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Studio Album, released in 2020

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Adventures in the Kings Garden (6:23)
2. From Sea to Infinity (5:11)
3. A Window to October (7:05)
4. The Forgotten (4:23)
5. Skipping on Frozen Fire (6:24)
6. Jupiters Calling (4:04)
7. LVX (4:55)
8. Pendragons Cove (2:03)
9. Crimson Lights and Dark Waters (9:12)
10. I Am Divided (7:57)
11. Possibilities (4:12)
12. Dream Currents (7:10)

Total Time 68:59

Line-up / Musicians

- Allison VonBuelow / vocals, acoustic guitars
- Gregg Olson / electric guitars, synth
- Jeff Mack / basses, bass pedals
- Jay Setar / drums, percussion

- Teresa Russell / guitars, guitar solo (5)
- Massood Jamille / tablas (2)
- Stephen George Geyer / guitars, end guitar solo (9)

Releases information

This album is dedicated to "The Professor" Neil Peart 1952-2020

Cover: GV Hapeman

Format: CD, Digital
March 1, 2020

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Review by kev rowland
4 stars Back in 2012 Scarlet Hollow were getting prepared to release their debut album. Based around the core of Gregg Olson (electric guitars, synths) and Allison VonBuelow (vocals, acoustic guitars), the band was originally known as Echoes Landing and it was because of them that Nick Katona formed a record label. However, while Scarlet Hollow's album was in the pressing plant, Olson suffered a devastating stroke which led him unable to play or even hold a guitar, while he also had to learn to walk again. But he refused to quit, and over time he recovered, writing all the time. As the years progressed, he was able to play the music he had in his head, as opposed to having to dumb it down due his condition, so he kept rewriting and changing what was happening. In 2017 a new drummer was found in Jay Setar, and his skills and dynamism led to more changes, with bassist Jeff Mack also re-recording what he had already done. After eight long years the band is back, so what is the new album actually like?

Well, I missed out on the debut at the time, only hearing it in 2019, so for me there has not been too much of a gap between the two. In between I have also been fortunate to hear Allison's amazing solo album (where she is accompanied by both Gregg and Jay), and now we are firmly back in the progressive world. Gregg is a real fan of Jay's powerful drumming, and one can hear why as he is rarely content to sit quietly at the back but provide fills which lift the music to a new level without ever overpowering it. In Jeff they have a bassist who plays between the drums and guitar, providing counter melodies when the time is right, moving between octaves with ease to provide different dynamics while also happy to sit back. In other words, there is an incredibly strong rhythm section who provide both support and melody, a foundation for the others to strut their stuff. Gregg is often to be found playing melodic leads as opposed to chords, weaving a melodic tapestry which sits against the rest yet also not playing at all at times, allowing the acoustic guitar to take centre stage.

Then after all that we have Allison. She is a superb singer, and on this album, she is definitely channelling her inner Lana Lane, being gentle when the need arises, but with a real edge at others. I would love to hear her take on "Symphony of Angels" as I think that would be quite something. But there is no need for cover versions on this album, which is full of light and shade, and powerful songs from the pen of Gregg Olson. With Gregg back to strength, and the band now ready to get out and play, let us only hope this horrible virus allows them to do so in the near future and build the reputation they so richly deserve.

Here we have a progressive rock band who have refused to be beaten, and have returned with an album which shows that while it may have taken eight years to come back with the follow up, the experience has only made them stronger and more powerful. For all fans of female fronted heavy melodic prog rock. Superb.

Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Lush electric guitars and synth performances and arrangements from Gregg Olson with solid rhythm section and interesting female vocals help elevate this music to my list of recommended listens.

1. "Adventures in the Kings Garden" (6:23) vocals a little too like HEART/Grace Slick. (8/10)

2. "From Sea to Infinity" (5:11) tablas used to great effect. Nice keys and vocals. (8.75/10)

3. "A Window to October" (7:05) gorgeous composition with fine performances all around. (13.25/15)

4. "The Forgotten" (4:23) solid prog soundscape but nothing too exciting or special. (8.5/10)

5. "Skipping on Frozen Fire" (6:24) interesting song palette for a deeply personal lyric: kind of dreamy. I like it! Nice guitar soloing in the final two minutes! Great vocal! One of my top three. (8.75/10)

6. "Jupiter's Calling" (4:04) more nice, lush, atmospheric prog music on display for this laid back and very enjoyable instrumental. My second top three song. (9/10)

7. "LVX" (4:55) continues the deeply engaging sounds of the previous. Allison's voice is really working within this one. Nice space-ambient outro. (8.75/10)

8. "Pendragon's Cove" (2:03) solo acoustic guitar with some floating background touches from Gregg's electric. Then he starts soloing. Nice. (4.75/5)

9. "Crimson Lights and Dark Waters" (9:12) 'tron! Acoustic guitars. Sensitive electric lead. Bass and gentle drums. ANNIE HASLEM-like vocal kind of doesn't work--until the gorgeous Annie Wilson-like chorus. Nice work, Allison! Bravo! Sensitive interlude in the fourth minute precedes a change of pace and style for the next section. Love the chunky bass and Mark Knopfler-like guitar! For some reason, I feel as if the vocal should be ... more. This could have been much more powerful. (17.5/20)

10. "I Am Divided" (7:57) feels like a more amped up re-take on the previous song--more as if HEART had done it. The tempo shift at the midpoint saves this one from dustbin doldrums. (13/15)

11. "Possibilities" (4:12) another ballad with layers of mixed/awkwardly paired sounds. Gorgeous albeit brief guitar solo. (I think it's the tone that wows me most.) (8.25/10)

12. "Dream Currents" (7:10) I like this one for its stylistic and tempo variances from the rest of the album. Again, Allison's voice is treated and mixed differently than the rest of the sound--making it feel oddly separate. (Too much compression or something?) Love the b vox choral vocals at the end! My other top three song. (13.25/15)

Total Time 68:59

There were several times that the soundscapes and guitar soling reminded me of Frank Marino's Mahagony Rush from the 70s and 80s.

B+/four stars; a consistent collection of beautiful, lush, mature prog compositions and a welcome addition to Prog World. Reminds me a lot of Dam Kat and her band, Children in Paradise.

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3 stars SCARLET HOLLOW releases its 2nd CD here on a resolutely melodic rock sound with some progressive tones. Let's take a closer look at this: Adventures in the Kings Garden" on his genesis and a female voice evoking Magenta or MOSTLY heather findlay era, melodic prog air, acoustic digression. "From ... (read more)

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