothing but grow in creative ways. You could hear it back then, what was coming - how else were they album to sell mathcore to someone who can't stand the style? And so it's no surprise that they move into softer pastures with an incredibly refined compositional sense - this isn't your regular heavy-band-goes-soft routine.

I can't say that I think this is a masterpiece, but it's certainly a very creative album and fuses elements of genres that have never really been pushed together. Dream pop, black metal, post-hardcore, progressive rock, ambient, it's all here. Eva Spence sounds as confident making demonic hell sounds as she does under a post-rock delay guitar progression. And the use of dynamics is excellent, a skill that is absolutely necessary if you're going to try the heavy-meets-soft album. They still have some room to grow in terms of the musical ideas, but I feel like this is a band with a very high ceiling, and we could see an era-defining album from them still to come.

7.9 (5th listen)

Part of my listening diary from my facebook music blog -

 Cosmology by ROLO TOMASSI album cover Studio Album, 2010
2.52 | 8 ratings

Rolo Tomassi Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Starhammer
Prog Reviewer

2 stars "Well, she's married to the Cookie Monster..."

The second studio album from the synth-driven 'cybergrind' band which take their name from LA Confidential's mysterious personage.

The Good: Kasia and Cosmology

The Bad: This Sheffield based outfit first caught my attention at Download Festival 2010. If I hadn't seen them live I would never have guessed in a million years that the unholy growls found on this album come from a member of the fairer sex, Eva Spence! This novelty aside, much of the music itself is chaotic and messy, and at times a little boring. The albums highlight's comes during the longer, more melodic compositions, as their 'crazier' counterparts are relatively tame. This band definitely has potential but at this stage their music has not reach the creative peak of other similar bands.

The Verdict: One for the future.

 Hysterics by ROLO TOMASSI album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.88 | 7 ratings

Rolo Tomassi Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by mhyriaflib

4 stars Rolo Tomassi's debut album is very impressive indeed. The creation of such a complex, diverse album at such a young age is something that continues to astound me. This will be a band to follow in the years to come.

While the main chug of the music is very brutal and hectic, it is balanced perfectly with more dreamy soundscapes. Overall, the heavier side of the music is dominated by delicious female grunting/screaming and crazy abstract shredding by the guitarist. The more athmospheric side is usually taken care of by the keyboard player. The whole album feel is definately very experimental.

Songs of special mention for me are: Oh, Hello Ghost, I Love Turbulence, Macabre Charade and Fantasia.

Thanks to The Pessimist for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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