Without Death the death metal genre
would not be what it is today. Although Hellhamer, The Possessed
and Venom harass the hearing of the unsuspecting listeners with
a cacophony of bass drums, screaming guitars and above all a, from
the dark niches of the human mind, digged up grunt, it mainly was
Death that brought death metal among the people with "Leprosy".
Whether Death can be called the
actual founder of the genre we'll leave in the middle. For sure
is that Schuldiner and associates were very influential and were
at the base of lots of developments in the genre.
Death had an important contribution
on institutionalizing a genre that is dividing at the moment.
Although their bruteness has been surpassed by long, a new Death
album still is something special. "Evil" Chuck and his (ever-changing)
fellow musicians may not have developed as much as Obituary or
Napalm Death, their super technical variant, on a by some certified
dead genre, still is worth the effort.
Symbolic is number six in the Death
series, and gives you the feeling of meeting an old acquaintance
as listening. In the beginning something to get used to, but pretty
soon it's as of old. Chuck's grunt still is coming out of his
toes and his guitar play still is virtuoso. Gene Hoglan plays
very strong and fanatic with his big body and the new ones, Bobby
Koelble (guitar) and Kelly Conlon (bass) aren't second to their
Symbolic hardly surprises but it's
always good to know that old acquaintances are still doing great.
Jurgen van den Brand
Rating: 4 out of 5