Scar Symmetry
The Unseen Empire


4.0
excellent

Review

by CJISASKANK USER (2 Reviews)
September 16th, 2011 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Scar Symmetry redeem themselves

If you are reading this expecting another review claiming that Scar Symmetry's latest album 'The Unseen Empire' is just a compilation album of songs you have probably heard on other Scar Symmetry album then click off this page. For a band that is very pigeon holed when it comes their sound and style, it leaves them very open to be criticised for 'recycling' their music.

After a very disappointing previous album in 'Dark Matter Dimensions', I totally agree that Scar Symmetry had it all to do in terms of redeeming themselves with this album, and they have done that in abundance with 'The Unseen Empire'. It contains everything that an awesome Melodic Death Metal album should have; heavy crushing riffs, harmony guitar leads and melodies, mixed with the little touches that Scar Symmetry bring into the mix e.g. the contrast of guttural vocals and clean, ridiculously good production and insane guitar solos.

I agree with other reviews that the Melodic Death Metal scene has become very stagnant in terms of good bands and music coming out, but with this album Scar Symmetry prove with songs such as 'The Anomaly', 'Illuminoid Dream Sequence' and 'The Draconian', that they have the ability to improve and push boundaries of technical and melodic musicianship with every album, something which the scenes supposed forerunners In Flames and Children Of Bodom have struggled to do in recent times.

In essence, you know what you are going to get with a Scar Symmetry album, and perhaps this is what is undermining a band that really should be miles ahead of everyone else.


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    Josh Fountain (2)
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    eyesofapocalypse (5)
    They proved they could go on without Christian after all....

    simonpettersen (4)
    It’s not their best album, and not their weakest and if you’re a Scar Symmetry fan you...

  • NoFalseHope (3.5)
    The Unseen Empire won't make album of the year, but if you were disappointed about Dark Ma...


Comments:Add a Comment 
CJISASKANK
September 16th 2011


3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Apologies for the spelling mistake.

pizzamachine
September 16th 2011


12633 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album gets too much hate here, props for a gutsy review.

bodiesinflight57
September 16th 2011


870 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this album is terrible



really terrible



really, really, really terrible



really, really, really, really terrible



enough hate?

pizzamachine
September 16th 2011


12633 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That will have to suffice for now.

Ctippell
September 16th 2011


112 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I though this album was pretty good, one of my favs of theirs. The new singers came together superbly on this album and the results were awesome!

Wizard
September 16th 2011


19897 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The watered down of everything on this album makes me errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr..........

Darkwatch025
September 17th 2011


222 Comments


How can anybody say this album sucks? I can see not liking it, but it sux? Cmon. People on here just hate bands to hate them and for no reason at all. This band is so much better than the majority of other metal bands out there. The Draconian Arrival is one of my favorite songs that has come out this year.

Ronin72
September 18th 2011


8 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm relatively new to this band. About 2 weeks before this album came out Holographic Universe was recomended to me. I bought it and think that album is great. The new cd came out so I decided to pick it up. Nothing really excited me or stood out for me on this album. I'll probably pick up their first 2 cds but not gonna bother with dark matter.

CJISASKANK
September 20th 2011


3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool, well instead of making a mock of something that did happen, go and write a review?

XfingTheSullen
December 28th 2011


3077 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Fuck Holographic Universe. Symmetric in Design and Pitch Black Progress are the shit. Oh, and this album is good.

Digging: Assemble The Chariots - World Architects

FrozenVain
February 13th 2012


2602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Holographic is their best though

buddhaabdi
April 11th 2012


104 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fucking amazing album, this and Dark Matter Dimensions are as good as modern MDM gets. Songs like Astronomicon is fucking ACE!

MeatSalad
July 1st 2012


16027 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Illuminoid Dream Sequence is ace as fuck

Digging: Tame Impala - Currents

XfingTheSullen
August 15th 2012


3077 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I don't enjoy only Extinction Mantra (which has terrible vocal melodies in the chorus) and RotRR (this one has terrible vocal melodies in the verses). The rest is pretty fun. This album is decent.

Vakarian12
March 10th 2013


4025 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

love the chorus for The Anomaly

Digging: Cradle of Filth - Hammer of the Witches

XfingTheSullen
January 26th 2014


3077 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

but the best part of this album has to be the solo section of "seers of the eschaton"



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