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Unseen Empire

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  • Audio CD (May 17, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • ASIN: B004Q1DFWO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,413 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Steve L. on May 17, 2011
Format: Audio CD
As much as I don't want to beat a dead horse, let's face it, 2009's "Dark Matter Dimensions" was not a huge success. This isn't just my opinion; it has been stated by many Scar Symmetry fans across the globe that the album was a disappointment, even though it did attain pretty decent ratings. "DMD," for sure, had some good tracks including "The Iconoclast," "Nonhuman Era," "The Consciousness Eaters," and even the bonus track "Pariah," but overall it caused me to question whether the post-Christian Alvestam Scar Symmetry could continue to be worth listening to. To the few people who really enjoyed the album, I don't mean to offend in the just is what it is.

Moving on, this new album "The Unseen Empire" is a return to form for Scar Symmetry. Part of my problem with "DMD" was that aside from the new vocals which weren't by any means amazing, even the music itself seemed lackluster. Rest assured, if you felt the same way about the previous effort, then "The Unseen Empire" should renew your faith in the band.
As soon as the album opener, "The Anomaly," kicks in, you know that you're in for melodic death metal at its finest. There's something to be said about just how efficient and precise the band is in crafting a perfect blend of ball-busting chugging riffs and catchy, clean choruses. On that note, it becomes very apparent that "The Unseen Empire" is perhaps the "chuggiest" album of the five released so far as evidenced by many of the tracks. Aside from that, I don't want to spend any more time discussing the musical sound of the album. This isn't because I'm lazy, but rather because realistically, most people reading this will already be familiar with Scar Symmetry's sound and this album is not very innovative in that regard.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Zadion on May 25, 2012
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Dark Matter Dimensions was a throw back for most fans. While critically praised for its technicality and much stronger progressive approach when compared to their previous albums, most fans generally considered it a colossal flop. Christian had just left the band, they'd recruited two vocalists to replace him, and Dark Matter Dimensions was their album to show they had made the right choice. Unfortunately, it did little to help their cause. While I am one of the few fans who genuinely enjoyed Dark Matter Dimensions, and indeed liked its more technical approach, I must admit it left a bad aftertaste in my mouth. It was not the Scar Symmetry I loved. Holographic Universe had become my favorite album of all time (an honor it currently still holds), and Dark Matter Dimensions showed a fairly radical shift in sound.

This is not Dark Matter Dimensions. The Unseen Empire scores where Dark Matter Dimensions failed: powerful, melody-driven music with a brutal dynamic to somehow make it seem even heavier than it actually is. This is the album Scar Symmetry fans have been waiting for, and it showcases some monstrous talent from both vocalists. Lars sounds so amazing, the void left by Christian and felt during Dark Matter Dimensions is now filled to the point I don't even miss Christian anymore. The overall sound is much akin to their first three albums, though admittedly there are fewer progressive moments in here. Where the progressive tendencies kick in (strongly in "Illuminoid Dream Sequence," "Astronomicon," and "The Draconian Arrival"), however, they are used to amazing effect, conjuring some of the best moments of the album.

Most importantly, this album succeeds in the same areas that Holographic Universe succeeded in.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rich P. on October 24, 2011
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First and foremost, Pitch Black Progress was the album that got me started for Scar Symmetry. Its what I hold most of the band's standards against. That album remains to this day the hardest, most technical album. And we all know that Christian left the band, get over it. That being said...

... I know that Dark Matter Dimensions wasn't all that great; however, there were a few tracks on that album that I would pin up there with some of the top tracks of SS. I particularly favored Nonhuman Era, Nuemenon and Phenomenon, and Periah. And Scar Symmetry has caught a lot of flak since Christian left the band. I wasn't too pleased with DMD, as it only stayed in my 5 disc changer for about a week.

Enter: Unseen Empire

As the last album may have been a little infantile and rushed for the new lineup, this album is spot on. I honestly couldn't stop listening to this album on YouTube, even before I had decided to order it. There are so many catchy riffs and vocals, and each track has so much to offer. Brutal, heavy, dark songs... lighter, cleaner vocals. You name it, this album has it.

Honestly, as this may shock many die hard Scar Symmetry fans, this Album ranks maybe 2nd in all SS releases. I still personally put Pitch Black Progress as #1, but this album has everything I'm looking for. Deep dark riffs and deep growls accompanied by great clean vocals melancholic melodies. Holographic Universe was fantasic, but this album just has something. Even with my favorite band releasing a new album, this cd still gets played more often. My personal request is that all Christian Alvestam fanboys give this a chance. I still herald Christian as one of the most dynamic and versatile vocalists ever, but this new Scar Symmetry album is amazing.
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I'd say 7.2 is about right. They figured how to make their new singers sound better by fitting the music to their sound and styling. They are no replacement to Christian Alvestam by any means, but the band is carrying on fine without him. Dark Matter Dimensions was a mess, and paled next to... Read More
Apr 21, 2011 by J/Destromas |  See all 4 posts
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