Scar Symmetry parts ways with vocalist and posted the following staement

"Dear friends.

A few months ago we decided to part ways with Christian. The reasons are mainly the clichéd "business and creative differences" and lack of interpersonal chemistry. We came to a point where the band's existence was in jeopardy because of these differences, and the only way for us to continue with an inspired state of mind was to go through with this change in the line-up.

This should come as a total surprise to most of you, though you might have wondered why no gigs/tours have been announced since the release of "Holographic Universe". The truth is, we have been offered several tours and one-off shows that everyone in the band wanted to do except for Christian. In a situation like that you get a lot of frustration and it was in everyone's best interest to go separate ways.

We started Scar Symmetry just for the fun of it, never with the idea of becoming hugely successful or whatever. Now, three albums into our career, we've toured both Europe and North America, our latest CD made it to Billboard's Top Heatseekers' chart and we've enjoyed success way beyond our expectations. Needless to say, the situation for us as a band has changed since we started playing together in 2004 and the band is bigger than ever. We had the choice to either take a step back with Christian in the band or a step forward without him... We choose to go forward.

There comes a time to let go and move on, and that time is now. Scar Symmetry wishes Christian the best of luck with his future endeavours and salutes the good times we had with him in the band. We will announce the identity of Christian's replacement shortly."

Comments former singer Christian Älvestam:

"Hi all!

After discussions between us in the band, I'm sad to say we've decided to part ways! Mainly for reasons of different outlooks on musical production and touring. Of course it's sad to see that Scar Symmetry will not continue in its present form, but unfortunately these things happen.

I hope Scar Symmetry will go on being successful, while I myself will for sure keep on singing, playing, writing and performing my own music, in various shapes and forms, for a very long time. My musical journey has just begun!

Unfortunate as it is, I'd nevertheless like to thank all the bands I've come to meet and play with during my years in the band; all the organizers we've worked with since the start, Nuclear Blast and all its street-teams for believing and supporting (band-wise and personally); all the magazines, TV- and radio-stations giving us the attention, helping us spreading the name; all the crews that have helped us out during the tours.

Last, but not least, I'd like to thank all the fantastic fans I've come to meet and know while being on the road with the band. All you friends out there who have bought our albums and merchandice, supported us live, partied with us back stage, off stage, on stage, under stage, anywhere and everywhere! All you who have stood by our side through thick and thin! You guys make all the difference! Thank you for a wonderful time!

This is Christian Älvestam signing off!"


Source: myspace.com
Band profile: Scar Symmetry
 
Posted: 11.09.2008 by CyGuy6587



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LeChron James - 11.09.2008 at 18:38  
that sucks that "business..." differences brought about the split. i wonder who will replace him.
Sepulchre - 11.09.2008 at 19:02  
Wow.... I can't see Scar Symmetry being good anymore with out Christian.... this will probably ruin the band
Abattoir - 11.09.2008 at 19:11  
Well, shit. I quite like his vocals in their music...
matthioso - 11.09.2008 at 19:24  
nooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and I never saw them playing live in this form
so sad... I wonder if anyone can replace him... sad, sad news
MetalManic_Joel - 11.09.2008 at 19:25  
All hope is not lost. Take Amorphis for example. Scar Symmetry knows what they are doing. They already have a replacement lined up whom, in their opinion, has what it takes to tour the new album and previously material.

It is sad new indeed---Christian is amazing
EmpyreanSanctum - 11.09.2008 at 19:28  
Wow, this really fucking sucks. I hope the guy they chose can pull it off.
Dane Train - 11.09.2008 at 19:36  
Written by Sepulchre on 11.09.2008 at 19:02

Wow.... I can't see Scar Symmetry being good anymore with out Christian.... this will probably ruin the band


Yeah, he was the only part of the band I really thought was good.
Thanntos - 11.09.2008 at 20:15  
Damn, he is a great vocalist. What a loss
SwallowTheSun68 - 11.09.2008 at 21:12  
Damn.. that's really fuckin' dissapointing... I like these guys a lot, and I really hope that they find a good replacement. I'm a fan of Scar Symmetry for their guitar first and foremost so.. Im just hoping for the best. Nonetheless Christian was a really good vocalist, one of my favourites to be honest. Fuckin' aye...
Harlequin - 11.09.2008 at 21:28  
Hm, I always thought his voice was amazing together with their music, especially his clean vocals are extremely good. I'm curious who they will pull out as a replacement. I doubt he can stand against Christian.
Brandon - 11.09.2008 at 21:41  
to me i think they'll be better off without him. i don't really like his clean vocals. in some songs they're alright. but others i just wish it was screaming
Stigma - 11.09.2008 at 22:37  
Quite surprising, considering that it wasn't long ago that the new album came out.
Slyfang - 11.09.2008 at 23:50  
GODDAMNIT.. his vocalwork was irreplaceable
Black Conundrum - 12.09.2008 at 02:18  
Dang, that sucks that Christian Älvestam had to leave the band. I hope Scar Symmetry finds a suitable replacement.
iaberis - 12.09.2008 at 02:51  
i never really liked his vocals... hooray for the new guy!
Daggon - 12.09.2008 at 05:37  
What the hell is happening this year in metal!!!
=maD.Doc:. - 12.09.2008 at 14:49  
No, no, no, no, no!!!! This can't be happening! As I've said before, 2008 is cursed!! For fuck sake! No one can replace Christian in Scar Symmetry, his clean vocals is so mind blowing, and then his growls. There is none who can pull this one off as good as he did. Well, good luck Scar Symmetry, if you don't find anyone good enough to replace you just lost a fan
selken - 13.09.2008 at 07:59  
Written by =maD.Doc:. on 12.09.2008 at 14:49

No, no, no, no, no!!!! This can't be happening! As I've said before, 2008 is cursed!! For fuck sake! No one can replace Christian in Scar Symmetry, his clean vocals is so mind blowing, and then his growls. There is none who can pull this one off as good as he did. Well, good luck Scar Symmetry, if you don't find anyone good enough to replace you just lost a fan

What!!! I didn't know he performed double vocals!!! that's so sad. In my opinion, these vocals are key in Scar Symmetry's commercial success, anyway, they have a good guitar work. Just a question, does Swano also sings clean?

Written by =maD.Doc:. on 12.09.2008 at 14:49

if you don't find anyone good enough to replace you just lost a fan

we still have Opeth ^^
=maD.Doc:. - 13.09.2008 at 15:03  
Written by selken on 13.09.2008 at 07:59

Written by =maD.Doc:. on 12.09.2008 at 14:49

No, no, no, no, no!!!! This can't be happening! As I've said before, 2008 is cursed!! For fuck sake! No one can replace Christian in Scar Symmetry, his clean vocals is so mind blowing, and then his growls. There is none who can pull this one off as good as he did. Well, good luck Scar Symmetry, if you don't find anyone good enough to replace you just lost a fan

What!!! I didn't know he performed double vocals!!! that's so sad. In my opinion, these vocals are key in Scar Symmetry's commercial success, anyway, they have a good guitar work. Just a question, does Swano also sings clean?

Written by =maD.Doc:. on 12.09.2008 at 14:49

if you don't find anyone good enough to replace you just lost a fan

we still have Opeth ^^

Yeah, Christian did both clean and growls in Scar Symmetry. And yeah, Swanö does sing clean as well, ever heard of Nightingale?
Opeth isn't the same thing, they're to complex.
selken - 13.09.2008 at 23:20  
Written by =maD.Doc:. on 13.09.2008 at 15:03

Opeth isn't the same thing, they're to complex.


I know, it was just a joke , or maybe just for the double vocals stuff...

repeat: too sad to hear such a departure
-Morbid- - 13.09.2008 at 23:37  
Hmm, kinda hard to imagine Scar Symmetry without Christian...

He will be difficult to replace.
The Black Halo - 14.09.2008 at 15:40  
This sucks.
Jigoku Shoujo - 14.09.2008 at 20:03  
This piece of news made my day... suck
I wonder who will replace him?
warfromwithin - 07.10.2008 at 01:50  
I hope they find another vocalist with Christian's caliber or better, i just find him exceptional compared to most metal bands so i guess it will be really hard to find one...
Vitriolic Hate - 26.01.2009 at 04:00  
These were very sad news because his vocals both (clean & brutal) made the difference in Scar Symmertry.Now let's hear the new vocalists in a new upcoming record & we'll judge.............
Ragana - 26.01.2009 at 10:40  
I can't say anything much... this sucks. And I have always thought that two vocalists in one band is silly, but sure, Älvestam couldn't divide himself into two Älvestams when he had to perform live.

Their currently vocalists are kinda funny from what I've seen in videos.

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