Hi, first off all I want to congratulate you with your new album
“Pitch Black Progress”. Awesome album, I can’t stop
listening to it! Are you satisfied with it?
- Yeah, we’re very satisfied with this album. It`s the next
logical step in our musical evolution and I think we managed to
keep all our key ingredients from the first album as well.
- Where do you
see the main difference between your debut album “Symmetric in
Design” and your new album?
- I think that this
album is perhaps a bit darker, it’s definitely more diverse and
it has a more experimental feel to it compared to the debut album.
- How did you get
your name, Scar Symmetry?
came up with the name when we started thinking about what to call
this band. Scar Symmetry sort of symbolizes the different aspects
of human life, where you certainly get your share of emotional
scars but also see synchronicity and symmetry in everything. The
positive can’t exist without the negative and both are needed
for anything to exist in the first place. So the band name
In what words would you describe the music and moods of Scar
Symmetry for someone that has not heard you yet?
emotional at times, very brutal at times. There’s a lot of
melody in the music but also a fair share of brutality and some
progressive elements, I think you can find pieces of every metal
genre in our music even though we belong in the category
“melodic death metal”.
- “Pitch Black
Progress” is both
“catchy” and aggressive. What, in your opinion, separates a
good Thrash or Melodic Death Metal band from a bad one?
- The songs. I think the composition is the most important
thing because everything stands and falls with that, you need to
create songs that are memorable and that mean something to the
listener. You gotta evoke feelings in the listener by using
diversity and catchiness.
the song you consider most representative of the new album and why?
Henrik - I
don’t know if I can say that ONE song can define what “Pitch
Black Progress” is all about because the songs differ quite a
lot from each other in many ways. But if you hear a song like
“Slaves to the Subliminal” I think you can catch most of the
elements present in our music.
- Do you feel
that your sound will evolve in some different direction, in the
future, or you will still follow the same path?
- We will certainly
evolve but it’s hard to say in which way. We want to keep the
key ingredients of our sound but still go forward as a band,
there’s no point in recording the same album over and over again.
It’s hard to say anything valid and definite about the future
because we sort of go with the stuff that comes up at the time and
you never really know in detail what that will be.
How long do you need to practice to feel comfortable with your
songs before you record them?
don’t practice our songs at all before recording them. They are
always written right before or even during the recording sessions.
Sometimes that means that it is awkward to record them but on the
other hand the material feels really fresh when the album is
The music scene really changed between the 70's, 80's and 90's.
What would you say has been your strongest influence?
- Music from the 80's,
90s and forwards has probably been our strongest influences and we
are influenced by all genres of metal and even other forms of
music. It’s hard to pinpoint anything specific because we’re
so different from each other in terms of favourite bands and the
influential spectrum is very broad for Scar Symmetry.
Any plans to go on tour? If so, when and where?
- We’re actually
going on tour in about one week from now! We will participate on
the Neckbreaker`s Ball-tour with Hypocrisy, Soilwork, Amorphis and
One Man Army. The tour begins at the 11th of April and
we will go pretty much all over
Who designs your CD artwork and who has the final word on what
actually goes on the album cover?
artwork for the first album was designed by Pär Johansson of PJ
Illustrations and the artwork for “Pitch Black Progress” was
designed by Anthony Clarkson. Nuclear Blast has a lot to say
regarding the quality of the artwork, the won’t use anything but
the best in terms of quality. But the band definitely has the
final saying regarding the image itself because it has to reflect
the lyrical concepts of Scar Symmetry. So it’s a matter of
discussion between the label and the band and unless both agree on
the artwork we won’t use it.
- Let's speculate
- you have been granted a free slot on a tour of your own choice -
who would be your ideal touring partners?
- For me personally it
would be KISS, WASP and Morbid Angel.
- What are you
doing besides Scar Symmetry, job wise as well as hobbies?
- I’m working at a
steel factory to actually earn some money because music hasn’t
really been generating a lot of money so far. Besides that I have
a band called Altered Aeon and a family to take care of. Jonas has
the Black Lounge studio where he works most of the time, he’s
also a guitar teacher when time allows it and he plays with his
bands World Below, Centinex and couple of more projects. Per works
as a guitar teacher and a caretaker of old and/or disabled people,
plus he has a couple of other music projects as well. Christian
works as a nurse and he has a handful of bands besides Scar
Symmetry, for example Incapacity, Angel Blake, Unmoored and Quest
of Aidance. Kenneth works as a bass teacher and a gardener, plus
he is active in a couple of other musical projects.
What albums or bands do you believe have had the greatest impact
on the history of metal?
can only speak for myself and the albums that has meant the most
to me are KISS - Alive!, Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness, W.A.S.P
- WASP, King Diamond - Abigail, Confessor - Condemned, Cynic -
Focus, Atheist - Unquestionable Presence and well…a lot of other
albums. Too many to mention them all!
-Thank you very
much for participating in this interview and sharing this
information and your thoughts with us - these last lines are
entirely for you…
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and keep your eyes open for our latest video! We shot it recently
in collaboration with a company called iCode. The song we used is
called “The Illusionist” off the new album. Thank you for the
interview and take care, everyone!
All the best,