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SYMBOLIC

Death

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.21 | 377 ratings

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Komuna
5 stars No bullshit here: this isn't progressive music at all. What is progressive rock, anyway? I bet no one can define it without inconsistency.

I was presented Symbolic back in 2001, when I was very immature, and I was lacking a musical reference, and I was getting into being a metal addict. I cannot describe the feeling of having listened to the album's overture: back then, it seemed the epitome of immemorial glory. Thence forth, I took music in a different perspective.

Symbolic was the album that led me into caring for detail, as no Dream Theatre, no Pat Metheny nor Beethoven did before. Despite being somewhat repetitive, every second appears to have been carved to the deepest sensitivity of Schuldiner's taste. All riffs are emotional, the solos sentimental, the songs symbolic. And the lyrics are not to be despised - they summary the thought patterns of Schuldiner, and his attitude towards life.

Today, when I recall sharing the experience of savouring that music along with loneliness, I can but feel tremendous sorrow, still no repentance, for the time I have wasted. Eventually, I acquired taste - like Gentle Giant did in 1971 - and I learnt to enjoy the rationality in art more than raw emotion and naiveness. But it was thanks to that failed experience that I can properly valour the effort of great composers, and musicians, like the ones I mentioned.

Chuck, like most of us are, was a naive boy lost in his journey for a concept of perfection that only he could enjoy. I demand respect for his gracious memory.

My snobbish self compels me into rating this mesh of noises with two stars, yet my inner child overcomes my consciousness through glimpses of angelical nostalgia.

(It takes a lot of sense of humour to read this review, by the way.)

Komuna | 5/5 |

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