Spiritual Healing (album)

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Spiritual Healing
Studio album by Death
Released February 16, 1990
Recorded 1989,
Morrisound Recording,
Tampa, Florida, USA
Genre Death metal
Length 43:17
Label Combat Records
Relapse Records
Producer Chuck Schuldiner, Eric Greif
Death chronology
Leprosy
(1988)
Spiritual Healing
(1990)
Human
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars[3]
Exclaim! 9/10[4]
Metal Forces 10/10[5]
Record Collector 4/5 stars[6]

Spiritual Healing is the third album by death metal band Death, released in February 1990. This album was out of print, but it has been reissued by Relapse Records as of November 2012.[7]

This is the first of Death's albums to show Schuldiner's lyrics moving away from the gore and horror themes of previous works, focusing instead on themes of society including abortion, genetics, and televangelism, a direction that would be further refined on 1991's Human album. The musical content is more obviously melodic, a facet highlighted by James Murphy's characteristic lead guitar playing. The members of Death and their manager/co-producer Eric Greif stayed in a single motel room at the Safari Inn, near Busch Gardens, for the entire six weeks the album was recorded and mixed, although bassist Terry Butler and drummer Bill Andrews frequently went home as they lived in the Tampa area.

This was the final Death album cover painted by Ed Repka, and was also the last album to feature bassist Terry Butler and drummer Bill Andrews. This period was one of massive controversy for Death, as Butler and Andrews toured Europe without Schuldiner (who refused to do the tour on the basis that it had been badly organised), with vocalist Louis Carrisalez in his place. Butler and Andrews were dismissed from the band following this incident.

Greif played a Kawai K1 keyboard part in the middle of title track "Spiritual Healing".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Length
1. "Living Monstrosity"   Chuck Schuldiner 5:08
2. "Altering the Future"   Schuldiner, Terry Butler 5:34
3. "Defensive Personalities"   Schuldiner, Butler 4:46
4. "Within the Mind"   Schuldiner, James Murphy 5:34
5. "Spiritual Healing"   Schuldiner 7:44
6. "Low Life"   Schuldiner, Murphy, Butler 5:23
7. "Genetic Reconstruction"   Schuldiner, Murphy, Butler 4:52
8. "Killing Spree"   Schuldiner, Murphy 4:16
Total length:
43:17

Personnel[edit]

Death
Additional production
  • Recorded and mixed at Morrisound Recording, Tampa, Florida, USA
  • Produced by Chuck Schuldiner & Eric Greif
  • 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schalek, Dave. "Death - Spiritual Healing Review". About.com. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Spiritual Healing - Death". Allmusic. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ Hadusek, Jon (November 16, 2012). "Album Review: Death – Spiritual Healing [Reissue]". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ Pratt, Greg (November 20, 2012). "Death - Spiritual Healing". Exclaim!. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ Arnold, Neil. "Death - Spiritual Healing (2012 Reissue)". Metal Forces. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ McIver, Joel (November 27, 2013). "Death - Spiritual Healing". Record Collector. 
  7. ^ "DEATH: 'Spiritual Healing' Deluxe Reissue Due In November - Oct. 9, 2012". Blabbermouth. Oct 9, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c "DEATH: 'Spiritual Healing' Deluxe Reissue Due In November - Oct. 9,2012". Blabbermouth. Oct 9, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Amazon.com: Spiritual Healing:Death: MP3 Downloads". Amazon. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 

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