Death metal-defining band Death really did have a name that worked very well for a death metal band. Still considered hugely influential on the heavy metal scene, this is Death's third album. It was orignally unleashed back in 1990 then regurgitated back up like a Satanic hairball in 2012. Available on vinyl with an ace sleeve by artist Ed Repka.
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Reissue LP on Relapse.
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- Spiritual Healing by Death (metal band)
8/10 gbar 20th January 2018
'Spiritual Healing' marked Death's transition from their riff-heavy, gore-filled brutality to a more melodic/progressive sound with socially relevant lyrics. It's not all pure speed and aggression, but rather more mid paced and ominous, such as on "Genetic Reconstruction" and "Low Life", both of which are perfect examples of Chuck Schuldiner & co. allowing the songs to start off slowly before picking up the speed later on with a barrage of riffs that builds towards the crushing choruses. It's also quite a solo-driven album; take "Low Life" for example, where Chuck and James shows us how to properly execute a trade-off. With Scott Burns' trademark production, Chuck Schuldiner's lyrics, and James Murphy's signature tones and soloing ability, 'Spiritual Healing' stands as one of Death's best efforts, yet strangely, it seems to get swept under the rug a lot when it comes to their back catalogue.
7/10 Jack 25th August 2016
This is a solid album. There are no throwaway tracks, although it generally isn't as memorable as the material on other Death albums, with or without the unfortunate production. Though they don't have as many memorable choruses, the riffs are probably a step up from Leprosy. They got quite a bit more variety, and lots of them are more overtly thrashy, which I like. The title track is easily my favourite song here. It's got some lovely, slower bludgeoning riffs which help overcame the production and a totally sweet pre-chorus.
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