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A brazilian neo-classical progressive metal band, formed in 1991, 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
- Kiko Loureiro

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Angels CryAngels Cry
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  • Barón Rojo + Angra + Metal All Stars at Coliseo Julio Borelli, La Paz on 21 Nov 2014
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ANGRA discography


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

3.86 | 114 ratings
Angels Cry
1993
4.04 | 155 ratings
Holy Land
1996
3.81 | 83 ratings
Fireworks
1998
3.71 | 109 ratings
Rebirth
2001
4.17 | 181 ratings
Temple Of Shadows
2004
3.52 | 72 ratings
Aurora Consurgens
2006
3.32 | 54 ratings
Aqua
2010

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

3.39 | 14 ratings
Holy Live
1997
3.71 | 20 ratings
Rebirth World Tour
2003
3.00 | 6 ratings
Angels Cry: 20th Anniversary Tour
2013

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

4.00 | 12 ratings
Rebirth World Tour
2003
3.60 | 5 ratings
Angels Cry: 20th Anniversary Tour
2013

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

3.00 | 8 ratings
Best Reached Horizons
2012

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

3.70 | 11 ratings
Reaching Horizons (demo)
1992
2.33 | 9 ratings
Evil Warning
1994
3.00 | 1 ratings
Eyes of Christ (demo)
1994
1.33 | 3 ratings
Live Acoustic At Fnac
1995
3.25 | 22 ratings
Freedom Call
1996
4.00 | 1 ratings
Make believe
1996
3.00 | 2 ratings
Acoustic ... and More
1998
3.53 | 10 ratings
Lisbon
1998
1.96 | 6 ratings
Rainy Nights
1998
3.33 | 3 ratings
Acid Rain (demo single)
2001
3.15 | 25 ratings
Hunters And Prey
2002
2.41 | 8 ratings
The Course Of Nature
2006
3.72 | 10 ratings
Arising Thunder
2010
3.00 | 4 ratings
Lease Of Life
2010

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 Temple Of Shadows by ANGRA album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.17 | 181 ratings

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Temple Of Shadows
Angra Progressive Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
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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.

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 Best Reached Horizons by ANGRA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2012
3.00 | 8 ratings

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Angra Progressive Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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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.

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 Temple Of Shadows by ANGRA album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.17 | 181 ratings

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Review by Warthur
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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.

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 Aqua by ANGRA album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.32 | 54 ratings

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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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 Freedom Call by ANGRA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1996
3.25 | 22 ratings

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Freedom Call
Angra Progressive Metal

Review by 1967/ 1976

4 stars Interesting Ep from Angra, Brazilian Prog Metal band. This Ep present 6 songs, 5 originals and 1 is a Judas Priest cover ("Painkiller").

The stat is with title-track, "Freedom Call", a good melodic Power metal song with good arrangements. "Queen Of The Night" is presented here in a remixed version. This song is good as example of Neoclassical/Power Metal but in truth is one of the Prog metal songs more close to Classic Metal. Interesting keyboards and guitars. "Reaching Horizins" is the second new song. This is a great power ballad, a typical ballad for an AOR band. The final result is a great ballad a la Scorpions or Uriah Heep! "Stand Away" is here in an orchestral version. The power is greater than the original version but the magic is not constantly high (only in the chorus is equal to the power). The final result is, incredible, similar to a Deep Purple's song! "Painkiller" is the cover of Judas Priest's evergreen/ anthem but this version is more Hard Rock because without the aggressivity of the originsl version... Prog etal isn't Power Speed trash and André Matos is not Rob Halford as Ricardo Confessori is not Scott Travis (something that feels too... It is not even comparable!) "Deep Blue", here in an edit version, is the last song of this Ep. This song is another power ballad with neoclassical elements and it is a good end for this Ep.

In my opinion this one of the more high peaks of Angra. But, in consideration that it is an Ep, I think that is good more as introduction to Angra.

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 Lease Of Life by ANGRA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
3.00 | 4 ratings

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Lease Of Life
Angra Progressive Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'Lease Of Life' - Angra (Single)

When listening to Angra's 2010 full length album 'Aqua' a few months ago, there were two tracks that really stood out to me. the first was 'Arising Thunder,' which had convinced me to check out the album in the first place. The second was actually this track, 'Lease Of Life,' which I am not too surprised to see as the second single for the album. While 'Aqua' did not impress me quite as much as 'Arising Thunder' lend me to hope for, these two tracks (among a few others, of course) did make the album a pretty enjoyable listen.

'Lease Of Life' is distinguished from the other, power metal spectacles on 'Aqua' for the fact that beyond anything else, it is a power ballad. Driven by a catchy piano lick that works it's way to incorporate some warm, lower register vocals, the track begins as a very mellow piece of music. However, things pick up energy and intensity with a guitar solo after the first round of Edu Falaschi's vocal work. 'Lease Of Life' eventually finds a very grandiose finish by building up into an epic climax with guitar work and lush vocal harmonies that are vaguely reminiscent of glam rockers Queen.

As a single release (especially one I am hearing about after the release of 'Aqua'), there isn't much here to look into, besides some potentially suggestive artwork. Barring that, 'Lease Of Life' is a very strong track from this Brazilian power metal act.

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 Aqua by ANGRA album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.32 | 54 ratings

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Aqua
Angra Progressive Metal

Review by chinaski000

4 stars Aqua is one of those albums that i like for one simple reason: they're not immediate, you need to hear the songs 5/6 times before you can have a full-range view of it and i find something new in arrangements and melodies everyday i listen to Aqua... this will be a very underrated album to me.. let's start: 1. Viderunt Te Aquae: as usual, the first track in a Angra album is an orchestral piece, good arrangements though 2. Arising Thunder: this is the most power metal track on the album, it has a good vocal melody and it's the most immediate track on the album. it's also a very high speed metal riffing and soloing is just technically awesome as usual. the instrumental break is very strong and i like the samba-like drumming (this thing will strongly appear in all the album). 3. Awake From Darkness: very nice guitar intro and the riff is very strong and powerful... the rhythm guitar part on the verses is very progressive. the chorus' melody is very nice and the instrumental break is awesome. the piano solo part comes a bit unexpected but the violin part is really good. Good solos. 4. Lease Of Life: this is the ballad.. it has a charming vocal melody and grows up very well. Arrangements here are amazing. The break is full of atmosphere and good guitar work, it grows into a fired up guitar solo. one of the best tracks on the album. 5. The Rage Of The Waters: another power metal song.. great riff, it reminds me of nothing to say. good chorus and the samba break is simply stunning. the bass player andreoli plays a high-level solo. the rest of the instrumental break is very musical. Very good song 6. Spirit Of The Air: one of the most beautiful tracks.. the acoustic intro that turns into electric is great. the synth sound on the loop is awesome. great vocal melodies and chorus. the break reminds me of the acoustic tracks on temple of shadows and it's charming. 7. Hollow: the most proggy song. starts with some DT-like killing riffing. the vocals on the verse do not convince me. but the chorus is well-built and the break is awesome: the strings part is one of the most attractive ones on this album 8. A Monster In Her Eyes: another power ballad.. good song but the vocals seems to be a bit out of range for edu's vocal range. 9. Weakness Of A Man: acoustic intro on this one with oriental flavours. another great song with awesome arrangements. the instrumental break is high-leveled, as usual. Very good song 10. Ashes: another awesome song. Very well arranged and full of nice melodies. Gives an impressive ending to this very good album.

I think this album is much better than the previous one, the production is good but not awesome, but the songs are all just there and they're EXPERIMENTING which is a very good way to approach music. If you find this album awful is probably because you've listened to it in a non-accurate way. It needs, like the good quality albums, 4 or 5 listens to make your interest grow more and more as you enjoy Aqua. 8/10 (just a step lower than temple or holy land, but at the same level of rebirth surely!)

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 Temple Of Shadows by ANGRA album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.17 | 181 ratings

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Angra Progressive Metal

Review by arcane-beautiful

5 stars Since I was a little bit disappointed with Rebirth, I turned to this album, and to be honest I was very surprised.

I really didn't expect it to be this good, I mean, it's just a perfect album really.

Conceptually based on a pre medieval knight named "The Shadow Knight", who in his dismissal at modern Christianity, decided to find true meaning in God, but instead discovered his own religion (kind of like an early Martin Luther). I did wonder about the actual personal faiths of the band (because they're from Brazil, I expected a strong Christian faith), but reading deeper into it they seemed to have a more either Universalistic faith or they have no faith, and are just Atheists.

This album excels beyond Rebirth, with stronger and more listenable material, and interesting concept, and some amazing guest performers. Technically, these guys have excelled as well.

1. Deus Le Voit! - It's an intro; they all start of like this I think. 8/10

2. Spread Your Fire - Great kick ass song, really grabs you by the balls. Kick ass chorus. The choral arrangements remind me of Therion. 10/10

3. Angels & Demons - One of the greatest intros to a prog metal song I have ever heard. Just epic, with an amazing chorus. Best song on the album. 10/10

4. Waiting Silence - Some odd timing bits and impressive instrumental work. Great chorus as well. 9/10

5. Wishing Well - Very cheesy, but so good. Amazing chorus and a killer vocal performance. 10/10

6. Temple Of Hate - Kai Hansen's vocals in this song rule. Quite dark and very kick ass. Ja w dropping instrumental work. 9/10

7. The Shadow Hunter - Great flamenco intro. Pretty epic. The vocal harmonies in the middle section are very beautiful and really surprised me. Killer chorus. 10/10

8. No Pain For The Dead - Intro reminds me of Road Trippin' by Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Nice and laidback. Yay, Sabrine from Edenbridge is in this song, I love Edenbridge, and anything with her in it, grabs my attention. Great arrangement. 10/10

9. Winds Of Destination - Again quite dark and heavy. Hansi from Blind Guardian does an amazing vocal performance in this song. Very proggy with some odd changes in tone. The solo piano and vocal section reminds me of The Flower Kings. The guitar work is pretty impressive. 9/10

10. Sprouts Of Time - Has quite a jazzy edge. The instrumental section is just amazing. Epic chorus for an epic song. 10/10

11. Morning Star - A nice mix of heavy and light textures. Pretty nice chorus. 8/10

12. Late Redemption - The death of the Shadow Knight. I love the fact that some lyrics are sung in Portuguese, which is a very rare language to hear sung (well, if you are Irish haha). Beautiful arrangement. Great vocals. 10/10

13. Gate XIII - Credits basically. The return of some of the albums main themes wonderfully portrayed. 9/10

CONCLUSION: When it comes to Progressive or Power Metal, this is one of those albums that really stand out. Just an epic album from start to finish, with a wide range of influences and maturity of song writing. Buy this now

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 Rebirth by ANGRA album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.71 | 109 ratings

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Angra Progressive Metal

Review by arcane-beautiful

3 stars I am a bit of a fan of these crazy Brazillians, do I decide to buy a 2 pack of their albums (this one and Temple Of Shadows)

So, this being my first full Angra album, I thought it was pretty good. To be homest I was expecting a wee bit more from these guys.

I did prefer André Matos as a singer, but that doesn't leave Ed being any less of a singer, and also, doesn't Ed look like Jay from Jay & Silent Bob, and doesn't Rafael Bittencourt look like Steve Perry from Journey.

This album does have some absolute amazing moments though.

1. In Excelesis - Nice epic intro. 8/10

2. Nova Era - Amazing chorus and some amazing instrumental work. The arranment is killer. 10/10

3. Millenium Sun - Odd arrangment, but some killer vocals. 9/10

4. Acid Rain - Pretty kick ass at times. The instrumental sections really make the song what it is. 8/10

5. Heroes Of Sand - Pretty epic song. Very interesting chorus. 9/10

6. Unholy Wars - Wow, I wasn't expecting this. This song has some odd twists and turns, but that just makes it more exciting of a song. The chorus is just magical 10/10

7. Rebirth - Usual Angra song. It's okay, I guess. 7/10

8. Judgement Day - Some killer riffs and cool rhthyms. 8/10

9. Running Alone - Some lovely piano work during the instrumental section. Pretty cool chorus. 9/10

10. Visions (Prelude) - Nice arrangement and a great ending. 9/10

CONCLUSION: Meh...I know these guys can do better. I don't know, maybe this album will grow on me.

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 Aqua by ANGRA album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.32 | 54 ratings

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Angra Progressive Metal

Review by Robinanimate

2 stars Strike two for Angra.

Back in the mid 90's, the album "Holy Land" was a real earopener for yours truly. At the time I wasn't a big fan of neither power nor progressive metal. Today, "Holy Land" still stands as a timeless classic as far as progressive power-metal goes. In between, Angra does have a few other brilliant releases behind them. Sadly the last two is but a shadow of former glory.

The "Aurora Consurgens" album was okay. But still, after a monster release such as "Temple of Shadows" it was a major letdown. "Aqua" follows in its predecessors footsteps. The brilliant incorporation of classical instruments and Brazilian folk themes is all gone. Progressive elements in the music is tuned down to the benefit of cheap power metal clichés that we have all heard a 1000 times before.

The opening riff on the first song "Arising Thunder" reminds me of Stratovarius. And as most Stratovarius songs, it appears as a cheap rip off of Nokia cell phone ringtone. To be fair, "Arising Thunder" does turn out okay with some hefty riffing and solo work, but it is also by far the best track on the album, and it never is much better than okay.

All over "Aqua" appears a bit mellower than other albums of Angra, but that isn't a big problem in itself. The biggest problem is that the melodies just aren't good enough. Most of them are very similar to earlier works by the band, and I catch myself losing interest on almost every song.

I might be a bit hard, as I consider myself a diehard Angra fan. Nevertheless, one should really be able to expect more of a band of such a caliber, much more. This is their second album in a row where things just don't seem to work. Another strike for Angra, and they are out of the game as far as I am concerned. Don't start with this album. If you just read about the band, pick up "Holy Land", "Temple of Shadows" or "Reborn" first, and be amazed by this, at times, fantastic progressive power-metal ensemble.

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