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On disc: Angra



Rebirth - Amir Djawadi - 7 stars
Rebirth - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars
Arising Thunder - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars
Aqua - Claudia Ehrhardt - 9 stars
Best Reached Horizons - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars


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Best Reached Horizons

Best Reached Horizons
(SPV - 2012)


With Best Reached Horizons the Brazilians now have a best of compilation out. It's a double CD which gives a good impression of Angra's career. On Disc 1 you get the best of the Andre Matos era, so they kick off with Carry On and Angels Cry - from their debut. Actually the songs which represents the Matos era are well-chosen. And I'm glad that they included the Kate Bush cover Wuthering Heights!

I confess that in the beginning Edu Falaschi didn't convince me, but the last albums changed that. So for me it's the chance to discover songs from the early Falaschi days. But for fans the compilation don't offer something new, it would have been great, if they would have added some live versions... But for metal fans who don't know Angra's albums in detail it's a good way to learn about the Paulistanos. The second disc is closed by Led Zeppelin's Kashmir.

This is Angra's past, a joyful ride through their past, but the future? Well, the band will continue, but at the moment there is no news about a singer.... Meanwhile listen to Best Reached Horizons!



Track list:

CD1
01. Carry On
02. Angels Cry
03. Wuthering Heights
04. Evil Warning
05. Nothing To Say
06. Holy Land
07. Carolina IV (live)
08. Freedom Call
09. Lisbon
10. Metal Icarus

CD2
01. Nova Era
02. Rebirth
03. Hunters And Prey
04. Spread Your Fire
05. Waiting Silence
06. The Course Of Nature
07. Salvation:Suicide
08. Arising Thunder
09. Lease Of Life
10. Kashmir (Led Zepplin)


8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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Aqua

Aqua
(SPV - 2010)


Angra have been through some difficult years, business problems forced them to take a break. Now they are back with a new album and their former drummer Ricardo Confessori.

Lyrically the Brazilians combine their ideas which are based on the latest natural disasters and inspiration taken from Shakespeare's The Tempest. Btw, you can download The Tempest from Angra's website, if you want to read the story.

The sound of thunder, a bell and someone shouting, that's what you hear first. Then a choir sets in and Vinderunt Te Aquæ leads you into Aqua. Then Angra storm off into the melodic speed metal tune Arising Thunder which many will already know as it was the first single. A heavy mid-paced tune is Awaken From Darkness which shows Ricardo Confessori and bassist Felipe Andreoli as a tight union which delivers the basis for guitarists Kiko Loureiro and Rafael Bittencourt. This track shows the band combining ethnic elements, progressive parts, heavy riffs and melody. A break leads into a slow, symphonic passage, but then they speed up again. Songs like Awake From Darkness make Angra differ from genre colleagues. At the balladesque track Lease Of Life singer Eduardo Falaschi can shine, as the slower tunes give him more space to express feelings. The melancholy tune is enchanting. At The Rage Of The Waters Falaschi sound more aggressive which fits well to track which is based on fast double-based drumming and melodic riffing, but also offers symphonic elements and progressive parts. A track full of twists and turns - incl. up-tempo parts and ethno elements. And somehow this describes the album, too. Fans of their early releases might be disappointed as Arising Thunder is the only fast one, even if they have some fast passages embedded into other tracks. But in my opinion it's the mix of different sounds which makes Angra special. Listen to Hollow and you will know what I'm talking about.

One of the highlights is A Monster In Her Eyes which kicks of slowly, then the tune becomes a heavy rocker - with a melancholy touch. And with Weakness Of A Man they deliver a killer tune before they close this chapter with Ashes. At Ashes Edu Falaschi once again can show his talent, the opening is piano-based and focuses on his vocals, but even when they head into the heavy mid-paced part he can shine. But he's not the only one who can show off his skills, everybody gets his time to shine on Aqua.

Kudos! It seems that the break they were forced to take did them good, coz this is a really strong album and I hope they can present it live soon!


9 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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Arising Thunder

Arising Thunder
(JVC Music - 2010)


It's been 4 years since the Brazilians released Aurora Consurgens. Now they present Arising Thunder as an appetizer for the upcoming album.

Everything's the same? Well, Arising Thunder is a melodic speed metal tune spiced up with some neo-classical elements, speed changes and an instrumental passage. Guitarists Kiko Loureiro and Rafael Bittencourt get a change to demonstrate their skills in a lengthy instrumental passage.

Singer Edu Falaschi sounds a bit more aggressive, but also shows his melodic side. Some passages are more complex, prog metal like, but Angra sound very heavy too.

If the single indicates what to expect from Aqua, then it will be a quite divers album which combines Angra's past with new elements.
Check out the single at their MySpace.


7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 








Rebirth

Rebirth
(Steamhammer - 2001)


Rebirth is the first release since the Brazilians split up into 2 parties. The album starts with an intro called In Excelsis before the first tune is creeping through you ears.... Nova Era is a fast track in tradition of Angels Cry, even if the song develops a little differently. On this track the new singer Edu Falaschi sounds almost like André Matos! If it's an advantage? I'm not sure, coz I would prefer a singer which has his own identity, but perhaps Falaschi just needs time to learn how to cope with the heir of André Matos.

On Millennium Sun Edu Falaschi show a little more of his ability when the tune starts slowly with a piano. After awhile the song gets faster and become a mid-tempo tune and there are again the similarities to Mr. Matos.... But I have to confess that this is one of my favorite tracks on the album! So, what's the difference to the 'old' Angra? No big differences, it's more the little things... A little more progressive... The best example is probably the track Acid Rain. That songs starts with a kind of mediaeval choir, the kinda of choir we know from Therion before the mid-tempo tune starts. The backing vocals have the Angra typical vocal lines, but this time you will find some new sounds....

I recommend the songs Acid Rain and Unholy Wars and then make your own decision!


8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 






Rebirth

Rebirth
(Steamhammer - 2001)


This album title fits like none other! Angra returned with Rebirth! They are back about 3 years after 3 of the founding members left. Fans and media saw a dark and uncertain future for the Brazilians after the charismatic frontman André Matos left the melodic metal band.

It's good that Angra, the sympathetic Brazilians are back, but with their previous releases they put the surveyor's rod pretty high. There are doubts that the new line-up can keep the high quality level of their earlier days. But after listening to the 10 tracks of Rebirth, you will be speechless! It seems that they never been away and Angra can keep the quality of the beginning. Drummer Aquiles Priester and bassist Felipe Andreoli building the new rhythm section. And new singer Edu Falaschi caught the attention of fans in the 90's when he was named as a possible new singer in Iron Maiden. This man know how to please the listener! On the new studio album of Angra he shows the whole stylistic spectrum of the band. Sovereign he sings fast metal tracks as well as more atmospheric, solemn songs. Angra are back! The album is mixed by Pink Cream 69 bassist Dennis Ward at the Karlsdorf-based House Of Audio Studio. In spring 2002 the 5 boys from Brazil will come to Europe to play live and I have no doubts that they can bring the new material to the stage. Doesn't matter if it will be more powerful or partly done in the sentimental and more classic oriented way. I'm looking forward to see them live!!!


7 stars

Amir Djawadi
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)
 

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