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Scar Symmetry’s Trilogy Is Off To A Promising Start

Scar-Symmetry-The-Singularity-Phase-I-NeohumanityAlbum: The Singularity (Phase I – Neohumanity)
Artist: Scar Symmetry
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Release Date: 14 October 2014
Official Website: Their website appears to be down, so here’s their Facebook.

Diagnosis: Neohumanity is very reminiscent Holographic Universe with its impressive guitar and key work. In fact, for the first time since Holographic Universe, I have not missed Christian Älvestam’s departure. Robert Karlsson and Lars Palmqvist compliment each other extremely well with their contrasting vocal roles. Although the album still lags a bit behind their third album, it’s definitely their best since, getting their trilogy off to a good start. Most of the songs carry a lot of energy and the guitar solos are some of the best they’ve ever written. With the first song serving as an intro, there are only actually 7 songs on the album, with one of them, “Technocalyptic Cybergeddon,” being a little over 10 minutes. There’s a lot of pressure on it to deliver and in my opinion it didn’t meet the standard the rest of the album set itself to, and you can’t ignore 10 minutes on a 40 minute album.

The Highlights: The album takes off with “Neohuman,” demonstrating the key work that will set the tone for the rest of the album. The 8 minute song quickly unleashes fast paced riffs and a memorable, cleanly sung chorus, with Karlsson backing Palmqvist, and 2 amazing guitar solos. Not one second of it gets boring, even when it slows down. Death metal isn’t a genre particularly known for especially catchy songs, but Scar Symmetry is one of those bands that finds a way to make it work. “Limits To Infinity” is probably the catchiest song they’ve ever written, which may actually make you hate it at first because of how poppy it is (at least I did), but I don’t see anybody hating it for too long. It’s really heavy in-between the choruses and just before the impressive guitar solo. Who cares if the chorus sounds vaguely like something out of a The Magic School Bus episode? “The Spiral Timeshift” is another fast paced song with the vocalists singing and screaming simultaneously at certain points, which really brings out the best out of them. “Children Of The Integrated Circuit” is an incredible instrumental that showcases the great guitar work they’ve done throughout the album.

Final Thoughts: It’s a shame that the album loses steam on “Neuromancers” and “Technocalyptic Cybergeddon,” but considering what they’ve put out since Holographic Universe, I wasn’t expecting much at all. This may have been a much better album if there was more to work with, but a lot of weight is put on the 10 minute song due to its length, and that weight brought it down a bit. Still, there’s tremendous skill here and I’m excited for the rest of the trilogy.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

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