Holographic Universe is one of the best metal albums I’ve heard in a long, long time. I’m a pretty dedicated metalhead, and one of the main pitfalls that bands fall into is the tendency to make all their music sound too much the same. Often, I listen to an album, and find myself forgetting which track is playing. Not so with this one. Every song is unique and different, while still maintaining a very high standard of quality. The shredding solos, the combo of growling and clean singing… Not that this hasn’t been done before, but I can’t recall a time when it was done this well. (Not recently, at least.) This album will stay at the top of my playlist for quite a while. I wish I could give it 6 stars… 18 five-star reviews can’t be wrong, download this album immediately!! This is melodic death metal at its best.
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Scar Symmetry is a Swedish melodic Death Metal band from Avesta. Holographic Universe is their third full-length studio album released in 2008. The band released the first song ”Morphogenesis” for streaming on their MySpace page. Formed in April 2004, Scar Symmetry came together during the band Altered Aeon’s recording session at Jonas Kjellgren’s Black Lounge Studios.
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The new Scar Symmetry album is finally here…
This album is great from start to finish. It is everything you would want in a melodic death metal album. Catchy hooks and vocals. you’ll have these chorus’s stuck in your head for days. Brutal riffs over pounding tricky time signiture double bass drum playing. Great melodic Guitar melodies and leads with some of the best guitar solo’s to come arround so far this year. Per Nilsson is simply a jaw dropping guitarist.
The song writing is stronger than ever, and scar symmetry have really crafted their own sound on this album. They pushed their Progressive side a bit further on this album. which i think was a good move. The vocals are amazing. Christian is one of my favorite vocalists. He does everything from deep growling, to screeching, to clean melodic vocals to almost power metal sounding vocals. A extremely talented singer.
All in All you got one of the finest metal albums to come out in a long time. i recommend to all metal fans out there!
for fans of Edge of Sanity, Dan Swano, Soilwork, symphony x, and opeth. if you like those bands you will most likely like scar symmetry.
Scar Symmetry is my second all time favorite band and “Holographic Universe” is defintely my second favorite album i own. I’d say my two favorite songs on it are “Fear Catalyst” and “Morphogenesis.” EVERY song on this album is freakin’ awesome and Christian has the most amazing vocals on here. He is defintely one of my vocal idols, and if i were to ever get a band together i would want my vocals similar without copying. That, and i’d also want to sound as close as possible, again, without copying. But, this just the most album to come this year by far!!!!
Holographic Universe is absolutely incredible. The longer of the spotlight reviews really hit it on the head. Good lord the title track is amazing.
Everything you’ve heard is absolutely true. There is clean singing, but there is still plenty of roaring, and for the life of me I don’t think there are really any singers in This genre (gothenburg melodic death) that can presently touch him. Christian is totally on top of this. The guitars, drums, overall production is just so well done that, even though if it may take a second to really grasp everything that is going on, you HAVE to listen.
I can see where some of the people get bent out of shape over the lighter side of the singing, but quite honestly, it just fits.
This album is a natural progession over Pitch Black Progress. HUGE in scope, and incredibly complex. Some of the songs are a bit long, but yeah, I’ve been listenning to the title track on repeat on the way to work (it clocks at over 9 minutes) and I really just don’t care, it’s that good.
Opeth, another exceptional group, is one of the few other bands that can hold my attention sustained for that long (don’t compare the two bands though, they are different in too many ways) despite some longer tracks.
One of the reasons this album works so well it is one of the first I have heard that I thought right off the bat, just about anyone can get into this. This band is on the verge of making the heavy and generally acceptable to the heavy fearing one and the same.
Holographic Universe KILLS.
Ghost Prototype 1 (think modern power metal and you’ll be fine)
Prism and Gate
Well, Scar Symmetry has done it again. After being hooked on their two previous albums “Symmetric in Design” and “Pitch Black Progress” for the past few years, I didn’t think Scar Symmetry would be able to create a third straight 5 star effort – but I was wrong. In all honesty, this was an album that took me a few listens to really get into, but once I did, there was no shaking the songs from my mind.
Any current Scar Symmetry fan already knows what to expect. Jonas Kjellgren and Per Nilsson return with their twin attack of heavy, catchy riffs as well as the technicality of their searing solos. Oh yes, that’s right. It wouldn’t be a traditional SS album if the songs weren’t littered with solos…and I mean that in the best way possible! Also back are Henrik Ohlsson – brilliant lyricist and phenomenal drummer, Kenneth Seil – bassist, and of course, Christian Alvestam – the inhuman vocalist. While I don’t believe Jonas and Per bring a whole lot new to the table (as they’re doing as great as always!), the other three are certainly pushing themselves to new levels with “Holographic Universe.” Lyrics-wise, Henrik revolves all the songs around a combination of astrological/quantum physics and middle eastern philosophy. It sounds weird in theory, but it makes for some great lyrics. It’s certainly an interesting topic, and for anyone who wishes to learn more, I highly recommend watching the “Holographic Universe trailer part II” on youtube or myspace for further explanation. Anywho, previous fans will also notice that the bass has more prominent parts in quite a few songs, which is always a plus for me.
But the true difference between “Symmetric in Design”, “Pitch Black Progress” and “Holographic Universe” is the vocal styling of Christian. “SiD” had more growling vocals as opposed to clean singing, whereas “PBP” was a relatively even blend. With “Holographic Universe”, however, the vocals have shifted to be mostly clean and almost operatic at times. I find that a little disappointing, but Christian has a hell of a voice and in the end, it’s still fantastic.
As far as the songs themselves go, it’s hard to pick a clear cut favorite or a single weak track. All have their strong points for sure. Specifically, I find that “Morphogenesis”, “Prism and Gate”, and “The Three-Dimensional Shadow” are the best, simply because I favor heavy, growling verses and catchy, clean choruses. There’s nothing new about that, but listen to the song samples above and tell me that I’m wrong. Then there’s the album epic, the title track “Holographic Universe” which is not only 9 minutes long, but also features some awesome finger-tap solos. Finally, the last track that really stands out is the closer, “Ghost Prototype II (Deus Ex Machina)”. The beginning and ending of the song features the lightest singing Christian has done to date. It’s the one track that took me the longest to get used to, but it’s worth the time to let it grow on you. Of course, I love all the songs, but I’ve highlighted the ones that I feel are the freshest or coolest.
So in the end, what’s left to say about “Holographic Universe”? Will it be the top metal album of 2008? To me, quite possibly, but there’s still plenty of time left to make that call. In relation to the first two albums, where does it fall? Personally, I favor “SiD” and “PBP” over “Holographic Universe”, but that shouldn’t deter anyone from buying this album. It’s new enough for old fans to not feel like they’re getting repeats, yet it doesn’t stray too far from what makes Scar Symmetry, well…Scar Symmetry. And for the newbies out there: if you enjoy this album, buy the first two without hesitation. They’re just as phenomenal.
Here’s to Scar Symmetry…rock on! m/ ^_^ m/
It was announced today that vocalist Christian has parted ways with Scar Symmetry. I am personally very disappointed, but in todays day and age, things like this are common occurrence. He will continue other musical endeavors, though.
Scar Symmetry is NOT broken up, however, and a replacement will be announced soon. Whoever steps in will have some mighty big shoes to fill. I once again heavily urge all newcomers to buy “Holographic Universe” as well as “Pitch Black Progress” and “Symmetric in Design” not only because they are phenomenal records, but also simply because you will own a piece of metal history. There are very few vocalists like Christian, and these will probably be the only records you can hear his magnificence on for some time.
Today Scar Symmetry announced the new vocalist for the band, and surprise…they got two vocalists! Roberth Karlsson (main growls, back up clean) and Lars Palmqvist (main clean, back up growls) will be taking up the place where Christian once was. There’s an audition video on youtube I recommend fans watch with both newbies singing that is very encouraging! I first thought that no one could replace Christian, and any attempt at it would be worthless, but this is not the case! While I’ve already begun reading people say that having two people to fill in for Christian is pathetic it does have a benefit. A lot of the songs from “Holographic Universe” have vocal work that can’t be done live, but now they can! Naysayers, please check out the video before passing judgment. I’m now eagerly awaiting both a world tour and a new album from these guys!