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Symbolic [CASSETTE]

Death Audio Cassette
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Unquestionably one of the most important and influential death metal acts to have ever emerged from the North American continent, Florida's DEATH came together in late 1983 when guitarist/vocalist Chuck Schuldiner and guitarist Rick Rozz (real name: Frederick DeLillo) got together with drummer/vocalist Barney "Kam" Lee to form Mantas. Drawing musical inspiration from Venom and ... Read more in Amazon's Death Store

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  • Audio Cassette (9 Mar 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • ASIN: B00000EVYR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,306,844 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars i close my eyes, and sink within myself... 29 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
Wow. Just wow. That's the reaction I get while listening to this album. Not to take away from the other Death albums (sound of perseverance and individual thought patterns particularly) I do truly think that this is Chuck's finest hour. This is one of the few metal albums I know all the words to. Chuck attacks issues such as a 'big brother' society, the potential evil that power brings and more with the same intelligence and grace that he contemplates things such as the afterlife, mourning and nostalgia of past times. This intelligence and grace is portrayed back to the music. This album is everything. Beautiful, cathartic, heavy, deep. Even down to the subtleties of Gene Hoglan's amazing drum performance and the razor sharp, catchy riffs. The leadwork is beyond tasteful too, completely obliterating virtuoism and pomp with some of the most meaningful, yet still technical solos that have been spat from Mr Schuldiner and Bobby Koelble's fingers. The album just works from beginning to end, showing plenty of variation, yet still sitting completely in the stacatto thrash/death territory that Death has always employed as their primary weapon. If you have to just hear one song from this album, make it Zero Tolerance, a Death classic and the home of one of the best riffs ever. If you appreciate metal thats well played, powerful as much as it's brutal and deep then put Symbolic on the top of your list. I first heard this album the day before Chuck died. RIP.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death's Pure Metal Release 13 Mar 2003
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I own three Death albums- Scream Bloody Gore, Human and Symbolic- i bought them in that order and the transition from each is quite logical. I have also heard tracks of numerous other albums. Death began as amazingly brutal and raw and played extremely fast death metal. By Human, it had changed into a more technical, mature beast. This trend has continued onto Symbolic which is amazingly technical and less brutal than previous outings. All styles are great and i really love this album. The riffs are great very catchy and quite technical and the vocals are pure Schuldiner, even if they are less brutal than in the past. However, my favourite part of Death are the solos and on Human they had improved a lot to 'Scream' so by Symbolic they are excellent. The songs are longer than in the past but make perfect sense. This is defintely worth buying if you like metal like Slayer, Metallica and Maiden as it is not so brutal or one-dimensional as Scream, and would be more enjoyable than Human. Even so, I think everyone should own all Death albums because they were a great gore death metal, technical death metal and a great metal band. I will be purchasing the others
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5.0 out of 5 stars Could it BE more technical? 17 Jan 2002
Format:Audio CD
Following from the wonderful "Individual Thought Patterns", "Symbolic" offered a slightly stable lineup, with the awesome Gene "Gahod" Hoglan on drums staying from "Individual...".
The first album from Death that I bought, and this has got some of the most interesting riff and drum patterns, as well as showcasing the wonderful ability of being technical and catchy at the same time.
The lyrics are again themed, but they talk about aliens, the threat of too much CCTV type stuff, growing old, and some less reality based ones like Crystal Mountain and Perennial Quest.
Chucks guitar playing really dripped of Spanish style on this one, and his solos are as good as ever.
The vocals got higher again, and would show the progression that got them to their highest on "The Sound Of Perseverance", as well as the more Heavy(True) Metal stylings of the album. This sort of gives the hint about Control Denied, but in interviews he'd not been able to start anything, so I suppose his creativity for it seeped into the Death creativity, and so it's mixed together on here.
Another essential Death purchase
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I could go into extensive analysis of this album like many reviewers on amazon, pulling it to pieces, this sounds like...track so & so has phrases....simple lines intertwining etc...but I will keep it simple, this is the greatest metal album EVER. The end outro solo chokes me up every time knowing I won't hear that combination of hope, sadness, mysticism, strength & aggression again from the hands of evil chuck. Hopefully some young kid will pick this up, feel it's power & we'll hear that combination from their hands. Keep the metal flowing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of the Perennial Quest 4 Feb 2001
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This was the first album that I bought of the highly sucessful band Death. Formed in 1983 as Mantas, Chuck Schuldiners singular vision of Death came through with it's first album in 1987. Scream Bloody Gore was just that, a very noisy gory death metal album. Playing on that album was Chris Reifert, who went on to found possibly the best gore obsessed death metal band Autopsy. After this they disbanded, and Chuck enlisted Massacre for his second album, leprosy. A more grown up, but still unbeleivably gory, it also set the scens for gore type metal. After that, things got a whole lot more technical, and Spiritual healing, Human, and Individual thought Patterns are all very good technical death metal albums.
Then, after a bit of a hiatus came Symbolic. Still with Drum god Gene Hoglan in the band, Chuck grabbed hold of another guitarist and a bassist and created another greatly technical album. This differs from the others, as it marks a distinct change into the more traditional metal stylings of The Sound Of Perserverence and his new project control Denied. Still as heavy as a good death metal album, but with a bit less speed, and some nice clean guitar touches. As usual, Gene's drumming is godlike, and with Chucks ever increasing ability, the signs were good for some highly technical, but also highly melodical songs.
The highlights on this are definately Symbolic, Zero Tolerance, Misanthrope, and Crystal Mountain, all showcasing a great new song structure that lifted them completely out of the death metal tag that had been over them for so very long. A fine album of crushingly heavy and disturbingly melodic passages, with some high order solos, and deep emotive lyrics.
What more can i say then Buy IT!!!
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Published on 6 Sep 2006 by Craig McLaughlin
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Now Death isnt my favourite band as i have three albums human, individual thought patterns and symbolic. Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2006 by Mrs. C. Rylott
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