Scar Symmetry Dark Matter Dimensions
2.7 Release Date: 10/2009
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0.0 Adam Thomas STAFF | September 26th 09

I can't put my finger on it but I swear I've heard this before...

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3.0 goodExplosiveOranges | May 23rd 14

Incredibly boring for Swedish melodeath. The harsh vocalist is alright, but the clean vocalist sucks.

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2.5 averagewagimus | August 27th 10

Scar Symmetry is still a good BAND, but if they are going to use a pair of vocalists to "replicate" Alvestam's vocals, they should probably quit now. The clean vocals lost a lot of punch, and the melody just isn't there for me. These two new guys need to quit concerning themselves with recreating the old Scar Symmetry, and just do what they can do well. This CD just blends in.

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3.0 goodAdam Gola | April 21st 10

Damn, looks like I got too excited when I wrote this review. The album essentialy has all that made the previous ones good, but unlike those, it feels hollow and unessential.

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2.5 averagebloc | February 27th 10

When your band is pure melodic death metal, it is extremely hard to get out of that niche and attempt to make a stand out record, so why bother? Scar Symmetry do exactly that and stick with making their music which is literally the definition of today's melodic death. Vocals are capable, yet average, while the guitars also deliver nothing but average. The only standout on this album are the guitar solos; extremely sweet sounding yet also shreddy. Definitely worthy of being acknowledged.

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2.5 averageKenneth E. Rathburn | January 8th 10

More than just Alvestam's superior vocals have been lost in the all too brief transition between this and Holographic Universe. While a few songs do kick things up, Dark Matter Dimensions is an almost completely negligible rut that feels like a dull experimentation.

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0.0 Imperial | November 11th 09

Nothing new or impressive, metal by numbers heavy verse clean chorus. Soilwork already beat
this to death. It's sad when a talented group of guys can't come up with anything new or
unique.

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3.5 greatFeralMemories | October 27th 09

It's still scar symmetry, despite the new vocalists. While there aren't as many stand out songs as on other albums, this gets a 3.5 because of The Consciousness Eaters, which is in my top 3 favorite scar symmetry songs.

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4.0 excellentCerberusLives | October 27th 09

Album's a bit of a grower. Repeated listens are revealing hidden awesomeness.

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1.5 very poorKyle Ward STAFF | October 8th 09

With "Dark Matter Dimensions", Scar Symmetry have released the album which has made me lose faith in the band. With the departure of their former singer/growler Christian Alvestam, the band has resorted to hiring two separate singers to replace him. However, with a new vocal department and fresh new songs, Scar Symmetry have showed the world all that is wrong with today's melodic death metal scene. Poor, repetitive song structures yield way to desperately unoriginal, power-chord laden riffs. Couple that with the painfully overused clean vocal chorus/harsh vocal verse pattern and what you have is an embarrassing album. The only real redeeming quality of the album are the guitar solos, and even those are bland, using sweeps and tapping way, way too much. Do us a favor, Scar Symmetry, either clean your act up and quit putting your genre to shame or get out of the way.

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2.5 averagehotshotvegetarian | October 8th 09

upon listening again I feel like its a cut above other melodic death metal albums that are released these days

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3.0 goodPuckingham | September 26th 09

Scar symmetry have returned, and in all honesty Christians absence is only a minor inconvenience. Some songs are more filler than were used to with Scar Symmetry, but the standouts are truly fantastic. Overall the album has a much more aggressive feel than Holographic Universe which is either a good or bad thing depending on who you ask.
In regard to the vocals, they seem much more realistic in terms of their reproduction in the live setting. Christian was great in the studio, but couldn't even come close to reproducing the act live. With that said, there are still some great vocal theatrics at play here, but theyre a little more restrained and I never thought to myself "Oh come on, theres no way that would happen at a concert." In the end, i think it was a necessary change for the band as it was starting to sound a little unreasonable at times with christians over the top approach. EDIT: Props to the guitarist, the fretwork is incredible as always

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2.5 averageScott Krasman | September 26th 09

While not amazing by any stretch of the imagination, Scar Symmetry still manages to deliver a fairly solid album. DMD reminds me more of Pitch Black Progress than Holographic Universe, which isn't exactly a good thing. However, the heaviness is still there and the solos are still awesome. Perhaps they should have taken some more time to develop these songs instead of releasing them a mere year after Holographic Universe. The new vocalists aren't bad, but the cleans could use some work. rIn conclusion, Alvestam's departure, while not crippling this band, definitely left a mark that wasn't covered up completely. Still, an enjoyable listen.

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3.0 goodMotiv3 | September 24th 09

The departure of Christian Alvestam brought about questions about Scar Symmetry's future. 2009 sees that they do have the potential to be better without Christian, however a year after Holographic Universe, Dark Matter Dimensions feels like a rushed affair. Some songwriting elements especially with the clean verses are in need of serious repair and ruins some aspects of most of the songs. However some solid growls, clean choruses and solos in the most part save this album from being a complete disaster. 'The Iconcolast' particular shows that Scar Symmetry have the potential to take their sound to the next level. One must feel if they took more time working on their songwriting, focused the solos more on the emotions of the song like their past albums instead of the technical wankfest in this album and worked on the clean singing verses that this could have been a serious success, there are some truly outstanding and memorable moments in this album if one has the patience to listen in full . However what we are left with is a band looking to fufil the potential they have created themselves after the departure of their original vocalist. Maybe the next album is where they pull everything together.

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