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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:

  • Per Nilsson - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Henrik Ohlsson - drums
  • Roberth Karlsson - harsh vocals
  • Lars Palmqvist - clean vocals
  • Benjamin Ellis - rhythm guitar

Former Band Members:

  • Christian Älvestam - vocals
  • Jonas Kjellgren - rhythm guitar
  • Kenneth Seil - bass
  • Andreas Holma - bass

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  • Audience Participation Song: "The Illusionist", "Mind Machine", and "Morphogenesis".
  • 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).
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Groove Metal / Djent: Some of their songs, especially on earlier releases, possess elements of the genre.
  • I Am the Band: Per and Henrik - Per writes all the music whilst Henrik writes all the lyrics. Per even produced, mixed and mastered Neohumanity in the earlier days of the band, Per and Jonas would write the music together.
  • Irony: Jonas Kjellgren, while a very technical player, had a dirty, aggressive, and raw blues-shred style that stood in contrast to Per's cleaner and more relaxed jazz fusion style. His replacement wound up having a style that was extremely similar to Per's.
  • Lead Drummer: Henrik Ohlsson is their sole lyricist.
  • Lighter and Softer: Holographic Universe is this compared to their albums before and since, containing more clean vocals and more polished production, as well as less death metal elements. According to Per, this was not their intended direction and they deliberately went for a heavier approach after.
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  • 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, though clips of him speaking are rather rare to come by.
  • Melodic Death Metal
  • Metal Scream: Alvestam and Karlsson both utilize a Type 2, while Palmqvist will throw in a Type 3 here and there.
  • 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 with more elements of progressive metal, 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 melodic death metal approach, still retaining some of the progressive elements from Holographic Universe. Neohumanity was a huge change in sound due to the departure of previous co-songwriter Jonas Kjellgren; the progressive elements became front and centre in the band's sound.
  • 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.
  • Signature Style: Deep, heavy Melodic Death Metal with complex, angular riffs, string-bending grooves, smooth, fusionesque shredding, Power Metal touches and highly nuanced Soprano and Gravel vocals.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: Christian is a particularly extreme example of this, particularly as his range expanded over the years. His growls aren't too jarring, but tenor cleans do not match his gruff bald/beard look at all, especially considering that his range only got higher after he left while he visibly aged. His harsh and clean vocals nowadays are so unalike in every conceivable way that can be easy to forget they are sung by the same person. His normal speaking voice contrasts both, being a mellow countertenor.
  • Soprano and Gravel: Nearly all Scar Symmetry songs feature a striking contrast between guttural growled vocals and clean vocals. Christian Alvestam handled them himself both in studio and live but had problems with the cleans live, which is widely thought to be one of the main reasons he was let go; 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 (which are distinctively nasally and mid-ranged) from time to time as of Neohumanity.
  • Technician Versus Performer: Per Nilsson (technician) and Jonas Kjellgren (performer) while the latter was in the band. Per was the clean fusion player with a style heavily based around smooth legato, horn-like bends, and extended tapping runs, while Jonas was the dirty blues shredder with an aggressive and chaotic playing style.
  • 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 Christian was in the band, however, as he hated touring and was apparently quite inconsistent live.