Scar Symmetry
Dark Matter Dimensions


1.5
very poor

Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
October 11th, 2009 | 100 replies | 4,272 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


Scar Symmetry is one of the most embraced bands in the metal scene today for such reasons as their 2nd generation melo-death approach combined with Alvstram’s vocals allegedly being a godsend to music. When you take some generic fool who listens to Lamb Of God and throw Scar Symmetry in their playlist they will think the band are geniuses because, like the common Tool fan, the lyrics are about mystical properties and other things simple-minded people can’t comprehend. However, anyone who’s seasoned in metal can and should tell you that melo-death is dead, punk is dead, tr00 black metal is dead, and Scar Symmetry needs to move the *** on.

Now, for this new album Alvstram has been kicked out of the band because he can’t perform his studio vocals live, even though his clean/death style is a dime a dozen, so the band gathered two vocalists as replacements, implying the band’s style isn’t changing at all. From the first two tracks you hear the same things you’ve heard on all their other releases: song arrangements with heavy verses and homo choruses, industrial elements for 5 seconds, and solos with arpeggios galore. The music has always been the main problem with this band because of how it tries so hard to be anthemic and heavy but utilizes the open chord syndrome all too often for anyone to give a ***. Noumenon And Phenomenon is a good example of this. Actually if you listen to Chainheart Machine by Soilwork, you’ve heard Scar Symmetry’s career.

Vocally, I didn’t think they could do any worse than Alvstram’s average abilities, but then I heard Mechanical Soul Cybernetics and realized that yes, they can and did. They got a clean vocalist…and then made him scream, and I just don’t see where they found that to be useful when they also hired a damn growling vocalist. Their trade-offs and performances throughout the album are so predictable and one-dimensional that the fact they aren’t any better or worse than Alvstram doesn’t even matter.

Non-Human Era does a good job at trying to sound like Behold…The Arctopus for 2 seconds before going back to chug chug chug, Sculptor Void tries something new for the intro before going back to chug chug chug, and A Parenthesis In Eternity rips off Edge Of Sanity so bad that I skipped it immediately, so it’s fairly obvious that: 1) Scar Symmetry still is generic as ever, 2) Their fans are deprived and they don’t even know it. Hopefully the band will have what alcoholics refer to as a moment of clarity, and see that playing music from the mid 1990’s is not innovative and in their case underwhelming either way, therefore they are useless. They are wasting Sweden’s money every time they record. Someone do something before they slap their balls on another genre.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
KILL
October 11th 2009


71750 Comments


pos

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

myhigherpie
October 11th 2009


3027 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

the truth.

Ragez
October 11th 2009


150 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

i agree so much bro i love you

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 11th 2009


8357 Comments


very very good review Danny. Knowing your usual tone, i can sense that you were rather angry while writing this review haha. I thought that this album would suck and the two reviews for this have proven me right so no, i am not even going to waste my time listening to this.

Also i'm glad that so far you haven't fulfilled your promise :-)

Nagrarok
October 11th 2009


8245 Comments


I love this review.

Yazz_Flute
October 11th 2009


18783 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, though I enjoyed this.

It's "Chainheart Machine," not "Chainsaw Machine" however.

Digging: Battles - Mirrored

fireaboveicebelow
October 11th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

you are right sir

Ragez
October 11th 2009


150 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Someone do something before they slap their balls on another genre.

i lol'd

SCREAM!
October 11th 2009


10087 Comments


Awesome review mang

and A Parenthesis In Eternity rips of Edge Of Sanity
TYPO ALERT!

fireaboveicebelow
October 11th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

does anyone else notice the heap of metal trash on the album art is so symbolic of the band?

entorthedryden
October 11th 2009


49 Comments


thanks. deff not going to check this out

Itwasthatwas
October 11th 2009


769 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I like this better than the last two albums. I think I'll just pretend they didn't exist and the fact that this sounds barely different won't bother me as much.

Lunarfall
October 11th 2009


3179 Comments


this is like the most boring metal band ever

ninjuice
October 11th 2009


6760 Comments


They’re trade-offs and performances throughout the album are so predictable


KILL
October 11th 2009


71750 Comments


knew there would be a neg

fireaboveicebelow
October 11th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

lol just wait til my next submission

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 11th 2009


8357 Comments


is the next submission going to be the big submission?

Wizard
October 11th 2009


19395 Comments


allegedly being a godsend to music.

FUCK NO. He's like the guy from Amorphis; only good at hitting one note well.

They are wasting Sweden’s money every time they record. Someone do something before they slap their balls on another genre.

Laughed so fucking hard dude.

Great review. I think the front cover of this album represents the bands entire career (a pile of shit).

Digging: Katatonia - Night Is the New Day

SCREAM!
October 11th 2009


10087 Comments


Lol @ 2 negs and only positive comments

combustion07
October 11th 2009


5352 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Here have another pos.
Good review, I really don't care for this much I gave it one listen and I'll probably never attempt to hear it again



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