Death
Symbolic


3.0
good

Review

by LaughingSkull USER (32 Reviews)
December 14th, 2013 | 198 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Crosses the line between complexity and pretentiousness

There is something very enigmatic about the album cover to Death's Symbolic... Adam, Eve, the Serpent encroaching on them, and the Omniscient Eye overlooking this grimly scene. It is an intricate peisage of symbols, suggesting and promising an intricate musical and literary experience. And indeed, the album's lyrical content provides a satisfying diversity of deep and thoughtful themes -- The loss of innocence, tyranny of religious establishments, prejudice, the hypercontrol and loss of privacy imposed by modern technology, and in fact the circle of life itself -- all these and more are explored through suggestive, symbolic poetry. And, of course, the album's musical aspect is tailored to follow this lyrical intricacy. Instrumental technicality has been a trademark of Death ever since Leprosy, and Symbolic is no exception, as each song is made a composition of complex movements, featuring various key changes, tempo changes, patterns and fills, and all other maneuvers of the trade that keep you guessing, often unsuccessfully, what will follow next. But haven't Chuck Schuldiner and co. overstepped the boundaries of complexity? In their quest to create an elaborate mosaic of words and sounds, they have forsaken memorability and the genius of simplicity and straightforwardness. The tryhard attempt to conjure up a complex beast eventually results in a creature so labyrinthine, so convoluted, that there is little possibility to fully unwind the coils of the serpent and actually enjoy.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DrHouseSchuldiner
December 14th 2013


5643 Comments


lol

DrHouseSchuldiner
December 14th 2013


5643 Comments


u 5'd within temptation and 3'd this,dude ur crazy

HenchmanOfSanta
December 14th 2013


1872 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I will fight you

Also this album is really not that complex. Every song follows the same structure and most of the riffs aren't that hard (but they're damn catchy). This kind of criticism is usually reserved for The Sound of Perseverance.

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HenchmanOfSanta
December 14th 2013


1872 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

u 5'd within temptation and 3'd this,dude ur crazy
Scrub 5'd two Linkin Park albums and gave a 2.5 to Aspid.


DrHouseSchuldiner
December 14th 2013


5643 Comments


Retarded rev,negged hard

FadeToBlack
December 14th 2013


10930 Comments


5.0 classic
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VisionsFromTheDarkSide
December 14th 2013


1800 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Also this album is really not that complex. Every song follows the same structure and most of the riffs aren't that hard (but they're damn catchy). This kind of criticism is usually reserved for The Sound of Perseverance."

This.

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KILL
December 14th 2013


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Metallica Ride the Lightning


cmon FUNell

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NeroCorleone80
December 14th 2013


29096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bad rating and hence bad review

FadeToBlack
December 14th 2013


10930 Comments


i think he meant to post this for tsop

rating would still be wrong tho

KILL
December 14th 2013


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fade did u see dta last month

FadeToBlack
December 14th 2013


10930 Comments


dta?

no last gig i went to was Neurosis + Godflesh

DrHouseSchuldiner
December 14th 2013


5643 Comments


i think he meant to post this for tsop

rating would still be wrong tho

^this

KILL
December 14th 2013


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

death to all

saw em at the london forum was soooooo good

FadeToBlack
December 14th 2013


10930 Comments


no couldn't go, work and stuff

KILL
December 14th 2013


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

saw camel the month before aswell cant remember if ur into them

Minus.
December 14th 2013


2680 Comments


I really need to start checking out more death metal bands

FadeToBlack
December 14th 2013


10930 Comments


u should listen to ...tion

KILL
December 14th 2013


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fade listen to camel

FadeToBlack
December 14th 2013


10930 Comments


not enough blast beats



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