Symbolic (Death album)

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Studio album by Death
Released March 21, 1995
Genre Technical death metal, progressive metal
Length 50:37
Label Roadrunner
Producer Jim Morris, Chuck Schuldiner
Death chronology
Individual Thought Patterns
The Sound of Perseverance

Symbolic is the sixth album by American heavy metal band Death. The album was released on March 21, 1995 through Roadrunner Records. This is the only album to feature guitarist Bobby Koelble and bassist Kelly Conlon and the last to feature drummer Gene Hoglan. The album was remastered and reissued on April 1, 2008 with five bonus tracks.[1]


Like Human and Individual Thought Patterns, Symbolic features a much more technical and progressively advanced death metal style. This album also received higher production values than previous albums, resulting in a more polished sound overall. It is notable that the average song length on this album is around five minutes, while it was around four minutes on Human and Individual Thought Patterns, with the tempos closer to that of traditional death metal. Chuck Schuldiner's growl also became noticeably higher on this release, which continued into their final studio album The Sound of Perseverance.

No video was released for the album.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Blabbermouth 10/10[2] 10/10 stars [3]
Metal Forces 9/10 stars
Record Collector 5/5 stars[4]

The album was received very well by the music critics. ranks the album as the 7th greatest extreme metal album[5] and the 58th greatest heavy metal album[6] of all time.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Chuck Schuldiner

No. Title Length
1. "Symbolic"   6:32
2. "Zero Tolerance"   4:48
3. "Empty Words"   6:22
4. "Sacred Serenity"   4:26
5. "1,000 Eyes"   4:28
6. "Without Judgement"   5:28
7. "Crystal Mountain"   5:07
8. "Misanthrope"   5:04
9. "Perennial Quest"   8:22
Total length:
2008 remastered version[8]
No. Title Length
10. "Symbolic Acts" (demo of "Symbolic" without vocals) 5:55
11. "Zero Tolerance" (instrumental demo) 4:10
12. "Crystal Mountain" (instrumental demo) 4:24
13. "Misanthrope" (instrumental demo) 5:40
14. "Symbolic Acts" (4-track demo of "Symbolic" with vocals) 5:55
Total length:



  1. ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET - DEATH: 'Symbolic' Reissue Track Listing Revealed". Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Bergman, Keith. "Review: Symbolic". Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Thomas Weeber. "Death -Symbolic". Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  4. ^ McIver, Joel (November 27, 2013). "Death - Symbolic". Record Collector. 
  5. ^ Top 50 Extreme Metal Albums. Metal Rules. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  6. ^ The Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums. Metal Rules. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  7. ^ " Symbolic:Death: MP3 Downloads". Amazon. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Death (2) - Symbolic (CD, Album) at Discogs". 1 April 2008. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Gene Hoglan Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 3 July 2013.