Scar Symmetry
Holographic Universe


5.0
classic

Review

by Sean USER (18 Reviews)
June 1st, 2010 | 51 replies | 5,476 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fantastic album filled with hooks and memorable moments all throughout the whole album. "Holographic Universe" remains to be Scar Symmetry's most mature and refined release to date and should be looked back on as a massive success for the band.

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Over the years, melodic death metal has become one of metal’s most congested subgenres. With great bands such as Dark Tranquillity, At The Gates, and In Flames, there is always a cluttered amount of crappier bands trying to create the closest watered down reproduction to the bands that rule the genre. Fortunately, Scar Symmetry has never been one of those bands. From the very beginning of their career, Scar Symmetry has merged beautiful melody with extremely heavy death metal. Up until recently with their newest release “Dark Matter Dimensions,” Scar Symmetry were at the top of their game and giving modern melodic death metal giants like Soilwork and others a run for their money. Most of this was due to their enigmatic and extremely talented lead vocalist, Christian Alvestam, whom they lost after their highly successful album “Holographic Universe.”

“Holographic Universe” is most likely Scar Symmetry’s deepest and most energetic album to date. The bands sound has never really evolved since their first album “Symmetric In Design,” but, with “Holographic Universe,” Scar Symmetry seemed to have finally perfected the sound that they had been working so hard to achieve. Everything on the album is spot on and no song really sounds like mere filler. Instead, the album is chock full of twists and turns, with extremely memorable vocal hooks, amazing guitar solo’s, and more mature and thought out song structures than have ever been featured on a Scar Symmetry release. This album seems to be everything Scar Symmetry ever worked to become and it set a very high expectation to rise above for the band, which, unfortunately, is still plaguing the band to this day.

The album starts off extremely strong with the opening tune “Morphogenesis,” which starts off with a very inspiring chord progression almost reminiscent of something from an 80’s hair metal band. As the song kicks in, it is easy to see that the album has already set a high standard for itself. Many will say that you can tell how good an album will be just by listening to the opening song, and, after listening to “Morphogenesis,” it’s quite easy to see that this album is not going to disappoint. Other songs like “Timewave Zero” and “Quantumleaper” keep the ball rolling by remaining extremely interesting and different. As a matter of fact, some of Alvestam’s best vocal melodies are featured on “Timewave Zero,” which happens to be one of the albums best tunes. The song starts out calm with Christian singing lightly over the heavy guitars and slowly the song evolves into some much heavier; however, the song retains a very epic feel to it, featuring an amazing solo section for the bands extremely talented guitarists, Per Nillson and Jonas Kjellgren .

Speaking of the instruments and such, I think before going much further into this review I must explain exactly how impressive this band is in this particular department. First off, Christian Alvestam was easily the best thing about Scar Symmetry. His range is unmatched within the Metal scene and, sadly, its possible his talent will never be truly recognized except by a mere few who happen to follow his career step by step. However, with Scar Symmetry, Alvestam made no hesitation to show every ounce of vocal talent that he possessed. His growls are phenomenal and extremely brutal at times, but his best talent is his amazing singing voice, which can actually be compared to an angel. His range is absolutely amazing and he can easily go from a gutteral growl to a high falsetto in the snap of a finger. On “Holographic Universe,” Alvestam creates some of the most memorable vocal hooks I have ever had the pleasure to hear. His performance is outstanding and, without question, cannot be matched.

However, Alvestam is not the only factor that makes Scar Symmetry an extremely talented band. All of the bands instrumentalists are quite simply amazing, especially lead guitarist, Per Nillson, whom, in my opinion, is one of the most talented guitarists in Metal today. While I must say that many of the riffs are not too memorable, the same cannot be said for the amazing solo’s scattered throughout this album. For those who want to see some of the finest guitar work displayed on a metal album this last decade, check out songs like “Prism and Gate,” “Trapezoid,” “Ghost Prototype I – Measurement Of Thought,” and the albums epic “Holographic Universe.” Also, the bits of synth leads scattered throughout the album really add to the spacey feel and give the album even more of an original sound. Drummer Henrik Ohlsson also adds a tremendous amount to Scar Symmtery’s music. He’s a fantastic drummer that can pound out the extremely heavy sections just as well as he can really drive the band on the slow more melodic sections. The only complaint I have is with the bassist, Kenneth Seil. The biggest issue with Seil is that he remains pretty inaudible throughout the whole album, which is something that is pretty common in melodic death metal, sadly. Other than that, everyone in this band plays their instruments fantastically!

Simply put, this album is by far Scar Symmetry’s finest release to date. It contains everything that made Scar Symmetry a great band before and just adds to it. No song on this album lacks at all. As a matter of fact, each song is memorable in it’s own way and I can guarantee most listeners will find something to absolutely love with this album. So if you are a melodic death metal fan or a metal fan in general, you have no reason to not have already listened to this fantastic album. However, if you indeed have not, I must press you to go give this a listen right away. Believe me, you won’t be sorry. There is something here for everyone and that is what makes Scar Symmetry such a fine band.



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Shredzilla
June 1st 2010



501 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is the longest review I've written in a while and one I felt pretty passionately about. I've been listening to the band non-stop for the past month, so I felt inspired to type up a review. Critical observation is much appreciated!

bloozclooz
June 1st 2010



1770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is good, yes. But a 5 may be a bit too lofty

Shredzilla
June 1st 2010



501 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Eh, to me it is musical porn at its finest, haha!

bloozclooz
June 1st 2010



1770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The vocalist gets a 5. Guy's ridiculous in his low growls, and his cleans are homoerotic

pizzamachine
June 2nd 2010



12568 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"his amazing singing voice, which can actually be compared to an angel."

Since you said homoerotic this sentence doesn't seem so insane

bloozclooz
June 2nd 2010



1770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Go on, say it

Shredzilla
June 2nd 2010



501 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yes, that sentence says it all my friend. He's so damn dreamy!

Hawks
June 2nd 2010



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review dude. Far from a 5 for me, but still a great album.

EBTCardMania
June 2nd 2010



512 Comments


about a 3

songs get repetitive quickly

Dryden
June 2nd 2010



12813 Comments


cant stand this band. nice review though

ShadowRemains
June 2nd 2010



19430 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

it ain't a 5 to me, but very good review though

Check out some Miseration and Unmoored

both bands feature Alvestam on vocals

MeatSalad
June 2nd 2010



13382 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Prism and Gate is amazing.

Shredzilla
June 2nd 2010



501 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Tanks, fellers. Oh, and I have checked out Miseration, but I wasn't too impressed. Honestly, Christian is not the same to me unless he is singing. I still need to get Solution .45's album!

EBTCardMania
June 2nd 2010



512 Comments


Prism and Gate is amazing.


Correct. It's the standout here.

bloozclooz
June 2nd 2010



1770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The song seven are the sins by miseration is too good to miss. Check it out

Thor
June 2nd 2010



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Album is too much fun

one of the best albums to drive to ever

Digging: Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here

Shredzilla
June 2nd 2010



501 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Finally! Someone said it! How true! This is the perfect mixture of road rage and sing a long driving music ever!

Mordecai.
June 2nd 2010



8255 Comments


classic

Dryden
June 2nd 2010



12813 Comments


not a classic omg

Mordecai.
June 2nd 2010



8255 Comments


did u even read the review dryden u can be so ignorant sometimes



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