“Kingmaker”, a brand new song from SPIRITUAL BEGGARS — the Swedish band featuring ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott and bassist Sharlee D’Angelo, along with vocalist Apollo Papathanasio(ex-FIREWIND) — can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below. The song comes off the group’s eighth studio album, “Earth Blues”, which will be released on April 16 (one day earlier internationally) via InsideOut Music.
“Earth Blues” track listing:
01. Wise As A Serpent
02. Turn The Tide
03. Sweet Magic Pain
04. Hello Sorrow
05. One Man’s Curse
07. Too Old To Die Young
09. Road To Madness
10. Dead End Town
11. Freedom Song
12. Legends Collapse
The “Wise As A Serpent” video can be seen below.
Commented Amott: “We chose this particular song as the first video off‘Earth Blues’ ’cause it’s an explosive track and also the shortest song on the album! I filmed and directed the video myself and Anders Björler (AT THE GATES) did a great job on the edit. We’re more than pleased with the end result; it’s done in true DIY spirit…raw and authentic.”
Amott previously stated about the upcoming CD: “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 ’70s, 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.”
Regarding the making of “Earth Blues”, Amott said: “We started the recording process of ‘Earth Blues’ with an eight-day-long session at Fat Guitar Studios (Sweden) with knob-twiddler Roberth Ekholm, a truly great dude who really knows how to capture a band jamming live, sadly a rare quality in recording engineers nowadays! We continued with some overdubs at various studios in Sweden, and it’s all come together super easy this time. Sonically, I think this might be our finest hour yet. It’s a raw, heavy and honest record.” In order to promote this upcoming release as well as the band’s anniversary, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS have confirmed a European tour for April with support by German rockers ZODIAC, as well as some European summer festivals.
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS 2013 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