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Scar Symmetry
Band Info
OriginAvesta, Sweden
Years-Active2004-present
Genre(s)Melodic death metal
Progressive metal
Power metal
Label(s)Nuclear Blast, Metal Blade
Associated ActsAltered Aeon, Solution .45, Raubtier, The Absence Miseration
Homepagewww.myspace.com/scarsymmetry
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Scar Symmetry is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Avesta in Dalarna County, formed in 2004. The band has released five albums, with six released singles. They are currently signed to Nuclear Blast records.

HistoryEdit

Formation and Symmetric in Design (2004-2005)Edit

Formed in April 2004, Scar Symmetry came together during the band Altered Aeon's recording session at Jonas Kjellgren's Black Lounge Studios by guitarists Jonas Kjellgren, Per Nilsson and drummer Henrik Ohlsson.[1] That same month, vocalist Christian Älvestam and bassist Kenneth Seil joined the band, which then recorded a demo for the song "Seeds of Rebellion" which helped the band get a recording contract with Cold Records (a subsidiary of Metal Blade Records).[2][3]

In July 2005, the band entered Black Lounge Studios to begin recording its debut album, Symmetric in Design. It followed it up by playing festivals in Europe,[4] as well as touring with Soilwork, Hypocrisy, and One Man Army.[5]

Pitch Black Progress (2006-2007)Edit

In June 2006, the band signed a new record deal with Nuclear Blast records.[6] Eight months after the release of Symmetric In Design the band started recording its follow-up, Pitch Black Progress.[7] The band again followed up its recording by touring, this time with Communic for the Waves of Pitch Black Decay Tour 2006 throughout Europe, and they toured North America with melodic death metal pioneers Dark Tranquillity and The Haunted.[8][9] The song "The Illusionist" began receiving air-play on MTV2's Headbangers Ball.[10] In September 2007, the band embarked on another North American tour with headliners Katatonia, Insomnium, and Swallow the Sun, the "Live Consternation Tour."[11]

Holographic Universe and New Vocalists (2008-2009)Edit

The band's third album, Holographic Universe, was released on June 20, 2008.[12] Following the release, despite an outpouring of good reviews and press for the album as well as the success of the single for "Morphogenesis", Scar Symmetry did not embark on tours. The band released a statement on September 11, 2008 announcing that they had parted ways with vocalist Christian Älvestam, due to touring conflicts and creative differences.[13] On 6 October, they announced the replacements for Christian Älvestam: they will continue with two singers, Roberth Karlsson (growls and backing clean vocals) and Lars Palmqvist (clean vocals and backing growls) [14] and the band finally began touring in support of the new album in December after six months.

Dark Matter Dimensions (2009-2010)Edit

The band's fourth album, Dark Matter Dimensions, was released on 2 October 2009 in Europe, and on 20 October 2009 in the US. It is the bands first album to feature new vocalists Karlsson and Palmqvist.[15] Despite the replacement of previous singer, the album received generally positive reviews upon its release. A music video was filmed for the songs "Noumenon & Phenomenon",[16] "Ascension Chamber" and "The Iconoclast".[17]

From late October 2009, Scar Symmetry took part in the Neckbreakers Ball Tour alongside Behemoth, DevilDriver and Arsis.[18] In February 2010, Scar Symmetry announced that they were to support head-liners Hypocrisy at the "A Taste of Extreme Divinity" tour.[19] Towards the end of 2010, they toured with Epica in the United States and Canada - starting in West Springfield, Virginia on 16 November, and finishing in Raleigh, North Carolina on 18 December.[20][21]

The Unseen Empire (2011-2013)Edit

Scar Symmetry's fifth album, titled The Unseen Empire, was released in Europe on April 18, 2011. Drummer Henrik Ohlsson states that the title of the album "seeks to expose the hidden hand of the elite that pull the strings of mankind in order to fulfill their agenda of global domination".[22] The album is the band's best-selling yet in America in terms of first-week sales. It sold 1,500 copies, landing it at number 11 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.[23] The band unofficially started to write their next record. In August 2013 the band announced that guitarist Jonas Kjellgren had left the band due to scheduling conflicts with his studio work and his other bands Raubtier and Bourbon Boys.[24] Kjellgren will not be replaced officially, but his place will be taken by session guitarists for live shows.

The Singularity trilogy (2014-present)Edit

On 20 January 2014, the band announced that they were working on a trilogy of albums, all revolving around the theme of transhumanism. The artwork for the first in the series of albums, The Singularity (Phase I - Neohumanity) was revealed on the same day, along with a short clip of a pre-production demo for the new album.[25] This album marks the first Scar Symmetry album to be produced, mixed and mastered entirely by Per Nilsson.

Phase I: NeohumanityEdit

The band explained that the first phase of the trilogy would be centred on the rise of "artilects (artificial intellects) with mental capacities far above the human level of thought" and that "by the year 2030, one of the world's biggest industries will be 'artificial brains,' used to control artilects that will be genuinely intelligent and useful." As well as this, the lyrical content will focus on the divide between "those who embrace the new technology and those who oppose it" due to the social issues caused by the rise of artificial intelligence and the emergence of transhumanists adding artilect technology to their own bodies.[25]

Band membersEdit

Current membersEdit

  • Roberth Karlsson – vocals (lead growls) (2008–present)
  • Lars Palmqvist – vocals (lead clean) (2008–present)
  • Per Nilsson− lead and rhythm guitars, keyboards (2004–present)
  • Jonas Kjellgren − rhythm and lead guitar, keyboards (2004–present)
  • Kenneth Seil − bass guitar (2004–present)
  • Henrik Ohlsson − drums, lyrics (2004–present)

Former membersEdit

Session membersEdit

  • Richard Bendler - live harsh vocals (2011)
  • Fredrik Andersson - live guitar (2011)

DiscographyEdit

DemosEdit

  • Seeds of Rebellion (2004)

Studio albumsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Patrick Rennick. Jonas Kjellgren of Scar Symmetry Interview. Metal Review. Archived from the original on 2007-11-02. Retrieved on 2007-07-29.
  2. Scar Symmetry Bio. The Gauntlet. Retrieved on 2007-07-29.
  3. Scar Symmetry Complete Work on Debut Album. Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved on 2007-07-29.
  4. Scar Symmetry Confirmed for Progpower UK Festival. Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved on 2007-07-29.
  5. Soilwork Frontman Says New Guitarist Hasn't Yet Been Confirmed. Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved on 2007-07-29.
  6. Scar Symmetry Sign with Nuclear Blast Records. Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved on 2007-07-29.
  7. Scar Symmetry Bio on Nuclear Blast. Nuclear Blast. Archived from the original on 2007-06-07. Retrieved on 2007-07-29.
  8. Scar Symmetry to Team Up with Communic for 'Waves Of Pitch Black Decay' European Tour. Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved on 2007-07-29.
  9. Scar Symmetry Guitarist Comments on Maiden Tour of North America. Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved on 2007-07-29.
  10. Scar Symmetry: "The Illusionist" Video to Receive 'Headbanger's Ball' Premiere. Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved on 2007-07-29.
  11. Katatonia, Scar Symmetry, Insomnium, Swallow the Sun: North American Dates Announced. Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved on 2007-07-29.
  12. Scar Symmetry: New Album Preview. Nuclear Blast Records. Retrieved on 2008-06-21.
  13. SCAR SYMMETRY Parts Ways With Singer. Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved on 2011-11-06.
  14. Scar Symmetry - New Vocalists Announced. www.metalstorm.ee. Retrieved on 2008-11-06.
  15. Scar Symmetry: Dark Matter Dimensions. www.nuclearblast.de (July 14, 2009). Retrieved on 2009-07-14.
  16. SCAR SYMMETRY Films 'Noumenon & Phenomenon' Video. Blabbermouth.net (Sep. 29, 2009). Retrieved on 5 October 2009.
  17. SCAR SYMMETRY: 'Ascension Chamber' Video Released (Dec. 1, 2009). Retrieved on 2 December 2009.
  18. BEHEMOTH, DEVILDRIVER, SCAR SYMMETRY, ARSIS To Team Up For 'Neckbreakers Ball Tour'. Blabbermouth.com (13 May 2009). Retrieved on 22 January 2011.
  19. SCAR SYMMETRY Added To HYPOCRISY Tour (11 February 2010). Retrieved on 22 January 2011.
  20. EPICA: Worcester Footage Available. Blabbermouth (22 November 2010). Retrieved on 22 January 2011.
  21. EPICA: 'This Is The Time' Video Available. Blabbermouth (25 June 2010). Retrieved on 22 January 2010.
  22. SCAR SYMMETRY: New Song Available For Streaming. Blabbermouth (March 9, 2011). Retrieved on March 10, 2011.
  23. SCAR SYMMETRY: 'The Unseen Empire' First-Week Sales Revealed. Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved on November 6, 2011.
  24. SCAR SYMMETRY Parts Ways With Guitarist Jonas Kjellgren. Retrieved on 21 February 2014.
  25. 25.0 25.1 SCAR SYMMETRY Announces Concept Album Trilogy The Singularity. Retrieved on 21 February 2014.

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