Spiritual Beggars – Sunrise To Sundown
Century – 2016
We’ve been treated to damn fine albums every two to three years by Swedish overlords Spiritual Beggars since 1994. Sunrise To Sundown is the ninth studio record and the third with vocalist Apollo Papathanasio at the helm, formerly of the Greek metal formation Firewind. The evolution the band has made since the coming of this power metal singer is one of a definite move back in time and towards ever grander gestures. For the track What Doesn’t Kill You, for instance could just as easily have come from the Firewind setlist. But for the most part the songs seems to move ever so sneakily more towards Deep Purple. And ofcourse there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. We can enjoy power metal from time to time and Deep Purple are the grand ol’ wizards of rock. But wasn’t the band more exciting and thrilling when they were hugging the genres of blues and stoner? When they were cozying up to those more gritty takes on heavy rock? And yes, we have definitely been enjoying Sunrise To Sundown, but we fear we will move on to different pastures soon enough. Although, the keywork by Per Wiberg (Kamchatka, Opeth) is one of the best delivered in this foul year of 2016! Sunrise To Sundown, a fine album indeed, but will it stick around for very long after the sun sets..?
(Written by JK)