Scarlet Hollow - What If Never Was

by Dan MacIntosh

.
What It Never Was () is Scarlet Hollow's second album, and is one squeaky clean audio product! It was produced by the band's own guitarist, Gregg Olson, who may also have a future career as a producer if the whole band thing doesn't work out. What sticks out most upon initial listening is just how smooth these instruments sound. It may be a rock album, due to the fact that it is built upon standard rock instrumentation, but there is nothing at all rough about it, which means you'll hear no dirty guitars or screamo vocals.

Scarlet Hollow's music falls into the progressive rock/metal genre, but what may be its most progressive element of all is the fact that the singer is a woman. Allison vonBuelow sings and writes lyrics to Scarlet Hollow songs, and also plays acoustic guitars and synths. The irony is not lost, by the way, that a genre with the forward-thinking name of ‘progressive' has so few female musicians, let alone lead vocalists. Perhaps, if Scarlet Hollow achieves widespread success, vonBuelow may inspire more women to enter into this mainly male-dominated style.

Progressive rock lyrics can sometimes veer a little too close to an overly dramatic Dungeons & Dragons game at times, but Scarlet Hollow keeps its songs grounded in reality. Singer vonBuelow has said that many of these songs tell the tale of a person's spiritual and emotional journey as they try to heal from the after effects of war." However, these song lyrics are rarely specific, so they can be interpreted in multiple ways. For instance, a title like Behind the Lines suggests battle associations, particularly when vonBuelow warns, Run, it is not safe here over a lovely acoustic guitar backing. Nevertheless, these words could describe almost any dire situation, from the battlefield to a violent romantic relationship.

Music performed by accomplished musicians, such as Scarlet Hollow, can appeal to diehards of the genre and novices alike because the playing goes beyond the ability to just shred, or ape Deep Purple riffs. Just listen to the pretty piano and jazzy guitar fills that highlight All That Remains. Also, vonBeulow gives one of her prettiest vocal performances on it. The track even includes thunderstorm sound effects, which are applied tastefully so as to not come off like an audio gimmick.

The only criticism that can be leveled at Scarlet Hollow is that a more linear storyline might have made this full-length a little more palatable. Perhaps, had the group realized sooner in the writing process that these songs were starting to form into a concept they could have solidified connections from song to song a little better. However, such issues do not at all take away from the quality of the music. It's difficult not to imagine Scarlet Hollow finding success in the progressive community because these musicians have the chops to make it.


Scarlet Hollow - What If Never Was
Rating:

Share this article
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pin it Share on Reddit email this article

More articles for this artist .



advertisement

advertisement

News Reports
Day in Rock:
Van Halen Icon Michael Anthony Hit With Personal Tragedy- Internal Bleeding's Bill Tolley Killed Fighting Fire- Eighteen Visions Reunite and Release Video From New Album- more

Axl Rose Doesn't Deserve Negative Image Says Ex Guns N' Roses Star- Journey Split With Steve Perry Over Stupid Issues Recalls Schon- Paramore Announce New Album- more

Original Alice Cooper Band Reuniting For Special Show- Megadeth Announce North American Summer Tour- Classic Eddie Van Halen Solo Gets Unusual Makeover- Peter Criss- more

Day in Pop:
Bizarre Drake Home Break In Explained- Zayn Malik and PARTYNEXTDOOR Release 'Still Got Time' Video- Brad Paisley Releases 'Love and War' Video with John Fogerty- more

Prince Was Biggest Selling Artist Of 2016- Coldplay Battling Themselves For Award- Harry Styles Opens Up About Album And Taylor Swift- Ed Sheeran Serenades Dying Fan- more

Prince's 'Deliverance' EP Release In Limbo- Drake Didn't Receive All His Cash Money Alleges Lawsuit- Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Concert Postponed Due To NBA Playoff Game- more

advertisement


Reviews

• On The Record: Jen Gloeckner - Vine

• Iron Maiden TBT Month- Flight 666

• RockPile: Hollywood Monsters- The Dahmers

• On The Record: Strange Karma - Cold Blooded

• Bernie Torme - Dublin Cowboy

• Iron Maiden TBT Month- Live After Death DVD

• Al Atkins - Reloaded

• The Psyatics - Famous Monsters

• Road Trip: Travel News, Trips and Tips April 2017

• Iron Maiden TBT Month: Number of the Beast

• Electric Ray and the Shockers - California Torpedo

• Beauty In The Breakdown - NEON

• Road Trip: Boise, Idaho's Treefort Music Fest

• Mastodon - Emperor of Sand

• Ministry - The Last Sucker

• Ships Have Sailed - Whispers EP

• RockPile: Prog Edition: Steve Hillage- Van Der Graaf Generator- Richard Barbieri

• On The Record: The Dollyrots - Whiplash Splash

• TBT: Down III Over the Under

• Les Bohem - Moved to Duarte

• In Tribute: Chuck Berry Live In Chicago

• Sad Vacation: The Last Days of Sid and Nancy • more

Rock News Stories
• Van Halen Icon Michael Anthony Hit With Personal Tragedy

• Internal Bleeding's Bill Tolley Killed Fighting Fire

• Eighteen Visions Reunite and Release Video From New Album

• Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song Returns To U.S. Singles Chart

• Linkin Park Star Explains Band's Change In Musical Direction

• Jack White's 'American Epic' Coming To TV

• Zakk Sabbath Announce Limited Edition Album

• Hayley Williams Was Unsure About Paramore's Future

• Metallica Star's 12 Year-Old Son Rocks With Korn

• Poison's Rikki Rockett Launches Drive For Cancer Therapy

• Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein Announces U.S. Tour

• Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood Uses Technical Difficulties To Prank Thom Yorke

• Jimmy Kimmel Shares Bonus Dreamcar Performance

• Stephen Stills And Judy Collins Team Up For Album and Tour

• Rise Against Stream New Song 'The Violence'

• Chris Cornell Performs New Song On The Tonight Show

• Positively Bob: Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan Album Announced

• Wilko Johnson Announces Special Celebration Show

• more

B-Side Stories
• Bizarre Drake Home Break In Explained

• Zayn Malik and PARTYNEXTDOOR Release 'Still Got Time' Video

• Brad Paisley Releases 'Love and War' Video with John Fogerty

• Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Wins Peabody Award

• Zac Brown Band Preview Kacey Musgraves Collaboration

• Chic And Earth, Wind & Fire Team Announced Summer Tour

• Morris Day Marks Prince Death Anniversary With New Video

• David Bowie's 'BOWPROMO' Unboxing Video Goes Online

• Skrillex Blames Elon Musk For Police Run In

• New Phoenix Song Featured In Calvin Klein Underwear Ad

• 2 Chainz Releases 'It's A Vibe' Video Featuring Trey Songz, Jhenc Aiko

• Lil Yachty Reveals 'Teenage Emotions' Album Details

• Bob Marley And The Wailers to Reissue 'Exodus' for 40th Anniversary

• Haim Hints At Possible New Music Release Date

• MTV 2017 Video Music Awards Details Revealed

• Taylor Swift Sings Ed Sheeran's Praises

• All Time Low Star Expresses Solidarity with Harry Styles

• James Arthur Opens Up About Anxiety And Panic Attacks

• Faith Hill Sings 'Mississippi Girl' With Littlest Mississippi Fan

• Justin Bieber Joined By Luis Fonsi For Live 'Despacito' Performance

• Lady Gaga Talks Mental Illness With Prince William

• LeBron James Obsessed With Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.'

• Rihanna Goes With Sparkly Body Stocking For Coachella

• Paris Jackson Shares Photos With Godfather Macaulay Culkin

• Elton John Praises James Corden For 'TIME 100'

• Katy Perry Becomes Food Network's Guy Fieri

• more



Follow Us:

Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2016 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved.

Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.