Death - Symbolic

9.2 | 2321 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

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
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.

published 15.09.2003 | Comments (33)

Guest review by
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.

published 26.06.2008 | Comments (22)

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27.03.2019 - 10:50
Rating: 10

These vocals are so goddamn amazing, it's breathtaking how Chuck presents these emotions
I don't play the guitar, the guitar plays me.

No, honestly. The guitar is an arsehole
12.04.2020 - 13:07
Rating: 9

I've listened to this album a few times now. It is an excellent album no doubt, but the best metal album ever? I would personally rank TSOP and Human above Symbolic.
04.05.2020 - 23:58

I gave it plenty of listens but never would wrap my head around the fact it was the best of all times. maybe deaths music is not my taste, dont mind me.
05.05.2020 - 00:06
Rating: 10
Metal Rambo

I love Death and Symbolic, but I don't think it's the best album ever, even though I can see why many other people would think so. Death is one of those funny bands whose every album is classic and possible candidate for being someone's all time favorite piece of metal.
You've got a lot of guts. Let's see what they look like.
05.05.2020 - 00:16
Rating: 10

Guys, where is your balls!?
We are Metal Storm!
If we say altogether (on average) that this is the best album of all time then this is the best album of all time.
07.05.2020 - 23:03
Rating: 10

Nine hits? my god... every song is so memorable, full of twists and turns. It always surprises me. I like his vocals a lot. they feel like they are one of a kind, very distinguishable among every other vocalists imo. And perhaps the best lyrics among the more popular bands. I feel like pretty much every song is masterpiece on itself
"Dreams of sweetest emotion touch my heart and smother my daily suppressed cries, while a vision of beauty, pure and dear inspires me with a glimpse of paradise."

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08.05.2020 - 02:44
The Witchfinder
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It's okay. I always thought it was their weakest album especially since it's sandwiched between two masterpieces already, not to mention the early stuff which is in a league of its own.
02.07.2020 - 22:58

One of the best from the band for sure, but not my favorite. It's an improvement over Individual Thought Patterns though. Not saying ITP is bad by and stretch at all, it's quite good. This is just better.
22.09.2020 - 15:50
Rating: 9
If you've ever wondered what this album sounded like if played in some Tangerine Dream/Stranger Things hallucinatory filter, Introspekrieg's got you covered when he unearthed this gem.

Nitelight plays Death's Symbolic - or should I say Synthbolic?
get the fuck off my lawn.

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11.12.2020 - 01:24
Rating: 9

Very good album, but a bit overrated
23.01.2021 - 00:24
Rating: 9

Written by nonZero on 12.04.2020 at 13:07

I would personally rank TSOP and Human above Symbolic.

Agree, TSOP and Human are way better than Sybolic

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