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with 9 tracks of extremely solid metalcore, the album also features guest vocals by Jordan Chase (Shreddy Krueger) on “Withdrawn” and Josh Ford (The Luminary) on “Empty Breathing”, and Alan Rigdon (Ex ERRA) performs a guest solo section on instrumental “Evade”.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.
Do yourself a favor and follow the band on Facebook, check out a little more of their backstory on their official website, and pre-order/pre-save on Bandcamp, iTunes, or Spotify!
One of the most anticipated records in progressive metal this year has to be Erra’s 4th full-length, Neon. The Alabama band, signed to Sumerian Records, has been on a strong upward trajectory ever since their impressive debut album Impulse hit the airwaves in 2011. While the band has certainly evolved since then, is it for the better? The answer is a resounding YES.
Following up the June release of new single “Disarray”, Alabama progressive metalcore band Erra have released another new single on top of it, “Breach”. The 2nd single to drop off their upcoming album Neon, it sees the band truly progressing to new heights as a band, blazing new musical trails that are distinctly Erra – and there’s even a little Vildhjarta influence in the guitar parts. Vocalists JT Cavey and Jesse Cash continue to play off each other like seasoned vets.
Erra are also currently on this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour, the dates of which you can find below. Continually evolving their sound while staying true to themselves is a difficult task that the band aces with flying colors, and it’s impressive just how they keep doing it.