||Well, I've had to listen to this disc a dozen
times to really get the feel of this new Scar
Symmetry..... no, I'm lying. These guys are leagues ahead of bands
like In Flames and Soilwork as far as keeping Gothenburg death metal
and not Nu-Gothen-metal alive. "Symmetric In Design" is
so very catchy and also extremely progressive & fresh to the ears.
Let me explain, whether some may disagree or not. Lead vocalist, Christian,
is a very good guttural death metal growler and yet he can very easily
attain a clean vocal that is totally in blissful contrast (check out
the track, "Dominion"!!). The clean vocals are very similar
to Dan Swanö's or even sometimes reminiscent of Mr. Åkerfeldt
and the death vocals are much like the two as well. The difference?
The musical approach is totally Gothenburg with some exceptions. Those
exceptions are the exceptional guitar solos and the upbeat, thrash
rhythms courtesy of Jonas & Per. The drumming of Henrick sub-merges
into frantic chaos and Kenneth's bass chords do not just follow, they
deliver both precision & diversity. Basically, Scar Symmetry is
like a cross between Voivod, Arch Enemy and Edge Of Sanity!! Don't
get me wrong, though, the Nu-Gothenburg sound does squeak out a bit
but not as an insufficiency. This sound belongs to Scar Symmetry hand-in-hand.
To get my point of view, perhaps the tracks "Dominion",
"Veil Of Illusions" or "Orchestrate The Infinite"
will satisfy my explanations.... or maybe not? This metal style is
just good, no matter the genre or clichés! Furthermore, I'll
conclude that this new Swedish metal explosion are awesome!! Maybe
the sound Soilwork would've attained had they remained strong. Check
this shit out!!!
Reviewed By: Thomas