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SCAR SYMMETRY est certainement le groupe le plus novateur de la scène métal actuelle.
Après avoir tourné au cours des années 2006 et 2007, SCAR SYMMETRY s est remis au travail et est entré à nouveau en studio. Le résultat s appelle Holographic Universe, un nouvel album sans faille et certainement le plus abouti de tous.
Holographic Universe est un mélange subtil de Death Metal mélodique à la suédoise avec une pointe d originalité bien propre au groupe. Le chant est tout simplement superbe, emmené par CHRISTIAN, celui-ci effectue là une prestation magistrale digne des plus grands chanteurs de Metal du moment. Holographic Universe va propulser SCAR SYMMETRY sur le devant de la scène.
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Holographic Universe se montre du coup moins percutant (c'est son défaut) mais aussi plus homogène que son superbe prédécesseur. Pas de caresse dans le sens inverse du poil, ici, les breaks coulent de source, les chansons s'enchaînent sans accroc, l'ensemble est d'une fluidité exemplaire... et le groupe y gagne encore en personnalité. Peut-on encore parler de "death metal mélodique" ici ? Selon moi, le groupe évolue plus dans le registre du metal mélodique tout court.Lire la suite ›
Avec ses parties de chants clairs particulièrement réussies, les voix Death efficaces, la production sans faille de l'album, l'accentuation des côtés Progressifs et mélodiques, tout en n'oubliant pas des moments plus agressifs, le groupe a réussi un album de haute tenue qui apporte sa pierre à l'édifice en ne se rangeant pas comme un clone de In Flames ou Soilwork. D'ailleurs, en comparaison, la musique du groupe est plus variée.
Cet album fait partie de ceux qui tournent en boucle chez moi et j'espère que Scar Symmetry ne deviendra pas "light", comme beaucoup de groupes, en accentuant encore les aspects mélodiques, en supprimant les passages agressifs et les voix death. Ce groupe a trouvé son style, sa spécificité, il doit s'y accrocher !
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Any current Scar Symmetry fan already knows what to expect. Jonas Kjellgren and Per Nilsson return with their twin attack of heavy, catchy riffs as well as the technicality of their searing solos. Oh yes, that's right. It wouldn't be a traditional SS album if the songs weren't littered with solos...and I mean that in the best way possible! Also back are Henrik Ohlsson - brilliant lyricist and phenomenal drummer, Kenneth Seil - bassist, and of course, Christian Alvestam - the inhuman vocalist. While I don't believe Jonas and Per bring a whole lot new to the table (as they're doing as great as always!), the other three are certainly pushing themselves to new levels with "Holographic Universe." Lyrics-wise, Henrik revolves all the songs around a combination of astrological/quantum physics and middle eastern philosophy. It sounds weird in theory, but it makes for some great lyrics. It's certainly an interesting topic, and for anyone who wishes to learn more, I highly recommend watching the "Holographic Universe trailer part II" on youtube or myspace for further explanation. Anywho, previous fans will also notice that the bass has more prominent parts in quite a few songs, which is always a plus for me.
But the true difference between "Symmetric in Design", "Pitch Black Progress" and "Holographic Universe" is the vocal styling of Christian. "SiD" had more growling vocals as opposed to clean singing, whereas "PBP" was a relatively even blend. With "Holographic Universe", however, the vocals have shifted to be mostly clean and almost operatic at times. I find that a little disappointing, but Christian has a hell of a voice and in the end, it's still fantastic.
As far as the songs themselves go, it's hard to pick a clear cut favorite or a single weak track. All have their strong points for sure. Specifically, I find that "Morphogenesis", "Prism and Gate", and "The Three-Dimensional Shadow" are the best, simply because I favor heavy, growling verses and catchy, clean choruses. There's nothing new about that, but listen to the song samples above and tell me that I'm wrong. Then there's the album epic, the title track "Holographic Universe" which is not only 9 minutes long, but also features some awesome finger-tap solos. Finally, the last track that really stands out is the closer, "Ghost Prototype II (Deus Ex Machina)". The beginning and ending of the song features the lightest singing Christian has done to date. It's the one track that took me the longest to get used to, but it's worth the time to let it grow on you. Of course, I love all the songs, but I've highlighted the ones that I feel are the freshest or coolest.
So in the end, what's left to say about "Holographic Universe"? Will it be the top metal album of 2008? To me, quite possibly, but there's still plenty of time left to make that call. In relation to the first two albums, where does it fall? Personally, I favor "SiD" and "PBP" over "Holographic Universe", but that shouldn't deter anyone from buying this album. It's new enough for old fans to not feel like they're getting repeats, yet it doesn't stray too far from what makes Scar Symmetry, well...Scar Symmetry. And for the newbies out there: if you enjoy this album, buy the first two without hesitation. They're just as phenomenal.
Here's to Scar Symmetry...rock on! \m/ ^_^ \m/
It was announced today that vocalist Christian has parted ways with Scar Symmetry. I am personally very disappointed, but in todays day and age, things like this are common occurrence. He will continue other musical endeavors, though.
Scar Symmetry is NOT broken up, however, and a replacement will be announced soon. Whoever steps in will have some mighty big shoes to fill. I once again heavily urge all newcomers to buy "Holographic Universe" as well as "Pitch Black Progress" and "Symmetric in Design" not only because they are phenomenal records, but also simply because you will own a piece of metal history. There are very few vocalists like Christian, and these will probably be the only records you can hear his magnificence on for some time.
Today Scar Symmetry announced the new vocalist for the band, and surprise...they got two vocalists! Roberth Karlsson (main growls, back up clean) and Lars Palmqvist (main clean, back up growls) will be taking up the place where Christian once was. There's an audition video on youtube I recommend fans watch with both newbies singing that is very encouraging! I first thought that no one could replace Christian, and any attempt at it would be worthless, but this is not the case! While I've already begun reading people say that having two people to fill in for Christian is pathetic it does have a benefit. A lot of the songs from "Holographic Universe" have vocal work that can't be done live, but now they can! Naysayers, please check out the video before passing judgment. I'm now eagerly awaiting both a world tour and a new album from these guys!
Jeremy's song ratings:
1. Morphogenesis (3:54) - 5/5
2. Timewave Zero (5:13) - 5/5
3. Quantumleaper (4:09) - 5/5
4. Artificial Sun Projection (4:00) - 5/5
5. The Missing Coordinates (4:37) - 5/5
6. Ghost Prototype I - Mesurement of Thought (4:35) - 5/5
7. Fear Catalyst (5:03) - 5/5
8. Trapezoid (4:17) - 5/5
9. Prism and Gate (3:46) - 5/5
10. Holographic Universe (9:05) - 10/5 BEST SONG!!
11. The Three-Dimensional Shadow (3:57) - 5/5
12. Ghost Prototype II - Deus Ex Machina (6:03) - 5/5
Bottom Line: I highly recommend "Holographic Universe" which is truly one of the best metal CD's of 2008 as well as the band's best album to date, to any fan of Scar Symmetry, metal, melodic death metal, death metal, and even progressive metal. I also recommend this to fans of Soilwork, Opeth, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Into Eternity, and even Strapping Young Lad for that matter. Believe me, this album is that good. Buy it now!!!
The opening track gives you a good idea of what to expect on this album. It doesn't take long into the song for the melody to give way to brutal heaviness...which in turn quickly gives way to a sing-along chorus. The song is complex with several layers and tempo shifts. The 2nd track manages to crush with its opening riffs...but like the opener changes violently into a melodic beast. Every song on the albums is this way, and every song manages to sound different. Making every song unique from the other is a feat in itself - making them interesting is an altogether different beast. Track 4 even opens with a violin. Track 9; Prism and Gate, may be my favorite track. It opens with some BRUTAL heaviness. But then an addictive chorus comes out of left field. I don't know how to explain how the chorus is so addictive, other than that similar to the album's tempo changes the chorus changes tones? I'm at a loss as how to explain it, you will probably just have to listen for youself. The closing track threatens to be the obligatory ballad. Just when you begin to accept the fact, and begin to enjoy the beautiful vocals- come some booming drums and blow the ballad theory out of the water.
The problem with reviewing an album like this is that it can actually be summed up quite easily. Every song contains melody, clean vocals, growls, shrieks, crunchy guitars, blast beats, guitar solos, and most importantly, suprises. Fans of Opeth should particularly enjoy this band, as should anyone that doesn't mind a bit of extreme heaviness in their music.
Scar Symmetry is a melodic death metal band from Avesta, Sweden, and they are not well known outside Europe. It would be a huge mistake to judge Scar Symmetry on their lack of popularity, however, as the band's creativity and imagination are equal to or greater than the most famous metal bands. Guitarists Jonas Kjellgren and Per Nilsson are musical geniuses; every guitar riff on Holographic Universe is both catchy and complex,ranging from melodic and epic to heavy and intense. Vocalist Christian Älvestam is as talented as they come, showcasing some of the best singing/growling combinations that can be found in metal today. The vocals do not follow the rhythm exactly, but complement it perfectly: you'll feel compelled to sing along with every song.
The subject matter contained in the Holographic Universe's lyrics is also very intriguing. Scar Symmetry's primary lyricist (and drummer) Henrik Ohlsson, explores the scientific theories of quantum physics and space-time with a superb mastery of the English language. They nature of the lyrics corresponds ideally with the inventiveness and intricacy of the music itself, making Holographic Universe the perfect album for the "thinking man."
Unless a person enjoys no metal/rock softer than Cannibal Corpse or harder than Coldplay, it's virtually impossible to dislike Holographic Universe. Simply for sheer imagination, the album has to be one of the best metal albums of all time. If that doesn't seem likely, look up a few Scar Symmetry songs on Youtube or a similar website and you'll quickly change your mind.