November 9, 2010, 5:01 am
Filed under: Single/EP Reviews
Release Date: November 2010.
Record Label: Melodic Revolution Records.
Despite giving the world thought-provoking ideas and high quality musicianship, any form of music tagged as “progressive” is considered to unfashionable and self-indulging in the 21st Century.
Since its 70’s heyday, acts such as: Genesis (before Peter Gabriel left of course), Marillion and the organ-grinding solos of Rick Wakeman’s Yes, there has been a market for complexity in rock.
Unfortunately, even the legendary Rush and the modern day apex of prog, Dream Theater have done nothing to inspire new generations of rock fans, to put their stamp on this genre.
Scarlet Hollow, a Californian based four-piece, have a natural love and respect for prog, name-checking: Porcupine Tree, Rush, Pink Floyd and Yes as well as: “tons of other great progressive rock music, both
old and new.”
Their debut EP is comprised of three tracks that are digitally clean and crisp, and jump between the progressive sub-genres of rock and metal.
Guitarist Gregg Olson licks were made for the progressive-metal styling’s of this genre, while Allison Von Buelow’s vocals will be lazily compared to that of Evanescence’s Amy Lee. No disrespect to Lee,
but Von Buelow has a better vocal range that is entwined into
intelligent melodies, something that cannot be said about the former.
Their debut album entitled What If Never Was is due out next spring on Melodic Revolution Records.