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!!!