Opening with “Uprising,” Muse starts to haunt the soul with their string lead riff that plays along a distorted guitar that is reminiscent of something Queen would do. The song is more or less about conspiracies and an ending that won’t happen, an apocalypse. “We will be victorious” Matthew Bellamy’s powerful rich vocals soar above the throttling drums and guitar. “They will not force us, they will stop degrading us, they will not control us” he continues. “Uprising” is a great opener as well as a strong lead single filled with synth blips and bleeps complimenting the dark tone. Following is the title track “The Resistance.” An interesting delay is placed on single guitar notes giving it a fast paced rhythm with crying-out-like vocals doubled and a roaring guitar placed against more raw drums. The sound is something that’s come to be known from Muse and their distinct style.
Muse tried an interesting project with “United States of Eurasia.” They placed 6 parts of the songs around the world and the parts needed to be unlocked by fans in order to complete the song. “Eurasia” is a proclamation that America should control the oil supply in the Eurasia landmass in order to secure stability. “Does anyone know or care how they’ve begun… soon we will see there can be only one, United States of Eurasia” he sings in a Queen-like style vocal that leads into a rearranged Chopin “Nocturne E-Flat Major Op. 9 No. 2.” The song has received fairly critical feedback due to its strong message of American control. “I Belong To You” is a heavy on guitar and the riffs are fist pumping that’s sure to be a hit with old and new fans when performed live, something the band excels in and is recognized for and has won many awards due to live performances that boost songs. Queen guitarist Brian May described “United States of Eurasia” as “brilliantly done”.
“I love it, I think it’s great stuff,” May told the BBC when asked about Muse. “I think they’re very good boys and extremely talented, and like us they have their tongue in cheek a lot of the time.” To end the album Muse takes on a more classical approach. When asked about The Resistance in the past, the band was not sure exactly what it would turn out to be, rather it would be a handful of single worthy songs or a an extended composition. The band has successfully combined all elements into the new record. “Exogenesis Symphony Part I” lasts for more than 9 minutes of nothing but haunting melodies and a piano riff backed up by screeching string arrangements. “Exogenesis Part II” is more tame with a soft piano that seems to be filled with a longing for, a passion in a sad manner that could either be relaxing or hurtful depending on the listener’s take. The third part, “The Redemption,” is ending the record on a peaceful note after howling progressive rock, raising feelings of peace.