Martin : Ambition is a good starting point, but the devil is in the details. It seems Symphony Of Symbols, from Hungary, still have a few lessons to learn; they have a fairly elaborate website, but it's only in Hungarian. Their Facebook page is operational, in English even, and quite informative, but the genre description says 'progressive death/ BALCK metal'. For their record label debut 'Stupefying Beliefs' they have undoubtedly put a great deal of effort into the booklet and the astoundingly elaborate lyrics, resulting in so much text crammed into the booklet that it ruins the layout. Moreover the lyrics reveal, if anything, lacking English skills (which might explain the Hungarian only website).
Musically it's the same story. A 62 minute death metal album, with all thirteen songs blending into one coherent red thread is of course an extremely ambitious affair, and Symphony Of Symbols surely have the technical skills, but ironically, what this album really lacks is distinct songs. Apart from the slightly Bal-Sagoth esque intro and intermezzos 'Stupefying Beliefs' is a barrage of clearly Suffocation, Morbid Angel and Death inspired riffs that, as a whole, don't stick. The albums rather flat production doesn't do it any favours either. Nevertheless the sheer ambition of this album is applaudible. Now if only Symphony Of Symbols would write some proper songs.