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ironasinmaiden, January 29th, 2003

Sweden is the new hotbed for American hard rock. As little sense as that makes, a multitude of killer r'n'r seems to be emanating from the frosty north as of late. Michael Amott's (Carcass, Arch Enemy, Candlemass) Spiritual Beggars fall squarely in the kick ass category... if you're expecting Arch Enemy redux TURN BACK NOW!

"On Fire" is vintage 70s stoner rock, modern style. The riffs, vocals and leads reak of faded denim and marijuana smoke, recalling Sabbath in their prime. This has been done many times before, but rarely to such effect. Songs like Street Fighting Saviours and Killing Time are potentially classic, and totally well written tunes... the tracks flow together, and it's easy to distinguish between them. If you like "stoner rock" in all it's mislabeled glory, On Fire is a MUST BUY.

New singer "JB" sounds pretty much the same as Spice... and there is less organ than there was on Ad Astra. Fans of Led Zeppelin, Sabbath, Cathedral, et. all need to hear this shit, it's top notch, and deserves to be heard.