SYMBOLISM was formed by legendary punk icons Rikk Agnew (Guitar -Adolescents, Christian Death, DI), James McGearty (Bass - Christian Death, Dark Age), and London May (Drums - Samhain, Tiger Army, Son Of Sam) in April 2018. Devix Szell (The Banishment) joined the trio as lead vocalist in 2019 to complete the line-up.
SYMBOLISM effortlessly combines the group's inherent influences, blending the best elements of deathrock, goth, aggressive punk , and a touch of melodic metal to achieve their unique style and sound.
Produced by Vice Cooler (Peaches, LadyTron)
Engineered and Mastered by Bill Metoyer (Slayer, D.R.I)
“SYMBOLISM revive the spirit of the early CHRISTIAN DEATH in a modern version.” - Guntram Pintgen
“"Although Symbolism builds on two of the best bands to ever emerge from the American underground they are in no way tethered to the past. The past is a launching point, not a destination. 'Rile On' is first-rate American deathrock for the 21st century, a bitter salve for the collective wounds we all feel in this strange postmodern world.”” - Justin M. Norton
“Symbolism are as thrilling and atmospheric as you might imagine and ‘as powerful as anaphylactic shock’” - Dan Volohov
“Sometimes the stars align in an unusual configuration that defies logic, but results in a celestial event so cataclysmic that it simply must be marveled.” - Ilker Yücel
“Giants Of Dark Music Return With A Vengeance” - Jaime Pina
“Symbolism maximize their deathrock sound and temperament from the start”
“With a serious punk-rock pedigree (Adolescents, Christian Death, Samhain, 45 Grave) ” - New Music Critique
“The band comes forth with a very punchy, expectable take on raw gothic rock, deathrock and gritty punk” - Stace
“Iced out is sulphurous, sick, aggressive, with sinister atmospheres and primitive rhythms...” - Max Zarucchi