After a successful Kickstarter campaign designed to raise funds to cover production costs, New York's RESOLUTION15 will release its new album, "Svaha", on January 15. Recording took place at Spin Studios and Nova Studios with Ryan Kelly and Stacy O'Dell as producers.
RESOLUTION15 is known in the local scene for being a unique and welcomed twist on heavy metal — praise primarily based on their usage of violins in the place of guitars in their blistering thrash, punk and hardcore-influenced music. Additionally inspired by classical music and fuelled by an interest in spreading an egalitarian message of global change, the band feels that the use of violins adds to their artistic message and offers listeners something a little different than the norm.
"Svaha" track listing:
01. The Current
03. In Full View
04. Sunday Bloody Sunday
06. Mr. Dark
07. Overdriven Maxim Mvt. 2
"'Svaha' means 'so be it' in Sanskrit. The title is of dual significance to us," states RESOLUTION15 electric violinist Earl Maneein. "The first is in regards to the spirit of how we recorded the album. Yes, the album was certainly edited, but it was more or less recorded in a 'so be it' fashion, with usually the second or third, and sometimes even the first complete take standing as the final cut. The second is in regards to our stance as a socially conscious band. The ideas we bring up lyrically deal with one's own inner turmoil and how that relates to worldly experience and action. 'Svaha' is the last word in the Heart Sutra, and it serves as a kind of 'Amen.' So we would like the listener to feel like this is our sincere commentary on the world as it is through our eyes, and also encourage them to find their own awareness."
In 2007, RESOLUTION15 released a self-titled debut and quickly became a fixture in the New York metal scene, performing at countless shows and drawing fans and local press in with their unique sound. The band's last EP, "Satyagraha", came out in April 2010, with Corey Unger (guitarist of the seminal New England metalcore band BLOOD HAS BEEN SHED) as producer.
RESOLUTION15 consists of Earl Maneein on seven-string electric violin, Kenny Grohowski on drums, Mike Bendykowski on bass, and Nick Serr on vocals.