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4 stars I just got my copy from Amazon about a week ago. I've listened it I don't know how many times, but for sure, they were a lot.

This CD is just the perfect resume of Heavy + Power + Progressive Metal I've ever heard.

Let's start with the only thing I don't like: The absence of Brazilian rythms (they are, but they're not too much as for example in Holy Land or Temple of Shadows), The Artwork and some lyrics (I know they can do better lyrics than that).

I'm not going to talk about the theme history, but just a little resume: Every track is based on an image which you can find on the book "Aurora Consurgens" (Written by Saint Thomas Aquinas). This book is related with mental disturbes (such as madness). But let me tell you that the lyrics are well orientated, I feel a lack of "filosophy" or something missing that I can found in previous works like Temple of Shadows.

But, let's start with the review.

First of all, if you're looking for a new "Temple of Shadows" you may look in other direction, this is totally different, is less dynamic (talking about the track styles. We had a lot of changes on Temple of Shadows, Power Metal, Bossanova, Prog. Metal, Orchestal Track, etc..).

Another thing, the instrumental parts are just incredibles, in my opinion they're more complex than the previous works. Kiko Loureiro and Raffael Bittencourt are doing a really great job.

Aquiles Priester is really good, as always, he put a lot in every track, I really love the way he plays, but, I don't find a track to say "Hey, This is Aquiles." You have to hear the entire CD to appreciate him.

Felipe Andreoli is the revelation for me, he did a lot of work on the composing work (And I really like what he did), and, techincally talking, he is one of the best progressiva bassist out there today.

And Edu Falaschi...well..he had (and has) the worst work. Be a singer from a Band which had the famous Andre Matos. But, in my opinion, he is really better than him, but, again, this is just my personal opinion.

The CD starts with "The Course of Nature". Nice Brazilian introduction! The initial track is a Heavy Progressive track, with a good riff, but an excellent instrumental part, and a really good work from Edu!

After this, we will find "The Voice Commanding You". This is a very good Power Metal song. One thing that I admire from Angra is that they're changing their power metal songs in every album, but without lose that "touch". "Ego Painted Gray" is one of my favourites ones. Excellent introduction with Edu and a nice atmosphere, then the track take flight and it's just awesome.

"Salvation: Suicide" is another Power Metal track, but still, is very different from "The Voice Commanding You". More speed, more power, less prog. but really interesting indeed. "Breaking Ties" is the Edu Falaschi ballad that we found in previous works ("Heroes of Sand" and "Wishing Well"). I really enjoy this track, nice lyrics, and the guitar solo is just awesome (not too much technical, but still, I love it).

Now we find "Window To Nowhere". I didn't talked about Aquiles Priester (the drummer), but, now, you'll find what is to play progressive drums. This is another Power Prog. Song, but still sounds different, I must admit I didn't like it at the first moment but now it's a great song for me.

"So Near So Far" is just brilliant, it reminds me to "Holy Land" and "The Shadow Hunter". A nice orchestral introduction, and an excellent Brazillian track. The voices here are really awesomes, and the guitar works also are very good. "Passing By" is an excellent track, another "middle-tempo" track, but very different from the other ballad we found (Breaking Ties), it's like a Rock & Metal track with a nice instrumental part, thumbs up for Felipe Andreoli for make this one!

"Scream Your Heart Out" sounds like a progressive metal track. The intial riff is good, but the track gets better at the end. I like this track, but not too much as the others.

And, for the end, "Abandoned Fate". Angra in the most of their works, put a ballad at the end. This one is similar to "Lullaby For Lucifer". Just an achoustic guitar and Edu Falaschi. I simply love this track. And it's a nice way to end this, such a heavy CD!.

Well, my conclusion is: A really great CD from Angra, maybe this is not the best they recorded, but is one of the top. Angra still innovates in every CD, and they're becoming one of the best bands of Prog. Metal with every release they make.

nzeus | 4/5 |


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