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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: 6

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (9)


Line-up
Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner - vocals, guitars
Bobby Koelble - guitars
Eugene Victor "Gene" Hoglan II - 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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Reza - 24.01.2010 at 14:07  
  Very nice album! Indeed, Death albums are Deathless!
vezzy - 05.06.2010 at 14:59  
Rating: 7 This is the greatest metal album of all time? I mean, it's good but I always found the other Death albums to be better.
Black Apep - 27.09.2010 at 18:16  
Rating: 10
Written by vezzy on 05.06.2010 at 14:59

This is the greatest metal album of all time? I mean, it's good but I always found the other Death albums to be better.




Awesome Album
GoBlin666 - 12.11.2010 at 13:04  
Rating: 10 This must be the best Death album in my opinion, next to leprosy
monsterpod2 - 11.12.2010 at 01:03  
Rating: 10 #1 AGAIN & IT FEELS SO GOOD!!!!!
mz - 20.12.2010 at 10:09  
Rating: 9 "great" cant describe this album.it contains every thing you want in death and progressive metal .fast tempo tracks like "misanthrope" and "1000 eyes" and slower ones like"crystal mountain" are prefect .you cant hear such clean parts in any other extreme metal album.
ErnilEnNaur - 14.02.2011 at 20:08  
 
Written by vezzy on 05.06.2010 at 14:59

This is the greatest metal album of all time? I mean, it's good but I always found the other Death albums to be better.


Same here, this album is far from bad or even average, but it leaves me with the overall feeling of "meh", sort of like Fox-hole Megan.
Deadmeat - 15.02.2011 at 12:18  
Rating: 10
Written by Guest on 14.02.2011 at 20:08

Written by vezzy on 05.06.2010 at 14:59

This is the greatest metal album of all time? I mean, it's good but I always found the other Death albums to be better.


Same here, this album is far from bad or even average, but it leaves me with the overall feeling of "meh", sort of like Fox-hole Megan.

to both of you: it would be amazingly hard to say (for only one album) that "this is the best metal album of all time" but this one would be in the first places more than any other death album cause it is the most complete. it has awesome solos, it has dynamic riffs, awesome production, great vocals, great lyrics and many great songs.
Boxcar Willy - 19.04.2011 at 19:09  
Rating: 7
Written by Guest on 14.02.2011 at 20:08

Written by vezzy on 05.06.2010 at 14:59

This is the greatest metal album of all time? I mean, it's good but I always found the other Death albums to be better.


Same here, this album is far from bad or even average, but it leaves me with the overall feeling of "meh", sort of like Fox-hole Megan.

same here, not about the megan part though
Slayer666 - 21.04.2011 at 16:33  
 
Written by Guest on 14.02.2011 at 20:08

Written by vezzy on 05.06.2010 at 14:59

This is the greatest metal album of all time? I mean, it's good but I always found the other Death albums to be better.

sort of like Fox-hole Megan.



Yeah, I'm not really getting the hype about this album either. It's pretty good stuff, for sure, but lacks that magic that makes me go "WHOOOAH!!".
antonio2 - 10.05.2011 at 22:27  
  I like this album! One of my favorites.
pauli2 - 15.05.2011 at 00:07  
  This album is awesome!
K†ulu - 02.06.2011 at 16:59  
Rating: 10
Written by Death_95 on 02.06.2011 at 11:23

Jesus I really wanted to like this, I guess I'll never like Death metal. I've listened to this and every album by Amon Amarth. The 1st 2 or 3 songs are amazing, but death metal albums are always so repetitive (Is it just me ?). Symbolic is probably the best Death metal song I've heard so far, but then it keeps going down-wards. Same exact thing with every Amon Amarth album... Maybe it's just the track-listing that I don't like, I don't know. I'll listen to The Sound of Perseverance and try to like it.
This is more like progressive-death or melodic-death, right ?

The Sound of Perseverance is a bit more convoluted, so if you like that sort of tech stuff, go for it, but Symbolic is soooooo not a typical Death Metal album. It is very diverse, so I don't know, give it some it.
Death_95 - 11.06.2011 at 19:38  
Rating: 10
Quote:
The Sound of Perseverance is a bit more convoluted, so if you like that sort of tech stuff, go for it, but Symbolic is soooooo not a typical Death Metal album. It is very diverse, so I don't know, give it some it.

I gave it some time, it's a masterpiece! It's weird cause I usually like an album from the first listen, but this took some time.. I guess that's because it's too heavy and complex to like from one listen, right ?
I deleted my first comment
Deadmeat - 11.06.2011 at 23:44  
Rating: 10
Quote:
Written by Death_95 on 11.06.2011 at 19:38

The Sound of Perseverance is a bit more convoluted, so if you like that sort of tech stuff, go for it, but Symbolic is soooooo not a typical Death Metal album. It is very diverse, so I don't know, give it some it.

I gave it some time, it's a masterpiece! It's weird cause I usually like an album from the first listen, but this took some time.. I guess that's because it's too heavy and complex to like from one listen, right ?
I deleted my first comment

good for you mate! this is one of the best for sure. it's nice to see people changing opinions and coming back to say they where wrong.
Angelic Storm - 12.06.2011 at 00:03  
Rating: 9 I do find this album to be slightly overrated, especially when compared to it's awesome predecessor which always seems to get overlooked in favour of "Symbolic". In saying that though, there are some absolutely amazing songs on the album, that are total classics. xD
Deadmeat - 12.06.2011 at 01:19  
Rating: 10
Written by Angelic Storm on 12.06.2011 at 00:03

especially when compared to it's awesome predecessor which always seems to get overlooked in favour of "Symbolic".

well i agree with this comment. Death is one of my fav bands generally, they are really awesome. Individual Thought Patterns is an absolutely awesome album (as all Death albums are) and probably my favorite of the band. It flows perfectly and i think that this is the only thing (among with the production) where Symbolic lacks. this album is like we have 9 perfect songs together when ITP is more like a "complete album". i cannot express it good. i hope you get me! generally both albums are awesome, surely Death's best albums!
Angelic Storm - 12.06.2011 at 14:05  
Rating: 9
Written by Deadmeat on 12.06.2011 at 01:19
well i agree with this comment. Death is one of my fav bands generally, they are really awesome. Individual Thought Patterns is an absolutely awesome album (as all Death albums are) and probably my favorite of the band. It flows perfectly and i think that this is the only thing (among with the production) where Symbolic lacks. this album is like we have 9 perfect songs together when ITP is more like a "complete album". i cannot express it good. i hope you get me! generally both albums are awesome, surely Death's best albums!


ITP is along with SBG, my fave Death album. And the reason why I prefer it over "Symbolic", is exactly the reason you gave! lol It just flows wonderfully well, and the whole album is seamless in it's construction. "Symbolic" feels a bit more disjointed by comparison, even though the vast majority of the album contains awesome songs. ITP is just flawless from beginning to end, proggy death metal at it's absolute finest! xD Of course, I love "Symbolic" too, but Ive always seen ITP as Chuck's true magnum opus with Death. \m/
Deadmeat - 12.06.2011 at 14:39  
Rating: 10
Written by Angelic Storm on 12.06.2011 at 14:05

Written by Deadmeat on 12.06.2011 at 01:19
well i agree with this comment. Death is one of my fav bands generally, they are really awesome. Individual Thought Patterns is an absolutely awesome album (as all Death albums are) and probably my favorite of the band. It flows perfectly and i think that this is the only thing (among with the production) where Symbolic lacks. this album is like we have 9 perfect songs together when ITP is more like a "complete album". i cannot express it good. i hope you get me! generally both albums are awesome, surely Death's best albums!


ITP is along with SBG, my fave Death album. And the reason why I prefer it over "Symbolic", is exactly the reason you gave! lol It just flows wonderfully well, and the whole album is seamless in it's construction. "Symbolic" feels a bit more disjointed by comparison, even though the vast majority of the album contains awesome songs. ITP is just flawless from beginning to end, proggy death metal at it's absolute finest! xD Of course, I love "Symbolic" too, but Ive always seen ITP as Chuck's true magnum opus with Death. \m/

well i just listened again to Symbolic. it surely is an awesome piece of art. i am really not sure which album has the best songs (out of symbolic and ITP of course) but the only point where Symbolic lacks is the "flows as a whole album" thing. nowhere else. at least for me. (and of course a bit in Chucks voice).... (well i repeated what we told before but i love this band )
Death_95 - 05.07.2011 at 00:50  
Rating: 10 Sacred Serenity : "Maybe we could take a step back, and discover what leads us to attack"
Death writes the best metal lyrics ever after Metallica.
Beautiful album.
kokina2 - 28.08.2011 at 16:57  
  One of the greatest albums.
Lethean - 28.10.2011 at 22:26  
  masterpiece
Metal_Buff - 16.12.2011 at 06:22  
Rating: 9 Obvious masterpiece! I am hardly qualified to give a deep review of an album this good, this important... But there's just so many cool things going on here, I've gotta say something! The songwriting is absolutely top notch for metal, for any genre for that matter. "1,000 Eyes" is truly prophetic for 1995... "Privacy, and intimacy, as we know it, will be a memory!!" Could there be a more relevant song for the internet age?

It's not just the lyrics that are deep and full of feeling either, it's hard to describe the way in which the playing seems to evoke so much emotion too, it makes me really not want to call this death metal... Perhaps that's just so more people will give it a listen, if you haven't, you absolutely must!
Lit. - 17.01.2012 at 03:35  
  Compared to others like Leprosy, Human and TSOP, it's quite overrated.
teniva - 19.01.2012 at 04:44  
  I like it!
Korah - 01.03.2012 at 20:58  
Rating: 9 The Death is Symbolic!
musicalkaratekid - 05.03.2012 at 17:12  
Rating: 9 'Symbolic' is about as ambitious as an album can get. With a powerful title track to open up an album of epic proportions, and to be closed by a song that really does appear to take you on a voyage of its own, this album is probably where Death's music finally came together. I'm not forgetting that 'Human' and 'Individual sound Patterns' were each in a field of their own, but i believe it is this and their next album where death truly stepped out of the death metal realms, and reached out beyond. That said, I actually prefer 'The Sound of Perseverance', but 'Symbolic' is better than most 90's albums anyway.
rafaelars - 04.05.2012 at 02:43  
Rating: 10 To ME its their best and one of the most perfect albuns that I ever heard in my life
infernaldeath87 - 30.05.2012 at 05:20  
Rating: 10
Written by vezzy on 05.06.2010 at 14:59

This is the greatest metal album of all time? I mean, it's good but I always found the other Death albums to be better.

I totally agree. I even liked Individual Thought Patterns a little bit better than this record!
Neiluria - 01.06.2012 at 00:22  
Rating: 10 Symbolic acts, so viviiiiiid
Yet at the same time, Were invisible !
lord artan - 30.06.2012 at 16:21  
Rating: 10 Zero Tolerance!!!!!!!!!best just best.
are you sleeping??...
oh Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner why you die?you are ingenious
qlacs - 13.07.2012 at 19:01  
Rating: 10 I'm not a Death fan to say so (I don't like all their albums, the earlier one's I almost can't listen to) but here are my favourites in order: Crystal Mountain, 10000 Eyes, Empty Words, Symbolic, Without Judgement, Misanthrope, Zero Tolerance and Perennial Quest with the end.

So that pretty much sums it up.
thewaytonever - 01.08.2012 at 00:36  
  Yawn
Boxcar Willy - 01.08.2012 at 01:42  
Rating: 7 Chuck Vocals annoy the piss out of me, the riffing is cool and all, but not THAT cool.
!J.O.O.E.! - 01.08.2012 at 01:53  
Rating: 5
Written by Boxcar Willy on 01.08.2012 at 01:42

Chuck Vocals annoy the piss out of me, the riffing is cool and all, but not THAT cool.

Basically how I feel about it. I probably need to revise my scores though.
Mr. Doctor - 01.08.2012 at 11:20  
 
Written by Boxcar Willy on 01.08.2012 at 01:42

Chuck Vocals annoy the piss out of me, the riffing is cool and all, but not THAT cool.


Well, the high pitched voice wasn't an all-time-thing. I know many enjoy their first stuff and dislike the later mostly because of the vocals.
dinualin94 - 04.09.2012 at 17:53  
Rating: 10 I love this masterpiece
Angelic Storm - 04.09.2012 at 23:28  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 01.08.2012 at 11:20
Well, the high pitched voice wasn't an all-time-thing. I know many enjoy their first stuff and dislike the later mostly because of the vocals.


I like Death's last two albums very much, though I have to admit I'd like them even more if the vocals were more "classic Chuck". "Individual Thought Patterns" was the last album to contain those classic vocals. The vocals on "Symbolic" were like a mix between his older style vocals and the higher pitched vocals that were on TSOP. And on TSOP the vocals were fully in the high pitched style that you could hear starting to come through on the previous album. I don't hate the high pitched vocals by any means, and they are certainly not bad enough to make me dislike the last two albums, but they are definitely the weak spot on those albums. If those albums contained Chuck's old voice, they would definitely sound quite a bit better than they actually do.
gnirpz - 28.10.2012 at 22:16  
Rating: 10 Highest level of technicality mixed with metal spirit. Chuck was a genius. No word about this masterpiece. 11/10. Could be one of the best album of all time, no matter about the music style. For sure, a reference in metal.
megadeath13 - 04.01.2013 at 15:08  
  Very good album, but just a little bit overrated. Human, Spiritual Healing and Leprosy are better in my opinion.
Illog1cal - 07.01.2013 at 13:47  
  This is actually closer to being a Power Metal album with all the power chords, the over the top soaring solos, dramatic screams, traditional song structures. It is a very inoffensive Death metal album, it is a Power Metal album but with screaming instead of clean vocals and a down-tuned clean but chug-worthy guitar tone. I quite like a lot of it because even though it is repetitive there are some stand out moments and overall songs that are too great to pass on, you have: 'Symbolic', 'Empty Words', the classic anthem 'Crystal Mountain', and 'Misanthrope' which was decent.
Mr. Doctor - 07.01.2013 at 21:44  
 
Written by Guest on 07.01.2013 at 13:47

This is actually closer to being a Power Metal album with all the power chords, the over the top soaring solos, dramatic screams, traditional song structures. It is a very inoffensive Death metal album, it is a Power Metal album but with screaming instead of clean vocals and a down-tuned clean but chug-worthy guitar tone. I quite like a lot of it because even though it is repetitive there are some stand out moments and overall songs that are too great to pass on, you have: 'Symbolic', 'Empty Words', the classic anthem 'Crystal Mountain', and 'Misanthrope' which was decent.


At this point I wouldn't call it death metal at all... Just progressive metal. Same for the next one.
Illog1cal - 08.01.2013 at 01:59  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 07.01.2013 at 21:44

Written by Guest on 07.01.2013 at 13:47

This is actually closer to being a Power Metal album with all the power chords, the over the top soaring solos, dramatic screams, traditional song structures. It is a very inoffensive Death metal album, it is a Power Metal album but with screaming instead of clean vocals and a down-tuned clean but chug-worthy guitar tone. I quite like a lot of it because even though it is repetitive there are some stand out moments and overall songs that are too great to pass on, you have: 'Symbolic', 'Empty Words', the classic anthem 'Crystal Mountain', and 'Misanthrope' which was decent.


At this point I wouldn't call it death metal at all... Just progressive metal. Same for the next one.


Its not progressive, if it was progressive songs like 'Without Judgement' would not have two sections at the beginning of the song and then a middle 'spaced out' part and then the same two sections at the beginning repeated again to finish. This is a very simple song structure, its nowhere near progressive and neither are most of the other songs.
Mr. Doctor - 08.01.2013 at 15:16  
  Let's agree to disagree then. Just because it doesn't have an extremely difficult structure it doesn't mean that is' not progressive.

One thing is for sure: This ain't death and neither the last album.
Jaeryd17‍ - 18.01.2013 at 12:32  
Rating: 9 Fucking great.
Dzidziafon - 12.05.2013 at 18:56  
Rating: 8 For me 3rd Death album, after SoP and Human.
Himedal - 23.07.2013 at 20:34  
Rating: 10 I'm not very much into death but I really love this album.
NocturnalStalker - 01.10.2013 at 17:31  
Rating: 9 My favourite Death album and one of my all-time favourite metal albums. Not a single song that is not great to my ears.
deadone - 27.02.2014 at 07:05  
Rating: 5
Written by Boxcar Willy on 01.08.2012 at 01:42

Chuck Vocals annoy the piss out of me, the riffing is cool and all, but not THAT cool.



After listening to that Live one where the sound wasn't that polished, I totally agree.

There is also a gutlessness to the sound that pervades their albums.

In the early stuff it seems more balanced but then that is primal Death Metal and not overblown technical wankery.

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