For over two decades (time flies, Christ!) Spiritual Beggars have been creating solid rock n roll of the stoner rock variety, showcasing the more classic influences of founder Michael Amott (Arch Enemy, Carcass). These guys were riding the psych and hard blues/stoner bus long before many bands nowadays jumped on the bandwagon. Per Wiberg (ex-Opeth, current Candlemass) stops by Metal Riot to give us the rundown on the first time VINYL reissue of the band’s early records by Music For Nations (get the vinyl HERE).
It’s funny. This article is a little bit of a milestone for me, as Spiritual Beggars were a band I read about years back when I first discovered Terrorizer magazine as the first Beggars album was brewing, I believe. Honestly, I probably got into these guys BEFORE Carcass. It was a time when I was learning all about the many different, deeper sub-genres and rich history of metal and hard rock. Once you gaze down that rabbit hole you’ll not only learn more than you ever thought possble about ex-members or splinter acts associated to Napalm Death (the “6 degrees of Kevin Bacon” of metal), but fans who keep digging beyond the bullshit will be rewarded by the richer soil, so to speak, where Five Finger Death Punch is only from Kill Bill and much better bands flourish in the underground. So yeah, here’s to Spiritual Beggars for helping pull me down into the depths all those years ago. It’s been a sweet and smoky ride.
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Do you feel you guys have influenced some of the push for retro elements that has since surged in bands like Sideburn, Graveyard or many more?
This is an oversimplified question, but how do you write in this band as opposed to your approaches during Opeth? Obviously they are wildly different bands.