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Progressive Metal • Brazil


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Formed in 1991 in São Paulo, Brazil - Hiatuses from 1999-2001 and 2007-2009 - Still active as of 2019

A Brazilian neo-classical progressive metal band with a very talented vocalist Andre MATOS and Kiko LOUREIRO's fantastic guitar playing. Making a remake of KATE BUSH's "WUTHERING HEIGHTS" on their first album. They are now playing a more straight forward heavy metal, having left their initial Brazilian and classical influences.

See also: SHAMAN

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ANGRA top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.92 | 165 ratings
Angels Cry
1993
4.09 | 221 ratings
Holy Land
1996
3.73 | 126 ratings
Fireworks
1998
3.76 | 145 ratings
Rebirth
2001
4.15 | 257 ratings
Temple Of Shadows
2004
3.57 | 91 ratings
Aurora Consurgens
2006
3.35 | 82 ratings
Aqua
2010
3.67 | 58 ratings
Secret Garden
2014
3.73 | 30 ratings
Ømni
2018

ANGRA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.38 | 21 ratings
Holy Live
1997
3.69 | 27 ratings
Rebirth World Tour
2003
4.00 | 12 ratings
Angels Cry: 20th Anniversary Tour
2013

ANGRA Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.11 | 18 ratings
Rebirth World Tour
2003
4.38 | 8 ratings
Angels Cry: 20th Anniversary Tour
2013

ANGRA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.23 | 12 ratings
Best Reached Horizons
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
On the Backs of Angels
2018

ANGRA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.77 | 13 ratings
Reaching Horizons (demo)
1992
2.50 | 11 ratings
Evil Warning
1994
2.50 | 2 ratings
Eyes of Christ (demo)
1994
1.38 | 4 ratings
Live Acoustic At Fnac
1995
3.31 | 26 ratings
Freedom Call
1996
3.50 | 2 ratings
Make believe
1996
3.00 | 2 ratings
Acoustic ... and More
1998
3.52 | 12 ratings
Lisbon
1998
1.96 | 7 ratings
Rainy Nights
1998
3.25 | 4 ratings
Acid Rain (demo single)
2001
3.20 | 33 ratings
Hunters and Prey
2002
2.41 | 8 ratings
The Course Of Nature
2006
3.76 | 10 ratings
Arising Thunder
2010
3.00 | 4 ratings
Lease Of Life
2010

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 Hunters and Prey by ANGRA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2002
3.20 | 33 ratings

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Hunters and Prey
Angra Progressive Metal

Review by CygnusX72

3 stars After the rather excellent Rebirth album, Angra released this mixture of new tracks, acoustic takes on two Rebirth tracks, and rather unnecessarily a cover of Genesis' Mama. Hardly essential listening, though it would be a shame to miss "Eyes of Christ", plus the title track "Hunters & Prey" along with its Portuguese language version. I'm not a great fan of acoustic retakes, nor cover versions, so half this album is superfluous. But worth tracking down if you are particularly taken by Angra.

As a pointer, Angra are Brazilian prog metal, with elements of speed/thrash metal (though not too much as I dislike those genres), with some nice Latin American textures thrown into their sound. Excellent guitar work abounds, and for me vocalist Edu Falaschi was an upgrade on predecessor Andre Matos' rather nasal vocals. Holy Land is well regarded by prog fans (with Matos) but my recommendation would be to start with Rebirth, or Temple of Shadows.

 Rebirth by ANGRA album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.76 | 145 ratings

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Rebirth
Angra Progressive Metal

Review by lukretio

3 stars Rebirth: it would have been hard to find a more fitting title for Angra's fourth full-length album, the first after the band split in two and was left for dead at the time by many specialized magazines. Singer Andre Matos and the entire rhythm section comprised of Luís Mariutti and Ricardo Confessori departed to form Shaman, leaving guitarists Kiko Loureiro and Rafael Bittencourt to pick up the pieces. The duo recruited Felipe Andreoli (bass), Aquiles Priester (drums) and Edu Falaschi (vocals) to try and keep the Angra ship alive. But the album does not feel like a rebirth just in terms of its revolutionized line-up. It is also a musical rebirth, after a record, Fireworks, that was probably too ambitious for its own good and ultimately felt a bit like a mixed bag.

Rebirth does not waste any time to let the listener know that things have changed. In this sense, opener (after the obligatory orchestral intro) "Nova Era" is a strong statement of intents. The Brazilian folk experimentations of the past line-up are considerably toned down (though they still surface on a couple of songs) in favour of a more direct and fast-tempo speed/power metal approach that immediately showcases the talents of the new line-up, particularly of drummer Aquiles Priester and singer Edu Falaschi. Although Falaschi does not have the unique charm of Matos' voice, his range is impressive and his crystalline delivery shows that Angra have found an excellent substitute for their iconic former singer. Elsewhere the album moves in more progressive territories, with songs ("Millennium Sun", "Unholy Wars", "Running Alone") built around complex structures, tempo changes, extended instrumental passages, and great orchestral arrangements, courtesy of Günter Werno from German prog metallers Vanden Plas.

These tracks are what elevates Rebirth above the standard power metal sound that one can find aplenty on albums released in the late 1990s / early 2000s. At the same time, the music is more streamlined, direct and powerful than what typically characterizes a prog metal release. In this way, Rebirth walks the fine line between the two worlds, pleasing fans of standard European (and especially Italian) power metal as well as those of more progressively-inclined bands like Queensrÿche and Dream Theatre.

In large part, Rebirth is a success story as the tunes are pleasant, accessible and at the same time sufficiently varied and multifaceted to keep things interesting. But, as a prog metal aficionado, I cannot help but miss the drive to experiment and push things forward and in unexpected directions that had characterized the earlier work of the band. It is particularly songs like "Acid Rain", "Heroes of Sand" and "Judgment Day" that haven't aged very well: lacking a strong melodic presence and deprived of interesting forward-thinking moments, these tracks fall a bit flat and bog down an album that remains nevertheless better than average.

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 Holy Live by ANGRA album cover Live, 1997
3.38 | 21 ratings

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Holy Live
Angra Progressive Metal

Review by OLD PROG

3 stars Angra's first live album is a good live album. They made it too early, however. They could only use songs from "Holy Land" and "Angel's Cry". So the inventors of Progressive Prog Metal can't be convincing. It all seems calculated to make everything look perfect. Despite this, "Holy Live" is an honest, unpretentious EP, though, if not to please the fans. But it sounds cold. For the rest, the production is excellent and it is really a pleasure to listen to these excellent musicians. In the end what remains after listening is just that and I can't really enjoy this "Holy Live".
 Holy Land by ANGRA album cover Studio Album, 1996
4.09 | 221 ratings

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Holy Land
Angra Progressive Metal

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars By no means harsh or abrasive "metal," this music is more in the "heavy" department like SYLVAN, led by the very talented vocal/keyboard artist, André Matos--though I am equally reminded of a heavier, more sophisticated version of Peter Nicholls-led IQ as well.

1. "Crossing" (1:55) a church-like choral piece (plus songbird) (5/5)

2. "Nothing To Say" (6:20) pre-djenty guitars & bass with steady drums and then layers of synth support before lead guitar and fancy synth-strings bridge to singing section. (8.75/10)

3. "Silence and Distance" (5:34) starts out as a slow ballad--until 1:30 when the hard rocking' kicks in--with "horn" synth embellishments. (This keyboard artist, André Matos, is very talented!) Nice twin guitars represent during instrumental section. Solid song! (9.25/10)

4. "Carolina IV" (10:33) If IQ's Peter Nicholls' band were a little more heavy and dynamic, this is what you might get. (19/20)

5. "Holy Land" (6:26) shaker percussion give way to piano and "flute" keys for André to sing over. This definitely has a Middle Eastern flavor to it--though one delivered in a kind of Broadway/stage style. Reminds of RUSH--though a very keyboard-centric song. (8.5/10)

6. "The Shaman" (5:23) very interesting chord play from the piano while the rest of the band establishes the song's intro. It all funnels into a forward-moving 1980s heavy metal song with many layers of instrumental passages in the weave and within the multi-voice vocal weave. Great percussion section while Arabic(?) voice speaks. Then it peels wheels kicking into fifth gear for the final section. The vocal part is actually the weakest part of this. A very interesting song, musically, but not as interesting melody-wise. (9/10)

7. "Make Believe" (5:51) another snare and piano intro soon joined by acoustic guitar and organ before bass and voice enter. André really has a wonderful theater-like voice (I like his slowed down vocals much better than his metal voice--though he does come through with the high-range belting of the final third of the song. There's quite a little MARCO GLÜHMANN there.) This excellent song could've come straight off of Posthumous Silence! (9.5/10)

8. "Z.I.T.O (6:09) Liszt-like keys over metal bass and guitars while André sings with a Geddy Lee/Peter Nicholls-like passion. Finally, some more great twin-shredding-guitar interplay! (9/10)

9. "Deep Blue (5:47) opens with gentle church organ playing slowly--as if processionally. André enters with an equally pious voice. Organ leaves, piano and strings take over accompanying André before the song shifts into full metal jacket at 1:30. In the slow down parts I'm reminded of Supertramp's Roger Hodgson on "Fool's Overture." And then, surprise! There's a return to liturgical sounds with organ, piano and lone tenor singing in Latin. Punctuated by horns and organ and female background choir, this is just exceptional music! (And exceptional theater!) Awesome! But we're not done yet! It's only 3:50! Hearing some words in the lyrics like "pray" makes me think that this might be a very personal, very spiritual song from André--despite the Brian May-like guitar solo. (9.5/10)

10. "Lullaby For Lucifer (2:43) back to the seashore with seagulls and waves over which Spanish guitar picks a gentle accompaniment for another very emotional André vocal. The only flaw is in the quality of the engineering of the vocal track. (4.75/5)

Total Time: 54:41

I don't get it: Are these guys Brazilian, British, or Israeli? If you like your prog metal theatric, sophisticated, and keyboard-driven, then these guys might be your cup of tea. I was hoping/expecting to hear more fire from the two guitarists. Oh, well.

A-/five stars; a minor masterpiece of theatric heavy (somewhat metal) prog and one of the more sophisticated and "deep" prog metal albums I've ever heard. Bueno!

 Angels Cry by ANGRA album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.92 | 165 ratings

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Angels Cry
Angra Progressive Metal

Review by Menswear
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Just another wannabe band?

No.

Angra deserves much more praise than they have; in North America anyways. The fact that they are frequently absent of your fa favorite list is perhaps due to the saturated market of metallic music. The early 2000's have been a prolific time for our he headbanging friends, with the wave of Nightwishesque bands including Evanescence and such. Eyeliner, black dyed hair, go goatees, spiked wrist bands bands were legions and kinda bored us in the end. Where to look for protein in a sea of sugar?

Angra does not fall into that category. With Matos, Loureiro, Bittencourt and later, our beloved suprahuman Aquiles Priester, Angra is not a temporary band with not much to say. While some bands are quickly out of ideas, Angra keep delivering quality products after 20 years of loyal service. They are obviously hyper qualified musicians (those solos) and Matos is capable of vocals beyond I ever heard. Not even Geoff Tate or Geddy Lee gets that high. To cover Kate Bush is something, but to cover it decently is is worthy of your attention.

I admit that I'm a sucker for the art cover (very 90's) and the fact that they rock not only power metal, but also neo-classical and Brazilian influences. You have to admit that sort of approach is in short supply in the over-abudant world of metal.

An impressive debut with adrenaline, orchestration and enough originality to part from the herd. They were first before many more popular bands, so dibs on Angra!

 Temple Of Shadows by ANGRA album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.15 | 257 ratings

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Temple Of Shadows
Angra Progressive Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars One of the reasons TEMPLE OF SHADOWS is such a highlight in the discography of Brazilian power metal band ANGRA is because this is the album where they seriously began to incorporate progressive influences into their already powerful take on highly energetic melodic metal. They also create a behemoth of a concept album tackling the issue of a saga of a crusader knight known as The Shadow Hunter who fights against the ideals of the Catholic Church in the 11th century. The album is as energetic as any Dragonforce album but incorporates a gazillion influences like an early Dream Theater release would. The result is a diverse sounding album that takes progressive rock ideas and marries them with power metal and adds native Brazilians sounds and lots more.

Diverse influences can be found in tracks like "Wishing Well" which has a neo-prog feel to it especially in the intro reminding me a bit of Marillion. "Shadow Hunter" has flamenco and a strong Spanish feel to it. Symphonic intros and interludes are plentiful beginning with the very first track but it takes little time at all for the powerful crunch of the melodic march of thundering guitars to signify the triumph of the tasty tunes taking full form. This is an album that I like quite a bit but not to the extent that many others seem to. I find this an exciting ride up to about the last few tracks when I feel the album should have ended. The intensity of the album seems to fizzle out around then and a bunch mellow ballads are not a great way to end this album. In comparison to other successful concept albums this one does not blend the songs together as brilliantly as I think they should considering the subject matter. Nitpickiness aside, this is a great progressive power metal ride.

 Best Reached Horizons by ANGRA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2012
3.23 | 12 ratings

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Best Reached Horizons
Angra Progressive Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 'Best Reached Horizons' - Angra (5/10)

When a band reaches a certain milestone, it's traditional for something to be released in celebration. Therion, for example, released a collection of French pop covers for their 25th anniversary. In similar fashion, Angra's Best Reached Horizons commemorates the band's 20th year as a band. Consisting of two discs representing the band's career up to this point, the compilation is a strong reflection of Angra's material as a whole. However, with only a single song (a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir") as material exclusive to this release, Best Reached Horizons doesn't offer much to interest the band's fans.

When reviewing a compilation, I'm left in a tough position; is it better to review the music showcased, or the release in itself? I've been a fan of Angra for some time now, and regard them as one of the most technically impressive and accomplished bands in power metal. However, even if the quality of songs here is generally high, there's little reason to recommend it over one of the original albums. As a two disc, two hour ordeal, it's not exactly something that welcomes newcomers to the band. While I can appreciate the use of a 'best-of' compilation as an effective summary of a band's career, for the sake of listening itself, there's far greater satisfaction to be had in one of their full-lengths; might I suggest Angel Cry or Temple of Shadows?

Onto the music itself, there's a fine selection of choice cuts throughout the band's career. The two discs split material from the two vocalists represented (Andre Matos and his replacement, Edu Falaschi), and while the two are fairly similar in style, it was a cool idea to divide the two so that the band's chronology might be better navigated. "Carry On", "Angel's Cry", "The Course of Nature" and "Arising Thunder" are all highlights for me. On the low end, their cover of Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights" seems like a poor choice, largely due to a contrived vocal performance that tries too hard to reflect the original vocalist's floaty delivery. The only thing here that should spark the interest of existing Angra fans is their cover of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir". Itself one of my favourite Zep tracks, Angra do a good job of reinvigorating it with their own style.

Best Reached Horizons makes for a fine afternoon of high-quality power metal. As a compilation however, the whole thing feels rather unnecessary. I mean, what newcomer is going to go into a band by picking up a two hour compilation, and what fans- sparing the hardcore completionists- are going to buy something consisting almost entirely of music they've already heard. It's possible that I'm missing the point altogether, but as it stands, there are much better places to start with Angra than this.

 Temple Of Shadows by ANGRA album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.15 | 257 ratings

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Temple Of Shadows
Angra Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

5 stars On Temple of Shadows, Angra present a skilled combination of Iron Maiden-influenced power metal and Queensryche-influenced progressive metal. If forced to assign it to one particular category I'd say it's more like prog-influenced power metal than powered-up prog metal, though even this doesn't tell the whole of the story, with some traditional Brazilian music from their homeland working its way into the mix here and there.

Eduardo Falaschi embodies the band's fusion style, reminiscent as he is of the best of Bruce Dickinson or Operation: Mindcrime-era Geoff Tate, and he's joined by a small cast of guest vocalists who are used tastefully to heighten the drama of the album. The band as a whole show expert judgement in playing to the strengths of both power and progressive metal whilst avoiding the pitfalls of both genres; the power metal side to them stops the prog side getting excessively pompous and technical for technicality's sake, whilst their prog side means that where some power metal bands would just cheese out Angra always manage to pull off a surprise which keeps the listener guessing. In short, it's the best of both worlds with the worst of neither.

 Holy Land by ANGRA album cover Studio Album, 1996
4.09 | 221 ratings

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Holy Land
Angra Progressive Metal

Review by GKR

5 stars My early years listening to music was completely different from today.

First, there were a lot of Beatles. Seriously, a lot. Then, after a quickly venture into punk (Yes! From The Clash to Ramones), I went straight ahead into Heavy Metal. Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Pentagram, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Budgie and others...

Only Jethro Tull, Osanna and Nu could bring me to progressive rock. BUT, in mean times... there were ANGRA.

I listen Holy Land from front to back. Me and my brother just loved the way they could put the strong and rapid rythm of progressive and symphonic metal into all the brazilian sounds. "Carolina IV" is Axe (a northeastern music, not related with rock whatsoever), is Chorinho, is everything. Is epic, thanks to the keyboards and vocals. "Holy Land", "Nothing to say" and "The Shaman", are all true great tributes to brazilian music and Brazil itself.

Holy Land is a musical masterpiece, being a concept album about the early land of Brazil, before the "discovery" of the europeans, with a lavish art cover. Probably the only Heavy Metal album that I dont mind to hear with my brother.

Five stars, and let us praise a bit more of the experimentalism with brazilian folk.

 Aqua by ANGRA album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.35 | 82 ratings

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Aqua
Angra Progressive Metal

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars The most resent album from these masters of heavy metal from Brazil.

This is the first album I have ever heard by Angra. But I have heard about them since their debut album and they have a good name in the scene. I am not a fan of heavy metal though so I have never bothered to check them up until this promo album arrived at my desk (yes, I know this review is loooooooooong overdue). To put it in simple terms; heavy metal is no longer my cup of tea.

Angra stated that they wanted to go back to good old classic heavy metal sound with this album. They have achieved that with Aqua. This is how heavy metal was done before Kurt Cobain and Nirvana sent this scene underground and beyond with their revolution back in 1989. Aqua is good ole heavy metal anno 1986. The sound though is very much 2010 and brilliant. It is crystal clear and beefy.

The vocalist Edu Falaschi is doing a superb job here and so is the other musicians. Angra is a highly skilled band. Their music is a kind of a love or hate as much as the mid 1980s heavy metal scene are a love/hate scene. I am not fond of the scene. Aqua is following well trodden paths and is offering nothing new. But the songs are still good and so is the overall quality of the album. I am missing some killer tracks which would had elevated this album to a much higher level and out of, in my estimations, the heavy metal quagmire. This album is nice and does not bite.

This album is highly recommended to those into heavy metal. For me........ Sorry.

3 stars

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