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Renae - ...And Hell Follows Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 8
Musicianship 6
Lyrics 6.5
Production 8.5
Creativity 7
Lasting Value 6.25
Reviewer Tilt 8.5
Final Verdict: 73%
Member Ratings
Vocals 4.5
Musicianship 5.67
Lyrics 4
Production 5.42
Creativity 6.08
Lasting Value 4.92
Reviewer Tilt 5.33
Average: 51%
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Renae - ...And Hell Follows

Reviewed by: emoneil (01/22/10)
Renae - ...And Hell Follows
Record Label: Hotfoot Records
Release Date: December 7, 2009

Hotfoot Records has recently picked up another winning act. That act being central Illinois' Renae. Following their release The Coward, the Storm, the Outlaw and selling over 4,000 copies with no assistance from a label, comes …and Hell Follows. It's a five song EP that will leave you, not only wanting more, but satisfied that someone took great musical influences and applied it to the indie-hardcore scene.

The songs play out like a short concept album. And with the idea of a concept album comes to mind several well known bands. However, instead of sounding androgynous like a particular major-label, concept-album-crazy band, they sound like everyone's favorite indie-rock story-tellers, the Receiving End of Sirens. Well, they'd sound like them if TREOS condensed their songs to three minutes or less. More than that, frontman Stephen Rosborough sounds strikingly similar to Casey Crescenzo, to the point that one would think Crescenzo had a falling out with his own band and started a newer project. The only give away, once again, is that the songs run about one-third the length of any of the Dear Hunter/TREOS songs.

Renae also pulls influence from bands like At the Drive-In and Poison the Well. A bit of a far cry from their first EP which tended to be on the more pop-driven side, often with an appeal to emo-audiences…whoever they may be, now that the label has been completely diluted from it's origins. That aside, there is also a very notable Cave In influence in the music as well: Very atmospheric sounds and hypnotic beats, a treat for anyone who likes great music and thinks today's music scene needs to take a few notes from it's predecessors.

So if you're looking for a great EP that draws influence from artists you miss, be sure to check out Hotfoot Record's Renae: …and Hell Follows.


Recommended if You LikeThe Receiving End of Sirens; the Dear Hunter; Poison the Well
 
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12:27 PM on 02/02/10
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I really dont like the lyrics
12:02 PM on 02/03/10
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This review really provided no information whatsoever. Why did you give a low rating to musicianship and lyrics? It's mostly about TREOS.
04:08 PM on 02/03/10
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i really like this band and i really like this album. i think your review could've focused more on the album's content, but i'm glad to see they're getting favorable reviews.
08:35 PM on 02/04/10
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This review really provided no information whatsoever. Why did you give a low rating to musicianship and lyrics? It's mostly about TREOS.
12:00 AM on 02/05/10
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emoneil, you beat me to it...i was planning on reviewing this E.P. myself. I especially like the first track on this CD. I wish Stephen would sing more and scream less...hopefully eventually they will go into a more melodic direction, but right now they are def into this hardcore phase. I do like how Stephen has such a gutsy scream though. He def has balls for being such a tiny man. I believe he has alot more potential as a singer that he has yet tapped into.
10:12 AM on 02/05/10
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emoneil, you beat me to it...i was planning on reviewing this E.P. myself. I especially like the first track on this CD. I wish Stephen would sing more and scream less...hopefully eventually they will go into a more melodic direction, but right now they are def into this hardcore phase. I do like how Stephen has such a gutsy scream though. He def has balls for being such a tiny man. I believe he has alot more potential as a singer that he has yet tapped into.
I agree whole heartedly! The first track is my favorite by far and I'm anxious to see what they can do in the future!
01:23 PM on 02/05/10
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To me, the review seemed more like a history of the band's sound as opposed to an actual review of the record.
12:35 AM on 02/06/10
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Renae kills it live
07:36 PM on 02/07/10
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I see no connection between Renae and groups like TREOS and The Dear Hunter....and I've been following Renae since their first live set.
11:52 AM on 03/21/10
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I really never listened to TREOS very much, and we have jammed to the dear hunter, but I appreciate the comparisons.

If you really want to know, we cut our teeth on bands like at the drive-in, mewithoutyou, glassjaw, deftones, fugazi, and as cities burn, and we've been around a lot of hardcore bands lately. I would not hesitate to mention that we are all fans of sparta and the mars volta as well.

I can see the comparisons because Stephen actually sings really well, but the intro to the album is not the album. It is merely a transitional from the last record we put out. I think that is the only significant spot we resemble the forementioned bands. I appreciate a review regardless.

We realize we are not the most unique band around today. It has all been done under the sun. However, I do want to say that we are real and we try to write what we feel. We put a lot into this EP and we are currently creating a new record with our new lineup. I have no idea on a release date or even a recording date. We just always create music in the downtime.

thanks for reviewing our EP.

Benny // Renae

p.s. i would also suggest checking out a new england band that is now defunct called FIRST AID KIT. Not to be confused with the pop/electro outfit, this band was a very influential band for me and my brother for both of the last albums.
06:22 AM on 08/30/10
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so i herd u liek roton7??
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Every Renae review on the internet simply compares them to other bands
09:20 AM on 11/04/10
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Every Renae review on the internet simply compares them to other bands
Agreed, it gets quite old.
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