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Progressive Metal • Brazil


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Brazilian outfit ANSATA was formed in 1997, initially as a cover band. As time went by a desire grew to produce their own material as well, but apart from getting a track included on the sampler album Rock Soldiers Vol. 7 these plans never solidified any further. Mostly due to numerous line-up alterations that halted the development of the band. This lead to Ansata going into hiatus in 2004, the members at the time concentrating on other projects.

In 2008 Ansata reformed, and hit the studio immediately. Their debut album Crux Ansata was released on July 14th of 2008. In 2009 Ansata reported that work had started on a second album.

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3.73 | 5 ratings
Crux Ansata
2008

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Forging The Way
2010

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 Crux Ansata by ANSATA album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.73 | 5 ratings

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Crux Ansata
Ansata Progressive Metal

Review by vijikey

4 stars Very enjoyable. Solid. Solid performances, compositions, recording, everything. It's dangerously close to not being memorable, though, but they pull it off and add their special touch. Especially for a new band - serious potential. They sound like pros already.

I really think that the vocalist gives one hell of a performance, definitely a stand-out among other vocalists in this style. I can't agree that he's the best part of this album, though, since all players seem to pull their weight equally. Great ensemble playing.

It kind of reminds me of the last Silent Force album, in a way. I think that you should get this album as soon as possible. A promising debut by a good Brazilian newcomer. Check the album by free promotional download.

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 Crux Ansata by ANSATA album cover Studio Album, 2008
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Ansata Progressive Metal

Review by CCVP
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4 stars Angra + Symphony X + Myrath = Crux Ansata

The fertile Brazilian heavy metal scene, from time to time, gives birth to very interesting bands. This past decade has proven that quite frequently and this relatively new band, Ansata, is here to show exactly that.

Hailing from the state of So Paulo, the country's heavy metal hub, the band presents a very solid progressive power metal through their debut album, Crux Ansata, which means Ankh in Latin. The album itself does not bring many new things to the table and mostly takes you through places you have already been before with other bands of the same genre. This is a normal, but very good, progressive metal album. I can say with much certainty that they are the Brazilian equivalent of the North American band Redemption: interesting tunes, very competent musicianship and composition, but nearly nothing new from the rest of the scene.

Besides that, exactly like in Redemption, the singer is the biggest thing the band have. He is what makes them stand out, except that, in Ansata's case, instead of technicality, the biggest quality that the vocalist has is his enthusiasm, his strong and powerful voice, what fits very well with the music played here.

The opening piece, the 15+ minute epic, divided in three pieces, Crux Ansata will set the pace for most, if not all of, the album: energetic, competent and powerful progressive metal. The problem is that the very same epic is the best piece of the whole album, which clocks at almost an hour. However, Ansata manages to hang on through all that and, in the end, despite the album not being as good as the opening song, the music is still very enjoyable, if you like progressive metal with a power metal twist.

As anyone can imagine just by looking at the cover, the music is very much influenced by Egyptian and middle-eastern themes, both in the music and in the lyrics. The latter mostly deal about antient Egyptian mithology and their underworld/afterlife and the former mostly incorporates bits of middle-eastern music, which are concentrated completely in the guitars and keyboards, similar to what Myrath does in their first album.

Grade and Final Thoughts

It is easy to like something you are already accustomed to see, specially when it is well crafted. This is what happens here, in Crux Ansata. Well crafted, well played and well sung, but generic music. By the way this album runs, I find that this band still has potential and that their next album could be the real thing, but this is very good as it is.

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 Crux Ansata by ANSATA album cover Studio Album, 2008
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Ansata Progressive Metal

Review by ProgShine
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4 stars Brazilian Prog Metal band Ansata has in Crux Ansata (2008) their debut album. And a quite impressive one. The band brings elements from bands like Symphony X, Angra and sometimes even a bit of Nightwish (on the right dose) in their sound but with a strong personality.

The track one is in fact a mini suite in 3 parts: 'Crux Ansata'. Part 1 is heavy and fast and Malagueta, the singer, made me think about Russell Allen. Part 2 starts acoustic but soon changes while Part 3 is somber and dark.

'Infinitive' is a good tracks that open the doors to the best track in the album 'Choices', great chorus. 'Lord Of The Dead' keeps the high quality of the album and 'Forces' closes the heavy bit for a moment for it's time for a ballad. 'Sands Of Time' it's a quite impressive ballad but the band is better in the heavy bits, just like the Hard Rock of 'Above Them All'. 'Misty Fate' closes the album with a great guitar solo but in general it's a weak track to close this great album.

In general the band began their path in music VERY well, unfortunatelly the band is taking too much time to release the second album that is almost done. In time, while you wait, you can download this album and also their single in the website (ansataonline.net/us/discography.php).

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 Crux Ansata by ANSATA album cover Studio Album, 2008
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Ansata Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Ansata is a progressive metal band formed around 1997, disbanded in 2004 and reformed a couple of years later when they begun to work at their first album, named Crux ansata released in 2008. Progressive metal is thekey here with lots of symphonic moments, where guitar and keys has main role, but aswell the band relies a lot on vocal department. This debute album is ok, good, the problems being the voice of Malagueta when he reaches higher notes, to out of place here and the sound, to muddy for this kind of music when all instruments must sound crystal clear. Anyway good work overall, of course is alot to work to make some pretentions worlwide but I guess with consecvent work this obstacle will be overcome. All pieces has same level, not one is weak not one is in front, nice passages between guitar and keys. I will give 3 stars for Crux ansata, well played but not something realy solid, only good and nothing more.

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