Just over 12 months ago it seemed Resin had, if you’ll forgive the cliché, the world in the palm of their hand. Triumphant winners of Metal 2 The Masses, they emerged victorious onto the New Blood stage at Bloodstock 2014 to the jubilant cheers of friends and fans alike. Not satisfied with playing Bloodstock once in one year, they also treated us to an acoustic set amidst the orange glow of the Jagermeister stage. There was tea, there were biscuits, it was wild. Basking in the afterglow of Bloodstock success and the well-received release of their single “Burn” they ended 2014 with a blistering display at their Christmas gig, and fans eagerly anticipated 2015, and what was surely going to be Resin’s year. Then it went a bit tits up. Thankfully it proved to be a mere hiatus and a new, reincarnated Resin debuted the latest line-up at the inaugural Breaking Bands Festival earlier this year, bringing a champagne breakfast as a reward for those of us who arrived early on the last day of the festival to welcome them back to the scene.
And now, finally, we see the release of “Persecution Complex.” First track, “Open Heart Trauma,” may open on a melancholy note but as soon as the rather buoyant riffs kick in it proves to be a spirited and toe-tapping opener. “Printing Money” and “Angel” harness more of the grunge influences that Resin are loved (and in some cases, unfairly lambasted) for. The former track features a superlative guitar solo courtesy of master axe-man Chez, and Dave Gandon’s vocals on the epic 6-minute closer “Angel” are capable of sending shivers down your spine. For all of the “we’re not ready!” jokes that immediately preceded Breaking Bands, so far this incarnation of Resin is proving to be particularly strong. Resin will not die!
For all of the “we’re not ready!” jokes that immediately preceded Breaking Bands, so far this incarnation of Resin is proving to be particularly strong. Resin will not die!