Spiritual Healing Original recording reissued
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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.
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....
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.
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.
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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What can you say about this album, it's a classic! Great service from these guys too, couldn't be happier.Published on 13 July 2014 by Rick P
good quality and played well with no problems. i had no issues of any kind when i used this productPublished on 21 Jan. 2014 by adam miller