WORDS: SEAN HUBBARD

Despite being a fixture in the hardcore scene for the majority of the decade, 2019 has truly been the breakout year of Renounced, with their third album Beauty Is A Destructive Angel elevating the band to brand new heights, and after concluding the year with an almost completely sold out tour supporting Knocked Loose throughout Europe and the UK their music has been exposed to far greater audiences than ever before. Considering the album only released in September, for it to have propelled the band so far in only four months is a testament to the strength of Renounced’s throwback genre of metalcore – in their own words “We had a slow start this year, but since the release of the album we’ve completely hit the ground running.”

They are being hailed as the British breakthrough band of 2019, but Renounced are not new to the scene, with this breakout record actually coming as their third full-length release. Guitarist and songwriter Dan Rayner however feels that the title is appropriate because “This is our breakthrough into the bigger world of metal music,” and that it already feels like a step up simply because they’ve never been involved in press before now. It is certainly Renounced’s time to shine, having watched many of their contemporaries breakthrough into the ‘mainstream’ of heavy music in the last few years, but Dan said the band had no jealousy towards any of their successful friends, instead feeling that “we’ve just been plodding along waiting for our moment.”

“This is our breakthrough into the bigger world of metal music”

The release of Beauty Is A Destructive Angel has truly been their moment, and the amount of work put into the record shows how hard the band strove for perfection with their third album. Rayner began writing the album alongside fellow guitarist Sammy Urwin (of Employed To Serve) in 2016 when Sammy joined the band, and the addition of Urwin to the writing team created a very different vibe than Renounced’s previous efforts, one that Rayner feels contributed to the success of the new album. In previous records the band have always looked back and seen several things that they wished they could change, but with the newest release Dan reflects that “We were finally happy with something we’ve recorded on record. We spent a very long time working on these songs and perfecting them.”

The hard work doesn’t stop with the album’s release though, and Rayner has revealed already that he has begun work on their next full-length, musing “despite what some people think, it does actually take a long time to write a song.” However now is the perfect time to capitalise on their success, especially with the current resurgence of old-school metalcore that is in progress at the moment, with events such as Howard Jones featuring on a new Killswitch Engage track, and the reformation of Misery Signals which have inspired Renounced to strive for greater heights, with Rayner feeling that “this nostalgia has re-energised a lot of people,” especially metalcore ‘purists’ like themselves who have fallen out of love with modern metalcore and all the added extras. Renounced begin to fill this gap that Dan thinks has been missing of “the raw instrumental sound of just a band playing” considering that a lot of people lost interest when metalcore became “more downtuned and more synthy,” and began to be disparaged as ‘bland’ and ‘uninspired.’

“nostalgia has re-energised a lot of people.”

Their stark difference from most modern metalcore bands is perhaps why the recent Knocked Loose tour was the first set of metalcore shows that Renounced have played in their career, remaining on hardcore bills for the most part, because originally “when we first started out we always wanted to be the metalcore band who played on the hardcore shows as a bit of variety,” preferring to add in something different on a mixed bill show rather than just be another metalcore band alongside tens of others. However Rayner looks positively to the future by concluding that they would be open to playing more metalcore shows after this experience, saying that “we’d love to play to the massive crowds they all play to.”

Beauty Is A Destructive Angel is out now on Holy Roar Records

 

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