Music / Scar Symmetry
Scar Symmetry is a heavy metal band from Sweden, formed in 2004. Their music is primarily a Melodic Death Metal
/ Power Metal
fusion, though they also have elements of Progressive Metal
and Groove Metal
in some of their songs.
- Symmetric In Design (2005)
- Pitch Black Progress (2006)
- Holographic Universe (2008)
- Dark Matter Dimensions (2009)
- The Unseen Empire (2011)
- The Singularity (Phase I: Neohumanity) (2014)
Current Band Members:
- Roberth Karlsson - lead growled vocals, backing clean vocals
- Lars Palmqvist - lead clean vocals, backing growled vocals
- Per Nilsson - guitar, backing clean vocals
- Benjamin Ellis - guitar
- Andreas Holma - bass
- Henrik Ohlsson - drums, lyrics
Former Band Members:
- Christian Älvestam - vocals
- Jonas Kjellgren - guitar
- Kenneth Seil - bass
Scar Symmetry shows examples of:
- Ascended Extra: Benjamin Ellis and Andreas Holma.
- Audience Participation Song: "The Illusionist", "Mind Machine", and "Morphogenesis".
- Badass Beard: Christian, Per, and Henrik can all rock some pretty awesome goatees.
- Bald of Awesome: Christian, Per, and Henrik.
- Concept Album: Holographic Universe is based on interpretations of Michael Talbot's book The Holographic Universe, and explores intersections between Eastern mysticism and quantum mechanics. Dark Matter Dimensions is this, too, regarding Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- In early 2014 they announced they were working on a trilogy of concept albums, called "The Singularity."
- Epic Rocking: "The Kaleidoscopic God" (7:09), "Holographic Universe" (9:05), "Ghost Prototype II (Deus Ex Machina)" (6:03), "Neohuman" (8:43), "Cryonic Harvest" (6:12), and "Technocalyptic Cybergeddon" (10:12).
- Groove Metal: Some of their songs, especially on earlier releases, possess elements of the genre.
- I Am the Band: Per Nilsson.
- Irony: Jonas Kjellgren, while a very technical player, had a dirty, aggressive, and raw blues-shred style that stood in contrast to Nilsson's cleaner and more relaxed jazz fusion style. His replacement wound up having a style that was extremely similar to Nilsson's.
- Lead Drummer: Henrik Ohlsson is their sole lyricist.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: Christian Alvestam has gained considerable attention from metalheads due to his exceptional vocal range, which ranges from a soaring-high operatic voice to deep, monstrous growling akin to Chris Barnes. He also does spoken word passages in many songs, the occasional Yarling, and makes use of a few other vocal techniques. Some fans even find his normal speaking voice as awesome to listen to as his singing.
- Melodic Death Metal: Well, duh, listen to the growls.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Around an 8. They sometimes go down to a 7, but no lower than that. The title track on Pitch Black Progress is around a 9.
- New Sound Album: When Christian was with the band, all 3 albums with him sounded different. Symmetric In Design was much rawer and less power metal influenced than most of the band's work, and Christian used a much more diverse growl range. Pitch Black Progress had more polished production and more complex songs, as well as a bit more power metal. Holographic Universe was much more melodic, had less growls, high-quality production, and Christian had pulled his clean vocal range up an octave. The next two albums had a much more traditional approach to melodic death metal.
- Neohumanity is another change in sound due to Kjellgren's absence (which leaves Nilsson as the sole songwriter); the djent elements have been significantly reduced and the prog elements dialed up in turn, and the result is a much denser, more complex album overall.
- Power Metal: The other Major component of their sound besides Melodic Death Metal.
- Progressive Metal: Has always had elements of it, but Neohumanity is where it really becomes a defining part of their sound.
- Soprano and Gravel: Nearly all Scar Symmetry songs feature a striking contrast between gutteral growled vocals and clean vocals. Christian Alvestam handled them himself both in studio and live but had problems with the cleans live; as of now, Roberth handles the harshes and Lars handles the cleans, though they occasionally switch up, and Per has started contributing his own cleans from time to time as of Neohumanity.
- Technician vs. Performer: Per Nilsson (technician) and Jonas Kjellgren (performer) while the latter was in the band.
- Technobabble: "I am wave, and lepton, the eerie paradox!" — Quantumleaper
- Vocal Tag Team: Since the departure of Älvestam, the harsh and clean vocals have been handled by two singers. They were apparently planning to do this even while he was in the band, however, as he hated touring and was apparently quite inconsistent live.