As they prepare for the release of their third full-length, Renounced are flying the flag for metalcore in 2019 by emulating the early noughties onslaught from the likes of Killswitch Engage and Poison The Well. ‘Beauty Is A Destructive Angel’ has cathartic chords, melancholic vocals and catchy guitar leads that all metal fans will need to hear.
To celebrate the new record, we caught up with the band and got them to pick five records that have inspired Renounced.
MARTYR AD – ‘ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HELL’
This is hands down one of the heaviest metalcore records of all time. It’s unapologetic when it comes to breakdowns. The lyrical content is deep and emotional. The production is good but not overly complicated so it keeps its raw edge. The artwork is on point, and the breakdowns, did I mention those? “THERE’S NOTHING SACRED HERE!!”
Oh, and to top it off, this band consists of members of the mighty Disembodied. ‘On Earth’ is one of the best metalcore albums of all time in my opinion and Renounced took a lot of inspiration from this band over the years. Favourite tracks are ‘American Hollow’, ‘Into Stone’ and ‘Valley of Solitude’
CALIBAN – ‘VENT’
The first time I heard this band was when I saw the video for their song ‘The Beloved And The Hatred’ from the album ‘The Opposite From Within’ on a music channel when I was around 15 and remember thinking it stood out so much against the general music that was shown on the channel, then when I did more research into the band and looked at past releases I stumbled across ‘Vent’. From the moment the first chord hits in ‘Fire Of Night’, this album is just ferocious, raw anger and just heavy as hell. It is an album that to me has the perfect balance of aggression and calm. Every time I listen to it, it makes me feel like taking someone’s head off. One of the best European releases ever.
TURMOIL – ‘THE PROCESS OF’
This record is an undeniable banger and is in my top five hardcore records of all time. It’s just a non stop powerhouse of catchy riffs, breakdowns and memorable lyrics. This album serves as perfect example of how to deliver heavy breakdowns whilst not skipping on killer riffs in between. No one wants a bunch of filler before getting to the pay off. We wanted our new album to be more heavier then our previous ones, and ‘The Process Of’ served as a good reminder for how to write heavy songs that still have emotion and feeling within them.
STATE CRAFT – ‘TO CELEBRATE THE FORLORN SEASONS’
Possibly one of the most perfect metalcore records to ever come out, if you haven’t heard this you need to change that now. From Tokyo in Japan, this band again has the incredible lead guitar lines mixed with epic chord progressions and terrifying breakdowns. The vocals are shrill and in your face, you really feel the emotion in them. I first found this while searching through the Goodlife Records discography, and it’s one of the unsung gems of their catalogue.
DEFTONES – ‘AROUND THE FUR’
My personal favourite out of a back catalogue of flawless albums. The singles off this album were just at the point that I was really getting into heavy music, so for me nostalgia also plays a huge part. I remember ‘Be Quiet And Drive’ was on Matt Hoffman’s Pro BMX game on PlayStation and I used to try have it on repeat. The drum tone on this album is exceptional, the kicks at the start of ‘Around The Fur’ really hit into you. Everything about this album is done right. The mixture of bouncy riffs, catchy vocals and it also being one of their rawest and heaviest (in my opinion) albums makes it a favourite for me.
Renounced‘s third studio album, ‘Beauty Is A Destructive Angel’, is out on September 27th 2019 through Holy Roar Records.
The band are touring the UK in December with Knocked Loose, Malevolence, and Justice For The Damned.
You can find all of their forthcoming UK tour dates listed below.
DECEMBER 01 – LONDON, ULU
DECEMBER 02 – MANCHESTER, Rebellion
DECEMBER 03 – BRISTOL, The Fleece
DECEMBER 04 – BIRMINGHAM, The Mill
DECEMBER 05 – GLASGOW, The Grand
DECEMBER 06 – LEEDS, Stylus
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