The genre of pseudo-gothic lady rock is minefield of faux pas and mis-labelling, for those who actually care about that kind of thing. From the dirty rock of Halestorm to the more moody leanings of We Are The Fallen, everyone seems to be compared to Evanescene, and unfortunately Nemesea are no different. People are just like that. The Quiet Resistance sets out to prove people wrong.

First off, the guitars are so fuzzy in places they’d never make it through the hit generator of the names above. The slight electro tilt that simmers under the opening Caught In The Middle is somewhat of a signature for Nemesea, and the warped interference in the solo on It’s Over are the little touches that give Nemesea somewhat of a signature sound. The cyber intro to Stay With Me before the grandiose keyboards swoop in belies the true nature of the song, a heartfelt semi-ballad with some truly Star-Trek inspired noises in the middle eight.

At it’s heart, The Quiet Resistance is an exceptionally accessible album, with catchy pop hooks not a million miles away from Kelly Clarkson. It’s a shame that the solid vocal melodies are probably what will alienate a portion of the prospective metal demographic; simply put, there’s not a lot that will catch the attention of the discerning femme-metal (Christ, I hate that phrase) fan. ¬†The dance elements¬† have been toned down from it’s predecessor, and it’s actually detrimental to the album slightly.

If you’re after a good alt-rock album that is something a little bit different from what you’ve heard from Nightwish, Sirenia et al in the past year, The Quiet Resistance will be right up your street. The album shines on it’s vocal hooks and even the most weary will find something they can enjoy from Nemesea. The Quiet Resistance throws the band out of it’s comfort zone and onto the stages in front of eager metal fans.

6/10

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