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The Resistance - "Rise From Treason" (CD/EP)

The Resistance - "Rise From Treason" CD/EP cover image

"Rise From Treason" track listing:

1. My Fire (3:04)
2. Face to Face (4:00)
3. Rise from Treason (2:35)
4. Slugger (3:01)

Reviewed by on February 19, 2013

"This thing hits like a haymaker to the nuts, and stays with you just as long."

If anyone deserves a comeback, it's Jesper Stromblad. Not only did he make metal history with In Flames, but he also proved that he could restart his career with a new band after a heavily publicized battle with alcoholism. And what a comeback it is, particularly since The Resistance is absolutely nothing like In Flames. Yes, there are a few Gothenberg riffs, but overall, the sound is more in line with a cross between Grave, Pantera and “Chaos A.D.”-era Sepultura. This thing hits like a haymaker to the nuts, and stays with you just as long.

As somebody who always felt that Marco Aro was out of place in The Haunted compared to Peter Dolving, he certainly fits the music here, which is far groovier and heavier than anyone ever expected it to be. His throaty rasps mix well with the grinding guitars to bring forth a wall of sheer sonic wrath, which has far more in common with his Face Down material than anything he did with The Haunted. Yet, he's able to make his harsh vocals sound almost melodic on the chorus of “Face to Face.” It's a terrific performance, despite Aro's notoriously limited range.

Stromblad's signature soloing style is still intact, providing a contrast to the otherwise pounding assault. It somehow still fits the music and is the lingering ghost of In Flames. The more things change, the more they stay the same, and in a way, that's reassuring. For as much as I felt that In Flames went downhill after “Clayman,” it's good to see two former members pay homage to their roots in a way that doesn't dominate the sound.

As somebody who generally hates EPs (and was more than a bit worried that The Resistance was simply going to be In Flames-lite), I simply can't help but recommend this to anyone looking for a new band that's able to resurrect everything good about the early '90s, with buzz saw guitar tones and mid-paced churning groove riffs defining the EP. The real question is, will this level of quality still remain on the inevitable full-length?

Highs: It's not In Flames meets The Haunted, the obvious crowd participation parts on the title track make me want to see them live, retro '90s feel without feeling dated

Lows: It's still merely an EP, it's not what most listeners would expect upon purchase and is not tailored to the taste of In Flames fans

Bottom line: A completely unexpected success that's a great start to 2013.

Rated 4 out of 5 skulls
4 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)