Spiritual Healing of the first four Death albums is probably the hardest to get into. This is a giant leap from the measured evil of Leprosy. But it is a good leap.
Death still sound like death metal on this, their 3rd album released in February of 1990. But this time round the production is very clean, and Chuck's lyrics signal a more mature approach to his songwriting and song structure. Rather than just wax lyrical about satanism and massacre, Chuck deals with some fascinating topical subjects.
This album may initially disappoint with the fact that it doesn't instantly roar from the speakers, but repeated listenings, like any good albums, show their quality. And over twelve years since, this album still stands head and shoulders over a vast majority of subsequent death metal albums. Highly progressive, thoughtful and enjoyable.