SPIRITUAL BEGGARS

Stoner Metal / Stoner Rock / Heavy Metal • Sweden
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Spiritual Beggars are a stoner rock/metal band from Halmstad, Sweden. They formed in 1992 and debuted with a self-titled album in 1994.

Spiritual Beggars are basically a reversion to true rock roots. Although this is no-way a retrogression of musical techniques. They offer intelligent and burnished pieces of euphony, that come across like a junkie of groove. In other words a musical drug, an addictive blend of severity and harmony.

Current lineup

Michael Amott (Arch Enemy, Carcass) - Guitars Janne "JB" Christoffersson (Grand Magus) - Vocals Sharlee D'Angelo (Arch Enemy, Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Dismember) - Bass Per Wiberg (ex-Opeth) - Keyboards Ludwig Witt (The Mushroom River Band, Shining, Firebird) - Drums

Past members

Christian "Spice" Sjöstrand (The Mushroom River Band, Kayser, Spice And The RJ Band) - Vocals, Bass Johnny Dordevic (Entombed) - Bass Roger Nilsson (The Quill, Firebird) - Bass
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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS Spiritual Beggars album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Spiritual Beggars
Stoner Metal 1994
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS Another Way to Shine album cover 3.50 | 4 ratings
Another Way to Shine
Stoner Metal 1996
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS Mantra III album cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
Mantra III
Stoner Metal 1998
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS Ad Astra album cover 4.00 | 5 ratings
Ad Astra
Stoner Metal 2000
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS On Fire album cover 2.75 | 3 ratings
On Fire
Stoner Metal 2002
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS Demons album cover 4.10 | 5 ratings
Demons
Stoner Metal 2005
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS Return to Zero album cover 3.25 | 6 ratings
Return to Zero
Heavy Metal 2010
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS Earth Blues album cover 4.60 | 6 ratings
Earth Blues
Stoner Rock 2013
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS Sunrise To Sundown album cover 3.96 | 4 ratings
Sunrise To Sundown
Stoner Rock 2016

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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS It's Over / Twilight Train album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
It's Over / Twilight Train
Stoner Metal 2001

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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS Sunrise To Sundown

Album · 2016 · Stoner Rock
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Nightfly
Spiritual Beggars were formed by Michael Amott in 1994 in the time between leaving death metal band Carcass and his next death metal band Arch Enemy. Despite being better known for his contribution to melodic death metal Spiritual Beggars gave him a vehicle for his love of 70’s style hard rock.

Originally labelled as a stoner/ hard rock band, in recent years, particularly this and previous album “Earth Blues”, the band really displays very little stoner elements in their sound. Anyone with a love of David Coverdale era Deep Purple will find much to enjoy on “Sunrise To Sundown”, the bands ninth studio album. It’s not their best, that honour going to 2000’s “Ad Astra” or even “Earth Blues. It’s not their heaviest either but it wins on sheer consistency with barely a weak moment full of the kind of Hammond organ drenched rock that Purple used to (and still do occasionally) churn out.

Michael Amott’s playing is tastefully restrained – heavy but if you didn’t know you wouldn’t associate him as the same guy who’s responsible for much of the blistering guitar work in Arch Enemy. Former Opeth keyboard man Per Wilberg is the perfect foil for him making a team almost as effective as Jon Lord and Ritchie Blackmore. Apollo Panthanasio is also the ideal vocalist for a band of this ilk, having a register not unlike David Coverdale.

Despite being immediately likeable the album does take a few listens for the gems to shine through. It doesn’t get any better than the uptempo Rainbow-ish “What Doesn’t Kill You” and the slower paced but driving riffs on “Hard Road” and “No Man’s Land”, both aided, like much of the album by compelling melodies too.

If you’ve not checked out Spiritual Beggars yet and 70’s hard rock is your thing I suggest you do so pronto and “Sunrise To Sundown” wouldn’t be a bad place to start.

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS Earth Blues

Album · 2013 · Stoner Rock
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Kev Rowland
There is just no way that music like this should exist in 2013. I mean, if this had come out forty years ago there would have been some critics saying that it was looking backwards instead of forwards as it mixes Black Sabbath with Deep Purple, Black Widow, Blue Cheer, Free, Atomic Rooster and Uriah Heep in a celebration of music where keyboards meant a Hammond Organ on overdrive that is permanently linked to either the bass or the guitar to provide an additional heaviness to the overall sound. For those who have never had the joy of hearing Sprititual Beggars before, it may come as a surprise to unvcover the line-up behind this classic rock, melodic stoner/doom band. This is the same line-up as the last album, namely bandleader Michael Amott (Arch Enemy, ex Carcass) on guitars, Ludwig Witt (Grand Magus, ex Firebird) on drums, Per Wiberg (ex Opeth) on keyboards, Sharlee D’Angelo (Arch Enemy, Witchery) on bass and Apollo Papathanasio (ex Firewind) on vocals. Overall this is the group’s 8th album and has been released just in time to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

Recorded mostly in a live situation, here is an album where evryone if feeding off each other as if it is an almighty jam. There is a vitality and essence that is often missing from studio albums, and a sense of everyone having an incredible blast as if the whole album was recorded with a smile on everyone’s face. Having come across these guys before I was smiling before the first note as I thought I knew what to expect, but by the end of the album I was grinning like a loon (the alcohol may have helped, admittedly), and each time I have played it since I have found myself back in the Seventies when I started discovering this style of music. It starts strong, and just keeps getting better. It just doesn’t get any better than this. As Amott said, “To me, it sounds like five musicians getting together in a room and making some hard rocking music and having a tremendous amount of fun doing so. It’s just a real pure band sound on the album. No samples, no triggers or other modern day studio trickery were used. We avoided making it perfect, sucking the soul out of things. Only the spirit and emotion of the song was important”. Essential. www.insideout.de

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS On Fire

Album · 2002 · Stoner Metal
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Warthur
Spiritual Beggars represent an extreme version of a tendency that often irritates me in stoner rock - the tendency for stoner bands to become full-on nostalgia acts trading on people yearning after a cartoonish parody of the 1970s. Of course, there's plenty of retro-doom and stoner bands out there who build their sound on the precedent set by Black Sabbath and other bands of the era, but Spiritual Beggars are one of a set of bands who are utterly uncritical in what influences and ideas they taken from the hard rock groups of yesteryear - and in failing to be selective, they create a tasteless gruel of the blandest and most dated sounds of the decade.

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS Return to Zero

Album · 2010 · Heavy Metal
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bonnek
It won't surprise anyone anymore but it remains just spot-on, Amott's groovy heavy retro-doom rock hobby-band SPIRITUAL BEGGARS is back after a 5 year absence and brings us exactly what we could expect. Vocalist JB who sang on the 2 previous studio albums has left the band for his own and very similar project GRAND MAGUS. His place is taken by the Apollo Papathanasio from the Greek powermetal band FIREWIND. He sounds almost exactly like JB: classic heavy rock voice, powerful and raw when needed, but balanced against a deep low-end and great warmth. Nice. Also Amott is in fine form and treats us with fat catchy riffs and good rocking grooves. Per Wiberg's contribution is reasonably modest so we'll probably have to wait for the new Opeth to fully enjoy him.

There is enough variety on the album and filler tracks are carefully avoided. Just don't expect anything new or groundbreaking, a solid stoner-doom-hard rock for fans of --fill in any 70s hard rock band--. Really nice, but it might have been a bit more exciting and dangerous maybe.

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