Renunciation – The Terminal Archetype

Blackened death metal has been around since the early 90s, building on the pioneering work of Celtic Frost, Sodom and even early Sepultura, so it comes as no surprise that this sub-genre is still holding its own and embracing newcomers with open arms. Moscow’s Renunciation play a technical version of this music and cite Death, Dimmu Borgir and Emperor as their main influences. However, their different backgrounds and experiences allows them to incorporate various styles of metal into their template without falling into an eclectic mess. And, boy, do they hit hard with their latest release.

The Terminal Archetype is made up of five thrilling tracks that will keep you engaged throughout like an endangered animal in an alien ecosystem. Opener, ‘When There’s No One to Fear the Night’ is a pleasant classical intro piece with solemn tones accompanied by violin and piano harmonies. Don’t be fooled by its successor: ‘Deliverance from God’ is sure to smash you in the teeth! Fast guitar riffs and shredding scales meet the blackened death metal persona on the dot and allow the drums to breathe. It’s the only merciful consideration on the record from these Russian destroyers. Such sensation is like the feeling of mischief; where’s the nearest riot? The vocals are sure to hit your black/death metal sweet spot and will conjure Satyricon at their best.

The title track and ‘Arrogance of Worms’ continue the momentum and tick all the boxes of a threatening blackened death assault. It’s refreshing to hear the vocalist explore different styles throughout the carnage, from the standard growls to clean harmonies and raspy whispers. Likewise, the guitars riffs never fail to surprise with their creativity. These are accentuated by fine-combed production intricacies that other bands could learn from with a spin of this EP.

Renunciation ought to be a role model for all independent black/ technical death metal bands. The most positive reflection of this EP is the urge it creates in the listener to want more. It will not be the last time we hear from these Russians and this reviewer will be keeping her eyes peeled for future releases.



Release Date: 14/08/2020

Record Label: Self Released

Standout tracks: Deliverance from God, Arrogance of Worms

Suggested Further Listening: Behemoth – From the Pagan Vastlands (1994), Death – Scream Bloody Gore (1987), Dying Fetus – Destroy the Opposition (2000)