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  • Audio CD (1 Dec. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B000AAVELO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 502,299 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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