Released: 2011, Casket Music
The importance of Nightwish on the evolution of and influence on symphonic, gothic, operatic type Metal cannot be understated. With their explosion of global popularity, this particular sub-genre has been one of, if not the fastest, expanding sub-genres of Metal in recent years. Every month many of these types of bands from around the world enter onto the scene. This month (in honour of International Women’s Day, March 8th) we are going to have a quick look at seven newer bands, all of whom have a female vocalist, and all have released new albums recently. They are Diabolus In Musica (Spain), Evenoire (Italy), Meden Agan (Greece), Scarleth (Ukraine), Silent Opera (Italy), Sin Heresy (Italy), and Xandria (Germany). If you like the neo-classic, symphonic (etc) sub-genre, feel free to read the reviews in this series.
Scarleth are probably the most straightforward of the bands in this feature. That is not a negative feature but they have slightly fewer symphonic components. For example they forgo a long swirling instrumental introduction and get straight to the music. BREAK THE SILENCE is the debut album of this quintet from the Ukraine and it’s very enjoyable. The band seem to have everything going for them; a cool name, cool logo, an eye-catching piece of cover art and the support of their label, Casket Records.
Another asset the band has is the voice of singer Julia Elyashova. She is not a classical, soprano style singer but has her own voice and own style. She does sing in a mid to higher range but has quite a bit of power in her delivery. The songs are very interesting, there are some great parts like the intro to ‘Crazy Fever’ which as the bass guitar and organ playing around before the guitars kick in and the whole song picks up in pace before slowing back down with some acoustic piano, then the song picks up again…with all these changes I’m hearing a bit of a 90’s King Diamond influence, not in the singing but the spare construction of the song. When the vocals do kick in well past two minutes into the song, Julia sings but also has a whispered vocal tracked in the background. It’s a great song!
The album has an epic feel with many of the songs in the seven, eight or even nine-minute mark but so well written that they never get pretentious or dull. BREAK THE SILENCE shines in many places, production, song-craft, and individual performances. It won’t be long before Ukraine’s Scarleth is well known on the international stage.