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Sweden's Scar Symmetry was founded in 2004 by vocalist Christian Älvestam, guitarists Jonas Kjellgren and Per Nilsson, bassist Kenneth Seil, and drummer Henrik Ohlsson -- all of them veterans of numerous prior heavy metal bands (Carnal Forge, Centinex, Altered Aeon, Incapacity, etc.) -- whose diverse gamut of styles ultimately influenced the new project's own eclectic sound. Presented to the masses via 2005's Symmetric in Design debut album, Scar Symmetry's material combines death and power metal with progressive flourishes, drawing positive comparisons to bands like Soilwork and Into Eternity, and promising great things yet to come.
Scar Symmetry is a Swedish metal band from Avesta in Dalarna County, formed in 2004. The band has released six albums, with seven released singles. They are currently signed to Nuclear Blast records.
ContentsHistory1.1 Formation and Symmetric in Design (2004-2005)1.2 Pitch Black Progress (2006-2007)1.3 Holographic Universe and New Vocalists (2008-2009)1.4 Dark Matter Dimensions (2009-2010)1.5 The Unseen Empire (2011-2013)1.6 The Singularity trilogy (2014-present)1.6.1 Phase I: Neohumanity
Formation and Symmetric in Design (2004-2005)
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. 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).
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, as well as touring with Soilwork, Hypocrisy, and One Man Army.
Pitch Black Progress (2006-2007)
In June 2006, the band signed a new record deal with Nuclear Blast records. Eight months after the release of Symmetric in Design the band started recording its follow-up, Pitch Black Progress. 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. The song "The Illusionist" began receiving air-play on MTV2's Headbangers Ball. In September 2007, the band embarked on another North American tour with headliners Katatonia, Insomnium, and Swallow the Sun, the "Live Consternation Tour".
Holographic Universe and New Vocalists (2008-2009)
The band's third album, Holographic Universe, was released on June 20, 2008. 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 fired vocalist Christian Älvestam, due to touring conflicts, creative and personal differences. On October 6, they announced the replacements for Christian Älvestam: they would continue with two singers, Roberth Karlsson (growls and backing clean vocals) and Lars Palmqvist (clean vocals and backing growls) and the band finally began touring in support of the new album in December after six months.
Dark Matter Dimensions (2009-2010)Vocalists Roberth Karlsson and Lars Palmqvist joined the band in 2008 after the departure of Christian Älvestam.
The band's fourth album, Dark Matter Dimensions, was released on October 2, 2009 in Europe, and on October 20, 2009 in the US. It is the band's first album to feature new vocalists Karlsson and Palmqvist. 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", "Ascension Chamber" and "The Iconoclast".
From late October 2009, Scar Symmetry took part in the Neckbreakers Ball Tour alongside Behemoth, DevilDriver and Arsis. In February 2010, Scar Symmetry announced that they were to support head-liners Hypocrisy at the "A Taste of Extreme Divinity" tour. 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.
The Unseen Empire (2011-2013)
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". 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. 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. Kjellgren will not be replaced officially, but his place will be taken by session guitarists for live shows.
The Singularity trilogy (2014-present)
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. This album marks the first Scar Symmetry album to be produced, mixed and mastered entirely by Per Nilsson.
Phase I: Neohumanity
The band explained that the first phase of the trilogy would be centred around 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.Patrick Rennick. "Jonas Kjellgren of Scar Symmetry Interview". Metal Review. Archived from the original on November 2, 2007. Retrieved July 29, 2007. "Scar Symmetry Bio". The Gauntlet. Retrieved July 29, 2007. "Scar Symmetry Complete Work on Debut Album". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved July 29, 2007. "Scar Symmetry Confirmed for Progpower UK Festival". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved July 29, 2007. "Soilwork Frontman Says New Guitarist Hasn't Yet Been Confirmed". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved July 29, 2007. "Scar Symmetry Sign with Nuclear Blast Records". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved July 29, 2007. "Scar Symmetry Bio on Nuclear Blast". Nuclear Blast. Archived from the original on June 7, 2007. Retrieved July 29, 2007. "Scar Symmetry to Team Up with Communic for 'Waves Of Pitch Black Decay' European Tour". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved July 29, 2007. "Scar Symmetry Guitarist Comments on Maiden Tour of North America". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved July 29, 2007. "Scar Symmetry: "The Illusionist" Video to Receive 'Headbanger's Ball' Premiere". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved July 29, 2007. "Katatonia, Scar Symmetry, Insomnium, Swallow the Sun: North American Dates Announced". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved July 29, 2007. "Scar Symmetry: New Album Preview". Nuclear Blast Records. Retrieved June 21, 2008. "SCAR SYMMETRY Parts Ways With Singer". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved November 6, 2011. "Scar Symmetry - New Vocalists Announced". www.metalstorm.ee. Retrieved November 6, 2011. "Scar Symmetry: Dark Matter Dimensions". www.nuclearblast.de. July 14, 2009. Retrieved July 14, 2009. "SCAR SYMMETRY Films 'Noumenon & Phenomenon' Video". Blabbermouth.net. September 29, 2009. Retrieved October 5, 2009. "SCAR SYMMETRY: 'Ascension Chamber' Video Released". December 1, 2009. Retrieved December 2, 2009. "BEHEMOTH, DEVILDRIVER, SCAR SYMMETRY, ARSIS To Team Up For 'Neckbreakers Ball Tour'". Blabbermouth.com. May 13, 2009. Retrieved January 22, 2011. "SCAR SYMMETRY Added To HYPOCRISY Tour". February 11, 2010. Retrieved January 22, 2011. "EPICA: Worcester Footage Available". Blabbermouth. November 22, 2010. Retrieved January 22, 2011. "EPICA: 'This Is The Time' Video Available". Blabbermouth. June 25, 2010. Retrieved January 22, 2010. "SCAR SYMMETRY: New Song Available For Streaming". Blabbermouth. March 9, 2011. Retrieved March 10, 2011. "SCAR SYMMETRY: 'The Unseen Empire' First-Week Sales Revealed". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved November 6, 2011. "SCAR SYMMETRY Parts Ways With Guitarist Jonas Kjellgren". Retrieved 21 February 2014. "SCAR SYMMETRY Announces Concept Album Trilogy The Singularity". Retrieved 21 February 2014.