Holographic Universe (album)

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Holographic Universe
Holographic Universe.jpg
Studio album by Scar Symmetry
Released 20 June 2008 (2008-06-20)
(See release history)
Recorded 3 December 2007 − 3 February 2008
(Black Lounge Studios, Avesta, Sweden)
Genre Melodic death metal[1]
Length 58:40
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Jonas Kjellgren
Scar Symmetry chronology
Pitch Black Progress
Holographic Universe
Dark Matter Dimensions
Singles from Holographic Universe
  1. "Morphogenesis"
    Released: 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
PiercingMetal 4/5 stars[3]
Blabbermouth.net 8/10 stars[4]

Holographic Universe is the third full-length studio album by Swedish metal band Scar Symmetry. It is the last album to feature vocalist Christian Älvestam, who parted ways with the band shortly after the album's completion. It was released on 20 June 2008 in Europe, and on July 7, 2008 in North America. The album peaked on the charts at 37 in Finland, and 65 in Austria.[5] A music video for the song "Morphogenesis" premiered on 18 September. The album is rumoured to be loosely based on Michael Talbot's book The Holographic Universe.[citation needed]

Upon its release, the science-themed Holographic Universe was considered Scar Symmetry's most commercially focused album, with critics drawing comparisons with progressive bands including Dream Theater.[1][6] Allmusic comments that the band "appears more serious than ever about contrasting super melodic choruses, guitar harmonies, and even intermittent synths, against aesthetic evil twins like furious death metal growls, aggressive riffing, and torrential drumming".[1] Blabbermouth.net claims the album does not dramatically expand on previous releases, but is a "well-planned and structured album that comes across as accessible and heavy at the same time".[4]

"The Three Dimensional Shadow" was the first Scar Symmetry song to feature the use of an 8 string guitar.

Holographic Universe is also the only album where all the members of the band were credited on writing and composition.

A thirteenth track, "Disintegrate the Hourglass", was written and recorded for the album, but was not included on the album.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All music and lyrics by Scar Symmetry

No. Title Length
1. "Morphogenesis" 3:56
2. "Timewave Zero" 5:13
3. "Quantumleaper" 4:09
4. "Artificial Sun Projection" 3:58
5. "The Missing Coordinates" 4:37
6. "Ghost Prototype I - Measurement of Thought" 4:35
7. "Fear Catalyst" 5:03
8. "Trapezoid" 4:17
9. "Prism and Gate" 3:46
10. "Holographic Universe" 9:05
11. "The Three-Dimensional Shadow" 3:57
12. "Ghost Prototype II - Deus Ex Machina" 6:02
Total length: 58:40


Scar Symmetry

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
Europe 20 June 2008 (2008-06-20)
United States July 7, 2008 (2008-07-07)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Holographic Universe Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  2. ^ Ward, Kyle (12 June 2008). "Scar Symmetry - Holographic Universe (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  3. ^ Pierce, Ken (2008). "Scar Symmetry - Holographic Universe". PiercingMetal. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  4. ^ a b Ogle, Ryan. "Scar Symmetry - Holographic Universe (Nuclear Blast)". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 31 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Scar Symmetry - Holographic Universe (album)". Australian-Charts.com. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Holographic Universe - Scar Symmetry". 18 September 2008. Archived from the original on January 5, 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2009.