Pitch Black Progress
6/23/2006 - Review by: Eric Compton
Scar Symmetry - Pitch Black Progress - 2006 - Nuclear Blast
Musically the group is just as extraordinary and dynamic, choosing to chug away with no restraint or restrictions on groove stompers like "Calculate The Apocalypse" and "The Kaleidoscopic God", with each of those cuts displaying raw, in your face riffs that bottom out with aggressive appeal while still luring softer fans with melodic chorus parts that could be lifted from an AOR record. That same sort of formula wins me over on the strong opener "The Illusionist", sounding like Edge Of Sanity crossed with modern day Nocturnal Rites. The band is very rigid and harsh on their heavier material, really emphasizing machine-like intensity and precision on "Slaves To The Subliminal" while still soaring with progressive elements and surprises. Guitarists Jonas Kjellgren (also producing) and Per Nilsson are just madmen here, really flowing with a dark aura that illuminates through the chorus bits. The solos here are ridden with effects, each really setting in stone that this band is about experimentation and diversity, a much needed venture that goes against the grain in today's rather cookie-cutter mold.
Bottom Line - "Thinking man's metal" that should appeal to fans ranging from Opeth to Mercenary. Another strong outing that will hopefully get this band the much needed attention it deserves. It is records like this that keep metal burning with new ideas and efforts. Fantastic!
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