Scar Symmetry – The Singularity (Phase I – Neohumanity) – Nuclear Blast Records– Release 03 – 10 – 2014

Scar Symmetry – The Singularity (Phase I – Neohumanity) – Nuclear Blast Records– Release 03 – 10 – 2014

Melodic death metal and progressive metal do not often share the same fans. Throw in a pinch of power metal and you should have a recipe for disaster. However, contrary to what you might expect Scar Symmetry has been happily doing just that since their 2005 debut album “Symmetric in Design”. Nine years later the band is about to release their sixth studio album, which is part of an expansive trilogy; “The Singularity (Phase I – Neohumanity)”.

Scar Symmetry is:

Per Nilsson – Guitar, Keyboard
Robert Karlsson – Harsh Vocals
Lars Palmqvist – Clean Vocals
Kenneth Seil – Bass
Henrik Ohlsson – Drums

The Singularity (Phase I – Neohumanity) 
scar symmetry-600x600Boiled down to a very simple core the Singularity trilogy revolves around the human-technology hybrid of transhumanism with the first part focussing on the rise of artificial intellects and the problems ensuing between those who take part in it and those who reject it. The music really reflects this perfectly with the futuristic mood set by the excellent keyboards and superbly spacy guitar solos as well as Palmqvist’s perfect soft prog rock voice with a slight filter over it. Add the aggressive growls of Karlsson and the strong rhythm section in the mix and you have a nice mix between melodic death and prog metal, with the songs almost seamlessly meandering between the two styles.

It never feels like there is an audible clunk between shifts, although the prog metal side is the more prevalent of the two. And with two songs with a playtime of over eight minutes it’s safe to say that these folks take their time to create their story.

With the intro and the intermezzo of “Children of the Integrated Circuit” taken off you’re left with six full songs, which might seem on the meagre side, but I can promise you that they are fully packed with musical action. The whole cd really plays as one massive prog metal song with the songs easily shifting into the next with the crowning peak being the ten minute long epic “Technocalyptic Cybergeddon”. Mix some modern melodic death metal with some late eighties/early nineties prog metal and have Devin Townsend orchestrate the whole thing and you might have an idea of what this song is like. My goodness.

This is actually my first encounter with the band and what a gem it is. A mix of melodic death metal and progressive metal with some power metal added in isn’t an easy sell, but these guys really nail it. If you do not object to your melodic death metal being more melodic instead of death, or if you can tolerate (or even enjoy) growls in your prog metal you owe it to yourself to check out this album!

Track list:

  1. The Shape of Things to Come
  2. Neohuman
  3. Limits to Infinity
  4. Cryonic Harvest
  5. The Spiral Timeshift
  6. Children of the Integrated Circuit
  7. Neuromancers
  8. Technocalyptic Cybergeddon

Score: 4.7 out of 5

Text by: Robert Popovic

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