In "Collateral Damage," the classical piano is complemented with the soft sounds of children laughing and playing. The noise of the children is just subtle enough to enhance the feeling of tranquility. But then the faint sounds of a pilot communicating via radio are heard, along with the roar of an aircraft getting louder and louder. The roar of the aircraft consumes all else: piano, children, and peace. Images of a bombing raid flooded my mind, and I was stunned into silence.
The "Exogenesis" symphony is another brilliant and effective piece. The music and the lyrics paint a vivid picture of a desolate Earth, humanity's evacuation of our planet, the vastness of space, and our desperate search for a new home.
While the final track of the symphony is hopefully entitled "Redemption," the song finishes on a note of uncertainty and foreboding. Mankind has found a new home, but will it destroy this one like the last?
I must confess that the first time I heard the CD, I didn't know what to think of it. I immediately liked "Uprising," "Guiding Light," and the "Exogenesis" symphony, but I wasn't sure about the other songs. After two more listens, I loved the album in its entirety. Then I listened to it over twenty times in the following week. I still listen to it regularly.
If you want a rock album that will entertain, tell a story, and stir your emotions, then The Resistance is for you.