Artist: Symbolic
Album: Nevertime
Label: Unsigned
Reviewer: Melissa Martinez
Date: Apr 30, 2011



 

Every once in a while you'll run across a new band, it doesn't matter how, and you want to tell people about them. Symbolic is one of those bands. Out of San Diego, CA, Symbolic has been playing together since 2005, although Steve Ray Potts (Guitars/Keyboards) and Bobby Fernandez (Bass), have been playing together for more than 20 years. Scott Bruce (Vocals) and Tom Wallace (Drums) round out the band, and this is their second self released CD. The first, Continuum, has added to their fan base, which is gaining momentum and growing. Nevertime is my first full on exposure to Symbolic, and I really like what I hear. 

The often visited battle between good and evil is the theme of the disc, but it's done with some really thoughtful lyrics that doesn't make it feel tired and "been there, done that". Advent opens with some really solid guitar work, and it feels epic from the opening notes. Scott's clean vocals come in and it just adds to the feel. A seamless transition into the dynamic sound of Endless War. Bobby's driving bass, paired with a forceful beat delivered by Tom, and solid riffs by Steve lay a great background for the vocals. Three Souls keeps it going, with a heavier sound. The battle rages on, and the riffs are awesome.

Zealot is one of my favorite songs on the disc. It has a military feel to it, at least for me, and with the lyrics dealing with vengeance it makes perfect sense. Ana Lee has soaring vocals that just keep the cohesive feel of the disc going. The bridge has an urgency to it that gets the blood pumping and ready to battle. As Far As The Eye Can See has another driving rhythm that reminds me of battle. I like the softer vocal work in it that makes it feel in the beginning like an apology, and the fact that it grows in intensity.

Father Of Lies is my favorite track by far. It's got everything that I dig in a song. Aside from a hook that stuck with me for hours, and guitar work that did the same, I'm always happy when I get a bass line that I can almost feel. The disc closes with Departure. The verse is short, but really conveys the sorrow of being in limbo.

I don't want to give away too much, because I'm really hoping that you'll check this one out. Symbolic has a progressive sound that doesn't stray so far into the stratosphere that you wonder what the hell you just listened to. The work is seriously solid, and I can't help but wonder how this band is unsigned, especially with some of the stuff that's floating around out there. You can find more info on Symbolic on their website or face book page, and if you're in the San Diego area go check them out! If you like an epic sound, without it being overblown and overproduced this is a must hear band.

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