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Spiritual Beggars - Demons
Michael Amott is famous for a few things. His time with Carcass, and his two current bands: Arch Enemy and Spiritual Beggars. Those two bands cant have a bigger contrast. Where Arch Enemy is the super technical melodic death metal band, Spiritual Beggars is the fun, grooving hard-rock band. When I put Demons in my cd player, I didnt really know what to expect. I`m familiar with the previous albums of the band, but I've never been a fan. I knew the band played a style of "oldschool 70s rock", but that was about it. After reading the biography, I get the idea that Spiritual Beggars is Amott's personal love baby.

After the epic sounding intro (loved the big gong), the disc really flies off with "Throwing Your Life Away". The riff is just rock at its best, with a swing to it that would make it hard for everyone not to enjoy it. Instantly one of my favorite tracks of the disc! "Salt In Your Wounds" is another great track, with a shredding but melodic guitarsolo. Amott always had a knack for catchy solos but this is the man at his best.

"Treading Water" is another favorite, a great pushing riff and a chorus and guitarmelody that sticks in your head when the track is over. Next up is "Dying Every Day", a track which should put Audioslave to shame. A great funky riff and another great chorus make this a great single, not to mention the almost "moshy" bridge. Singer JB (also from Grand Magus) has a great voice, personally reminding me of Chris Cornell here and then, but with a Ozzy Osbourne edge to it. I also love the occasional keyboards by Per Wilberg, oftenly using a Hammond-Organ effect.

"Born To Die" starts of with slow pounding drums, building into a song that would fit on both the Appetite for Destruction discs from Guns n Roses. It does get a bit repetitive though. "Born To Die (Reprise)" is a piano/synths rendition of the main melody. Its a nice, short track..but if they would have incorporated that song within the "Born to Die" track itself, it would resulted into an 80ies rock-epic.

"In My Blood" is one of the heavier, grooviest tracks on the disc, with a strong feel of rhytm throughout and some "gruffy" vocals. The downside is that its a bit repetitious.
The final three tracks of this disc miss that spark of energy that the first few have, altough I liked the swing-feel to "Sleeping With One Eye Open", and the ballad-like "No One Heard" has a nice guitar-synth climax.

All in all, a great cd with a great vibe. Its a cd you want to put on while cruising in your convertible on a sunny day. Alot of people consider this band to be a stoner band, but if this band needs a label, it should be "Modern Classic Rock"!

Track listing:
1. Inner Strength (Intro)
2. Throwing Your Life Away
3. Salt In Your Wounds
4. One Man Army
5. Through The Halls
6. Treading Water
7. Dying Every Day
8. Born To Die
9. Born To Die (Reprise)
10. In My Blood
11. Elusive
12. Sleeping With One Eye Open
13. No One Heard

Line up:
Guitar - Michael Amott
Bass - Sharlee D'Angelo
Vocals - JB
Drums - Ludwig Witt
Keyboards - Per Wilberg

(Demons will be released on 20-6-05)
Spiritual Beggars - Demons
84/1001Details InsideOut Music
Released on Monday Nov 30th, -0001
Rock

Writer @Carn on Wednesday May 25th, 2005

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