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Posted by on 20.05.2006 at 10:36
I could not find an existing topic for this fantastic melodic death metal band, so I decided to post my own. Scar Symmetry are easily my favourite melodic death metal band of all time, and that is saying something considering that they have only been active for about two years. Still, in these two years they have managed to put out two fantastic melodeath masterpieces that rank up there with the very best in the genre, and it is rumoured that these guys are going to be very big now that they have managed to nail a contract with Nuclear Blast.



So what is it that makes Scar Symmetry such a great band? First of all it is the excellent musicianship. From the fantastic, speedy and no-nonsense guitar solos to the extremely tastefully used keyboard material, the music is right out there. Everyone in this band knows exactly what he is doing and together, they make some of the best and most memorable songs that I have ever heard. Scar Symmetry certainly aren't familiar with the term 'filler'.

Another particularly brilliant part of Scar Symmetry's music is the vocals, all done by singer Christian Älvestam. His voice is incredibly diverse, capable of doing good clean vocals as well as death grunts and even the occasional scream. What is even more brilliant is that he can alternate between these styles extremely quickly.

Their two albums, Symmetric In Design (2005) and Pitch Black Progress (2006) are two great feats of melodeath music and both have gotten rave reviews and album of the month notations all around the world. Symmetric In Design is easily the heaviest of the two albums, more closely related to death metal than the sophomore album, but Pitch Black Progress has some pretty heavy tracks as well. Overall, the second album is much more melodic and the clean vocals are executed better than ever. Many fans will not care for the amount of clean vocals on this album, but there is enough deathsy goodness for them to enjoy as well.

My favourite tracks from both albums? Chaosweaver, Dominion, Reborn, The Illusionist, Mind Machine, The Kaleidoscopic God. Trust me though when I say that not one song from either of these albums will really disappoint. They're all good in their own right!

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MetalSpider

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  26.09.2009 at 01:30
Like Nile's new album, the more I listen to Dark Matter Dimensions the more I like it.

The music is just pure awesome! Like Valaskjalf said...this is Scar Symmetry to its core. They were deadly with Christian and are just as deadly without him. The new vocalists are great! While I prefer Christian's clean vocals (personal preference I guess), Lars does one hell of a job! Robert's growls are powerful! Vocalists aside...the music is some of their best! As of right now, Im finding that there are really no weak songs. These guys are crazy musicians thats for sure! Their level of technicality is way up there.

Its funny...when I first heard The Consciousness Eaters, and then Noumenon and Phenomenon and Non-Human Era....I wasnt that impressed. The more I listened to them, the more I enjoyed them. And now that Ive heard the whole album....Im really impressed overall.

Is it better than Holographic Universe? I still need a few more listens but its definitely up there.
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Super_Greg

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  26.09.2009 at 13:30
I honestly have never heard any Scar Symmetry before DMD, and I'm seriously in love. Guitar work is fucking awesome and the vocals are killer (it did take a couple listens to get into the clean parts though).

SS is one of those bands I wish i got into earlier ;(
Valaskjalf
TheImperturbable

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  29.09.2009 at 04:38
Written by Super_Greg on 26.09.2009 at 13:30

I honestly have never heard any Scar Symmetry before DMD, and I'm seriously in love. Guitar work is fucking awesome and the vocals are killer (it did take a couple listens to get into the clean parts though).

SS is one of those bands I wish i got into earlier ;(


lol yeah i know what you mean, something similar happened to me with Thyrane....I heard "Travesty of Heavenly Essence" and i was totally blown away and then I realised they disbanded like 2 years before I got the album! At least SS hasnt disbanded so no big loss hehe

I must say Ive been listening to the new album a lot the last few days and I still think its very good - I just dont think it QUITE has the knock-out punch of the former albums. Not sure what it is but I dont yet have any songs that stick in my head or that I hum all day long and piss people off like I did with the former albums. Might need some time, took me a while to fall in love with "Holographic Universe" as well.
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Westvann

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  10.10.2009 at 21:20
DMD is an freaking good album with no bad songs... i liked all of them:) the sad is the Christian fanboys out there thats not even hear at the music like they did when christian was in the band and automatecily hate it... if they want christian, start to listen to solution. 45... they are pretty good...
Exhumed

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  11.10.2009 at 05:33
Pretty decent band, I certainly enjoyed their previous releases although I've yet to hear anything from DMD.
Valaskjalf
TheImperturbable

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  12.10.2009 at 17:34
Ok well Ive had about 2 weeks from my previous post to let the album sink in. Problem is I havent bought it (eventually I will) but at the moment I only have a relatively poor version of it (think it was ripped from myspace so the quality is SHITE!) but yeah its a good album. Songwriting is as good as always, in general this is a typcial Scar Symmetry album without any drastic changes apart from the vocals.

The vocals are fine, growls are almost indistinguishable from Christian's vocals but the MAIN difference between this and previous albums is the vocal melodies and how well the vocals were written. The reason nothing stuck in my head is probably because the new clean vocalist doesnt quite have the range or talent when it comes to writing seriously epic vocal lines, therefore the choruses dont reach those soaring climaxes of before. But thats just how things go, the new guy obviously had HUGE boots to fill and he always had it coming his way trying to live up to the "legacy" of Alvestam.

I still think he did a good job, perhaps not as great as Christian but still he has a decent voice and perhaps tried to play it safe on this album. Overall I think the album is about an 8/10 for me, which is still a pretty good rating bearing in mind I rated "Holographic Universe" 9+/10. So the lack of punch created in the vocal melodies and overall "sameness" of the choruses is what brings the album down for me, but musically its still very good.
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His Eminence
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  13.10.2009 at 05:06
I haven't heard anything yet from Dark Matter Dimensions, so I'll wait to form my own opinion. But Christian was a damn good vocalist, and I'm sad that he's gone.
Valaskjalf
TheImperturbable

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  16.10.2009 at 17:37
Written by Westvann on 10.10.2009 at 21:20

if they want christian, start to listen to solution. 45... they are pretty good...


Uhhh...based on what? The teaser?? Noone can positively say that its great, and secondly the teaser is more than a year old, hence the song
"Clandestinity" is more than a year old. It makes sense to say it might have potential but none of us have heard nearly enough to say "theyre pretty good". So your comment is premature.
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BlueMobius
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  16.10.2009 at 21:32
Written by Valaskjalf on 16.10.2009 at 17:37

Written by Westvann on 10.10.2009 at 21:20

if they want christian, start to listen to solution. 45... they are pretty good...


Uhhh...based on what? The teaser?? Noone can positively say that its great, and secondly the teaser is more than a year old, hence the song
"Clandestinity" is more than a year old. It makes sense to say it might have potential but none of us have heard nearly enough to say "theyre pretty good". So your comment is premature.


WOOO OOHH WOOO OOOH! ...what's that sound? The self appointed forum police strike again.
Valaskjalf
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  16.10.2009 at 21:39
Written by BlueMobius on 16.10.2009 at 21:32

Written by Valaskjalf on 16.10.2009 at 17:37

Written by Westvann on 10.10.2009 at 21:20

if they want christian, start to listen to solution. 45... they are pretty good...


Uhhh...based on what? The teaser?? Noone can positively say that its great, and secondly the teaser is more than a year old, hence the song
"Clandestinity" is more than a year old. It makes sense to say it might have potential but none of us have heard nearly enough to say "theyre pretty good". So your comment is premature.


WOOO OOHH WOOO OOOH! ...what's that sound? The self appointed forum police strike again.


Dont even get me started on you, little blue dwarf...for someone who rates 90% of everything he has ever heard 9/10 you have the least amount of say on this entire fucking site and very little credibility. And his comment was premature, noone has heard anything on Solution.45 apart from a medley teaser on youtube in shit quality. So before you try to be clever, and fling stupid sarcastic remarks around, why not try to be informed once in a while then maybe you will be able to give correct facts on matters instead of being a little midget biting at the heels.
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BlueMobius
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  16.10.2009 at 21:44
Written by Valaskjalf on 16.10.2009 at 21:39

Written by BlueMobius on 16.10.2009 at 21:32

Written by Valaskjalf on 16.10.2009 at 17:37

Written by Westvann on 10.10.2009 at 21:20

if they want christian, start to listen to solution. 45... they are pretty good...


Uhhh...based on what? The teaser?? Noone can positively say that its great, and secondly the teaser is more than a year old, hence the song
"Clandestinity" is more than a year old. It makes sense to say it might have potential but none of us have heard nearly enough to say "theyre pretty good". So your comment is premature.


WOOO OOHH WOOO OOOH! ...what's that sound? The self appointed forum police strike again.


Dont even get me started on you, little blue dwarf...for someone who rates 90% of everything he has ever heard 9/10 you have the least amount of say on this entire fucking site and very little credibility. And his comment was premature, noone has heard anything on Solution.45 apart from a medley teaser on youtube in shit quality. So before you try to be clever, and fling stupid sarcastic remarks around, why not try to be informed once in a while then maybe you will be able to give correct facts on matters instead of being like a little dog biting at the heels.


Dude, learn to laugh at a joke instead of get butt hurt over it.
Valaskjalf
TheImperturbable

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  16.10.2009 at 21:49
Written by BlueMobius on 16.10.2009 at 21:44

Written by Valaskjalf on 16.10.2009 at 21:39

Written by BlueMobius on 16.10.2009 at 21:32

Written by Valaskjalf on 16.10.2009 at 17:37

Written by Westvann on 10.10.2009 at 21:20

if they want christian, start to listen to solution. 45... they are pretty good...


Uhhh...based on what? The teaser?? Noone can positively say that its great, and secondly the teaser is more than a year old, hence the song
"Clandestinity" is more than a year old. It makes sense to say it might have potential but none of us have heard nearly enough to say "theyre pretty good". So your comment is premature.


WOOO OOHH WOOO OOOH! ...what's that sound? The self appointed forum police strike again.


Dont even get me started on you, little blue dwarf...for someone who rates 90% of everything he has ever heard 9/10 you have the least amount of say on this entire fucking site and very little credibility. And his comment was premature, noone has heard anything on Solution.45 apart from a medley teaser on youtube in shit quality. So before you try to be clever, and fling stupid sarcastic remarks around, why not try to be informed once in a while then maybe you will be able to give correct facts on matters instead of being like a little dog biting at the heels.


Dude, learn to laugh at a joke instead of get butt hurt over it.

Whatever dude, its much more fun when you hit back at me...disguising a comment as a joke after my response is much less entertaining. And we both know your comment wasnt supposed to be "funny", but no worries - next time just write a proper response and we can commence.
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BlueMobius
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  16.10.2009 at 23:56
Written by Valaskjalf on 16.10.2009 at 21:49

Written by BlueMobius on 16.10.2009 at 21:44

Written by Valaskjalf on 16.10.2009 at 21:39

Written by BlueMobius on 16.10.2009 at 21:32

Written by Valaskjalf on 16.10.2009 at 17:37

Written by Westvann on 10.10.2009 at 21:20

if they want christian, start to listen to solution. 45... they are pretty good...


Uhhh...based on what? The teaser?? Noone can positively say that its great, and secondly the teaser is more than a year old, hence the song
"Clandestinity" is more than a year old. It makes sense to say it might have potential but none of us have heard nearly enough to say "theyre pretty good". So your comment is premature.


WOOO OOHH WOOO OOOH! ...what's that sound? The self appointed forum police strike again.


Dont even get me started on you, little blue dwarf...for someone who rates 90% of everything he has ever heard 9/10 you have the least amount of say on this entire fucking site and very little credibility. And his comment was premature, noone has heard anything on Solution.45 apart from a medley teaser on youtube in shit quality. So before you try to be clever, and fling stupid sarcastic remarks around, why not try to be informed once in a while then maybe you will be able to give correct facts on matters instead of being like a little dog biting at the heels.


Dude, learn to laugh at a joke instead of get butt hurt over it.

Whatever dude, its much more fun when you hit back at me...disguising a comment as a joke after my response is much less entertaining. And we both know your comment wasnt supposed to be "funny", but no worries - next time just write a proper response and we can commence.


Whatever man. You can't handle a little humor. You would be a more pleasant person to discuss topics with if you didn't act so prude.



As for the new Scar Symmetry album, it didn't really impress me much. And I am not just talking about the vocals. It just doesn't seem quite right over all. Like they hurried to get a new music written. I think they should have toured off their last album a little more. I feel like such a good album deserved a little more promoting. I guess the feeling that I get from the new album is that it's like they were trying to hurry something out to prove they didn't need Christian.
Valaskjalf
TheImperturbable

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  17.10.2009 at 00:06
Written by BlueMobius on 16.10.2009 at 23:56

Written by Valaskjalf on 16.10.2009 at 21:49

Written by BlueMobius on 16.10.2009 at 21:44

Written by Valaskjalf on 16.10.2009 at 21:39

Written by BlueMobius on 16.10.2009 at 21:32

Written by Valaskjalf on 16.10.2009 at 17:37

Written by Westvann on 10.10.2009 at 21:20

if they want christian, start to listen to solution. 45... they are pretty good...


Uhhh...based on what? The teaser?? Noone can positively say that its great, and secondly the teaser is more than a year old, hence the song
"Clandestinity" is more than a year old. It makes sense to say it might have potential but none of us have heard nearly enough to say "theyre pretty good". So your comment is premature.


WOOO OOHH WOOO OOOH! ...what's that sound? The self appointed forum police strike again.


Dont even get me started on you, little blue dwarf...for someone who rates 90% of everything he has ever heard 9/10 you have the least amount of say on this entire fucking site and very little credibility. And his comment was premature, noone has heard anything on Solution.45 apart from a medley teaser on youtube in shit quality. So before you try to be clever, and fling stupid sarcastic remarks around, why not try to be informed once in a while then maybe you will be able to give correct facts on matters instead of being like a little dog biting at the heels.


Dude, learn to laugh at a joke instead of get butt hurt over it.

Whatever dude, its much more fun when you hit back at me...disguising a comment as a joke after my response is much less entertaining. And we both know your comment wasnt supposed to be "funny", but no worries - next time just write a proper response and we can commence.


Whatever man. You can't handle a little humor. You would be a more pleasant person to discuss topics with if you didn't act so prude.



As for the new Scar Symmetry album, it didn't really impress me much. And I am not just talking about the vocals. It just doesn't seem quite right over all. Like they hurried to get a new music written. I think they should have toured off their last album a little more. I feel like such a good album deserved a little more promoting. I guess the feeling that I get from the new album is that it's like they were trying to hurry something out to prove they didn't need Christian.


Im very cheery in fact, but you have to admit its not the easiest thing to "spot" humour on a forum so yeah...

anyway back on topic once again I have to slightly disagree with you on your point. The only time the band has had a significant gap between albums is between PBP and HU which was 2 years, they followed up their debut album with PBP within a year - same as the new album which also came one year after PBP. Anyway, that might be nit-picking, but I dont think they have musically become sloppy or ran out of ideas....in fact the new album is more complex and challenging in some aspects. I think you might find, the way I did, that vocals is in fact the thing drawing the album back from the previous ones.

I initially thought the same, the album didnt quite feel right but then I realised that their vocals plays such a big role and actually fills the role of another instrument so when the vocal melodies arent quite as awesome as they used to be it makes the entire album feel sort of not quite as good. Who knows, you said its not the vocals, but personally I felt the same as you and figured it was the vocals afteral lol
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Aeox

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  18.10.2009 at 01:27
Written by BlueMobius on 16.10.2009 at 23:56

As for the new Scar Symmetry album, it didn't really impress me much. And I am not just talking about the vocals. It just doesn't seem quite right over all. Like they hurried to get a new music written. I think they should have toured off their last album a little more. I feel like such a good album deserved a little more promoting. I guess the feeling that I get from the new album is that it's like they were trying to hurry something out to prove they didn't need Christian.


The band replaced their vocalist, so releasing a new album a.s.a.p. is a smart idea seeing as they need to promote their new lineup and not only focus on their previous release(s) as much. The new record showcases the new vocalists' inputs and their talents - no point in them singing only Christian Älvestam's written vocal melodies and trying to fill his shoes.

As for the quality of the new record apart from the vocal melodies not coming out as strong as before, I can't hear any digression in musicality.
Ag Fox
Angel No More

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  18.10.2009 at 03:00
I personally found the melodies of the new album very unconventional and unique, but at the same time it works. Also, there are three types of vocal styles for the band to employ, so the band has actually more scope in terms of writing music.

I hope someone knows what I am trying to express =/
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Chaos Reaper

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  31.12.2009 at 19:38
Written by Aeox on 18.10.2009 at 01:27

Written by BlueMobius on 16.10.2009 at 23:56

As for the new Scar Symmetry album, it didn't really impress me much. And I am not just talking about the vocals. It just doesn't seem quite right over all. Like they hurried to get a new music written. I think they should have toured off their last album a little more. I feel like such a good album deserved a little more promoting. I guess the feeling that I get from the new album is that it's like they were trying to hurry something out to prove they didn't need Christian.


The band replaced their vocalist, so releasing a new album a.s.a.p. is a smart idea seeing as they need to promote their new lineup and not only focus on their previous release(s) as much. The new record showcases the new vocalists' inputs and their talents - no point in them singing only Christian Älvestam's written vocal melodies and trying to fill his shoes.

As for the quality of the new record apart from the vocal melodies not coming out as strong as before, I can't hear any digression in musicality.

indeed
His Eminence
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  05.01.2010 at 22:59
So I finally gave the new album a listen, and I'm quite pleased. The vocals are pretty good (admittedly not as good as the previous efforts) and I like some of the more complex song structures. In my opinion this is better than Holographic Universe.
Angelic Storm
Melodious

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  30.01.2010 at 18:30
I am a huge fan of Scar Symmetry! I was very sad when I heard that Christian was leaving the band, as his immense vocal talents were one of the things that made the band special. I had severe doubts they could even continue, let alone unleash an amazing album like ''Dark Matter Dimensions''! That album was the biggest surprise for me last year, and I feel glad that the loss of Christian didn't spell the end for Scar Symmetry. As well as the great dual vocals, I also love the twin leads of Jonas Kjellgren and Per Nilsson. Definitely one of my fave bands, and one of the only more modern bands that I truly love.
Kennoth

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  14.04.2010 at 17:04
I absolutely adore them. There are few bands that won me over as quickly as these guys did. When I heard The Illusionist and Morphogenesis, I was in love. Too bad the Christian took off though, those two guys they brought as a replacement? I just don't feel them.

They said they would hire two singers so they could perform live better, but they're not doing the job even half right they way Christian did. I'll be giving another shot at the new album these days, but I don't really like it, aside Noumenon and Phenomenon, which is somewhat noteworthy.
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KryiisKarl

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  09.09.2010 at 22:57
Fell in love with that band with Holographic then jumped on their previous efforts.
What a band to my ears !! Incredible vocals, fantastic guitar work and so on...I got very much impressed, especially I only tried them out of my usual curiosity.
Thanks to them I think I could get into 2 other excellent bands like Textures and Dark Age.
I definetely should give a try with their last release. Been utterly deceived by former singer's departure (it takes two to replace him !! I guess that says something) which probably is the reason this last album is still on my "next albums to listen to" list with (many) other ones.
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ShadowKind

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  07.01.2011 at 14:21
I love SS and I think there new stuff is ok, but I guess I must be a Christian fanboy Cause I love the new Solution .45 album
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Dane Train
Beers & Kilts

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  07.01.2011 at 17:04
Written by ShadowKind on 07.01.2011 at 14:21

I love SS and I think there new stuff is ok, but I guess I must be a Christian fanboy Cause I love the new Solution .45 album


What did you think of his work on the latest Demon Hunter album?
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ShadowKind

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  14.01.2011 at 02:07
Written by Dane Train on 07.01.2011 at 17:04

Written by ShadowKind on 07.01.2011 at 14:21

I love SS and I think there new stuff is ok, but I guess I must be a Christian fanboy Cause I love the new Solution .45 album


What did you think of his work on the latest Demon Hunter album?


I just can't quite get into it, I like Christian's cleans. It's the reason I decided to start up my band, ours is not as sugary sweet but still I like melodies.
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Kennoth

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  14.01.2011 at 04:47
I didn't even know he was in Demon Hunter (I didn't even know OF DH in the first place).

Your thoughts on Miseration?
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  16.01.2011 at 23:18
Written by Kennoth on 14.01.2011 at 04:47

I didn't even know he was in Demon Hunter (I didn't even know OF DH in the first place).

Your thoughts on Miseration?


He was a guest vocalist on the last Demon Hunter record. They are a great band, one of my personal favorites, I am actually wearing one of their shirts right now.
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SunFalcon

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  24.05.2012 at 12:39
The Last Album Is From Their Best Albums ''The Unseen Empire''
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Mr. Blonde

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  26.05.2012 at 02:26
With Christian this band is fucking awesome! But without him they are... okay. Unseen Empire is decent but I do sort of prefer Christian's latest project Solution.45. I don't even care if it sounds fanboi'ish. They had to replace him with two dudes and put together they can't equal his talent.

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