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Death - Symbolic



9.3 | 2392 votes |
Release date: 21 March 1995
Style: Progressive death metal, Progressive thrash metal

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01. Symbolic
02. Zero Tolerance
03. Empty Words
04. Sacred Serenity
05. 1,000 Eyes
06. Without Judgement
07. Crystal Mountain
08. Misanthrope
09. Perennial Quest
10. Symbolic Acts [instrumental demo version]
11. Zero Tolerance [instrumental version]
12. Crystal Mountain [instrumental version]
13. Misanthrope [instrumental version]
14. Symbolic Acts [demo]

Top 20 albums of 1995: 1
Top 200 albums of all time: 1

Line-up
Chuck Schuldiner - vocals, guitars
Bobby Koelble - guitars
Gene Hoglan - drums
Kelly Conlon - bass

Additional info
Produced, engineered and mixed by Jim Moore for D.U.A.F. productions.
Co-produced by Chuck Schuldiner.
Recorded and mixed at Morrisound Recording, Tampla, FL.
Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound, NYC.
Cover art: René Miville.
Band photography: René Miville.
Design: Patty Mooney.

Produced for reissue by Monte Conner.
Project coordinator: Steven Hartong.
Remastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound, NYC, December 2007.
Bonus tracks taken from Symbolic pre-production demos. Produced by Chuck Schuldiner.

Guest review by
Yanko
Rating:
9.0
So, after probably the worst album in Death's career, they have taken enough time off (two years) before releasing this one. And it is a very rapid change from the previous one, leaving many of the fans really puzzled.

Chuck has once more changed his vocals to more screaming and thus getting them to what they will sound three years later at a steady and slow pace. His singing isn't very convincing and could be easily be labeled as rather ordinary thrash singing, because of his voice lacking the personal touch of the man performing them.

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published 15.09.2003 | Comments (33)

Guest review by
K†ulu
Rating:
9.7
1995 was very generous to the metal world with its great releases. One of them was Death's 6th studio album called Symbolic, a true masterpiece and a classic without a doubt. Everything about this music piece impresses to the very marrow of the bones: the riffs, the leads, the bass, the drums, the lyrics and the vocals. The album is even more versatile and progressive than the previous two, with most songs running for over 5 minutes.

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published 26.06.2008 | Comments (22)

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26.02.2022 - 00:54
Rating: 10
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
Written by doez on 25.02.2022 at 23:02

The more I listen to Symbolic and the less I like it tbf, the only songs I still like on the album are without judgement and crystal mountain, the other ones just don't do anything to me anymore

Yeah, I know what you mean. As the first Death (and death metal) album I heard, it is very special to me personally, but I dont listen to it that often anymore. If I listen to Death, I usually go for Spiritual Healing, Leprosy, or Human.
Like I said, the only song that I really don't like anymore is Zero Tolerance, so my vote won't drop from a 10 to a 9 yet. But the album has dropped on my favorites list (from 5th to 13th place)
One main thing is the vocals. I find they were perfect on Spiritual Healing. Here they are transitioning to the shrieking of Sound of Perseverance. It's not really bad, just kind of jarring if one compares it to the earlier styles.
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26.02.2022 - 12:07
Rating: 5
doez
Hallucigenia
Written by F3ynman2000 on 26.02.2022 at 00:54

One main thing is the vocals. I find they were perfect on Spiritual Healing. Here they are transitioning to the shrieking of Sound of Perseverance. It's not really bad, just kind of jarring if one compares it to the earlier styles.

I definitely agree, I don't really like the vocals on ITP and Symbolic whereas the ones on the first 3 albums are amazing
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