WORDS: JACK MOBLEY
Renounced are showing the world that metal-core can once again be a crown jewel in the world of heavy music. Their meld of crushingly heavy riffs, vocals and breakdowns laced with emotional yet melodic sections has been garnering support since the release of the debut, ‘The Melancholy We Ache’, and the very impressive follow up, ‘Theories Of Despair’. The band have been ordering people on their social media to ‘Watch The Throne’, labelling their new album, ‘Beauty Is A Destructive Angel’, as their best work to date.
The new album has been injected with passion for the 2000’s metal-core that has so greatly influenced them in their past and present work. Evolving over the years since the burst of raw energy that took shape in their earlier demos, Renounced have been fine tuning their identity and the sonic elements to craft a sound that can revitalise a scene.
Vocalist, Daniel Gray and guitarist, Dan Rayner have been discussing the in-depth details of the new album. In addition, they have looked back on their career thus far and reflected on certain areas; the influences, the previous records and themselves as musicians and people. ‘Watch The Throne’ has been plastered over the face of Renounced’s social media with big intentions and expectations on themselves. These bold claims lays down the gauntlet as Renounced seek to claim what they and their fans believe is rightfully theirs.
“We are all extremely excited to release this record to everyone, and this is our best stuff yet, we are coming for you!”
Rayner has given more insight as to what the term means and and their confidence in their ability when it comes to the new material, “We want to show people how we have evolved.” He stated, “We are all extremely excited to release this record to everyone, and this is our best stuff yet, we are coming for you!”
Rayner and co. are breathing an air of confidence with the upcoming release as he reveals that they have found their identity and as the band has matured with age, so has the writing, saying, “I feel like we have spent a lot more time perfecting everything. The production is better, the writing I feel is slightly better. We have grown up and I feel like this is a more mature Renounced. For me personally this is the most excited I have been to release our music since our first demo. There’s no bits I look back at and wish I could change.”
Daniel Gray also points to the production quality on the record, attributing the quality of it to producer, John Lewis, “His work is great and it definitely shows on this record.” Continuing, “The songwriting is the best we have doneThe general flow and feel of the record is nothing like we have done before. From artwork to riffs, the project as a whole is more refined and complete.”
“I don’t feel like there’s any bands at the moment that are doing exactly what we are doing. We wanted to create something that gives a throw back to the bands that we grew up with, but giving our own twist on them.”
The progression is very apparent with the new material and Gray carries on to state that the progression has been an integral part to the high calibre of writing for the upcoming record, “Progression is part of growing up. We have come a long way as individuals, both personally and musically since the demo. I actually feel the demo is a little primitive, it’s raw and unrefined. Which reflected exactly my mindset of the time, It’s in the past and the past should remain dead.”
The band have re-captured the essence that allowed metal-core to be on of the leading genre’s of the 2000’s but it hasn’t been without it’s obstacles, Rayner unveiled the art to his process of writing, “I don’t feel like there’s any bands at the moment that are doing exactly what we are doing. We wanted to create something that gives a throw back to the bands that we grew up with, but giving our own twist on them.”
And Renounced are embracing their roots and want to show them off for the world to see, “I’m hoping people will listen to the new songs and see those influences. I feel like the scene doesn’t have that.” Gray also mentions that the comparison are plain to see and the band welcome it as a flattering remark, “We are influenced by such bands. Poison The Well, Misery signals and Killswitch Engage etc. all inspire us to write the music we write, it’s a complement well taken.”