Symbolic (studio album) by Death (Metal)

Symbolic
Symbolic by Death (Metal)
Year: 1995
Overall rank: 1,014th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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81/100 (from 193 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1995 (18th)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (197th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,014th)
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Symbolic is ranked as the best album by Death (Metal).

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81/100 (from 193 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.9/100, a mean average of 79.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 81.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 20.1.

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From 10/04/2020 10:04
Death metal for intellectual savages

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+Perrenial quest
+Crystal mountain
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From 06/29/2020 02:11
Symbolic was a game-changer for me.

This album intrigued and inspired me to keep going further down the rabbit hole as far as heavy music was. I've been a fan of a number of metal (and other forms of heavy) bands nearly since I got into music as a whole, but when I first heard this a couple of years ago, it flipped a switch. A drummer of 10 years at the time, I heard Gene Hoglan's playing and just kinda went ".......Oh.....". What an uncompromisingly brilliant set of drum performances.

Chuck's writing was never more consistently gripping than here as far as I'm concerned, and I say that having a lot of love for nearly the entire Death discography. His lyrics on Symbolic are sharp, poignant, and in some cases pertinent to what we are experiencing 25 years after the record dropped.

A blistering beauty and one of the most complete and completely engaging albums I can reference.
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From 03/12/2018 09:34
Seguía Chuck Schuldiner en su particular travesía hacia la perfección musical dentro del Death Metal de corte técnico y progresivo, y lo rozó con los dedos en 1995 acompañado de Bobby Koelble, Kelly Conlon y el mítico Gene Hoglan en la batería. No nos engañemos, Death siempre fue la banda de Chuck y hacía con ella lo que quería cuando quería. El padre del Death Metal nos ofrecía en 'Symbolic' un disco excelente, capaz de dividir a la crítica entre los que consideraban esta obra como una genialidad y los que tachaban a Schuldiner de fabricar un trabajo demasiado accesible para tratarse de Death Metal. Por suerte, el tiempo puso cada cosa en su sitio, y canciones como "Crystal Mountain", "Zero Tolerance" o "Symbolic" forman parte de una interminable lista de temas imperiales que Chuck Schuldiner dejó para la posteridad. Genio y figura hasta la sepultura. El más grande.
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90/100
From 03/20/2017 16:35
One of the best, if not the best, death metal albums ever. Chuck's songwriting is at its peak on this album, and while not quite as technical as Human, it is still extremely technical. A good starting place for someone who is interested in death metal.
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From 01/29/2017 19:55
The best songwriting overall across all death metal and easily in the argument for top 10 best metal albums period. This isn't them at their most brutal or even technical but them firing on all cylinders as a core unit. A true masterpiece of melody. Basically, it's fucking Symbolic. Anything else?
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From 12/16/2015 07:23
Not their most progressive nor their most heavy but it certainly features their best songwriting. nothing short of a masterpiece and one of the best albums ever released in any genre.
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From 07/09/2015 13:59
Ridiculously technical. 'Symbolic' was the first metal record that completely won me over. It's a complete record not a track by track experience. It blends speed, musicianship, melody and symbolic lyricism into an incredible listening experience. Listen to the 'Live in Eindhoven' if you haven't already.
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From 07/26/2014 00:40
Masterpiece
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From 09/08/2013 14:41
One of the most technically impressive metal albums I've ever heard
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From 10/05/2012 23:06
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