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Album Review

Scar Symmetry's fifth album, the second since replacing original vocalist Christian Älvestam with two other guys (Robert Karlsson growling and Lars Palmqvist singing), throws a lot of ideas at the listener. Sometimes, like on album-opener "The Anomaly," they're an AOR-prog rock band like Asia, with occasional guttural roars. But on the very next song ("Illuminoid Dream Sequence"), they're doing a semi-industrial thing, with keyboards slathered all over everything, at least until the squealing guitar solo, or another growled verse from Karlsson, comes in. "Seers of the Eschaton," meanwhile, is almost pure death metal, with a few keyboards here and there. The biggest problem the band has is vocalist Palmqvist; he sounds like Simon Le Bon on a latter-day Duran Duran album. Try imagining a Swedish melodic death metal act (Soilwork, for example) covering "Ordinary World"; that's what Palmqvist sounds like atop the music. And when you're writing a concept album about the reptilian overlords secretly ruling humanity (which is what The Unseen Empire is; it's straight from the writings of David Icke), you're gonna want to be as credible as possible. Scar Symmetry can write a melodic hook, and they can write a crunching death metal riff; they just need to choose which one they prefer to focus on, as they're frequently working against themselves here.

Customer Reviews

iTunes is Wrong

I really disagree with the iTunes Album Review at the top of the page. was the reviewer listening to the same album, does he/she even get the points scar symmetry are making.

Yes they have two front men so with that in mind it gives them the opportunity to write an album that is different to other metal acts. They have the raw harsh vocals and they have the clean melodic vocals, why do they need to focus on either.

In an age when music tends to become over produced and similar to others in the same genre, something a bit different is a positive thing. i for one love the death metal riffs and the melodic hook that Scar Symmetry bring forth, and always have.

A unique album in the metal world, one I'm sure will propel Scar Symmetry into the spotlight of metal.


Always liked scar, this album is their best. Same style, better vocals and guitar, they seem to have developed whilst still retaining their 'sound' Well recommended!

5* Album- Buy it now!

A must for any melodic death metal fan! Highlights are Domination Agenda, Draconian Arrival and Extinction Mantra.


Formed: 2004 in Sweden

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s

Sweden's Scar Symmetry was founded in 2004 by vocalist Christian Älvestam, guitarists Jonas Kjellgren and Per Nilsson, bassist Kenneth Seil, and drummer Henrik Ohlsson -- all of them veterans of numerous prior heavy metal bands (Carnal Forge, Centinex, Altered Aeon, Incapacity, etc.) -- whose diverse gamut of styles ultimately influenced the new project's own eclectic sound. Presented to the masses via 2005's Symmetric in Design debut album, Scar Symmetry's material combines death and power...
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