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Apr 17

Spiritual Beggars – Sunrise to Sundown

Spiritual Beggars - Sunrise to Sundown

Spiritual Beggars [Sweden]
Sunrise to Sundown
2016
Full Length
InsideOut Music
Stoner Rock/Metal

My love affair with Spiritual Beggars started back in 2010 when ex-Firewind singer Apollo Papathanasio joined the lineup, with myself being a fan of his works while he was in Firewind. While Return to Zero was a simple, rather straightforward hard rock album, Earth Blues saw Spiritual Beggars incorporate some elements of psychedelia into their sound, which left me rather excited when the band announced their ninth full length album earlier this year, Sunrise to Sundown. The beautiful artwork hinted towards an even more psychedelic direction, but is it a hint towards the band’s musical direction?

Unfortunately, for fans hoping for a more psychedelic experience on Spiritual Beggars‘ latest offering may be slightly disappointed. Yet this says nothing about the quality of the music on Sunrise to Sundown. On Sunrise to Sundown the band indulges in 60s and 70s hard rock, and right from the opening, title track the band wears their influences proudly on their sleeves. This is especially so with the generous keyboards of Per Wiberg throughout the record, often adding a nice ambient. Songs such as What Doesn’t Kill You sees the band paying homage to classic acts like Rainbow and Deep Purple. The track even starts with a riff that sounds like Kill the King, with a Burn-ish chorus and Ritchie Blackmore inspired leads by Amott that will please fans of old school hard rock.

As with most stoner releases, there are also some nods towards Sabbath-influenced acts. For instance, Hard Road contains some riffs that would have fitted easily on albums by bands like Orchid, yet not sounding overly heavy or dark to keep things simple and catchy enough for the listener.

With superbands such as Spiritual Beggars, expectations are always high for new releases. Sunrise to Sundown can’t be further away from being an innovative album, but it seems that the aim of the band over here may just be to create a catchy-as-hell album, and it’s easy to see (and hear) how the band has succeeded in that aspect.

Tracklisting:

1. Sunrise to Sundown
2. Diamond Under Pressure
3. What Doesn’t Kill You
4. Hard Road
5. Still Hunter
6. No Man’s Land
7. I Turn to Stone
8. Dark Light Child
9. Lonely Freedom
10. You’ve Been Fooled
11. Southern Star

Favourite picks: What Doesn’t Kill You

Spiritual Beggars on the internet:
Official website
Facebook
InsideOut Music

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