Scarlet
Something To Lust About


4.5
superb

Review

by Mort. CONTRIBUTOR (53 Reviews)
April 12th, 2016 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


Of all the bands that attempted to pick up the mantle of chaotic metalcore in the new millennium, Scarlet were my favourite. Because unlike their peers who were content to weakly imitate Botch and the like, Scarlet put their own unique spin on things and as a result stood out from the crowd; Something to Lust About shows the band experimenting with electronic beats and melding their style with the newer breed of hardcore and metal to create something spectacular.

What I mean by this is that Something to Lust About is a combination of the late 90s style of metalcore and the newer breed of core that was coming about in the early 2000s. More cleanly produced than their influences, Scarlet nonetheless have their own brand of chaos that puts them toe to toe with any heavyweights of the genre, wielding a sound that relies on a thunderingly fast storm of blast beats, complex chugging, off kilter riffs and abrasive blasts of noise that cascade over sickly vocals. The sharp production quality give Scarlet a very rounded and controlled sound, not reliant on feedback and noise to create a sense of disharmony but rather relying on the way in which they layer riffs over fluid blast beats that stop and start seamlessly to create disorder, giving them a rumbling snowballing feel. They show this best on “Carbon Copy Killer”, where everything cuts out except for one short, sharp guitar groove that suddenly cocks and breaks into the song mechanically, providing strong rhythmic force.

Other than that Scarlet show that they’re ahead of the game by incorporating electronic influence into their sound, though thankfully not in any way similar to the much hated electronicore bands of late. For example “Sell Yourself” consists of a repeating electronic beat with spacey ambience filling in the background, that's then disturbed by industrial cymbal crashes and pounding drums. The heavily rhythmic nature of the song is at odds with Scarlets usual sound but it’s a welcome departure from the chaos. Similarly, the closing track “Suicide King” also features heavy industrial influence with murmured vocals that change into distorted screams over a repeating guitar groove and fuzzy drumming.

For such a short EP (of the 6 tracks only 2 go over 2 minutes) Scarlet show a lot of promise and are a good illustration of how metalcore didn’t need to get so stale. And Scarlet themselves seem aware of this freedom to widen the genre's boundaries as they close on the line “I could be your anything”.



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Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
April 12th 2016


13290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

bad review

Digging: Slowdive - Pygmalion

Hopelust
April 12th 2016


2746 Comments


"...Scarlet show a lot of promise on Something to Lust About, and are a good illustration of how the blueprint for metalcore didn’t need to get stale as it could be easily tweaked with newer ideas that retain the core of the genre while freshening things up a bit."

FUCK YES.

Also love this EP. Revolver fucking slays.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
April 12th 2016


13290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

revolver and carbon copy killer are both straight fire yeah

Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
April 12th 2016


15051 Comments


wow cool keep it one hundred

Digging: Shiina Ringo - Kalk Samen Kuri no Hana

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
April 13th 2016


13290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

shut up fripperino

botb
April 13th 2016


11026 Comments


Band rules

Hopelust
April 14th 2016


2746 Comments


This EP is destructive from front to back. Perfect lead up to Cult Classic.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
April 14th 2016


13290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah but someone negged and now im sad



still gotta get more into this bands later stuff

Hopelust
April 14th 2016


2746 Comments


I'll POS.

This Was Always Meant to Fall Apart has some tracks that are obliterating.
Check out: Swarm Manifesto, Antibiotics and Lyssophobia

Hopelust
April 14th 2016


2746 Comments


THIS IS THE LIFE OF

THIS IS THE LIFE OF THE THE LIVING DEAD

THIS IS THE REVOLVER BLOWING OFF MY HEAD

BLOWING OFF MY HEAD

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
April 14th 2016


13290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

KILLING SPREEEEEEE

suddykilljaywalkers
September 25th 2016


877 Comments


i still need to listen to this thanks for reminding me

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
September 26th 2016


13290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fam you would dig



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