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Review: Scar Symmetry - Dark Matter Dimensions
Scar Symmetry
Dark Matter Dimensions

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 47:54
Tracks: 11
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 2.5/5

Review online: October 13, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Dark Matter Dimensions

Rated 3.36/5 (67.27%) (11 Votes)

Hmmm… Schizophrenic metal? One thing that can be said about Dark Matter Dimensions is that it's all over the place. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't. Here, not really. In terms of music, there is a lot to like here – a mix of (very) melodic Death and Power Metal, blending heavy and abrasive guitar riffs with very melodic parts that can put to shame some of the most melodic Power Metal bands out there. Some of the solos will practically lift you off your feet. Some parts aren't all that great, going more into a repetive and simplistic style that's been done a thousand times or more in melodeath.

Where things really hurt is on the vocal front. We've got one guy doing the harsh vocals that you expect in melodeath, and one doing clean vocals. These two clash like you wouldn't believe. I've listened to this album several times and just want to reach and rip my ears off (though it's less harmful to put some other album on instead…) The harsh vocals are just fine – sometimes decipherable, sometimes not so much, a good job in the genre. The clean vocals on the other hand are way too "happy" (even when the music goes more Power Metal-ish) and really, really don't fit. The guy's not actually bad, but I hate the vocal melodies here – it sounds like the guy came off with his material from "Swedish Idol" or some similar corporate pop crap. This has no place here. His vocals on "Noumenon And Phenomenon" are so fucking annoying that I want to punch through the speakers when I hear it. To add insult to the injury, there's even a bit of electronically-altered vocals that sound so fucking cheap, it's downright laughable.

The same music with only the harsh vocals would get a much better rating than this, but there's just no saving the clash of opposite styles and the special vocal effects. I wish I could get an instrumental version just to be able to better appreciate the musicianship. Let's not do this again, eh guys?

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