“The cycle of need” is the second album from Leicester band Resin. Musically they’re hard rock with a healthy dose of Grunge, with the vocals in particular having that 90’s Seattle band sound. It’s a great sound that takes the best of both styles.
One surprise is the addition of a violinist (Emma Bennett), and the song “Shitstorm”uses it nicely so it adds an extra element to the sound. It doesnt feel like it’s been added for the sake of doing something new – the song just sounds right with the violin. The guitar is used in plenty of other songs, but it’s “shitstorm” where you first really notice it being used. It’s not often you find rock or metal bands outside the folk metal genreusing a violin, but Resin have proved that when it’s done right it really can work well in bands outside that folk metal genre.
Check out the video for “Monster”…
A big surprise on the album is “Poison”. No it’s not a cover of the Alice Cooper hit (nor is “Burn” a Deep Purple cover), but it isn’t a typical Resin song – it’s a violin led song that’s almost an acoustic ballad with the electric guitars only really kicking in and changing the sound of the song around halfway through. I actually really like it and it’s great to see bands try something a bit different. They’ve said they’re working on an acoustic EP so I wouldn’t be surprised to hear a full acoustic version of this one on that EP.
The album ends with bonus track “Blood of angels”. The song is rather good – a softer emotional song that again uses the violin to great effect.
The album is nice and heavy, but not so heavy that it loses the melody or the subtle details that the violin adds. Resin have come a long way in the last few years and the result is “The cycle of need” which really is a superb album. Buy it – don’t stream it. Bands earn almost nothing from streams, so buy it and let them earn enough to keep making great music.
1. Never learn
8. Open heart trauma
9. Blood of angels