January 2012 – Rising from the ashes of hardcore and crust punk to create something dark, sophisticated, and refined, this female-fronted goth-punk is powerful and dangerous. Combining all the finer points of their previous endeavors with a genuine appreciation of the pioneers of goth that came thirty years before them, this is nothing short of genuine.
Like a commune between the spirits of the old world and the new, Crimson Scarlet’s sound lashes out, powerful and blistering. Voices of the forgotten, echoing the wolf’s howl and the banshee’s cry, are channeled trance-like through front woman Chelsey Crowley, summon the powers of nature to their bidding. Limbs and branches twist and bend in the still night as the forest floor stirs and pulses. Stark and rigid rhythmic patterns, conjured by Jason Stoops, loom heavily like storm clouds over the desolate land. The hollows offer no refuge from the hissing, snarling guitar riffs unleashed by Chuck Franco and Carly “Phoenix” Gonce, scouring the earth like unholy winds. The General (drum machine) meticulously and tediously programmed by Anxious Boy, wields the power to blacken seas, tremble mountains, and raise the dead.
The Sanctuary 7” marks the first release to materialize from the mist shrouding Crimson Scarlet. A side, “Sanctuary,” with preternatural allure, beckons like the crow that raps the windowpane, or the stray that stalks the alley, but beware the shape shifter. While B side “Two Kinds of Red” is a trip down the rabbit hole, a journey into realms unknown. Together, they have created something ominous, mysterious, and sophisticated to cut through the veil of their surroundings and exhume the true power just below the surface. The bones are aligned, the crystal blessed, the blood of the serpent spilled. The spell has been cast, the spirit world unlocked. All are damned.
A Side “Sanctuary”
B Side “Two Kinds of Red”