Resin - Embrace The Fall (Own Label)

Latest wave of grunge? Needs more Speedball.
Release Date: 
5 Aug 2013 (All day)

Amongst all the latest new waves of metal in Britain, Resin are in an ocean of their own, riding a grunge fuelled wave with the winds of nineties Metallica behind it. Embrace The Fall is best described as mixing pot of Alice in Chains, Load/ReLoad era Metallica with hints of Seether, it ticks all the post grunge boxes and conservatively adds a little extra. The album's opening two tracks establish a modern day equivalent to the classic AiC album DirtWith strong harmonies, set to a backdrop of ever flowing grunge talent. Resin take the best Seether ever had to offer and slot it in perfectly to their sound, Many of their slower songs hold a heavy Rooster (Alice in Chains) vibe and can transcend simply into some hard rock.

A couple of tracks can get a little bit repetitive, but to expect all killer at such an early point in this bands career is too much. The stand out tracks include the opener Entropy which begins with an instrumental that sounds like something half way through a Metallica instrumental, the follow up Carpe Diem, which epitomises the best grunge has to offer, and steering clear of the obvious mistakes. A beautiful curve ball however has to be Beskadig, written in vocalist James Botha's native Afrikaans which depicts language barrier-breaking homage to his native South African routes. A fine acoustic piece which really closes the best the album has to offer, with Clouds a generically disappointing piece, and the closing track Poison, whilst talented and catchy, acts as an extended outro before some attempts at powerful choruses which seem to collapse on themselves with the lack of power in Botha's voice. Disappointing considering some of the talent he had shown, the chorus also holds little for the guitars and drums which had also shown heavy talent throughout. The song holds true for a pretty absentee bass appearance however, bassist Dave Seville certainly does his duties, but could do with a little more input to give the album that final piece of atmosphere it sometimes struggles to find. 

A fantastic start, to the latest attempted revival that has to be respected but almost pitied at the same time. Embrace the Fall can be it's own worst enemy, silencing any sceptics with songs such as Entropy and Carpe Diem, but unfortunately will fuel any other criticism with songs such as Clouds. Should Resin continue in this fashion than Leicestershire's grunge scene may only be second to the classic Seattle scene.