Fact: Death are one of the most important metal bands to have ever existed.
Fact: One of Death’s greatest albums — a true game changer — is 1990’s Spiritual Healing, an album that was released the first year of my employ as a pre-teen record store employee.
Fact: Relapse Records has been reintroducing a new generation of metalheads to the genius of Chuck Schuldiner and Death, and on November 20, will re-release Spiritual Healing.
Fact: Today, Gun Shy Assassin is overjoyed to be able to bring you an exclusive stream of the title track from that reissue, which you can find at the end of this very post.
Yes, yes…I’ve said that I am partial to Leprosy, but its follow-up is probably my second favorite Death album.
The album marked a new turn in the Death discography, one which ushered in cleaner production, a new level of boundary pushing musicianship and songwriting skills that were previously unimaginable from a metal band.
Spiritual Healing sets the standard for riffs, insane time changes and of course Schuldiner’s masterful guitar solos. Now reissued as a double-CD housed in super deluxe packaging featuring brand new liner notes from Death players James Murphy and Terry Butler, Chuck’s sister Beth Schuldiner and Volbeat frontman Michael Poulsen, Disc 1 features a completely new remaster of the original album and Disc 2 contains 16 previously unreleased rehearsal, outtakes and studio instrumentals.
A limited edition triple CD digipak will be available exclusively from Relapse.
The third CD features a never before released live set recorded in 1990 featuring the Spiritual Healing Death line up.
An iTunes deluxe edition will also be released containing five additional previously unreleased pre-Human rehearsal tracks not available on either of the CD versions.
You can pre-order the reissue here. If you do not own this album on vinyl, tape, CD or digitally, do yourself a solid and get a copy.
This record should go down as one of death metal’s crowning achievements.