(8/10) Since 1992 the classic rock outlet of Arch Enemy guitar player Michael Amott is called Spiritual Beggars. Without having reached the same status as Arch Enemy, this quintet isn't a bunch of rookies starting up something.
Next to Amott also guys like Ludwig Witt (Grand Magus) and Per Wiberg (Kamchatka) are part of the band since many years, a team that got completed by Sharlee D'Angelo on bass and singer Apollo Papathanasio.
As we speak the guys release the curiously awaited new longplayer "Sunrise to Sundown" which is already the eighth chapter in the story of Spiritual Beggars.
In case you liked the former releases of the Swedes you will also appreciate what the guys burnt on this new disc. It's a logical continuation of Spiritual Beggars classic rock, enriched by some stoner rock as in songs like "Lonely Freedom". The whole album is rockin' pretty well and it comes with a cool vibe, something that just gives you a good time.
Connected to all this is the hammond organ that provides a warm and organic sound foundation. "Diamond Under Pressure" is a vintage style rocker that feels like a journey back to the 70's, almost a tribute to the legendary Jon Lord. But the song has more to offer. Apollo Papathanasio does a an excellent job behind the microphone and "Diamond Under Pressure" states pretty well what he can do with his voice.
A song you should have heard is "No Man's Land". It's a bluesy hardrocker that combines the bigger moments of Whitesnake with some Rainbow allusions. But what really stands out is the center part. Spiritual Beggars unveils the piano and together with the singing guitar the whole things reminds of Queen in their later days.
These more bombastic tunes need a counterpart and the puristic "You've Been Fooled" is one of those. The band exclude all decoration, something that results in a dirty classic rock track that is highly entertaining.
Spiritual Beggars used the time between 'sunrise and sundown' to create an album that combines musical craftmenship skill with passion and rock'n'roll. Thumbs up.
- Sunrise to Sundown
- Diamond Under Pressure
- What Doesn't Kill You
- Hard Road
- Still Hunter
- No Man's Land
- I Turn to Stone
- Dark Light Child
- Lonely Freedom
- You've Been Fooled
- Southern Star
Label: InsideOut Music
Genre: Classic Rock
Release Date EU: March 18th, 2016