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Spiritual Healing Original recording reissued

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Unquestionably one of the most important and influential death metal acts to have ever emerged from the North American continent, Florida's DEATH came together in late 1983 when guitarist/vocalist Chuck Schuldiner and guitarist Rick Rozz (real name: Frederick DeLillo) got together with drummer/vocalist Barney "Kam" Lee to form Mantas. Drawing musical inspiration from Venom and ... Read more in Amazon's Death Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Dec. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Century Media
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 477,310 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jun. 2002
Format: Audio CD
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. G. Hazeldine on 21 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
This, Death's third album, and second with members of Massacre playing (Leprosy included all of Massacre except Kam Lee, who interestingly was a member of Mantas along with Chuck and Rozz, who played guitar on Leprosy but got kicked out before Spiritual Healing due to a "lack of progression", according to Chuck), and it marks a departure from the sick and gory lyrics of the past, and hinted towards the more technical affairs that would soon become synonymous with the band.
Drafted in for the departing Rozz is none other then session junkie James Murphy, fresh from falling out with Obituary, and having played on the wonderful "Cause Of Death" album. The best thing to note about this partnership is the fact that both of the guitarists were at about the same level technically at the time of the album, and both evolved exponentially afterwards. Although Murphy didn't stay on in the band, "Spiritual Healing" is the only Death record to contain decent soloing from both guitarists, and this marked it as something special.
The songs talk about some interesting topics of everyday life, that most people may not think about from day to day, like the effects on taking drugs while pregnant, whether aDeath Penalty is fair, Spiritual Healing of the Evangelistical kind, and other such philsophical and moral debates. The other major factors differing from Leprosy was that the songs had got even longer (the track "Leprosy" was 6 minutes, but "Spiritual Healing" lasts around 7), and it marks the first of many slight vocal changes from Chuck. His style becomes no less extreme, but attains more laudability compared to earlier offerings.
Overall, a release that showed that Death were capable of maturing past simple blood and gore, and that there was definately something big in their future....
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Spiritual healing first came to my attention in about 1991 when I got a copy of 'At Death's Door', a Roadrunner compilation tape that included the track 'Killing Spree' (I think, its been a while!). Well, what ever track it was, I was interested as it wasn't at all in line with the other songs on the tape, with the exception of Cerebral Fix, which wasn't growly, kick drum madness, just plain naff and boring actually.

This album does truly mark the start of Schuldiner's proggressive interest in his particualr brand of metal, and leaves behind, albeit gently, the older repeated riffs, and simplistic horror lyrics of 'Scream...' and 'Leprosy'. The boy becomes a man so to speak.
Indeed, the lyrical content hits home on some very moral and diverse "real life" subjects. Cocaine Addicted mums to be, abortion, Evil Evangelists to name but a few. Chuck's way with words is blunt and corrosive, but some of it is still a little juvenile in its prose. A quick example would be from the track 'Low Life':
"Fake is a word you represent.
Your existance on Earth I resent.
At the cost of others you get by.
Each word that you speak is a lie."
He writes like this much less than he did on Leprosy, but its still got that Master Yoda tone to it.
Shuldiner's vocals are still that scratchy growl, which I have always appreciated, as its quite unique and on this very cleanly produced album, fit perfectly with the crisp sound.
The drums are just there to keep rhythm by the sounds of it, and don't dare to really make any serious impact by themselves.
Murphy's solos are very cool, before the days of playing the same very skilful, but very "Murphy generic" solo on Cause of Death and Death shall Rise, respectively.
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This album became an outstanding one for many people as i've gone through all the articles and reviews about it. Feels to me they just struggle to understand it. Chuck had the great musicians yet again. I cannot help it but i have to mention James Murphy who replaced Rick Rozz on guitars and let me say James is much more gifted than Rick. This is actually one of the first three albums that are also often called brutal albums by Death. So this is the last one from the brutal era and in my opinion people call it outstanding 'cause Chuck experimented more with the lyrics. He made a right decision to push it all forward instead of writing the lyrics based on low budget horror films etc. that was done by the other bands. That is what made him and all the band's music outstanding! I just love the sound of the album. guitar work is pretty fast and precise, solos are great and sound pretty hard to play. Both Chuck and James use tremolo picking to play the solos. For those who don't know let me explain what tremolo means- it's using the technique of picking the strings with extremely fast intensity. So they both use tremolo picking to play the solos instead of pull-offs and hammer-ons which people must have got bored of by the time. This album is a "milestone" in Death's sound, this album actually defined the sound of the band that was always singlehandedly led by Chuck and nobody else but him as a main lyricist and genius songwriter. That is why this album appears to be a breakpoint and the biggest step forward in defining the sound. Once you play it you will want to play it over and over again. The song compositions are very catchy.Read more ›
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