Spiritual Beggars, currently working on their first studio album in five years, have parted company with vocalist JB [Grand Magus]. Filling the vacant position in the Swedish band is Firewind vocalist Apollo Papathanasio.

Commenting, guitarist Michael Amott said: “This will be a surprise to most of you, but it’s been mutually decided for some time now that JB would step down from his role as the singer in Spiritual Beggars to focus on his own band. We had a fantastic time working with JB. We remain great friends and we wish him the best of luck! We decided to make a new Spiritual Beggars record and to find a new voice – and we found a killer singer that lives in our hometown. Some of you will already be familiar with him as a singer in the Greek metal band Firewind. We’ve had a blast in the studio and it’s been highly satisfying on a creative level. We have already confirmed some shows in Japan later in the year and we are in the process of booking more concerts around the world. We are looking forward to getting the new music out to the fans and playing live again.”

A sample of a new song featuring Apollo on vocals can be heard at

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