SPIRITUAL BEGGARS — the Swedish band featuring ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott and bassist Sharlee D'Angelo, along with vocalist Apollo Papathanasio (ex-FIREWIND) — recently wrapped three days of days of rehearsals and writing, which resulted in fifteen new original songs and two covers.
Speaking to Kaaos TV, Amott stated about the sessions: "Yeah, I just did three days of rehearsals and writing with the guys. Per [Wiberg], who used to be… the keyboarder, used to be in OPETH, and my drummer. So, yeah, we had a great time writing and recording some demos and ideas. We're actually going into a real studio in September and we're gonna track and album. I just booked, like, one week in the studio, and that's gonna be it, basically. So we have to be efficient. But it's that kind of music. We're just gonna track it live on the floor and do some overdubs, and that'll be that."
He continued: "[We came up with] over fifteen songs. I don't know what's gonna make the album. I think we're just gonna record everything, and if there's anything that doesn't turn out to our liking, we've still got an album's worth of material."
Regarding the musical direction of the new SPIRITUAL BEGGARS material, Amott said: "It sounds very lively, a lot of energy, a lot of… some good hooks, good melodies. It sounds very rocking. I'm very happy with it."
He continued: "It's in [the] vein [of 2013's 'Earth Blues']. We got a lot of good feedback on that album — a lot of people liked that album from us — and it's continuing with that sound."
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS reissued two of its classic catalog titles on October 14, 2013: the band's 2005 "Demons" album was made available for the first time ever on vinyl via InsideOut Music; and their acclaimed and hard-to-find debut LP, the self-titled "Spiritual Beggars" from 1994, was re-released with over 70 minutes of unreleased bonus material via Century Media Records.
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS is:
Michael Amott (ARCH ENEMY, CARCASS) - Guitar
Ludwig Witt (FIREBIRD) - Drums
Per Wiberg (OPETH) - Keyboards
Sharlee D'Angelo (ARCH ENEMY, MERCYFUL FATE) - Bass
Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND) - Vocals