This Day In Music History: February 16th, 1990 – Death explores religious hypocrisy on “Spritual Healing”

Through seven full-length albums over the course of 11 years, the discography of legendary and pioneering death metal band Death (still a fitting name) is one of the best in all of metal. Many bands, in fact, would kill to have their “worst” album be something like 1990’s Spiritual Healing. While often not considered a top-tier album in Death’s discography, overlooking Chuck Schuldiner’s lyrical themes of televangelists, genetics, and religious hypocrisy would certainly be a mistake. Pivoting away from the gore and horror-filled lyrics of both Scream Bloody Gore and Leprosy, Spiritual Healing was a turning point in the band’s evolution from a stalwart and influential death metal band, to pioneering some of metal’s most important subgenres.

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Bestial Black Metal: Is This the Most Extreme Genre of Metal Yet?

Since the early days of heavy metal, the genre has perpetually expanded in countless extremities. Many thought music could not possibly become any more extreme than some of the most intense artists to appear in the last twenty-five years within Death Metal, Black Metal, and more. However, one subgenre has remained hidden in the underground since the early 1990s and is starting to rapidly gain more attention in recent years. War Metal/Bestial Black Metal has truly combined some of metal’s most relentless aspects. Is Bestial Black Metal the most extreme subgenre to currently exist? 

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