TITLE: BEAUTY IS A DESTRUCTIVE ANGEL
LABEL: HOLY ROAR RECORDS
WORDS: JACK MOBLEY
Bringing a much needed youthful slant to an ageing genre, Renounced have released their third album, and follow up to 2017’s ‘Theories Of Despair’. ‘Beauty Is A Destructive Angel’ shows the world that metal-core can once again be a crown jewel in the world of heavy music. The band’s brand of crushingly heavy riffs, vocals and breakdowns laced with emotional yet melodic sections feels like a shot in the arm the genre has need for some time. The message from the band from the moment they announced the record has been to the entire scene to “Watch the throne” as they seek to come rip the crown and sceptre for themselves.
Harking back to early noughties metal core but never becoming an imitation of what came before with a healthy dose of melancholy that drives the album while also inserting the brutally heavy chugs, unsettling guitar screeches with a shot of melody to provide memorable the high points on the choruses; Renounced are apart of the scene that seek to take back the throne from those who have diluted the sound with the style-over-substance brand of metal core with something that bites and crunches without apologising.
“‘Beauty Is A Destructive Angel’ shows the world that metal-core can once again be a crown jewel in the world of heavy music. “
Opening instrumental, ‘Ghosts’ is 100 seconds of minor-key build up that explodes into the opening gambit of ‘Self Inflicted’ that will not fail in provoking your face to compress in a scornful scrunch thanks the rapid-fire chugs on the guitars. The lead guitars complement the melody while never losing the heaviness and the same goes throughout the record. Counterparts’, Brendan Murphy has his say on the track that before the song fades into the next air-guitar worthy riff, ‘In a Years Turning’.
‘The Rico Conspiracy’ is an anthem that Killswitch in their day would be proud of. The meld of melodic and stripped back personal touches such as the line “I wish your know how beautiful you are”, in Daniel Gray’s undoubtedly London accent. Blow to the ear drums on the next track ‘Tourchbearer’ feels like a whirlwind of tones from almost nauseating guitar riffs that pulls down on the strings to the emotional break in the middle before a simply but effectively executed breakdown to stomp the life out of you. The final track, ‘A Statue Frozen In Glass’, showcases the melody that this band are capable of, that they are not just full of chugs and breakdowns.
“They may not be ready to rule the kingdom but they have staked a claim for the throne with authority.”
Renounced have captured the essence of a genre that is quietly making it’s way out of the quagmire and into the consciousness of the heavy metal fan. With compatriots in Bury Tomorrow and While She Sleeps, and metallic hardcore acts such as Vein and Knocked Loose breaking through, Renounced are another band that are driving the nail hard into the coffin of stylish metal core acts. They display elements of hammering breakdowns and riffs while the lead guitar can shift the tone and elements thanks to it’s sombre and melancholic key.
They may not be ready to rule the kingdom but they have staked a claim for the throne with authority.