Scunthorpe’s Skarlett Riot have been making quite a name for themselves since forming back in 2010. The four piece, consisting of vocalist Skarlett, guitarist Danny Oglesby, bassist Martin Shepherd, and drummer Luke Oglesby, have recently signed to Swedish music label, Despotz Records, and have slowly grown into one of the UK’s most promising hard rock outfits.
They released their first full-length album in 2012 with ‘Tear Me Down’, and have released nothing since their 2016 EP, ‘Sentience’. A year later, and they’re back with their sophomore full-length album, ‘Regenerate’, and it’s definitely a record that demands attention.
Beginning with heavy drums and guitars that dominate perfectly, opening track ‘Break’ starts this record as it means to go on. The heavy impact of the music sets the album off with a bang before Skarlett‘s voice enters and elevates the track to the next level with varying soft and harsh vocals. ‘Closer’ and ‘What Lies Beneath’ similarly both follow with this hard rock intensity, creating quite a solid hook in their choruses, taking advantage of vocal harmonies and genuinely solid production.
In contrast to this, ‘Affliction’ proves the band’s diverse musical talent, and provides a break in the album as a slightly more ballad driven number. Slower in pace musically, it truly enables Skarlett to showcase her incredible vocal talent. Her vocals successfully match the energy of every song on the album; she really delivers some huge choruses and hooks that, when played live, will have the audience captivated.
Another massive highlight that arguably encapsulates the sound of the whole record comes in the form of ‘The Storm’, which has a more melodic feel than that of ‘Break’, but will still nevertheless be a crowd favourite when played live.
From start-to-finish, Skarlett Riot have created a solid record in ‘Regenerate’ that has a strong beat throughout and incredible lyrics. Each track is equally as captivating as the next, making it easy to listen to this album on repeat. Sophomore records can be hard to make; expectations are high and the pressure is on. The Scunthorpe outfit rose to the challenge and produced a record that is full of incredible vocals and melodies, proving once again that they can deliver a powerful record and that they’re set to be around for a long time to come.
Written by Hannah Strong (@hannaah_strong)