Holland has cultivated plenty of icy, gothic metal acts in the last decade. Nemesea can be added to the long list of them. Their third album is however, different in the respect that their focus is on broadening their appeal to a mainstream audience.
At points in this record, Nemesea are closer to Snow Patrol than any symphonic metal act. It’s an accessible edge they’ve always had, but now fully exploited. The pop choruses of the Dutch act are chart-climbing – but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re up there with the best of female-fronted acts.
They’re easier to listen to than Evanescence or Within Temptation (not that either are a particular earache) and are probably targeting a crowd who have a few Nickelback records as opposed to any Nightwish or Lacuna Coil. It makes for easy listening – a little too easy. Lyrically Nemesea don’t challenge themselves and much prefer sticking to direct yet generic pieces of writing, which is fine if you don’t fancy thinking for 55 minutes.
Sometimes it’s better to go for a route-one attitude, but on The Quiet Resistance, it’s just a little too basic to wield serious emotional power.