Scarlet Aura

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Scarlet Aura 2020
OriginRomania Bucharest, Romania
Genres
  • Heavy metal music
Years active2014–present
Labels
  • Universal Music Romania
Associated actsAura (band), Doro (musician), Tarja_Turunen
Websitescarletaura.net
MembersAura Danciulescu – Lead Vocals,

Mihai Danciulescu – Lead Guitars and Vocals,
Rene Nistor – Bass Guitars and Vocals,

Sorin Ristea – Drums

Scarlet Aura is a Romanian heavy metal band from Bucharest, Romania. The band was originally formed in 2014[1] under the name AURA[2], but later, in 2015, changed the name to Scarlet Aura.[3][4] Since their inception, the band has released five full-length albums, live DVD and two EPs.

History

In October 2013 Aura Danciulescu (voice) and Mihai Danciulescu (guitar) had left[5] the Romanian rock band "Stillborn" to form their own musical project "AURA". The first studio album named "The Rock Chick" was released on March 20, 2014 on Universal Music Romania and contained 10 songs sung in Romanian language.[6] The album presented mix of alternative, pop rock and melodic/heavy metal.[7] AURA quickly gained fanbase and in June 2014 won national selection of "The Road to Kavarna"[8][9] to represent Romanian rock music at the Kavarna Rock Fest in Bulgaria. In July, AURA has won first place and public award at the "Black Sea Battle of the bands" at the Kavarna Rock Fest.[10][11]

"AURA" was gaining more and more recognition after the release of their album "The Rock Chick" and was invited as opening act at the numerous metal concerts in Romania. In December 2015 the band announced their new name "Scarlet Aura" during their show in Bulgaria, opening for the Accept (band). The band started to work on their second album, releasing it in 2016 under the title Falling Sky on Pure Rock Records label[12]. Falling Sky became the first English record for Scarlet Aura, presenting much more heavier rock sound and being produced by Roy Z.[13] The band began touring internationally with the album and joined Tarja Turunen on her "Shadow Shows Tour 2016" as support act[14] with nine concerts in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The “Falling Sky” tour continued in 2017 and brought the band back to Germany with their first solo concerts. In the course of the tour Scarlet Aura performed at festivals across Eastern Europe, including the “Midalidare Rock Festival” in Bulgaria in June 2017 alongside Doro and Gotthard[15][16][17].

From there the band's story continued with the new management and recording contracts – a new record deal in June 2017 with the Finnish company Outlanders Productions brought the Romanian act and their music closer to the West and North of Europe and thus the first material was promptly released – the tribute cover CD "Memories"[18], presenting and reinterpreting 11 classical Rock and Metal songs in their own unique style, together with the single "The Beast With Me" were released in September 2017. In the second half of 2017 the band brought their first headlining, 17-concerts “The Beast Within Me” tour to Bulgaria, Romania, Germany, Slovakia and Italy. They finished 2017 tour with the opening slot at the ARENELE ROMANE in Bucharest for “DIO RETURNS” concert.[19][20]

In February and March 2018, the band has toured across Europe as opening act[21] for Rhapsody Reunion on their 20th Anniversary Farewell Tour for 24 shows presenting music from their latest albums "Falling Sky" and "Memories". This tour was supported by Wacken Foundation[22].

In March 2018 it was announced[23] that Scarlet Aura will join Brazilian power metal band Angra (band) as a special guests for their North America tour with 31 dates supporting their fourth album "Hot'n'Heavy". Unfortunately, administrative reasons on the visa matter stopped the band on presenting the new album to the public as the band had to cancel their USA and Canada tour. Instead, Scarlet Aura went on headlining tour in Europe in September 2018 (Ukraine, Russia and Baltics) and 26 shows headlining tour in China in November – December 2018, promoting their “Hot’n’Heavy” album. "Hot'n'Heavy" was released digitally in September 2018 and physically (digipak and double gatefold LP) in March 2019. The album marked new direction for the band, with heavy influences from symphonic and power metal to heavy metal, but within unique sound and vision of Scarlet Aura. With this album, the band brought a heavy sound, and more dark and deeper lyrics about finding your true meaning and how to be yourself, how to dare to be different and have no fear as one never be alone through music, the right to fight for what you believe in and also for love, for friendship and music.

At the same time it also set the new milestone in band’s history: it started the first part of a conceptual trilogy called “The Book of Scarlet”, which consists of 3 albums and accompanying fantasy books. The books are written by Aura Danciulescu and combine the lyrics of the songs from the albums with the story of “Scarlet” that alongside the album immerse the audience into the amazing world of Scarlet Aura. The first book in the trilogy that went together with “Hot’n’Heavy” was “The Book of Scarlet – Ignition”. The album has received a stunning reception from the critics, reaching numerous of 9.5/10 and 9/10 notes and as the consequence – the band being featured in number of publications in Legacy[24], Break Out, Orkus! and other magazines.

In 2019 Scarlet Aura focused mainly on writing new material and on preparing their fifth studio album “Stormbreaker[25], which was released on March 27, 2020 – the 2nd album from the trilogy. The first single “High In The Sky” was released in August 2019 and revealed the style, sound and the band’s direction for the upcoming album. Both, single and album were released through Silver City Records – band's own record label.

In September 2019 Scarlet Aura joined SOTO on tour with the shows in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark and Germany.

In December 2019 it was announced that Scarlet Aura would join Visions of Atlantis, Edenbridge (band) and Leecher (as opener) on 15 European shows[26] in April 2020 to support the release of "Stormbreaker" album. In February 2020 the band was confirmed as special guest for Primal Fear (band) and Freedom Call tour in September-October 2020.[27] The global situation with Covid-19 has changed the touring plans: the tour with Visions of Atlantis has been canceled due to conflicting bands schedules and tour with Primal Fear was re-scheduled to February-March 2021.

In July 2020 Scarlet Aura in association with Silver City Records announced signing of the global Digital Distribution deal with Universal Music for the upcoming album, scheduled for 2021.[28][29][30][31]


Band Members[32]

  • Aura Danciulescu – Lead vocalist
  • Mihai Danciulescu – Lead guitar
  • Rene Nistor – Bass guitar
  • Sorin Ristea – Drummer

Discography

Studio albums

  • The Rock Chick (2014)[33]
  • Falling Sky (2016)[34]
  • Memories (2017)[35][18]
  • The Book of Scarlet Trilogy:
    • Hot'n'Heavy (2019)[36]
    • Stormbreaker (2020)
    • tba (2021)

EPs

  • The Beast Within Me (2017)[18]
  • High in the Sky (2019)

Live album (CD/DVD)

  • Scarlet Aura - live in concert (2018)[18]

Books

  • The Book of Scarlet vol.I - Ignition (2019)

Awards

Year Event Category Result Winner
2014 Kavarna Rock Fest (Bulgaria) Black sea Battle of the bands Won

Charts

"High In The Sky" reached 1st place in "Metal" and "Rock" categories and 8th place in "All Categories" in Romanian iTunes Charts on May 27th 2020.[1]

"Stormbreaker" peaked as the N1album in "Metal" and "Rock" categories and 2nd place in "All Categories" in Romanian iTunes Charts on May 27th 2020.[2]

References

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  24. "Von den Katzen lernen". Legacy. 125: 206–207.
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