Power of Metal.dk Review

Scar Symmetry
The Singularity (Phase I - Neohumanity)
Style: Progressive melodic death
Release date: 3 October, 2014
Playing time: 43:22

If I look at the ratings given to new albums on our site in September, it is the month with the best albums released in the history of powerofmetal.dk. Over 14 albums with ratings of 90 points and higher....  This month there are albums by amongst others Sanctuary, Scar Symmetry and Exodus on the display and all three are at least equil and some even better in my opinion to the albums given over 90 points. What rating should I give them to attract your attention?

This is the sixth album by this band and the third with both singing members Lars Palmqvist and Roberth Karlsson. The band expanded the progressive influences in their music more and the refrains sound more melodic and catchy than ever before. The contrast between the low grunts and the clean singing is bigger than ever and that can be said about the heavy and melodic parts also. A good example of that is the track "Limits fo Infinity" where clean almost poppy refrains are varied with aggressive heavy parts. You could probably say that the music sounds a little less death and a bit more metal. But before that a short intro with the name "The Shape of Things to Come" opens the album with a very melodic singing piece reminding me of the band Shadow Gallery. A song like "Limits to Infinity" is very catchy and perhaps a little too happy sounding for the death metal fanatics. Luckily the very low grunts of Roberth Karlsson see to it that is still sounds very heavy.

Per Nilsson succeeded once again in writing some very good songs, which makes the longer tracks very attractive. The new album is a rather logical follow up to their 2011 album "The Unseen Empire", but sounds even more progressive. The clean singing never sounded better and the balance between melody and heavy parts is almost executed to perfection. This album is the first of a trilogy with a concept story about planting technology in the human body. If I need to make a remark about the album, it is that there are only 6 real songs. The instrumental "Children of the Integrated Circuit" might add something to the concept story, but I would rather have heard one or two songs more. Fortunately the band ends the album with the over 10 minutes song "Technocalypitic Cybergeddon" which compensates a lot.

If the next two albums are at least the same quality I will be looking out for them with anticipation.

01. The Shape of Things to Come
Limits to Infinity
Cryonic Harvest
The Spiral Timeshift
Children of the Integrated Circuit
Technocalyptic Cybergeddon
Label: Nuclear Blast  Records
Distribution: Sony Music (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 2 Ocotber, 2014
Website: www.facebook.com/scarsymmetry