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Scar Symmetry

Formed: 2004
From: Avesta, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Scar Symmetry News

Below is our complete Scar Symmetry news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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First Bands Announced For Graspop 2009

The first batch of bands for Belgium's premiere metal festival, Graspop has been revealed. The event will take place on June 26th-28th in Dessel.

The initial bands are as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Papa Roach
Blind Guardian
Sacred Reich
Legion Of The Damned
Parkway Drive
God Forbid
Laaz Rockit
Keep Of Kalessin
Scar Symmetry
Negura Bunget
Wolves In The Throne Room

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Scar Symmetry Wishes You A Fantastic 2009

Scar Symmetry has issued the following 2009 update:

So, another year has come to an end. Our 5th as a band! A lot of cool things happened in 2008. And one very uncool thing. But everything turned out great, luckily.

The year of 2008 started while we were halfway through recording Holographic Universe. Our quickest recording session to date (merely two months!). Some months later the album was released, and we debuted on the Billboard 200 chart! Very cool indeed. Out of all the reviews we've read, it seems most people found themselves somewhere between enthusiastic and ecstatic about the album. A few reviewers didn't understand it, and we feel sorry for them... Haha!

Fast forward another few months and we found ourselves having announced to the world that we had parted ways with our lead vocalist. Crazy move, some people thought. Well needless to say, it wouldn't have happened unless we had some pretty good reasons. Shortly thereafter, we presented the new lineup - featuring two vocalists instead of one! Most people seemed to agree that this was an exciting direction for us to take. After taking the new lineup for a test drive all over not-so-sunny Spain we felt confident that the two singers-approach was a wise decision. More...

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Scar Symmetry Wishes You A Merry Christmas

Swedish death metal act Scar Symmetry has issued the following year end update and shout out to the fans:

"First, a big thank you to Jordi/Stigia and José/Doomed Events for making our mini-tour in Spain a wonderful time, and CHEERS to everyone that came to the shows! We will come back to Spain for sure!

It was a pleasure sharing the stage with Rob and Lars for the first time. These guys really know how to put on a show! We did some songs we've never done live before, like "Holographic Universe", "Pitch Black Progress", "Deviate from the Form", "Prism and Gate" and "Artificial Sun Projection"...

Scar Symmetry wishes you all a fuckin' fantastic Christmas holiday!"

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Scar Symmetry Reveals Two New Vocalists

Swedish melodic death metal band, Scar Symmetry, have issued the following update welcoming their two new singers:

"When things went from bad to worse and we realized that it wasn't going to work out with Christian, we were faced with two options; either calling it quits, or seizing the opportunity to take the next logical step in the evolution of our sound. We chose the latter."

"We've used both growls and clean vocals in our music since day one, and with each album we've pushed the envelope of what you can do vocally in a metal band to the point where a lot of the songs on 'Holographic Universe' would be hard if not impossible to sing live. So the question is: Is it really possible to push the vocals even further and manage to perform everything live?" More...

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Scar Symmetry Comments on Singer's Departure

Swedish death metal band, Scar Symmetry, has issued the following comment regarding the departure of vocalist Christian Älvestam:

"We would like to thank each and everyone of you for the support you've given us since we announced Christian's departure from Scar Symmetry. We've read every mail and every comment, not only on MySpace but on tons of other forums as well. It's really cool to know that so many people care about our music! We want to take this opportunity to reply to some of the questions we found out there." More...

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Scar Symmetry Posts "Morphogenesis" Video Online

Sweden's SCAR SYMMETRY has released a music video for the track "Morphogenesis" and can be viewed at SCAR SYMMETRY's video channel on MySpace.

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Scar Symmetry Parts Ways With Vocalist

Swedish death metallers, Scar Symmetry, have issued the following update regarding the departure of vocalist Christian Älvestam:

"Dear friends."

"A few months ago we decided to part ways with Christian. The reasons are mainly the clichéd 'business and creative differences' and lack of interpersonal chemistry. We came to a point where the band's existence was in jeopardy because of these differences, and the only way for us to continue with an inspired state of mind was to go through with this change in the line-up." More...

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Miseration Signs To Lifeforce Records

Lifeforce Records has announced the signing of Sweden's own MISERATION.

MISERATION is the latest effort from SCAR SYMMETRY Vocalist Christian Älvestam and Jani Stefanovic (Essence of Sorrow, Divinefire), who together perform a fast, brutal and aggressive melodic style of metal. LIFEFORCE RECORDS will give the band’s critically acclaimed debut album, "Your Demons, Their Angels," a worldwide release. The album will be release on September 15th throughout Europe and on October 28th in the U.S.

Christian Älvestam comments:
"After a few months of negotiating, we are very happy and excited to announce that we have now inked a new deal with Lifeforce Records. It's an up and coming, easy-going and down-to-earth label with a lot of great bands and releases under its wings and we are really looking forward to start cooperating... With Lifeforce Records watching our backs, supporting us, we now look to the future with nothing but confidence! See you there!"

You can check out some of Miseration's material on their MySpace page.

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Scar Symmetry Posts Entire New Album Online

The band Scar Symmetry has decided to post their entire new album online via Myspace. The album, "Holographic Universe," will be released on July 8th here in the U.S. and June 20th in Europe. Click here to head over to their Myspace page to check out the new album.

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Scar Symmetry Posts New Song Online

Swedish melodic death metallers, Scar Symmetry, have posted a new song on their MySpace page, entitled "Morphogenesis." The song comes off their new album, "Holographic Universe," which will be released on June 20th.

The track listing for "Holographic Universe" is as follows:

01. Morphogenesis
02. Timewave Zero
03. Quantumleaper
04. Artificial Sun Projection
05. The Missing Coordinates
06. Ghost Prototype I (Measurement Of Thought)
07. Fear Catalyst
08. Trapezoid
09. Prism And Gate
10. Holographic Universe
11. The Three-Dimensional Shadow
12. Ghost Prototype II (Deus Ex Machina)

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Scar Symmetry Posts Studio Video Diary Online

Swedish modern / melodic death metallers SCAR SYMMETRY have just uploaded a studio video diary showing the recordings of their upcoming album, "Holographic Universe," which is set to be unleashed on June 20th through Nuclear Blast.

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The Absence Schedule Florida Tour Dates

Tampa, Florida-based melodic thrash metal band THE ABSENCE — which recently announced the addition of drummer Justin Reynolds to the group's ranks — has scheduled the following dates:

Apr. 03 - The AKA lounge - Orlando, Florida
Apr. 04 - Bourbon Street - New Port Richey, Florida
Apr. 05 - Churchill's - Miami, Florida

THE ABSENCE's cover of TESTAMENT's "Into the Pit" has been posted on the band's MySpace page. The track comes off the group's sophomore CD, "Riders of the Plague", which was released on August 7, 2007 via Metal Blade Records. The album was recorded at Mana Studios in Florida with Swedish producer Jonas Kjellgren (SCAR SYMMETRY, CARNAL FORGE). Mixing duties were handled by Jonas at his Black Lounge studios in Avesta, Sweden. The CD features guest appearances by guitarists James Murphy (DEATH, TESTAMENT), Jonas Kjellgren, Per Nilsson (SCAR SYMMETRY) and Santiago Dobles (AGHORA) as well as guest vocals by Jonas Granvik (WITHOUT GRIEF, EDGE OF SANITY). More...

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New Scar Symmetry Album Tracklisting Revealed

Swedish band Scar Symmetry has posted the following announcement on their MySpace page:

"We're happy to announce that our 3rd CD, "Holographic Universe", has now been mixed, mastered and delivered to the people at Nuclear Blast Records! We pushed the "record"-button for the first time early December and the time since has been hectic and intense to say the least. We've worked our asses off 24/7 and the result is 12 new songs, featuring all the creamy goodness of "Symmetric In Design" and the spicy flavours of "Pitch Black Progress", this time with a lot of added cheese and pork-fat... Does it make sense to you? No, not to us either..."

The tracklisting for "Holographic Universe," tentatively due to hit shelves in June this year, is as follows:

01. Morphogenesis
02. Timewave Zero
03. Quantumleaper
04. Artificial Sun Projection
05. The Missing Coordinates
06. Ghost Prototype I (Measurement Of Thought)
07. Fear Catalyst
08. Trapezoid
09. Prism And Gate
10. Holographic Universe
11. The Three-Dimensional Shadow
12. Ghost Prototype II (Deus Ex Machina)

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Scar Symmetry Reveal New Album Title

Swedish metallers SCAR SYMMETRY have issued the following update:

"We're back home from the Live Consternation North American tour, together with KATATONIA, INSOMNIUM and SWALLOW THE SUN. It's been an amazing month and we've had nothing but the best of times. We would like to sincerely thank everyone for coming out each night, checking us out, buying our merch, hanging out, sharing their beer with us and so on. Thank you all for being the coolest ever and for your kind support!"

"As goes for what the future holds, we will begin recording our third album, starting December 1st. So far we have 13 songs written, but we're aiming to have another three or four done, before we start sifting through the material, deciding which songs to include on the album. The new disc will go under the name of Holographic Universe and it will most likely see its release in the late spring of 2008, through Nuclear Blast Records." More...

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"20 Years Of Nuclear Blast" Trailer Posted Online

A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips and a four-part history of the label hosted by DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer.

The following clips can be found on the "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set:

01. DIMMU BORGIR - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
02. IMMORTAL - One By One
03. HYPOCRISY - Scrutinized
04. GOREFEST - The Glorious Dead
05. KATAKLYSM - Manipulator Of Souls
06. BENEDICTION - I Bow To None
07. PUNGENT STENCH - Shrunken And Mumified Bitch
08. BELPHEGOR - Sanctus Perversum
09. NILE - The Language Of The Shadows
10. DEATH - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
12. DESTRUCTION - The Butcher Strikes Back
13. DEW SCENTED - Cities Of The Dead
14. ANTHRAX - What Doesn’t Die
15. EXODUS - Riot Act
16. DEATH ANGEL - The Devil Incarnate
17. I - Warriors
18. SONIC SYNDICATE - Psychic Suicide
19. CLAWFINGER - The Price We Pay
20. CHIMAIRA - Worthless
21. IN FLAMES - Only For The Weak
22. MESHUGGAH - Future Breed Machine
23. SOILWORK - Exile
24. THE DESTINY PROGRAM - Project Hoax
25. SCAR SYMMETRY - The Illusionist
26. THREAT SIGNAL - Counterbalance
27. MNEMIC - Ghost
28. EKTOMORF - Destroy
29. AGNOSTIC FRONT - Warriors
30. ALL SHALL PERISH - Eradication
31. BLEED THE SKY - God In The Frame
32. DARKANE - Solitary Confinement
33. THE DUSKFALL - Trust Is Overrated
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
41. GOTTHARD - Master Of Illusion
42. RAGE - Full Moon
43. GRAVE DIGGER - Valhalla
44. HELLOWEEN - Immortal
45. STRATOVARIUS - Why Are We Here
46. TAROT - Before The Skies Comes Down
47. THUNDERSTONE - Face In The Mirror
48. COMMUNIC - Conspiracy In Mind
49. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
50. CANDLEMASS - Of Stars And Smoke
51. CATHEDRAL - Corpsecycle
53. AFTER FOREVER - Transitory
54. EPICA - Never Enough
55. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Voices In A Dream
56. SIRENIA - The Other Side
57. DEATHSTARS - Greatest Fight On Earth
58. SAMAEL - Valkyrie’s New Ride
59. THE KOVENANT - In The Name Of The Future
60. AMORPHIS - The White Swan
61. THERION - Der Mitternachtslöwe
62. CREMATORY - Revolution
63. FARMER BOYS - For The World To Sing
64. PYOGENESIS - Addiction Pole
65. LIQUIDO - Ordinary Life
66. CHROME DIVISION - Serial Killer
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...

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Katatonia Announce Mexican Shows

At the end of its upcoming North American tour, Sweden's KATATONIA will head to Mexico for the first time ever to play two exclusive gigs in Mexico City and Monterrey. "We can't wait to meet all our Mexican friends coming out for these special occasions," the band writes on its web site. "It's been a long time coming."

KATATONIA's Mexican dates:

Sep. 28 - Circo Volador - Mexico City, Mexico
Sep. 29 - Café Iguana - Monterrey, Mexico More...

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Scar Symmetry Added to UK's Bloodstock Lineup

Finally Scar Symmetry will hit UK-soil! They will be appearing at the Bloodstock OpenAir festival on Friday the 17th of August.

Follow this link to purchase some tickets.

Other cool bands at the Fest:Testament,Archenemy, Nevermore, In Flames, Benediction(Rules), Dark Tranquillity, Sabbat

Read the full article at Official Myspace.

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Full Katatonia, Scar Symmetry US Dates Released

Despite suffering the evil eye of American TSA agents, experiencing Dr.Pepper, and playing in a few clubs smaller than your bathroom - Katatonia is coming back to the US with three of the genre's most interesting rising stars. Kicking off September 4, the tour will make nineteen stops around the country. Thats 19 chances to see this lineup before they sneak across the border to Mexico for round two!

Katatonia made their stateside touring debut last fall performing alongside Moonspell and Daylight Dies (North Carolina, US). With Swedish tech-metallers Scar Symmetry in tow this time around, Katatonia will be introducing Finnish neighbors Swallow the Sun and Insomnium to our weak beer beginning in Springfield, Virginia. Touring in support of their first live album, Live Consternation, it will be the first time long-time American fans will be able to experience a full set from this deeply talented group.

From the press release, "Live Consternation, set for American release June 5, is a stunning 5.01 cd/2.0 dvd package which features selections from the band's successful 2006 album The Great Cold Distance and choice cuts from their growing and popular catalog. Kerrang notes, 'submlime melodies and moments of sheer mellow bliss,' while Rocksound adds, 'absolutely astonishing.' "

Confirmed dates are listed below. Tickets for most venues are available at Ticketmaster.


Katatonia (swe)
Scar Symmetry (swe)
Insomnium (fin)
Swallow The Sun (fin)

Sep-04, Jaxx Nite Club (West Springfield VA)
Sep-05, The Webster (Hartford, CT)
Sep-06, BB King Blues Club (New York NY)
Sep-07, Mark's Showplace (Bedford NH)
Sep-08, Chance Theater (Poughkeepsie NY)
Sep-09, Le Medley (Montreal QU)
Sep-10, Imperial de Quebec (Quebec City QU)
Sep-11, The Funhaus (Toronto ON)
Sep-12, Peabody's (Cleveland OH)
Sep-13, I-Rock (Detroit MI)
Sep-14, The Pearl Room (Mokena IL)
Sep-15, Station 4 (St. Paul MN)
Sep-17, Bluebird Theater (Denver CO)
Sep-19, Whisky-A-Go-Go (West Hollywood CA)
Sep-20, Showcase Theater (Corona CA)
Sep-21, Brickhouse (Phoenix AZ)
Sep-22, Launchpad (Albuqeruque NM)
Sep-24, White Rabbit (San Antonio TX)
Sep-25, Ridglea Theater (Ft. Worth TX)
Sep-26, Scout Bar (Houston TX)

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Katatonia, Scar Symmetry Release First Tour Dates

The following initial dates have been released for the upcoming tour featuring KATATONIA, SCAR SYMMETRY, INSOMNIUM, and SWALLOW THE SUN:

September 4 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 14 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
September 19 - Hollywood, CA @ Whisky

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Insomnium Join Katatonia For North American Tour

Finnish Death metallers INSOMNIUM will embark on their debut North American tour in September. KATATONIA will headline, with support also going from SCAR SYMMETRY and SWALLOW THE SUN. The first announced date is:

September 4th at Jaxx in Springfield, VA

More dates as they become available.

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