My first encounter with Rosy Finch was reviewing their excellent album Scarlet. Melvins were a band that came immediately to mind, but after a couple of intensive listens, and a ‘getting to know you’ period, the more I saw their own very unique brand of heavy come through. Beefier, nasty and brutal with shades of a pretty, poignant and delicate element. Great stuff, too. Some truly excellent tunes and first-class playing that can’t be overlooked.
Their new EP, Seconda Morte, treads a similar path although there is a great emphasise on the light and dark. This may also be the influence of The Divine Comedy (where the song titles also came from) and Dante’s journey. And on the whole, I think, makes this release a more interesting listen. With a run time of just twenty-eight minutes (I wish my current trip through hell could have been as brief, but that’s a whole different kettle of monkeys and not a tale to be told here!), they still manage to tick all the boxes regardless.
The aural dreamscape of Selva Oscura eases the listener in a trance, slippery and gentle as it is before Inferno creeps into the frame. The pretty guitar soon makes way for some mayhemic distortion, a punishing riff and howling, tortured vocals. I fucking seriously dig the segue into some clean, and almost operatic, vocals and the tension built by this before the slaughter hits at the end! And the fucker hits like a tonne of bricks too!
Doomy, surreal and nasty with splashes of prettiness not often seen in this genre…
Purgatorio is a cleverly written little number. Peaks and troughs, and a weird lysergic slurring of time give the song some slinky little mood swings that perfectly lead to the finale. Great touch with the wah in the final stages too.
Paradiso closes Seconda Morte. The jangling guitars lulled me into a false sense of security before launching me into hell and back again. I found the song will edge you this way a few times before a cool ‘beers at sundown on the back porch’ outro brings the listener back to terra firma.
So, overall, it’s a heady, and fucking heavy duty EP. Vocalist/guitarist (and founder of Rosy Finch) Mireia Porto is ably abetted by Óscar Soler and Juanjo Ufarte (who joined the band in 2019 on bass and drums), they’ve formed a great sounding band in my humble opinion and Seconda Morte is a fucking cool EP as well as being an excellent follow-up to Scarlet. Doomy, surreal and nasty with splashes of prettiness not often seen in this genre.
Scribed by: El Jefe