This British progmetal band is extraordinary in many ways. With Allison von Buelow she not only has a woman on the mic, but also an excellent musician who plays acoustic guitars as well as keyboard instruments in an appealing way. Their gifted lead guitarist, who not only succeeds in producing inspiring solos, but also gripping riffs you can hardly hear enough of, passes every producer test brilliantly (he produced this album, the second of the band). Last but not least, Jeff Mack on bass and Diego 'GROM' Meraviglia on drums provide a straight as well as fresh and complex rhythmic basis and run to absolute top form in the string solos. The music of the foursome always remains clean and highly melodic, complex, but not entangled, and integrates beside hard rock elements very lyrical and spherical electric as well as acoustic passages. Scarlet Hollow gains additional originality through the use of oriental-looking scales, which give the songs exotic spice again and again. Set metal prog of the finest.
Top track: The Waiting