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Band
Scar Symmetry
Title
Pitch Black Progress
Type
LP/EP
Company
Nuclear Blast
YOR
2005
Style
Death
6/23/2006 - Review by: Eric Compton
Scar Symmetry - Pitch Black Progress - 2006 - Nuclear Blast

Track Listing
1. The Illusionist
2. Slaves To The Subliminal
3. Mind Machine
4. Pitch Black Progress
5. Calculate The Apocalypse
6. Dreaming 24/7
7. Abstracted
8. The Kaleidoscopic God
9. Retaliator
10. Oscillation Point
11. The Path Of Least Resistance
I'm not sure what the fascination is with the words "Pitch Black". Callenish Circle just released "Pitch Black Effects". We've seen a Sarnath record entitled "Pitch Black Blues". Now Nuclear Blast has released Scar Symmetry's "Pitch Black Progress". Interesting choice of words. Many of you may have read my review for Scar Symmetry's impressive debut "Symmetric In Design", a dazzling and diverse piece of work that combined the strengths of the death metal genre with the melodic flare of hard rock music. Really an odd combination, possibly recalling the finer elements of Swedish death pioneers Edge Of Sanity, with Christian Alvestam displaying that unique ability to "soar and rumble" that only Dan Swano has pulled off thus far. Alvestam continues to impress with his ability to hit the low register with his deep growls and rumbles while still lighting up AOR channels with a fantastic and superb soulful voice that could fit any TNT record.

Musically the group is just as extraordinary and dynamic, choosing to chug away with no restraint or restrictions on groove stompers like "Calculate The Apocalypse" and "The Kaleidoscopic God", with each of those cuts displaying raw, in your face riffs that bottom out with aggressive appeal while still luring softer fans with melodic chorus parts that could be lifted from an AOR record. That same sort of formula wins me over on the strong opener "The Illusionist", sounding like Edge Of Sanity crossed with modern day Nocturnal Rites. The band is very rigid and harsh on their heavier material, really emphasizing machine-like intensity and precision on "Slaves To The Subliminal" while still soaring with progressive elements and surprises. Guitarists Jonas Kjellgren (also producing) and Per Nilsson are just madmen here, really flowing with a dark aura that illuminates through the chorus bits. The solos here are ridden with effects, each really setting in stone that this band is about experimentation and diversity, a much needed venture that goes against the grain in today's rather cookie-cutter mold.

Bottom Line - "Thinking man's metal" that should appeal to fans ranging from Opeth to Mercenary. Another strong outing that will hopefully get this band the much needed attention it deserves. It is records like this that keep metal burning with new ideas and efforts. Fantastic!



--EC 06.18.06
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ALL REVIEWS FOR: SCAR SYMMETRY
TITLE
DOR
COMPANY
REVIEWER DATE MADE RATING
Dark Matter Dimensions
2009
Nuclear Blast
Hail and Kill4/2/2010
4.5
Pitch Black Progress
2005
Nuclear Blast
Eric Compton6/23/2006
-
Symmetric In Design
2005
Nuclear Blast
Eric Compton10/4/2005
-

ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: SCAR SYMMETRY
INTERVIEW INTERVIEWER DATE TAGLINE
Jonas KjellgrenMiguel Blardony4/2/2010

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