Needless to say, when I saw a blurb about a new band featuring former members of In Flames, The Haunted, and Grave I was pretty fucking pumped! That gathering became The Resistance. The result was a four song E.P. titled “Rise From Treason”, released January 29, 2013, via earMUSIC.
The Resistance features two former In Flames guitarists, Jesper Strömblad and Glenn Ljungström, vocalist Marco Aro (ex-The Haunted), and drummer Chris Barkensjö (Carnal Forge, ex-Grave). Already sounds killer, right?!? You’re thinking this is going to be 16 minutes of sweet Swedish thrashy deathiness, right?!? I heard a pre-release of the song ‘Face To Face’ and went “Yes! This could be awesome! This song even kind of sounds like a cross between In Flames and The Haunted. Then I got the whole E.P., hit play, and expected more of the same. Not quite. I thought I was listening to a copy of some B-sides from the new Hatebreed album! I guess I should have been tipped off by the band’s logo on the cover. It even looks reminiscent of something that would stretch across one of Jamey Jasta’s t-shirts.
Needless to say, I was a little caught off guard with what I heard versus what I expected. “Rise From Treason” is definitely an experiment in good old American hardcore. ‘Face To Face’ withstanding, it still fits the overall feel of the E.P. when played in context with the other songs, ‘My Fire’, the title track, and ‘Slugger’, the track that is the most obvious hardcore influenced. I’m not saying they are bad songs, because they’re not! The tracks are tight, focused, and brutal hardcore. The guitars are rough and aggressive. The bass and drums are on point and punishing. Aro’s voice sounds like he was meant to power out this brand of music the entire time.
So do not let the metal pedigrees of the members of The Resistance fool you. “Rise From Treason” is not a culmination of their past, but more like a peek in to what might be their future.