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A New Beginning,
This review is from: The Unseen Empire (MP3 Download)
When I heard the previews to the new album, I was apprehensive; in my opinion the last Scar Symmetry album wasn't as great as it could have been. But as a loyal follower of the band, I bought it with some trepidation.
Scar Symmetry has reinvented itself. Although they still have the same trademark solos and fantastic drum-work, the real star of the show is their clean-vocalist Lars Palmqvist. In the previous album, he had large boots to fill: Christian's clean vocals were of a standard that was quite breathtaking. I believe however, that in The Unseen Empire Lars has surpassed this. His voice has a kind of soaring, melodic quality that harmonises so well with the music that it is almost a pity when the song ends.
And end they do. It is a relatively short album with only 9 songs in it. Far from feeling disappointed though, it is obvious that Scar Symmetry have spent an awfully long time perfecting each and every song and, for me at least, all of the songs sound unique; each one was epic in it's own way, unlike the previous album where there were maybe 3 great songs punctuated by 'good' tracks. Stand-out tracks are hard to choose due to the different styles and melodies in each one, however I believe that 'The Draconian Arrival' and 'The Anomaly' are two of the best songs ever composed by a (modern) metal band.
If you've listened to Scar Symmetry before, do not be put off by the last album. The Unseen Empire transcends everything they have one before, and the only worry I have is that they have to somehow surpass this for their next album.
And if you've never listened to them before, there is no better collection of songs to get you hooked.