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Yashin – The Renegades – Album Review

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The Renegades
Sony Music Australia
Release Date: 26 February 2016
Review by Matthew Clewley

Yashin are back, better than ever. The Scottish hardcore beasts have been concentrating on writing darker songs, while keeping their unique spin on their type of music. Time off from making records can hinder song-writing abilities and enthusiasm, especially within the state music industry today, but they aren’t guilty of that here on The Renegades.

With their newly established direction they have most certainly been able to stick to their old roots too. The eerie intro into Spreading the Disease, gives you an immediate taste that this is significantly different to their previous offerings. The Beginning of the End, however, gives you nostalgic memories of their wonderful past. The start of The Renegades is beautifully catchy. D.E.A.D, is the song that will get the crowd going, it will down brilliantly live. The title track is perhaps my favourite track, with its pop punk influences going nicely with a double kick pedal in this rampant groove.

Vultures, comes in as the longest song on the album and one of the most adventurous, with Stockholm Sinner having similar traits to D.E.A.D with its catchiness and the predicted impact in a live setting. Long Live Salvation, is beautifully harmonic and surprisingly relaxing listen. The following track Dead Spells, becoming another favourite of mine, it’s catchy and lively and that’s vital to an album like this. Play Me, has a breakdown that we all know and love near the end of it. Circle The Sun ends this album epically with its haunting piano intro and electronic influence. And to point out on its own, the single Dorothy Gale with Itch is a f*cking banger, but I’m sure you’ve all heard that by now!

The Renegades sees Yashin return in good form, despite their hectic touring troubles and tensions, this album is a fine effort by the talented scots. The production is incredibly crisp and it’s a completely fresh sound that Yashin have managed to evolve to, for the better. The Renegades is the comeback we’ve all been waiting for from Yashin, going back to their old school sound with some significant changes for the better.

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