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Review: Killers - Résistances

Label: Brennus Music
Year released: 1989
Duration: 36:29
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: November 3, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 4.18/5 (83.64%) (11 Votes)

With much less of a line-up shakeup between the previous album and this one than there was between the second and third album, "Résistances" comes out as a tighter and better sounding album than its predecessor. This is the second and last album with Serge Pujos handling the vocals, even though he does a much better job this time. "Résistances" is much closer in musical sound to the first two albums than "Mise aux Poings" was, that is flirting heavily with speed metal and sometimes even a bit on the thrashy side, and that is obvious immediately with the opener "Vengeance", which opens with a riff that leaves no doubt that the band is back in full force. Even the "metal hymn" is back with the closer "Longue vie au métal", which is so cheesy and repetitive that it definitely sounds out of place on this album (good thing they put it at the end), and not as good as its siblings from the first two albums. Not a very good studio song, but most likely something good to play live to get the whole crowd to sing along. The title track is an heavy ballad that's surprisingly good, even surrounded by the much faster other songs - some well-placed heavy crunching guitar riffs helping matters a bit here.

The singer uses a clean vocal style similar to what he did on the previous album, but this time sounds more sure of himself and his voice his also more aggressive, which is essential considering the heavier, faster material this time around. Every member but one had left between the second and third album and it showed a bit, with this fourth album the guys sound more comfortable working with each other, and even with only one original member, they seem to have found a sound closer to the original Killers. A very good album definitely worth picking up.

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