Magazine: Heavy Oder Was!? / Germany
Written by: Armin Schäfer
Published: May/June 1995
In the early 80s Death's Scream Bloody Gore and
Possessed's Seven Churches created a metal style that
would lead the metal scene into the future. With the aggression
of the first album and further technicality developed over the past
10 years, the guys around evil Chuck Schuldiner and
barrelman Gene Hoglan present their newest offering,
a masterpiece known as "Symbolic".
This album worked out perfectly
in every way. From the powerful production, Chucks vastly
improved vocal parts, to the songwriting (which left little to be
desired), non-entities like Dismember or Deicide will turn white
with envy about the brutality of this disc. The old masters of Death
educate the Death-wannabees with an hour of powerful, first class,
perfectly composed music.
What Chuck & Co already
managed to bring about in the beginning of the last decade -to bring
alive a directing style- appears to have been repeated. Symbolic
will certainly be decisive for every disc in this genre. And to
be honest: I doubt whether there will be an album the coming years
that can come anywhere close to this masterpiece.
Obvious consequence: 12 out
of 12 points and as for that: BUY IT!!!
Rating of the Heavy Oder
by KK/YK/MM for EmptyWords-Published on December 6 2001