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Still kickin' - 81%

invaded, November 14th, 2006

With their second offering "Pitch Black Progress", Scar Symmetry have not done much to change their sound, except maybe for a little bit more clean vocals added here and there. However the saying "if it ain't broke don't fix it" applies here. The first record kicked ass and so does this one.

The riffs are still there, Alvestam's fantastic vocal work is still everpresent in the band's sound. The drums are very tight and the songwriting is maybe a little more complex on this record.

The two best tracks here are "Mind Machinery" and "Complex Kaleidoscope". The first has a dreamy and memorable chorus which is sung clean and just sticks in your head forever. The riffs and solos are fantastic and the overall delivery is just there. "Complex Kaleidoscope" is the epic track of the album. There is a lot going on here. A higher pitch vocal delivery is used during the verses and Alvestam's variety is showcased tenfold on this track. The chorus is epic as hell, and is once again catchy and almost theatrical in its scape. The instrumental sections are where the band shines; the solos go from a very old school alsmost Motley Crue-esque rythm section to a full out neoclassical explosion only to blast back to another cool bridge and a final chorus. This is easily the best song on the album, clocking in at over seven minutes.

If you're into melodic death, but are looking for something maybe a little heavier and more complex in its structure, you should definitely check this out.