Erra wasn’t always as popular as they are currently. Though the progressive metalcore band from Alabama have been around for right around a decade, it also wasn’t that long ago they were (promising!) openers for just about every metalcore tour you can think of. Not that it’s a bad thing – everyone has to cut their teeth somewhere. Erra’s strong work ethic and songwriting abilities shine through on all four of their full-lengths to date, but it’s on 2013’s Augment where the band really showed off their brilliance – providing some of the most awe-inspiring moments in all of progressive metalcore.
While 2018’s Neon was a tremendous success for the band, resulting in some of the highest-profile tours of the progressive metalcore band’s career to date, the best is still yet to come for Erra. The band, who are playing major festivals like Furnace Fest and iMatter, just to name a few, have more big plans on the horizon this year. Namely, a new album – which the Alabama-based band are in the studio recording right now.
Scarlet Dress – Endless
8.5 / 10
Debut albums are always a very challenging thing – from wanting to appease fans, showing the world music you’ve been working on for months/years, aiming to bring in new listeners, and many other things. For Scarlet Dress, this is exponentially harder since both band members are far away from one another, and are only able to share their music with one another online. Despite all of the challenges that Scarlet Dress faced, they have managed to put out one very fun and entertaining debut album. Filled to the brim with djenty riffs, powerful vocals, and fantastic guest features, it’s very hard to picture that this all was done by just 2 guys with a passion for music.
Scarlet Dress is a progressive metalcore outfit with its members hailing from Mumbai, India and Albuquerque, United States. In its true sense, Scarlet Dress really is a form of expression through heavy music in the new age of internet collaboration. With music that is fueled by ambient melodies, heavy breakdowns and intricate guitar riffage, Scarlet Dress’ emotional hooks and hard hitting breakdowns appeal to an audience sitting at the borderline of Prog and metalcore. Scarlet Dress is for listeners who appreciate layered atmospheres but at the same time desire catchy melodies. Set to unleash their debut album “Endless“ upon the world February 28th, Scarlet Dress is ready to come out swinging in the scene. Packed with 9 tracks of extremely solid metalcore, the album also features guest vocals by Jordan Chase (Shreddy Krueger) on “Withdrawn” and Josh Ford (The Luminary) on “Empty Breathing”, and Alan Rigdon (Ex ERRA) performs a guest solo section on instrumental “Evade”. Recently, I had the chance to talk with Sushant Vohra, who currently happens to write and compose all the instrumentals for the band. The interview, which you can read below, covers multiple topics including how difficult it has been being in different countries, where the band name originated, albums Sushant is looking forward to, and so much more.