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"Mantra III", the 1998 album by the hard-rock/stoner combo Spiritual Beggars is brought back to life with this remastered re-release version and includes the album in CD format (including bonus tracks) and liner notes by founding member Michael Amott (Carcass/Arch Enemy) as an extra.
Spiritual Beggars - Mantra III
This album is often overshadowed by the one that followed it - Ad Astra. But while Mantra III is less polished than Ad Astra, it makes up for it with sheer energy and swagger. The songs here are heavier and more melodic, with the production being raw and blistering. The stomping main riff in "Homage to the Betrayed" is glorious in its sheer ballsiness, just try to listen to it without banging your head. My favorite track here is "Euphoria", which showcases the essential ingredient that is Per Wiberg. This was the his first album with the Beggars, and his addition propels the band into the stratosphere. On Euphoria, his mellotron compliments the chorus and adds a whole other layer of, dare I say, emotion to the mix.
Don't overlook this one - it is equal to Ad Astra!