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Renee Heartfelt breathes new life into an old idea that's been corrupted by misuse, oversaturation, and bad records. Do you remember when post-hardcore sounded like Quicksand? It sounded exactly the way it was supposed to sound, in a very exciting way - it sounded like progression. It was music made by boys who had grown into men. These days, post-hardcore has become a catchall phrase for pop-punk in a suit. When the hardcore legends are abandoning art to embrace the almighty dollar, hope lies in Renee Heartfelt's masterful debut full-length "Death of the Ghost."

It's hard to imagine ex-members of Give Up the Ghost, Count Me Out, and Striking Distance joining forces to create an album that sounds like a Ken Andrews (Failure) project, but that's exactly what they've done. From the spacy guitar lines and weathered vocals to the immaculate rock production provided by Matt Squire (The Explosion, Static Age) this is a record for fans of Failure and Year of the Rabbit as much as it is for hardcore veterans looking for something more.

Renee Heartfelt isn't stepping away from hardcore - they've toured extensively with bands like The Distance - but they're stepping it up. Renee Heartfelt rides the line between hardcore, post-hardcore, and rock. With "Death of the Ghost," they're set to take over all three. .

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