Death
Spiritual Healing


4.5
superb

Review

by Shachar Sagui USER (26 Reviews)
September 30th, 2012 | 42 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Death keeps on evolving and evolving, nearing perfect, but perfect would come only on the next album.

THE STORY OF DEATH, EPISODE III/VII - SPIRITUAL HEALING:

Spiritual Healing closes the first chapter in Death's book of evolution. Scream Bloody Gore, Leprosy, and Spiritual Healing are all a great listening material, but the reason that Death are one of my favorite bands of all time, is thanks to their last four albums. Nevertheless, I think Spiritual Healing is an amazing record, filled with many great moments. The sound in here evolved further on from Leprosy, giving a more genuine Death Metal feel, with Chuck dropping almost all of the Thrash elements that he used in the former two records.

Unlike Leprosy, Spiritual Healing contains riffs that would most likely never be found in any Thrash record. A good example for that would be the opening riff in Low Life. The guitar breaks onto two scales wickedly, while successfully maintaining being catchy, and emphasizes the initially weird sounding beats in the rhythm that eventually grow to sound freakish and creative.
Spiritual Healing's intro is also worth mentioning. An epic, dark tapping lick that breaks onto so many scales so naturally and perfectly. In my opinion, it is Death's best intro. I remember when I just started listening to Death; I was just heading home and I shuffled some random songs in my iPod. I haven’t heard much Death by then, but I was absolutely amazed when Spiritual Healing started playing. I clearly remember rewinding the song three times to hear the intro again. It is funny to think that what then sounded like a random collection of riffs and melodies that have nothing to do with each other is now one of my favorite Death songs. One of my favorite features of the mentioned above title track, is the keyboard being played in the bridge. It provides a mysterious, magical atmosphere that turns the song in to a truly epic piece.

Besides having an improvement guitar-wise, with the arrival of the amazing James Murphy, Spiritual Healing also has a crispier, cleaner production. But still, like all first three Death albums, it has its disadvantages.
The bass sounds pretty low in the mix, unlike every other Death album, where the bass is very noticeable. The drums, on the other hand, are mixed way better than in the last two albums, but Bill Andrews plays rather poorly. His replacement in the next album was very welcomed, and I am quite sure that if Death wasn’t a riff-based band this would’ve probably gotten in my way of giving this album a 4.5.

As I said in the beginning, Spiritual Healing marks the end of an era. Death's next album, Human, is about to open Death's second chapter, by being their first 100% pure Death Metal album. Spiritual is still an amazing album, though, and while it is not the purest Death Metal out there, it played a very important part in Chuck Schuldiner's obvious evolution.

Recommended Tracks:
- Spiritual Healing
- Low Life
- Altering The Future

Spiritual Healing was released in February 16, 1990. The record label is Combat Records and it is 41:56 minutes long.

Personnel:

All songs written by Chuck Schuldiner.
Chuck Schuldiner - guitar, vocals
James Murphy - guitar
Terry Butler - bass
Bill Andrews - drums

Production:
Recorded and mixed at Morrisound Recording, Tampa, Florida, USA
Recorded and mixed by Scott Burns and Death
Assistant engineered by John Cervini and Mike Gowan
Edward Repka - Artwork, Cover Design
David Bett - Art Direction
Brian Freeman - Design
J.J. Hollis - Photography
Eric Greif - Management

R.I.P CHUCK



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ViperAces
September 30th 2012


12504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Human comes next, Im so excited =)

ViralOblivion
September 30th 2012


7679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review pos

ViralOblivion
September 30th 2012


7679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Human is the shit, but they all are

TheNotrap
September 30th 2012


8132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Great to see this album getting some recognition here.
My first Death CD and still remains one of my favourites.

Auto pos.

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LarryArms
September 30th 2012


250 Comments


bad review dont agree album is a 1 neg

ViperAces
September 30th 2012


12504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I never understood why its this their least liked album.

hitman
September 30th 2012


774 Comments


most hated =/= least liked

ViralOblivion
September 30th 2012


7679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love it but SBG is my favorite of the first three

climactic
September 30th 2012


19983 Comments


worst death album

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 30th 2012


20158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cool have a pos although this isn't a 4.5 IMO

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YoYoMancuso
September 30th 2012


11224 Comments


nice review pos

evilford
September 30th 2012


22987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review agreed album should get more love

ViperAces
September 30th 2012


12504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks everyone, and yea Ins I changed that ty.

evilford
September 30th 2012


22987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Also James fucking Murphy

ViperAces
September 30th 2012


12504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yea Ford, even though I liked him better in Cause Of Death.

evilford
September 30th 2012


22987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Have u heard Disincarnate? A project he did after these, also rules

Overall HE was maybe a little better on CoD but I like this album more

ViperAces
September 30th 2012


12504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Agreed, also Ill be sure to check it out.

greatlookingguy
September 30th 2012


594 Comments


my review is still the only one that talks about how amazing james murphy is ugh

ViperAces
September 30th 2012


12504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well I spoke about the guitars in general just didnt want to be too specific.

greatlookingguy
September 30th 2012


594 Comments


i was specific on james's dick veins bro you gota go in depth for the true passion



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