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Scar Symmetry - Symmetric In Design

Label: Nuclear Blast
Format: CD
Released: 2008
Reviewed By: Kevin Alba

What we have here is some great musicianship, some awesome death/extreme metal vocals, and some unique clean vocals. I’ll admit it took me awhile to accept this style of clean vocal but it has grown on me and they make perfect sense.

 

This is a melodic slab of Swedish Death/Power Metal and it is going to appeal to fans of Dark Tranquility, In Flames, early Soilwork, Children of Bodom, and Evergrey. They don’t sound exactly like any of the above mentioned bands which is a good thing, but share a lot of influences with the mentioned bands. Some of the music gets my feet tapping and my head banging with some machine gun riffs. A Neoclassical inspired guitar solo is showcased on ‘Dominion’ which is rather cool and reminiscent of dare I say Yngwie? The album is highlighted by a lot of good traditional heavy metal guitar solos mixed with various tempos and arrangements.

I am digging this band alot and I can see them growing to become one of the more important names, maybe in the near future being mentioned in the same breath as fellow countrymen Soilwork, Dark Tranquility, and Evergrey. I would have much rather seen Scar Symmetry on tour recently with Arch Enemy and before that God Forbid/Meshuggah instead of fellow Swedes Mnemic who have been getting a lot of attention here in the States. Scar Symmetry have a lot of potential and a solid debut album.

 
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