- Audio CD (November 19, 2012)
- Original Release Date: November 19, 2012
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
- Label: Relapse
- ASIN: B009INAGY0
- Average Customer Review: 82 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,111 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, November 19, 2012
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Digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of this 1990 album from the Florida-based Death Metal band including a bonus disc of previously unreleased recordings (demos, rehearsals, etc). Spiritual Healing was the last album to feature bassist Terry Butler and drummer Bill Andrews.
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1990 was a high mark for death metal, although it remained an underground sensation. Chuck Schuldiner, Terry Butler and Bill Andrews were at their best on this release and the addition of James Murphy on guitar helped push the album over the top. All eight songs are strong. There is no filler on this album.
While future Death releases drew more praise from the metal press (including the now defunct Metal Maniacs magazine), it was this release, on which the song writing duties were shared, that cemented Death as the top band in the field. With grunge arriving and changing the face of all types of metal (from death to hair), 1990 saw the release of several great albums (including Obituary's "Cause of Death") but it was "Spiritual Healing" was remains the top in its field, more than two decades later.
This re-issue is long overdue. The comments from Butler and Murphy add to it as do previously unprinted band photos. The liner notes from Beth Schuldiner (Chuck's sister) gives the fans an insight on "correcting a wrong" regarding the production credits. I only wish some comments from Andrews had been included. The former Death drummer has been out of the scene since the end of Massacre in the early 90s.
This is a great addition to any death metal fan's catalog. I still have the original cassette I bought of the release along with three versions of the CD. This release, however, is the definitive offering for the death metal's top release.
Death metal hit its peak in 1990 as did the band Death. The addition of James Murphy made it the band's best lineup and this release proves it. All eight tracks are solid and any could have been the first one on the album. The music and performances are too solid not to be a five star ratings. Still, I wish Bill Andrews had somehow been included.
Do yourself a favor, learn more about this band and what they did in the early days of American metal. Then, buy this record.