It seems as if it has been forever since there was a new album from the Glaswegians, 2012’s We Created a Monster being their last release. The band, who is made up vocalists, Harry Radford and Kevin Miles, guitarists Connor MacLeod and Paul Travers, bassist Andrew McShane and drummer David Beaton, have toured in between so have given the fans enough to quench their thirst for more Yashin, and the band themselves have been vocal with regards to what has been happening, sadly it is a story that is familiar to many bands.
The album opens on a strong positive note with Spreading the disease before jumping into the punchiness of The beginning of the end. Dorothy Gale featuring Itch, brings the first image of a crowd anthem. An image of the crowd singing along to the words “there’s no place like home” comes to mind. Then comes the two well-known fan favourites DEAD and the title track The Renegades, both of which have already proven to be huge crowd pleasers. Vultures continues with the strong, angry vibe. Mid way through the album comes Mocking bird, the added Female vocals make the song beautifully haunting.
The second part of the album picks back up from Vultures and it kicks straight into Stockholm Sinner, bringing us more of the same as what was experienced in the first half, catchy, aggressive songs about betrayal. The next few songs Long live salvation, Dead Spells and Play me, continue the catchiness of the album. The album finishes on a slow but high note with .
The hurt these guys have been through in the past few years can be felt throughout the album, even without being familiar with the back story you get a sense of what they’ve been through. However, under all the darkness and anger you have a catchy, well put together album that fans are sure to love and making the wait well worth it.