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Rolo Tomassi are a Progressive Hardcore band from Sheffield, England. Their name is taken from the character in L.A. Confidential. They formed in 2005, consisting of Eva Spence (vocals), James Spence (vocals/synths), Ed Dutton (drums), Joe Nicholson (guitar) and Joe Thorpe (bass). The Joes left at the end of 2011 and were replaced by Nathan Fairweather (bass) and Chris Crayford (guitar)


  • Hysterics (2008)
  • Cosmology (2010)
  • Astraea (2012)
  • Grievances (2015)
  • Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It (2018)
  • Where Myth Becomes Memory (2022)

Rolo Tomassi provides examples of these tropes

  • Band of Relatives: Type 1. Eva and James are brother and sister.
  • Epic Instrumental Opener: The synths-only opening to their second record, Katzenklavier.
  • Epic Rocking: Fantasia, the 14 minute long closer to Hysterics.
    • They like long-ish album closers. Cosmology has Cosmology and Astraea has Illuminare, both of which are nearing on 8 minutes long.
  • Genre Mashup: Their sound is mostly influenced by hardcore and metal, but there are also elements of dream-pop, jazz and prog.
  • Lighter and Softer: The B-side to Old Mystics has Mesmerizer, which has Eva only using her clean vocals.
  • Non-Appearing Title: Bucket loads. It's hard to think when they do mention the song's title in the actual song, except in Party Wounds and Scabs.
  • Scary Musician, Harmless Music: Complete inversion; you'd assume from looking at them that they were a folk or indie rock band, yet their sound draws on mathcore, grind, harsh noise and hardcore. UK metal magazine called their early work more brutal than Dying Fetus.
  • Shout-Out: Macarbe Charde is off of a line from Peep Show .
  • Soprano and Gravel: Eva can both scream and sing sweetly.
  • Unplugged Version: James's acoustic versions of Oh, Hello Ghost and Nine.
  • Vocal Tag Team: Fofteen, Party Wounds, Old Mystic, Macabre Charade...