The Resistance – “Scars”

The Resistance – “Scars” (Edel / earMusic)

A coupla months back this super group issued an EP that had me in eager anticipation of what I’ve just been sent. Made up of ex In Flames guitarists Jesper Strömblad and Glenn Ljungström, ex Grave drummer Chris Barkensjö and ex The Haunted vocalist Marco Aro, “Scars” is aptly titled. Definitely going for the extreme metal title of the year, they excel in brutality all the way on tracks like ‘To The Death’, ‘I Bend – You Break’ and ‘Eye For An Eye’. From Aro’s bark blast vocals to Barkensjö’s pummeling drumbeats, the twin guitars of Strömblad and Ljungström take us back to Entombed’s “Left Hand Path” – dirty, distorted and devilishly catchy! However, there are also some subtle melodies occasionally in the breaks and especially in the solos which are unmistakeably In Flames – well, I did say it was a Swe-deth super group didn’t I ha ha! Hype aside though, the best thing about The Resistance is that it’s four accomplished dudes just doing their own thang in wanting to exorcise their demons – and “Scars” is the result in all its pure, honest aggression and hatred.

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