Dennis : Whereas their debut album ‘Alienations’ was rather weak due its’ weak compositions and its’ cheap production, the second studio album ‘Year Zero’ of the Italian technical death metal band Resumed tells a whole different story. The three gentlemen and lady have made quite some progress in the four years that lay in between both albums and it really shows. As on their first album, Resumed still plays old school technical death metal with progressive influences and elements of jazz and fusion and thus shows a lot of similarities with bands such as Death, Pestilence and Cynic; Yet also more modern technical death metal bands like Obsura or Beyond Creation will have inspired this Italian band. However, Resumed can’t quite match up to the quality of the aforementioned bands, who seem to be in a higher league. The technical musicianship of Resumed is remarkable, yet too often their compositions end up in incoherent technical play and the songs lose a bit of their power. Still I think ‘Year Zero’ is an enjoyable technical death metal album and due to the excellent production of producer Stefano Morabito (Decrepith Birth, Hideous Divinity, Fleshgod Apocalypse) the ten songs on ‘Year Zero’ sound quite powerful and fresh. Progressive death metal fans should absolutely give this one a try.