SCARLET AURA – Hot ‘n’ Heavy

SCARLET AURA - Hot 'n' Heavy
  • 7/10
    SCARLET AURA - Hot 'n' Heavy - 7/10


Sliptrick Records
Release date: December 11, 2018

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The great work on the iconography of Heavy Metal album art has probably not been written yet, but when it is, the cover for Scarlet Aura’s newest album Hot ‘n’ Heavy would make an interesting case study. An ultra buff warrior angel brandishing an unwieldy sword strides away through the rubble of an apocalyptic city, flaming fist clenched, looking as though he is about to dispense more holy retribution on the next conclave of sinners. Does the angel signify a collection of Christian Metal a la Stryper? Song ten is “Light Be My Guide” which seems Stryper-y, but eleven is “Let’s Go Fuckin’ Wild” (great tune, btw), so probably not. Does the artwork indicate more of a fantasy-based Symphonic Metal project? Opener “The Future Becomes Our Past” and follow up “Hail To You!” sound like they could fit in on some troll and wizard infested project, but the album’s eponymous song and following track “Fallin’ To Pieces” have a more earthly ring to them.

So if the titles and artwork seem somewhat at odds, what exactly is Hot ‘n’ Heavy? Simply, a solid collection of songs that at once seem pleasantly old school Metal in their styling and delivery, but adorned with more modern elements (including, yes, some Symphonic Metal accents). Singer Aura Danciulescu has a great raspy Metal voice, one she uses to sound alternately epic and intimate.

The Romanian band has put out four studio albums, a handful of singles and a concert album/DVD since their formation in 2014; Hot ‘n’ Heavy is accompanied by the release of The Book of Scarlet-Ignition, the first of a trilogy written by Aura; one hopes that their work ethic is rewarded.


Speaking of iconography, someone should tell Mihai to lose the Confederate flag patch.


  • Daniel Waters

    Daniel was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. Iron Maiden’s Piece Of Mind wasn’t the first Metal album he owned, but it was the one that lifted the lid off his soul when he received the record as a gift on his 15th birthday. He's been a Metal fan ever since. He's probably best known as the author of various Young Adult novels such as the Generation Dead series and the ghost story Break My Heart 1,000 Times, now also a major motion picture entitled I Still See You, starring Bella Thorne. Writing and music, especially Heavy Metal music, has always been inextricably linked in his mind and career. His first paid gig doing any type of writing was for Cemetery Dance, where he wrote a horror-themed music column called Dead Beats, and when he was writing the first Generation Dead novel he had a ritual where he started his writing day with a Metal playlist that kicked off with “Crushing Belial” by Shadows Fall.

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