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HELLFEST 2013

July 17th, 2013

Hellfest Festival 2013

@ Clisson, France

21st- 23rd June 2013

Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
Photography by Tess Donohoe  Hellfest

It may be some people’s epitome of hell, Michael Buble fans I’m looking at you, but for the metal/rock community Hellfest’s towering gateway looks positively pearly. This year’s line-up is so jam-packed that I was looking for the little glass jars and labels. You’d make a fortune if you could bottle any number of the diverse scope of bands on the bill, with the riffs left in natch, but I’d like them to play their sets first.

Once inside that gateway the layout is much the same as last year, and that isn’t meant in a well-they-clearly-couldn’t-be-arsed sense, because Hellfest could teach most others a thing or 20 on how to put together a fan-friendly festival. Except when it comes to the number of toilets on site that is.

Whilst the Hellfest tree still dominates in its stark simplicity, the hidden beer gardens have gained a snazzy gateway of their own, which invites you into the woodlands. Instead of a fairytale monster at the end of the path though, you’ll find a winebar, which is win-win really. And at night the scrap-metal merch stands and bars still glow with their own rooftop fires.

Stage-wise we’ve got Main Stage 1 and 2, which continue their staggered times so that as one plays, the other sets up, and vice versa. The result is no waiting around for soundchecks or bands to start, just back-to-back bam-bam-bam metal. A similar set-up is in place at the Altar and the Temple, where you can find black metal, death metal and the like, then there’s the Valley which is home to the stoner and doom types, and the Warzone where the punk and hardcore drops.

Hellfest 2013 – it’s like being welcomed home.
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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS streams new song “Kingmaker” from April 16 release ‘Earth Blues’

April 12th, 2013
Sweden’s classic rock heavyweights SPIRITUAL BEGGARS are now streaming a new track, “Kingmaker,” taken from their upcoming album Earth Blues. The new album is set for release Tuesday, April 16 in North America via InsideOut Music. Please click the link below to listen to the track:http://soundcloud.com/officialinsideoutmusic/spiritual-beggars-kingmaker

Michael Amott, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS’ guitarist and main songwriter, comments about “Kingmaker”:

“Here’s another taste of our forthcoming opus ‘Earth Blues’…behold the ‘Kingmaker’! Looking forward to hitting the road in a few days and jamming new and old songs on stage!”

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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS launches first track off of new album

February 27th, 2013

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS launches first track off of new album, ‘Earth Blues'; reveals track-listing; confirms show in Mexico City

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS 2010

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS 2010

Sweden’s classic rock heavyweights SPIRITUAL BEGGARS are now debuting the first song off of their upcoming 8th studio album, Earth Blues. Visit the UK’s Classic Rock Magazine website to check out the stunning “Turn The Tide” here.

Earth Blues celebrates SPIRITUAL BEGGARS’ 20th anniversary as band. The album will be released on April 15th in Europe and April 16th in North America via InsideOut Music. See below for the track-listing of the album:

Earth Blues track-listing:
1. Wise As A Serpent
2. Turn The Tide
3. Sweet Magic Pain
4. Hello Sorrow
5. One Man’s Curse
6. Dreamer
7. Too Old To Die Young
8. Kingmaker
9. Road To Madness
10. Dead End Town
11. Freedom Song
12. Legends Collapse

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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS unveils ‘Earth Blues’ cover artwork

February 19th, 2013
                              

Sweden’s classic rock heavyweights SPIRITUAL BEGGARS recently finished work on their 8th studio album, Earth Blues, which celebrates their 20th anniversary as band. The album will be released via InsideOut Music on April 15th in Europe and April 16th in North America.

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS’ guitarist and songwriter Michael Amott comments about the artwork:

“I had the idea for this artwork from my time as a child, seeing posters of two young lovers watching a romantic sunset on the beach, just your typical tacky bedroom art in the 70’s really…Also, growing up in what is now referred to with some nostalgia as ‘The Atomic Age’ – the threat of nuclear war was always looming over our heads it seemed. I wanted to combine these two images of my youth in one paradoxical image and Per Wiberg of Hippograffix (and SPIRITUAL BEGGARS keyboardist) really managed to capture the melancholic feeling perfectly. ‘Earth Blues,’ indeed.”

In order to promote this upcoming release as well as the band’s anniversary, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS has confirmed some summer festival appearances, in addition to a European tour in April with support by German rockers ZODIAC. See below for all upcoming tour dates:

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS “Earth Blues Tour” with special guest ZODIAC + more

Presented in G/S/A by Metal Hammer, Guitar and Powermetal.de

15.04.2013 – Hamburg (Germany) – Logo
16.04.2013 – Köln (Germany) – Underground
17.04.2013 – Ludwigburg (Germany) – Rockfabrik
18.04.2013 – München (Germany) – Backstage
19.04.2013 – Pratteln (Switzerland) – Galery
20.04.2013 – Nürnberg (Germany) – Rockfabrik / Rock’n’Roll Overdose Festival
21.04.2013 – Tilburg (The Netherlands) – 013 / Roadburn Festival
22.04.2013 – Paris (France) – La Scene Bastille
25.04.2013 – Madrid (Spain) – Caracol
26.04.2013 – Barcelona (Spain) – Sala Music Hall
27.04.2013 – Erandio / Bilbao (Spain) – Sonora
28.04.2013 – Toulouse (France) – Le Saint Des Seins
23.06.2013 – Clisson (France) – Hellfest / www.hellfest.frEarth Blues is the follow-up to 2010’s critically acclaimed Return To Zero and promises to be another milestone in the band’s fertile and challenging musical evolution so far. Stay tuned for more details about the album to be revealed soon.

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
Earth Blues – CD/LP 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 | ex FIREWIND)


SPIRITUAL BEGGARS online:
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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS preparing new album for Spring 2013 release; band confirmed for Roadburn 2013 Afterburner

November 8th, 2012

Sweden’s classic rock heavyweights SPIRITUAL BEGGARS are currently at work on a new studio album and are targeting a Spring 2013 release via InsideOut Music. The album, their eighth studio offering, will be the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2010 release Return To Zero. Additionally, the band is proud to announce that they will be appearing at the 2013 Roadburn Festival Afterburner, on April 21 in Tillburg, Holland.

“Back in the early ’90s, 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 ’90s, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS have been at the forefront of the burgeoning stoner rock scene, raising the benchmark for stoner metal bands around the globe through a succession of much acclaimed albums that redefined the genre. Records like Another Way To Shine, Mantra III, Ad Astra, On Fire and Return To Zero deliver a masterful homage to the rock sensibilities of DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW, URIAH HEEP and TROUBLE, and also the blistering guitar heroics of Frank Marino and MOUNTAIN’s Leslie West.

 

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

 

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)

 


SPIRITUAL BEGGARS online:
www.facebook.com/spiritualbeggarsofficial

www.myspace.com/spiritualbeggars
http://twitter.com/Spiritual_B

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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS release new live album in Japan

February 28th, 2011
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS release new live album in Japan

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS release new live album in Japan

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS will release a live CD entitled “RETURN TO LIVE: Loud Park 2010″ through their Japanese record label TROOPER ENTERTAINMENT on March 16. The disc features eight songs, capturing the bands high-energy performance at Loud Park 10 at Saitama Super Arena, Japan on October 17 2010.

 

The tracklisting of “RETURN TO LIVE: Loud Park 2010″ is as follows:

 

01. Left Brain Ambassador

02. Beneath The Skin

03. One Man Army

04 Wonderful World

05. Fools Gold

06. Star Born

07. Concrete Horizon

08. Euphoria

 

The live recording was mixed in Sweden by Staffan Karlsson and Rickard Bengtsson at STUDIO LANDGREN 5.3 and THE SWEET SPOT STUDIO, December 2010.

Artwork and design by Hippograffix.

“RETURN TO LIVE: Loud Park 2010″ is now available for pre-order at Amazon.co.jp

Furthermore, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS will play two headline shows in Japan in March.

Commented drummer Ludwig Witt: “We had a great time in Japan performing at the two massive Loud Park ’10 concerts in October alongside OZZY, MOTÖRHEAD, etc.

“Our first new album in five years (2010’s ‘Return To Zero’) has been really well received by the Japanese fans and we can’t wait to go back and play the full headline set at our own, more intimate, club dates in Osaka and Tokyo in March.”

 

For more information on SPIRITUAL BEGGARS Japan tour go here: http://www.creativeman.co.jp/artist/2011/03spiritual/

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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS ‘Return To Zero’ out in North America!

October 13th, 2010
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS 2010

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS 2010

‘Return To Zero’, the 7th full-length album by SPIRITUAL BEGGARS and their first on InsideOut Music is out now!  SPIRTUAL BEGGARS formed in 1994 and is a project from Michael Amott (Carcass/Arch Enemy) that celebrates the classic hard rock sound of the ’70s.  This is the band’s first new album in five years and features an even more impressive all-star line-up.

Michael Amott (Guitar, also in Arch Enemy and Carcass)
Apollo Papathanasio (Vocals, also in Firewind)
Per Wiberg (Keys, also in Opeth)
Sharlee D’Angelo (Bass, also in Arch Enemy and Witchery)
Ludwig Witt (Drums, also in Firebird)

‘Return to Zero’ also features the bonus track “Time To Live”, a cover of the Uriah Heep classic. The album is available in-stores and online everywhere! Check out links to buy below:

ITUNES: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/return-to-zero/id395499446
AMAZONMP3: http://www.amazon.com/Return-to-Zero-digital-booklet/dp/B0045NOQ1C
AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Return-Zero-Spiritual-Beggars/dp/B0040XJ5N6
CMDISTRO: http://www.cmdistro.com/Search/return_to_zero
HMV CANADA: http://hmv.ca/Products/Detail/593680.aspx

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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS Post New Track Online; New Pre-Order Packages Now Available

September 3rd, 2010
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS - Return To Zero

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS - Return To Zero

Sweden’s SPIRITUAL BEGGARS finally return to the spotlight with their first new studio album in five years, Return To Zero. Once again, the Beggars effortlessly manage to confirm they are a band that continues to defy musical boundaries and that delivers Classic Heavy Rock at its very best! The much anticipated disc is set for an Oct 12th North American release via InsideOut Music (and is out now in the UK/Europe)
Head over now to the band’s new MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/spiritualbeggars) to stream the new track “The Chaos Of Rebirth.”

A specially priced pre-order bundle package is now available exclusively at CMDistro.com, so click on the link below now to purchase.
http://www.cmdistro.com/Item/Spiritual_Beggars_-_-Return_To_Zero-_CD_+_Shirt_-PRE-ORDER-/PKG000462
New singer Apollo Papathanasio states: “I was completely inspired by doing the recordings for the new SPIRITUAL BEGGARS album. Working with Richard Bengtsson (co-producer/mixer) and Michael Amott while recording was fun and super creative! We were all on the same page and we had a good flow in the studio and I’m more than pleased with the end result! There were no arguments, we worked effectively – and we laughed a lot.  Michael and I share the same kind of humor and that was awesome. I always liked SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, but as I’m listening to the catalogue more carefully, I understand more what fantastic songs and arrangements they have on their past albums. I’m proud to be a part of this band and the new album. The biggest difference between SPIRITUAL BEGGARS and other bands that I’ve played with is that this band gives me the opportunity to use a more bluesy vocal approach. ‘Return To Zero’ has that instant feeling of the 70’s that I love, lots of groove and the cool improvised stuff that we did in the studio. To me, it’s perfect. Looking forward to come out and play live with the guys!”

Spiritual Beggars is Michael Amott (Guitars | ARCH ENEMY, CARCASS, Ludwig Witt (Drums | FIREBIRD), Per Wiberg (Keys | OPETH), Sharlee D’Angelo (Bass | ARCH ENEMY, WITCHERY) and Apollo Papathanasio (Vocals | FIREWIND)

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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS Post New Album Cover Art, Official Track Listing and Audio Snippets

July 14th, 2010

Sweden’s SPIRITUAL BEGGARS finally return to the spotlight with their first new studio album in five years, Return To Zero. Once again, the Beggars effortlessly manage to confirm they are a band that continues to defy musical boundaries and that delivers Classic Heavy Rock at its very best! The much anticipated disc is set for an Oct. 12th North American release via InsideOut Music.

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS uploaded a short audio sample of the new album as a pre-listening teaser. For more information please check the band’s MySpace profile, as well as their Twitter at the links below now. The official track listing is listed below as well. This album marks the group’s first offering with the extremely dynamic and talented Apollo Papathanasio on vocals.

http://www.myspace.com/spiritualbeggars

http://twitter.com/Spiritual_B

The artwork of the upcoming album is done by the well known Brazilian artist Gustavo Sazes. SPIRITUAL BEGGARS’s guitarist Michael Amott states: “I’m extremely pleased with the Return To Zero cover! To me, it’s the quintessential SPIRITUAL BEGGARS artwork. The artist really managed to capture the essence of our band, the new album and the constant flow of cryptic ideas I was throwing at him. As I’m old school, I can’t wait to see this in its full glory on the vinyl LP. But hey, it’ll look cool as a minuscule image on your iPod too.”

Tracklisting:

1. Return To Zero [Intro]

2. Lost In Yesterday

3. Star Born

4. The Chaos Of Rebirth

5. We Are Free

6. Spirit Of The Wind

7. Coming Home

8. Concrete Horizon

9. A New Dawn Rising

10. Believe In Me

11. Dead Weight

12. The Road Less Travelled

Line-Up:

Michael Amott (ARCH ENEMY, CARCASS) – Guitars

Ludwig Witt (FIREBIRD) – Drums

Per Wiberg (OPETH) – Keyboards

Sharlee D’Angelo (ARCH ENEMY, WITCHERY) – Bass

Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND) – Vocals

Upcoming shows:

October 17th 2010 LOUD PARK 10 @ Saitama Super Arena, Saitama City (Japan)

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Firewind + Arch Enemy = SPIRITUAL BEGGARS?

June 29th, 2010
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS 2010

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS 2010

Sweden’s SPIRITUAL BEGGARS – featuring guitarist Michael Amott (ARCH ENEMY, CARCASS) and bassist Sharlee D’Angelo (Arch Enemy, WITCHERY) – started working with Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND) as a new singer after parting ways with JB (GRAND MAGUS) and finished the recordings of their 7th studio-album at Sweetspot Studio with producer Rickard Bengtsson, who already produced the On Fire (2002) and Demons (2005) albums, and is also known for his work with Arch Enemy, OPETH, etc.

“The new Spiritual Beggars album is to my ears some of best stuff I’ve ever done with this band and I’m very much looking forward to releasing the seventh Spiritual Beggars studio album, Return To Zero, with the help and expertise of the InsideOut team! At the end of the day it was a no-brainer to do a new licensing deal with the InsideOut label, they did a great job on the Demons album and the Live Fire! DVD (2006). Since then, they have merged with the Century Media company whom I have a long and successful history with. I already know a lot of the people that will be involved in this release, and that feels good.” says founding member Michael Amott. “I respect InsideOut label boss Thomas Waber for being a true music fan and for his undying enthusiasm and efforts in making this deal happen.”

Also Thomas Waber (IOM) is really happy about re-signing a deal with Spiritual Beggars and welcomes the band again to the InsideOut roster. “We had a great experience with the Demons album and are looking forward to working the new one as well. After all the turmoil last year, things are back on top and better than ever and Spiritual Beggars will no doubt benefit from this!”

The new album, Return To Zero, will be released on August 30th in Europe. In an interview with the Japanese Burrn! Magazine Michael Amott talks about the new singer Apollo and the new album and gives a short impression of how the album sounds like “Apollo’s influences are very much rooted in the classic rock and metal of the 70s and 80s. He is the same age as the rest of us in Spiritual Beggars so we instantly shared a lot of common ground musically, and he really connected with the songs and delivered emotional vocals that really impressed us all. I was always aware of the fact that he is great singer. However, even I was surprised how well his voice fit Spiritual Beggars, in the new and the old songs. Apollo is showing a range and depth on this album that I believe will both surprise and please the Spiritual Beggars fans! The new album has a lot of the typical Spiritual Beggars trademarks, it’s heavy rock with a 70s atmosphere – but I also hear a definite progression and a deeper sense of melody in the songwriting and performances. It’s exactly the kind of record I wanted to make with Spiritual Beggars in 2010!”

On the Spiritual Beggars official MySpace page, the band uploaded a short audio sample of the new album as a pre-listening.

Spiritual Beggars lineup:

Michael Amott (Arch Enemy, Carcass) – Guitars
Ludwig Witt (Firebird) – Drums
Per Wiberg (Opeth) – Keyboards
Sharlee D’Angelo (Arch Enemy, Witchery) – Bass
Apollo Papathanasio (Firewind) – Vocals

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ARCH ENEMY´s Michael Amott

August 6th, 2008

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Michael Amott – The Guitarist Of Arch Enemy

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

Live pictures by Antti Nieminen

Transcription by Tony Gabriel

Thanks to Taija Holm of Pro Promotion for setting up the interview for us 

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The ever-popular Swedish metallers Arch Enemy visited Helsinki on April 13rd 2008, as a part of their "Tyranny And Bloodshred" world tour. The following interview was done with Michael Amott in Helsinki, Finland – nearly 4 months ago, but due to many unfortunate circumstances, it wasn´t published until now. Thanks to Tony Gabriel for taking care of the transcription with such a short notice.

Michael talks about many things that are naturally currently close to Arch Enemy, but also Carcass´ reunion shows, Spiritual Beggars, etc.  Read on…


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