Scar Symmetry guitarist Per Nilsson is best described as a multi-instrumentalist – one could even go so far as to assign him the title of “creative driving force” when looking at the musical construction of The Singularity (Phase I – Neohumanity). The first part of a concept trilogy album – a daring feat to undertake in and of itself – this album marks the first time that Per has taken on the role of chief songwriter and the results are awe-inspiring.
Take nothing away from the band as a collective – with a decade of writing, recording & touring under their belts, Scar Symmetry is a group that takes the concept of melodic death metal and works as a cohesive unit to deliver a sound within that framework that inspires, intrigues and at times, intimidates the listener. Multi-layered sounds, an innovative vocal approach driven by Lars Palmqvist and Roberth Karlsson; frontmen who with their respective styles, further push the Scar Symmetry musical envelope.
Per himself fits the typical Swedish death metal musician stereotype; a friendly, soft-spoken lad who lets his incredible musicianship do all the posturing. The fact that he braved up to his press schedule with a bit of a cold is a testament to his professionalism and dedication to sharing the good word of what will ultimately go down as one of the more ambitious metal efforts of 2014 – The Singularity (Phase I – Neohumanity). Want more? Sit in on my chat with Per below \m/
– Official Press Release –
Founded back in 2004 when Jonas Kjellgren (CARNAL FORGE, CENTINEX, WORLD BELOW), Henrik Ohlsson (THEORY IN PRACTICE, MUTANT, ALTERED AEON), Per Nilsson (ALTERED AEON), Christian Älvestam (UNMOORED, INCAPACITY, TORCHBEARER) and Kenneth Seil decided to put together a brand new constellation that would express a fresh and heavy form of catchy death metal without any boundaries whatsoever, SCAR SYMMETRY now celebrate year ten of their outstanding career.
Nine years and five albums have passed since the bands’ debut »Symmetric In Design« popped up all of a sudden back in 2005 and three since their highly acclaimed 2011 masterpiece »The Unseen Empire«.
Now SCAR SYMMETRY are back and set for the release of a creation called »The Singularity (Phase I – Neohumanity)« which will be out on October 03 (EU), October 06 (UK & France) and October 14 (US) 2014 via Nuclear Blast and it is the first part of a concept album trilogy. The lyrics bring the listener beyond the event horizon of the technological singularity, where the ever-advancing breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, robotics, cryonics and cloning are bringing mankind to the verge of technocalypse and cybergeddon!
In their current incarnation there has been a line-up change as 2nd guitar player Jonas Kjellgren left SCAR SYMMETRY last year. In his absence, Per Nilsson has stepped up from being the co-producer to being the band’s main producer and he is now the band’s sole music composer. Additionally, Lars Palmqvist and Roberth Karlsson have grown considerably as vocalists and frontmen since joining the band back in 2008 – this is their 3rd album with SCAR SYMMETRY and their performances are bound to turn even the most stubborn sceptic around.
»The Singularity (Phase I – Neohumanity)« marks a new direction for SCAR SYMMETRY with Per Nilsson at the helm, moving the band on to a decidedly more progressive path, while keeping intact all of their trademark death metal sensibilities and larger-than-life melodic choruses.