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Dark Matter Dimensions

October 20, 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: October 20, 2009
  • Release Date: October 20, 2009
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Copyright: (c) 2009 Nuclear Blast GmbH
  • Total Length: 47:49
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,567 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Gillum on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christopher on 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By misha2707 on October 21, 2009
Format: Audio CD
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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