After nine long years, Scar Symmetry is back with a new single "Scorched Quadrant" and a new record The Singularity (Phase II – Xenotaph) due out June 9. It's Scar Symmetry, so you know what to expect – crushing riffs, massive melodic choruses with searing screams throughout the verses, and damn near impossible guitar solos.
"It brings us the utmost pleasure and pride to announce the long-awaited and much-teased Phase II to the world along with its first single!" said band mastermind and guitarist Per Nilsson. "It's been a long time coming but I'm glad that we went the extra mile to make everything as perfect as we felt it needed to be.
"The world is a different place in 2023 than it was in 2014 when Neohumanity was released… We see the rise of AI before our very eyes and while we all look in awe at the wonders it can create it is easy to think of some very disturbing scenarios. In our new album, we once again explore these themes of neohumanity, artificial intelligence and the technological singularity from a dystopian point of view.
"The AI-enhanced neohumans are waging war upon the unmodified majority of mankind who don't stand a chance against their technologically superior oppressors, until one day, a glimmer of salvation appears in the night sky. Almost impossible to first take in; as an utterly alien mirage, seemingly out of nowhere mysterious, giant spacecrafts silently emerge from the heavens. Travelers both intergalactic and interdimensional, these ultraterrestrial beings who have been watching mankind for millennia seem to have decided to not sit idle while the technocalyptic cybergeddon is ravaging our planet.
"We recently renewed our vows with Nuclear Blast and we're very thrilled about moving on to this next phase (ahem) of our career with them by our side! The Phase II touring cycle starts today and fittingly, we begin with a tour supporting my former employers Meshuggah! We hope to see you all on the road soon, but until then, here's 'Scorched Quadrant'!"
Pre-orders are available here, and the band's dates with Meshuggah kick off today.
3/31 SE – LUND, Sparbanken Skåne Arena
4/1 SE – ÖREBRO, Conventum
4/7 SE – UMEÅ, Nolia-hallen
4/8 SE – STOCKHOLM, Annexet
4/21 SE – LINKÖPING, Saab Arena
4/22 SE – PARTILLE, Partille Arena