As much as I'd like Michael Amott to focus
on Carcass and finally get on with it and write some new music with Jeff Walker
and Bill Steer, I can easily see how Spiritual Beggars along with Arch Enemy
also deserve some space in the busy Swede's schedule.
For 'Return to Zero' is a great album. Less stoner and decidedly more seventies
rock inspired than it's predecessors, this seventh outing from the Beggars pays
tribute to Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Rainbow in a big way.
vocalist Apollo Papathanasio is a big part of the explanation for this; he
sounds more 1977 than 2010, and he does that convincingly.
The sound of Hammond organs of course also emphasize the seventies feeling of the album,
as do the great rock riffs that are thrown at you in one long succession by
Michael Amott. Along with The Devil's Blood, this is probably the best
modern-day capturing of the sound and feel of the seventies - and it goes
without saying that it doesn't sound dated in any way!
The production and mix of 'Return to Zero' is impeccable and leaves space for
all instruments - it sounds, well, genuine rather than a tapestry of powertool
layers - it sounds real through and through. Which is a quality in this day and
So, ladies and gentlemen, light'em up, lean back, put on the headphones, close your eyes and dream your
way back to a time when bell-bottoms where hip, Ritchie Blackmore didn't play
middle ages music, Ozzy hardly knew that there was something called television, and we all had (dark) flowers in
This is the perfect soundtrack for a journey back in time. Join the trip!