I still purchased the band's first album without Älvestam. Though the majority of the songs were instantly recognizable as Scar Symmetry, I came away disappointed because I felt the band had incorporated a little too much -core influence with the addition of scattered breakdowns. Suffice to say, without Christian the band wasn't the same. I simply shelved the album and followed his numerous musical projects instead.
Fast forward to 2011, Scar Symmetry released another offering, The Unseen Empire, to ravenous fans. Thankfully, upon my first listen, the album rocks hardcore. Per Nilsson is still a bona fide guitar god (I can't give him all the credit. The rest of the band sounds great, too.). The Unseen Empire is really a return to form, one that will surely keep me interested for a very long time.
I know I don't have a lot to offer postwise, but out of excitement I *had* to write something about Scar Symmetry and this album. Perhaps I will have a recap after I've fully absorbed the record. For now, let's listen to the most accessible song. Even people who claim to hate metal won't be able to turn it down.