New Music Critique: Symbolism

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Music8
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Symbolism
Contact: symbolismband@gmail.com

Web: symbolism.band

Seeking: Label, Booking, Distribution
Style: Deathrock

With a serious punk-rock pedigree (Adolescents, Christian Death, Samhain, 45 Grave) Symbolism mounts a pounding, punishing, hard-rock attack featuring throaty, sneering lead vocals that are totally committed. Production delivers a live-sounding vibe, capturing the lead singer loud and clear and keeping things down and dirty. Lyric messages are, as expected, dark and pessimistic (“Iced Out”). The lead vocal brings a lighter demeanor on “Figurative Theatre,” including a high-pitch scream that is super-effective.That squall/scream ability is on full display in “Rile On,” which hits home with grim intensity, with the warning, “Machines are coming back to your door!”