Now lets get one thing straight.I am a man of many music genre interest.(A min ago i was rewiewing Blink 182 and Ugly kid Joe and gave it 4-5stars). So i am by no means "a death metalhead". Fact of the matter is that this album covers about every genre called rock or metal. I was a fan of Death back in 1992 but after HUMAN(released that year) i was drawn to other music genres, like Metallica and Brit-Rock. I bought Symbolic in 1999 and suddenly all my wiews on music changed.The album had almost everywhere gotten 1O or 5 stars in music magazines, and rightfully so! Songs like "Sacred Serenity", 1OOO Eyes, Crystal Mountain, Symbolic, Without Judgement and Emty Words and all bona fide classics. This is Deaths Best album although the other ones are equally amazing. Chuck schuldiner was one of the most influential figures of Heavy Rock music and years ahead of everyone else. I you are to buy one album ever in your life, make it this one.Words cannot discribe the brilliance of Symbolic. It Will make your eyes water at least 5 times.