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Scar Symmetry


Pitch Black Progress

Year: 2006
Format: CD
Label: Nuclear Blast
Genre: [Melodic Death Metal]
Overall Rating: 8.5
Music: 8.5
Production: 8.5

The latest trend in metal has been blending melodic vocals with monster grunts. Many groups have already done this for quite some time and new ones emerge each year. One of the most devastating groups on the scene is of course Scar Symmetry. When I heard their debut album "Symmetric in Design" last year, I assumed the band would have a bright future ahead of them. In case you aren't familiar with SS, the group was formed in 2004 and consists of Jonas Kjellgren (Carnal Forge, etc.), Henrik Ohlsson (Theory In Practice, Altered Aeon, etc.), Per Nilsson (Altered Aeon, etc.), Christian Älvestam (Incapacity, etc.) and Kenneth Seil.

The music on Pitch Black Progress is innovative, slightly experimental at times and heavy as hell. The death grunts are quite good, and the melodic vocal lines really stand out. Actually Christian (the vocalist) is one of the most distinguishing factors of the group. The band is technically talented as well, but perhaps there's still some room for improvement regarding some compositions... nonetheless, there are a lot of catchy sections here and there. As a whole the album is really good, and duly belongs to every metalhead's record collection.

Kjellgren himself handled the production of this record, and much to my surprise the sounds are actually really good. He has definitely improved as a producer during the last few years. Overall, Scar Symmetry's second album is what one can expect from this group - a hard-hitting headbangfest. Be sure to give this one a listen, if you're into melodic death metal.

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- MAGE (April 23rd, 2006)

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Älvestam, Christian: Vocals
Kjellgren, Jonas: Guitars
Nilsson, Per: Guitars
Seil, Kenneth: Bass
Ohlsson, Henrik: Drums
Producer: Kjellgren, Jonas
Mixing by: Kjellgren, Jonas
Mastering by: Kjellgren, Jonas
Scar Symmetry - Pitch Black Progress  CD  Cover Image
01. The Illusionist
02. Slaves to the Subliminal
03. Mind Machine
04. Pitch Black Progress
05. Calculate the Apocalypse
06. Dreaming 24/7
07. Abstracted
08. The Kaleidoscopic God
09. Retaliator
10. Oscillation Point
11. The Path of Least Resistance

Length: 48:26
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