Sound — 8
Odd band name aside, Scarlett O'Hara are nothing like the "Gone With The Wind" actress they felt compelled to unite under. These young gents offer a type of metalcore that is rare nowadays: more hardcore influence, less metal. The music reflects that in its relative simplicity, which flows from verse riffs to breakdowns to choruses smoother than a freshly waxed kitchen floor. The guitar tone is certainly unique to them. Unlike the dozens of other bands in this style, their tone plays a big part in what separates them from the competition. It isn't overdriven to hell and back, and isn't too heavy on the gain. Instead, they have a sort of punk-ish crunch that makes for a far more enjoyable listen than hearing the same gain-driven chug over and over again. Drums are a huge highlight on this disk for me. The fills are done ferociously and efficiently, and the cymbal effects are way cool (see the awesome China-driven breakdown at the end of "Dude, You're Being That Guy").
Lyrics — 8
The vocalist certainly stands out for me. Instead of using a more conventional approach a la Asking Alexandria, he sticks with a more punky yell, which, while good and unique, can sadly irritate the listener after a while. Luckily one of the guitarists throws in fry screams, which have such a harsh tone to them they almost sound demonic. The cleans aren't bad, but they don't stand out either. For an example of the wide range of vocal technique, try "Where In The World Is Earthworm Jim?" The lyrics are decent, mostly about loss or regret, but aren't too spectacular by themselves. Thankfully, the delivery makes up for this factor.
Overall Impression — 6
"Lost In Existence" offers a somewhat varied look at modern metalcore. The disk has plenty of good things going on, but also has some elements that can make it a stale listen to some. The band is pretty tight in their performance, and have some awesome sounds to offer. Maybe round two will give us the jaw dropping album that this one almost was. For fans of: The Devil Wears Prada, We Came As Romans, metalcore (emphasis on the CORE).