After releasing their latest, highly acclaimed 7th studio album “Return To Zero” in 2010, Sweden’s classic rock heavyweights SPIRITUAL BEGGARS are finally back in action. Currently working on a new studio album to be released in the spring of 2013 via InsideOutMusic, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS are happy to announce their appearance at the 2013 Roadburn Festival Afterburner on Sunday, April 21st at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
The band’s comment for the official press release of the festival reads as follows:
“Back in the early 90’s, Roadburn founder Walter Hoeijmakers was one of the very first supporters SPIRITUAL BEGGARS had in Europe”, says bandleader Michael Amott, “His unbridled enthusiasm for our music back then when most people didn’t ’get it’ meant so much to us. It’s a great feeling to now play his fantastic festival and celebrate the staying power of SPIRITUAL BEGGARS and the Roadburn concept together! We’re releasing a new studio album and celebrating our 20th anniversary as a band in 2013, and I really can’t think of a better way to start the party than at the esteemed Roadburn Festival?!?”
Since their formation in the early 90’s, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS have been at the forefront of the burgeoning stonerrock scene, raising the benchmark for stoner metal bands around the globe through a succession of much acclaimed albums that redefined the genre. Whether it’s “Another Way To Shine”, “Mantra III”, “Ad Astra”, “On Fire” or 2010’s “Return To Zero”, which features new singer Apollo Papathanasio, all of these albums deliver a masterful homage to the rock sensibilities of Deep Purple, Rainbow, Uriah Heep or even Trouble, but also to the blistering guitar heroics of Frank Marino and Mountain‘s Leslie West.
The trademark SPIRITUAL BEGGARS approach of vintage hard rock songwriting, augmented by super-heavy, modern production values give way to Michael Amott’s (ex Carcass / Arch Enemy) uncanny, impressive riffage, thoughtful, fluid solo’s and strong melodies, and when paired with Per Wiberg‘s stellar Hammond excursions and Apollo Papathanasio‘s great expressive vocal range, you’ll get the quintessential 70’s rock band!
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS’s Roadburn Afterburner appearance will mark a great return to the stage, as the band has only played a handful of rare performances over the last few years. A new album is scheduled for a 2013 release.
Roadburn Festival 2013 will run for four days from Thursday, April 18th to Sunday, April 21st, 2013 (the traditional Afterburner event) at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland. Tickets for the Afterburner are still available!
Further details can be found here: www.roadburn.com / www.facebook.com/
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS discography:
Spiritual Beggars – CD 1994
Another Way To Shine – CD 1996
Violet Karma – 10″ EP 1998
Mantra III – CD 1998
Ad Astra – CD/2LP 2000
It’s Over – Split 7″ EP with Grand Magus 2001
On Fire – CD 2002
Demons – CD 2005
Live Fire! – DVD 2006
Return To Zero – CD/LP 2010
TBA – CD 2013
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS line-up:
Michael Amott (Guitars | ARCH ENEMY, ex CARCASS)
Ludwig Witt (Drums | GRAND MAGUS, ex FIREBIRD)
Per Wiberg (Keys | ex OPETH)
Sharlee D’Angelo (Bass | ARCH ENEMY, WITCHERY)
Apollo Papathanasio (Vocals | FIREWIND)