If you like your metal dark, fierce, intense and unrelentingly heavy then we think you’re going to love the sound of Russian newcomers Renunciation.
The Moscow band have conjured up a melting pot of wild guitars under savage vocals all driven along by some seriously intense black metal drums. Indeed, summarising their music, the band tell us “better to ask psychologists about it.” If we’re honest, we’re a little bit scared, but we love it at the same time.
The band sent us their debut single, which is brilliantly titled Arrogance of Worms. It opens in heavy fashion with a big scream, heavy chords and wild high-pitched guitars. Driving guitars and pounding drums take over alongside vicious vocals through the first verse.
The intense high-pitched guitars return, then ominous spoken vocals give way to another flurry of fast-paced screams. The drums drop out in a brief pause, then a spinning guitar lick comes in over stabbing chords. Light clean guitars suddenly appear out of nowhere and gives way to heavier chords and vocals that end on a big scream. Huge booming bass drum kicks in, then heavy vocals lead the way as the song comes to an almighty ending. Check it out below:
That’s since been followed by Deliverance from God, which was released at the start of last month. It opens up with a cool driving guitar riff that feeds into a huge scream and high-pitched guitars. A wild flurry of spinning high-pitched guitar leads into and continues through a heavy opening verse then the driving guitars return.
An intense section of seriously heavy drums and shouty vocals comes in, then a cool winding little lick over unrelenting bass drum. That suddenly drops into a doomy gothic section with a piercing guitar solo that continues under savage vocals. Check it out below:
GR: Who are Renunciation?
R: “We are from Moscow, Russia. Most band members are old friends or even relatives and collaborated in many projects before. So, it was not a problem to form a new band and to bring new ideas to life.
GR: You just released Arrogance of Worms (great song title). What should people be expecting from the song?
R: “Thanks. People should expect from it a lot of tempo and key changes, stylistic variety and unusual moves. What about inspiration, well, better to ask psychologists about it. For us the songwriting is not a linear and transparent process.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
R: “Although single pieces of our songs are recognizable and can be associated with distinct styles and even artists, the whole composition is quite original.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
“As we mentioned, the writing process is a kind of mystery even for ourselves. Everything can influence and inspire: music, movies, nature, events, ideas and theories. Then it all mixes and interacts on our heads, often unconsciously, and results in what you can hear.
“With lyric themes, we focus on criticism of religion and philistine stereotypes and worldview, but on deeper level, not just attacking corrupt clerics or consumerism.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
R: “Thought we don’t limit ourselves in music genres, our greatest influences are black and death metal bands like Emperor, Cradle of Filth, Death, Faceless, Children of Bodom etc…”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
R: “We’ve released another single Deliverance from God in March 2020 and now are working on some videos and a full-length album. But because of well-known events the live shows are out of question in the nearest future.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
R: “Our music in not that simple from the first listening. But if you like it, dig into details and you’ll find even more interesting.”