Thursday, April 21, 2016

R.I.P. Prince


Legends are dropping like flies these days. BB King, who lived a great long life, performing almost into his nineties. Lemmy, who burned the candle at both ends. David Bowie, who turned his death into art just like he did his life. And now Prince, who was always so vibrant, so creative, so full of life. It's hard to imagine him as a strung-out junky jut like it's hard to make sense of this opiate epidemic. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Spiritual Beggars @ Backstage By The Mill, Paris - April 10th, 2016


Spiritual Beggards is a hard rock band whose sound harkens back to the stoner proto-metal outfits of the seventies. Think Captain Beyond meets Leaf Hound. Heavy riffs, cool Hammond sounds, pummelling rhythm section and killer vocals all wrapped up in a drug-fuelled atmosphere. This is one of guitarist Michael Ammott's many projects and definitely our favorite one. Ex-Firewind singer Apollo Papathanasio is their current vocalist and while his approach is little more metal, he fits perfectly in the retro, lysergic music created by his bandmates.

 They are touring behind yet another killer album called Earth Blues and they played 5 songs from that record. But they didn't neglect their back catalogue with 5 songs from the previous effort and 3 from our personal favourite Ad-Astra, including their two best rockers, Wonderful World and Left Brain Ambassadors. 

I know Ammott's Death Metal band Arch Enemy is the real bread winner in all of his projects and keeps him real busy, but here's hoping it won't be too long until the next Spiritual Beggars album and tour.