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Resolution 15

by Resolution 15

Socially conscious post-thrash metal, with slight math tendencies. We use violins instead of guitars as the primary tools for skull crushing. Best listened to while eating a raw steak.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Thrash/Speed Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Intro: Fire and Ice.
0:16 $0.99
2. New Security Measures.
5:30 $0.99
3. Blowback.
5:30 $0.99
4. No Recourse.
4:47 $0.99
5. The Allegory.
4:57 $0.99
6. Katsu!
7:20 $0.99
7. The Insurgency.
8:44 $0.99
8. War Policy/Evitable Payback.
6:58 $0.99
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Album Notes
Resolution15 is a New York City based post-thrash metal band. The uniqueness of this band lies not only in their complex, multi-layered compositions unrivaled in depth and brutality, but in their unified message of discontent with the status quo and their desire to act as agents of positive change. In addition, Resolution15 further defies and transcends the expectations of modern metal by the complete omission of the standard bearer and hallmark of the genre: the electric guitar.
Instead, Resolution15 uses 7-string electric violin as the primary instrument for executing their bone-crushing, ear splitting, head banging riffs. To quote Metal Edge: "...violins have been attached to folk metal and other oblong versions of what you might consider to be metal, but what was being belted out onstage was nowhere near folk, chamber music or anything along those lines. This [Resolution15] is thrash. This is loud. This is a kick in the ******* face."

Formed in 2007 with the lineup of New School University schoolmates Earl Maneein and Matt Szemela on electric violin, Kenny Grohowski on drums, John Paul Norpoth on bass, and Nick LaTrick supplying vocals, Resolution15 released their self-titled debut to rave reviews (being featured on the front page of CD Baby for an entire month and in articles in numerous metal blogs) and quickly became a fixture in the New York metal scene.

In January of 2008, both Norpoth and Szemela left the band to pursue other musical interests, and Resolution15 continued to move forward as a quartet, recruiting long time friend (and also schoolmate) Jim Robertson on bass, whose varied influences would help to push the band in previously unexplored directions.

In February of 2009, Resolution15 began to collaborate with Corey Unger of the seminal New England metalcore band Blood Has Been Shed, with Unger functioning in a producing and advisory role.
Inspired by the musical and worldly currents surrounding them, Resolution15 set to work on a new EP, which is due out in the winter of 2009.

live band:
Earl Maneein : seven string electric rhythm and lead violins
Nick LaTrick : vox
Kenny Cruz Grohowski : drums
Jim Robertson : bass

same personnel, except Matt Szemela on lead five string electric violins on all songs except "New Security Measures" and John-Paul Norpoth on bass.

Produced by Earl Maneein and Rob Fillmore
Mastered by Dave McNair @ The Cutting Room, NYC
Album artwork and design : Bekky Peterson



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BRAD Kentucky FT. Lauderdale WITT



The german band "The Inchtabokatables" have done the same thing in the early nineties already :)

Brad at CD Baby

"There are no guitars anywhere on this record" is not exactly the declaration you expect to see when browsing the liner notes of a metal album. It becomes increasingly intriguing upon first listen of this heavy, semi-thrashy collection of prelude-to-the-apocalypse songs. If those aren't guitars, then what are they? Get this: they're dueling electric violins. What started out as an experiment in pushing the limits of the instrument has evolved into an impressive endeavor for this five piece, as they crank through 8 tracks that owe as much to Helmet as they do to bands like Meshuggah. While the violins certainly add a distinct angle to the proceedings, as far as the riffs go, they sound more or less like guitars. It's the solos and small hits here and there where the sound really becomes distinct and allows the players to feature some tricks they would have a hard time pulling off with a six string. However, this is no novelty act. The songs are involved and intricate, utilizing time changes and a strong sense of lyricism that is amplified by the spot on vocals. Capable of bending the genres, these guys have a sense of speed and melody that makes these songs easily accessible for fans of metal who are looking for something a bit out of left field and truly original.

Upchuck Undergrind

Original songwriting + original instrumentation = original metal!
Resolution 15 is a startling bit of metal for your ears. Here's a band that knows how to produce originality in a context of heaviness. In addition, rather than succumbing to what for non-dedicated metalheads could be abrasive, non-listenable audio clutter, Resolution 15's heavy sound is immensely listenable and always interesting. It stays interesting and listenable by creating fascinating textures through originality and by keeping the flow exciting through frequently shifting styles. And it all moves smartly, with a natural progression, rather than as a haphazard tossing-together of random ideas to sound different without regard to the aesthetic appeal of the end result (which happens with too many well-meaning bands who are honestly trying to do something different but end up just stroking their own egos). Resolution 15, by replacing electric guitar with electric violin and by writing dynamic music that moves with smooth segues from melodic metal to hardcore to thrash, has offered up a deadly dose of creativity. Metal still has room for evolution.


Great job guys!
Wonderful music for driving around in a BIG BAD Hummer with my windows down :):)! No, really. Nice job guys. I am always interested people who kick the guitars out and replace them with violins, because there are just so few of us who do that! What got me first was the preciousness of the rhythm playing. I don't know how you pull it out of the violin in tune with the bow on those low strings ... nice! Some very cool solos here and there! Keep up the writing and do more violin metal! World is in a great need for it ... well, I am :)
Why 4 stars instead of 5? There's a room for improvement for anyone ... Grammy winners or just the ones trying to impress their Granny.... The rest of you - just buy the CD and play it loud!

- Armand Melnbardis, 7-sring electric rock violin player.


Seattle with an edge
It's very reminiscent of Alice or Soundgarden with a heavy heavy edge. It's amazing it's not guitars! Definitely worth a listen!

Urith Myree

Heavy, tasty & unique
The songs are well-written, the musicianship fantastic, the vocals are great...the fact that there are violins instead of guitars just makes this CD that much more special. I highly recommend this CD :)

Stephanie Cates

You will be in awe when you hear this band, knowing “There were no guitars played in the making of this record!” Wow!!! I love number 4 and number 7. I also love the quote from Robert Frost. This is a MUST BUY!!!!


This is possibly the most original and interesting band and CD I've heard in the last 10 years! Take a listen and you'll agree!