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Dark Matter Dimensions

Scar SymmetryAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 20, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • ASIN: B002LFFL2Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Iconoclast
2. The Consciousness Eaters
3. Noumenon and Phenomenon
4. Ascension Chamber
5. Mechanical Soul Cybernetics
6. Nonhuman Era
7. Dark Matter Dimensions
8. Sculptor Void
9. A Parenthesis In Eternity
10. Frequencyshifter
11. Radiant Strain
12. Pariah [*]

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Continuation of a Great Bands Evolution October 24, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I honestly didn't think I would enjoy and/or idolize Dark Matter Dimensions nearly as much as I did Holographic Universe, however yet again this band matches the quality of their previous release and continues experimenting with their sound. I feared for this band after hearing of the parting with long time vocalist Christian Älvestam as his ability to go from roaring deep growls to impressive clean vocals hitting notes many vocalists dream of seemed like a mistake of epic proportions, however I again have been wrong to doubt one of my favorite bands.

Roberth Karlsson manages to mimic Christians deep growls perfectly enabling Lars Palmqvist's clean vocals to shine as a drastic contrast. This new addition will also make doing the duel vocal style easier during live performances which I am assuming was the deciding force to part ways with Christian. Expect everything you love about this band to be included on Dark Matter Dimensions, whether it be the catchy sing-a-long chorus', the chaotic lead guitars and impressive guitar solos and of course the technical time changes, all are heard and exploited well on Dark Matter Dimensions.

To pin point some of the standout tracks I will focus on my personal favorites. 'The Iconoclast' kicks off the album with some impressive tranquil lead guitars but quickly turns into a pummeling barrage of strange timing signatures and a very catchy Chorus and the first amazing solo of the album is featured toward the end of the track. 'Noumenon & Phenomenon' the album's first single features a wall-of-sound style at the beginning that showcases more of those strange time signatures and a very nice usage of the growl vs clean vocal styles.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scar Symmetry Pushes to Progressive Metal Territory April 13, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Look, let's face it: Christian Alvestam is a god among men. We already knew this. He has the Midas Touch - Every band he fronts as a vocalist suddenly become amazing. However, his departure does not spell the end for this amazing band. You still have some of the best guitarists and drummers that can be found in a Melodic Death Metal band and that should be reason enough to keep hope for this band.

That aside, the two new vocalists aren't a copy of Christian. Then again, if they were, I think the sound would be stagnant and too reminiscent to Holographic Universe to justify a new album. And this is coming from one of the biggest Christian Alvestam fanboys out there...These guys are good! I would say that Lars seems to be more comfortable in the higher ranges and the growls that Roberth belts out are still as brutal as they come. Don't be afraid that Christian is gone, these two new vocalists are definitely worthy of the Scar Symmetry name.

That aside, I'm now going to take a look into the album itself. Yep, they still focus somewhat on universe-related lyrics, but they also add in other interesting topics. The Iconoclast deals with religious issues, Mechanical Soul Cybernetics is somewhat in the same vein of "Pitch Black Progress" in that it deals with the dangers of technology, and A Parenthesis in Eternity seems to deal a lot with the future. The lyrics are once again top notch, and it is definitely an album with substance to it.

This album, more so than ANY other Christian Alvestam album and even more so than most Melodic Death Metal bands focuses on the Progressive/Technical metal aspect of it. 8 string guitars, insane time signature changes, and amazing drumming all combine to make this something more than they have tried to do before.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelieveable October 21, 2009
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At some point, one begins to wonder how such a band does it. Having replaced Christian Alvestam, one of melodeath's best vocalists, with no fewer than two vocalists, Scar Symmetry have proven that new vocalists are not such a bad thing after all. The two new guys do it just as well as Alvestam. I'm always skeptical when a band must go this direction, and why shouldn't I be? It didn't exactly work out for Soil and Drowning Pool did it?

It isn't that great bands haven't gotten away with it. Arch Enemy, Nightrage, and Amorphis all have changed vocalists over the years and they have done a remarkable job staying alive in the death metal genre, if you'll pardon the pun (or was that an oxymoron?).

That said, Dark Matter Dimensions is as good an album as it could have been, under the circumstances. It has far succeeded my expectations. Not only is the music just as refined technical as before, the vocals are varied and extremely powerful. In that regard, they are on par with what Alvestam delivered.

There are alot of clean vocals on this album, but this is nothing new to Scar Symmetry fans. They are well done. The growls could have sounded mechanical and forced, but are indeed incredibly well-rounded. Guitar melodies are fewer and far between, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. The ones that are included are just as catchy as those on Holographic Universe.

Scar Symmetry is a whole different brand of Swedish melodic death metal, and they are much better than comparable bands such as Soilwork and Insomnium.

Do yourself a favor and go pick up this album immediately. You will not be disappointed. Dark Matter Dimensions grabs 4.6/5 stars. Four-tenths of a point come off due to a lackluster vocal performance on one track.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenominal!!!
Even with the departure of vocal god Christian Alvestam, Scar Symmetry does not lose their tough even though it took two vocalists to attempt to match Alvestam. Read more
Published 24 months ago by chaosisthename
5.0 out of 5 stars A New, Grand Dimension
Dark Matter Dimensions: the album every Scar Symmetry fan loves to hate. Being the album after the great Christian Älvestam left, it was bound to be heavily scrutinized by... Read more
Published on September 18, 2012 by Zadion
2.0 out of 5 stars Radio friendly weakness poorly disguised as metal
I know this may offend and generally piss-off many die hard Scar Symmetry fans but despite great guitar work, some heartfelt blastbeats and many moments of inspired metal... Read more
Published on April 26, 2011 by monkeyboy
3.0 out of 5 stars not as bad as i thought
i'd honestly say i enjoyed the first half of the album for i'd actually give them a 3.6/5, it is pretty heavy and fast and i love one of the songs, it also has excellent guitar... Read more
Published on April 23, 2010 by H. J. Exebio
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I've been a Scar Symmetry fan since day one, and was worried when they said they were getting new vocalists, but this is absolutely, 100% Scar Symmetry. Read more
Published on February 24, 2010 by Some Dude
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Awesome Album!
When I heard about the band losing their great vocalist, I was kinda worried at the time. Since I check out on myspace and other sources, I convince myself to buy the new album and... Read more
Published on January 1, 2010 by K. Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Scar Symmetry Doesn't Disappoint
After their third full length epic masterpiece from 2008 "Holographic Universe", Swedish melodic death metal powerhousers Scar Symmetry parted ways with vocalist Christian Avalstam... Read more
Published on December 31, 2009 by Jeremy Brackeen
5.0 out of 5 stars a phoenix resides in this album
Like many of my peers, I was distressed by the departure of Christian Älvestam from Scar Symmetry. Read more
Published on December 11, 2009 by J. William Chmely
5.0 out of 5 stars New Singers, Almost Identical Sound, Keyword Almost
Scar Symmetry is my all time favorite Progressive Melodic Death Metal band, and are amongst my top 3 of all time favorite bands in general. Read more
Published on November 19, 2009 by Siklootd
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.
I am not going to lie, I was very skeptical about this CD because of Christian's lyrical/vocal power, and him being replaced with not 1 whom could match him, but 2. Read more
Published on November 18, 2009 by 7217
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