HardrockHaven.net recently conducted an interview with THE RESISTANCE/ex-IN FLAMES guitarist Jesper Strömblad. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.
THE RESISTANCE's full-length debut, "Scars", was released on May 10 in Europe and May 14 in the U.S. via earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group. The 12-track CD is reminiscent of the good old days of Swedish death metal back in the 1980s/1990s when bands like ENTOMBED, GRAVE and DISMEMBER proved how insanely brutal and relentless, yet immensely captivating and technically adept extreme music can be. Well, apparently some established Swedish musicians did miss them, so they put things right: They brought back the old Swedish death metal.
"If you listen to ENTOMBED's 'Left Hand Path' today, it still blows everything away. And it's over 20 years old," says Strömblad. "[It's] just awesome death metal!"
"Scars" was released on CD (as an elaborated digipack), on classic vinyl as well as a download.
"Scars" track listing:
01. Clearing The Slate
02. Your Demise
03. To The Death
04. Expand To Expire
06. I Bend - You Break
07. The Serpent King
08. Eye For An Eye
09. My Madness
12. (I Will) Die Alone
THE RESISTANCE released its debut EP, "Rise From Treason", in North America on January 29 via earMUSIC. The EP was made available on CD, limited-edition seven-inch vinyl and as a digital download.
The band last year parted ways with bassist Alex Losbäck Holstad (ex-DESPITE, DECAMERON, CARDINAL SIN) and recruited Claudio Oyarzo, the guitarist in the progressive metal band MINORA, as its new bassist.
The song "Eye For An Eye" was originally made available on the sampler CD that was distributed to the subscribers of Sweden's Close-Up Magazine in the August 2011 issue.
THE RESISTANCE made its live debut on October 8, 2011 at Club Distortion in Stockholm, Sweden.
THE RESISTANCE's lineup is as follows:
* Marco Aro (FACE DOWN, THE HAUNTED) - Vocals
* Jesper Strömblad (IN FLAMES, DIMENSION ZERO) - Guitar
* Glenn Ljungström (IN FLAMES, DIMENSION ZERO) - Guitar
* Chris Barkensjö (CARNAL FORGE, GODSIC, GRAVE) - Drums
* Claudio Oyarzo (MINORA) - Bass
Strömblad quit IN FLAMES in February 2010 in order to continue receiving treatment for his alcohol addiction.