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Spiritual Healing
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2013
this was always my least favourite Death album. i greatly disliked the production or was it the mastering?

this remastered edition has brought something special to this album and i have listened to it everyday since its arrival. now this album makes sense. it is a fine balance between the earlier "brutality" and the later technicality.

all the elements sound good from the riffs and solos, through the gold of terry butler's bass and bill andrews' drums, to the vocals.

i wish my original copy back in the early 90's had sounded this good.

as a huge death/Schuldiner fan the bonus discs are a pleasure. to gain an insight into the development of the songs is a real thrill.

i sincerely recommend this remastered package.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 2011
Spiritual Healing from Death is quite simply a masterpiece of death metal riffery and tuneage. To me Chuck Schuldiner and Death were the leading lights of the Florida death metal scene and this record cemented their place at the top of the pile.

A great happenstance on this record is the entrance of James Murphy to the Deathfold with his classy stylings on lead guitar being the perfect foil for Chuck and between the two of them they create some of the most stylish guitar playing on any death metal record.

Thoughtful lyrics, heavy guitars, amazing drums, classy soloing and great melodies add upto one grade A album.

Essential listening for metalheads.
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on 31 October 2007
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. Here he was still finding his feet, and I'd guess trying to hold his own against the most famous man in death metal at that point.
My personal favourite trax would have to be 'Within the Mind', The title track (a head bangers delight) and 'Killing Spree'.
I have to mention the opening part of 'Within the Mind' never ceases to make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. A wickedly brutal opening that breaks into that double time guitar gallop. Brilliant !
In conclusion this album is indeed leaps and bound to the good, over Leprosy. If it has one really big draw back, it the lack of any real stand-out track. They are all good, but it doesn't have that "Dead by Dawn", "Chapel of Ghouls" or "Pull the Plug". Nevertheless, its well worth investing into, and so is their follow up to it, "Human" a truly brilliant prog death album!
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on 21 September 2007
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. Can't help it but i need to mention Living monstrosity as an example of Chuck growing musicianship and making reality to be a part of lyrics where living monstrosity is actually a child that was born to a mum addicted to cocaine. What you might find a bit disappointing is the sound of drums but don't get confused by the other reviews drums might sound monotonous but actually they match the music. If you are a fan of proper and true death metal this is another essential one to your collection. So do not hesitate and go for it- get it!!! Support true death metal!
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on 22 January 2002
This is Deaths' 3rd LP.
Mindless screaming about satan and his cohorts will not be found anywhre within this superb demonstration of intelligent, powerfull metal.
Apparently Death lost a few fans over this one, their loss.
This is a very strong album full of aggressive yet well written material. as far as I am concerened this is one of the best metal records ever to have been cut by any band, I say metal because some death metal bands are rubbish,Death certainly are not. For me all the tracks stand out but check out the title track, slow powerfull stuff with a cracker of a dive bomb and solo and ' genetic reconstruction, Chuck had an eye for the future. I hace recently read a certain metal special within a guitar magazine, this album was not mentioned, why I cannot think because it has been copied in so many ways.
Listen to it, especially at this price you cannot go wrong.
Jeff.
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released in 1990 this is a metal masterpiece , a death metal mastepiece and then simply a masterpiece. There were alot of good death metal albums released in 1990 and the year or so after but this is one of the finest of them all. 8 tracks, 43 minutes or so of prime death metal. After this the band would be more technical, this is balls out metal for me, leading on from leprosy which was a little rawer and gore laden this is an album with more emphasis on the world and its flaws and i like the message chuck was portraying. Anyway its a brilliant album,
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2002
If you're expecting the raw power and attitude of "Scream Bloody Gore" then forget it. This is Death's most commercial album, but this is by no means a bad thing, giving a clean sounding yet hugely battering sound. From the opening drum-cum-guitar riff, this record breathes controlled brutality from the outset. From the savage riffing throughout, to Chuck's fantastic vocal skill, musically this record demonstrates Death's talent in its purest form. Title track "Spiritual Death" features some of the most grinding vocals and riffs you will ever hear.
Despite lacking the sheer intensity of Death's first two albums, 'Spiritual Healing" is a testament to Death's rejuvenation of the death metal scene and the sheer passion of their music.
R.I.P. Chuck Schuldiner
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on 7 March 2015
This alongside Slayer's Reign in Blood is by far the best extreme music album ever released, in any genre. Even if you are not into this kind of music it is worth having it in your collection as a sample of what is out there, as a landmark of sorts. What I find particularly interesting, apart from the soundscapes and the amazing guitar solos, is the lyrics. They are actually quite sophisticated and interesting.
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on 10 December 2012
Great album like all the others, love all Death albums, can listening to it over and over and of course the art cover is awsome.
Top songs are: 'Living Monstrosity', 'Low Life' and 'Altering the Future' but really all the track are great.
Highly recommended to all metal fans and death and thrash fan especially.
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