WORD: VINCENT LI
Metalcore band, Renounced have finished the recording of their new music. We spoke with vocalist Daniel Gray about the new upcoming record.
Over the month of January, Renounced began working with Lewis Johns in his Southampton based studio, The Ranch. Lewis is fast becoming one of the best in the UK for music production, having previously worked with Creeper, Boston Manor and Employed To Serve on their latest albums. One of the reasons why Renounced turned to Lewis was because they thought that the record needed to sound huge, with Dan stating “It was time to leave our mark, not just on the hardcore scene but heavy music in general.” Furthermore, Dan said that the band not only want to have the best sound possible live, but also on record and they feel like they have achieved it with the upcoming release.
“It was time to leave our mark, not just on the hardcore scene but heavy music in general.”
When speaking about the record itself, Dan believes that this is the best music that they have written to date, as he describes it as “The most real and honest record lyrically.” Furthermore, Dan give credit to his bandmates, expressing that “The members in Renounced are really talented and the work they have put into this really shows.” Despite saying that Renounced will always have an early metalcore sound, Dan tells us that they have experimented with the new record, having dropped some of the discords, added more technical parts and introducing some more clean singing. Moreover, in terms of progress, Renounced compared the new release to the album which solidified the ‘Renounced sound,’ Theories of Despair. “Theories for me was cool but didn’t feel quite right” Dan expresses, so with some tweaking, they feel like they have got the sound they want for the new record.
“They wanted to explore and grow in a different musical direction”
Moving on from the new record, we spoke to Dan about the metalcore /hardcore debate since the terms are often confused nowadays. “Renounced is a metalcore band” states Dan, adding “Metalcore has its roots in hardcore, the way hardcore has its roots in punk.” Growing up, Dan listened to bands such as Converge and Slipknot, whilst listening to a lot of 90s skater punk so his taste in music varies. However, when it comes to the heavier side of things, Dan expresses that he has always been drawn to metalcore more than anything else, but does agree that the term can be confused sometimes and suggests that it’s because the term covers a wide audience. There are bands such as Martyr AD, Converge, Parkway Drive and Unbroken, which are all technically metalcore bands, however, they all play very different music to different audiences in Dan’s opinion.
“Metalcore has its roots in hardcore, the way hardcore has its roots in punk.”
One of the biggest bands in the alternative rock scene currently is Bring Me The Horizon, following their hugely successful album, amo. Unfortuntely, the band received some backlash for the new direction in which their sound is going. However, Dan 100% backs BMTH’s new sound, saying “They wanted to explore and grow in a different musical direction,” which has proved to be very successful, as amo went straight into the album charts at number one.
Renounced’s new record will be dropping later this year, and the band look forward to setting the scene ablaze when it drops. Dear Metalcore, watch the throne…