Scarlet O’Hara may not be on everyone’s radar just yet, but it’s only a matter of time. I’ll admit I hadn’t given them much of a chance at first, but this release is really deserving of attention. Reigning from Texas and touching on hardcore roots, the screamed vocals are a little lacking in range, but not in much else. They fit the sound extremely well, and the guitarists have found just the right riffs and tones to find a proper balance. They go off on their own tangents at all the right times, most visible in the track, “Not All Texans Wear Cowboy Hats,” which brings me to my next point. The random track names are fun, but a little too much if you ask me. Perhaps in future endeavors Scarlet O’Hara will make them a little more representative of their lyrics.
One song which exemplifies the poor use of keys is most prevalent in the track, “Call It Reckless.” The rest of the song is great. It has well-executed clean vocals and quick breakdowns full of layered screams that seemingly end with a touch of dissonance. The keys do not ruin the song by any means, but they come off as a bit unnecessary. Completely slowing the song and changing the feel a little too much, they could’ve really been left out or set to a different tone. While this is the case, the end of the song picks up impressively, as an interesting drum fill drops into the final breakdown.
Surprisingly for me, my favorite track on the album is the one with the most abundant clean vocals. They have a raw sound to them, and it is a fresh of air that they are not overproduced. Dipping in and out of breakdowns, the song stays strong while still getting its point across. I must say, I am a bit confounded as to the chorus with the line, “good things come to those who wait, so what are we waiting for?” Maybe getting at the fact that nothing’s actually worth waiting for, as the chorus resolves into a well-timed breakdown full of vocal range. Quite the powerful song, and everything flows nicely.
Another great song from the album is entitled, “Where in the World is Earthworm Jim?” It starts out heavy, with plenty of hammer-ons and pull-offs, triplet chugs, and awesome pinch harmonics. One of the more energetic tracks from the album, it musically reminds me of a blend of early The Devil Wears Prada work, along with Attack Attack! and the better works of Miss May I, due to the perfectly layered screams. Mind-blowing drum fills can be found throughout, dipping in and out of breakdowns; but once again, the keys start to take away from everything. They just sound so cheesy. Nevertheless, this song provides a good depiction of the album.
To conjure up these thoughts, Scarlet O’Hara really need to just keep doing their thing. They really brought more to the table than I’d expected, and if they could only find a way to incorporate keys in a more flowing manner, they’d be flawless. I’m not sure where the need for three guitarists comes in, but from listening to the album, it certainly hasn’t caused any problems. It would be a shame to miss them on their last leg of the current tour with Jamie’s Elsewhere, and be sure to catch them on the ‘Average Guys With Exceptional Hair Tour’ alongside the greats A Skylit Drive, Motionless in White, For All Those Sleeping, and Woe, Is Me.