Swedish melodic death metallers SCAR SYMMETRY have issued the following update:
"So another year has come to an end. Our fifth 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 [Christian Älvestam]. 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-singer approach was a wise decision.
"2009. What are our hopes and expectations? We're hoping and expecting lots and lots of touring, shows and festivals! Also, we have a few new songs written... We're eager to record some new stuff with Rob [Roberth Karlsson] and Lars [Palmqvist] sooner rather than later, though it's too early to tell when it will happen.
"Our first confirmed show for 2009 is the Chaulnes Metal Fest [in April 2009 in France]. We'll be sharing the stage with the amazing TEXTURES and super-shredders ADAGIO... Awesome lineup!!!"
Check out a poster for the Chaulnes Metal Fest below.
MetalSymphony.com has uploaded photos of SCAR SYMMETRY's December 5, 2008 concert at Sala Zero in Tarragona, Spain. Also available are pictures of support acts LAMENTS OF SILENCE and BETWEEN THE FROST.
Fan-filmed video footage of SCAR SYMMETRY performing the song "The Illusionist" in Tarragona can be viewed below.
SCAR SYMMETRY parted ways with singer Christian Älvestam earlier in the year due to "business and creative differences and lack of interpersonal chemistry." The band explained at the time, "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 lineup."
SCAR SYMMETRY's latest album, "Holographic Universe", registered the following first-week chart positions in Europe:
UK: #39 (Indie chart)
In the U.S., the CD debuted at No. 33 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
An e-card for the CD is available at this location.