Symbolic (Death album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 21, 1995
StudioMorrisound Recording, Tampa, Florida[1]
ProducerJim Morris, Chuck Schuldiner
Death chronology
Individual Thought Patterns
The Sound of Perseverance

Symbolic is the sixth studio album by American death metal band Death, released on March 21, 1995, by Roadrunner Records. The album was remastered and reissued on April 1, 2008, with five bonus tracks.[4] It is the only album to feature Bobby Koelble and Kelly Conlon on guitar and bass, respectively, and the second and last album to feature drummer Gene Hoglan.


Symbolic was released by Roadrunner Records on March 21, 1995.[5]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[5]
Metal.de10/10 stars [7]
Record Collector5/5 stars[8]
Select3/5 stars[9]

In a contemporary review, Select stated that "there're still lashings of gristly, growling vocals and head-in-the-groin thrashing to be had" as a listener can "snuggle up to witness what dark depths Death's 12-year career has taken them too".[9]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic gave the album a three star out of five rating.[5] The review noted that "some of the riffs are beginning to sound a little tired and there is no great leap forward in terms of their musical ideas, but the sheer visceral force of their sound should please their dedicated fans".[5] A review of the 2008 re-issue in Record Collector gave the album a five out of five star rating, stating that the album was as "close to flawless as metal gets, and a testament to the drive and talent of the much-missed Schuldiner".[8] ranked the album as the 7th greatest extreme metal album[11] and the 58th greatest heavy metal album of all time.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Chuck Schuldiner.

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
9."Perennial Quest"8:22
Total length:50:37[13]


Personnel adapted from the CD liner notes of the original 1995 release and the 2008 reissue.[1][14]

Additional musicians
Technical personnel
  • Chuck Schuldiner – production
  • Jim Morris – production, engineering
  • George Marino – mastering, remastering
  • Patricia Mooney – design
  • René Miville – artwork, photography


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  2. ^ "Death - Symbolic". Metal Storm (webzine). Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Death Metal, Melodic". Metal Storm. August 3, 2005. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  4. ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET - DEATH: 'Symbolic' Reissue Track Listing Revealed". Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Symbolic". AllMusic. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  6. ^ Bergman, Keith. "Review: Symbolic". Archived from the original on 13 October 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2010.
  7. ^ Thomas Weeber. "Death -Symbolic". Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  8. ^ a b McIver, Joel. "Death – Symbolic". Record Collector. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  9. ^ a b PM (April 1995). "newalbums". Select. p. 93.
  10. ^ Atari. "Death - Symbolic". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2019-10-14.
  11. ^ "Top 50 Extreme Metal Albums". Metal Rules. Archived from the original on April 5, 2018. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "The Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums". Metal Rules. Archived from the original on November 30, 2018. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  13. ^ " Symbolic:Death: MP3 Downloads". Amazon. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  14. ^ Symbolic: The Expanded Edition (booklet). Death. Roadrunner Records. 2008.CS1 maint: others (link)