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Queens, NY upstarts Rosencrantz show a great deal of poise and presence on their self-titled debut. Falling somewhere in the modern rock realm, you could easily draw connections between this quartet and Pearl Jam and Incubus, as the band utilizes many of the same dynamic features of the aforementioned. Well-textured songwriting accentuates the group’s propensity to extend the groove, noted on the shimmering guitars and outstanding percussion that highlights “I, Iscariot”. While the band is still in their infant stages and needs to ease up on the vocal whine and tighten up a bit in general, there’s a plethora of shockingly good ideas, impressively substantial lyrics, and solid musical camaraderie within Rosencrantz to work out those kinks in no time and keep the machine at full steam ahead.
- Mike SOS