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|Origin||São Paulo City, São Paulo, Brazil|
|Genres||Power metal, progressive metal, heavy metal, neoclassical metal, folk metal|
|Years active||1991–present (hiatuses from 2000-2001 and 2008-2009)|
|Labels||Paradoxx Music, Rock Brigade Records, Eldorado, Rising Sun Productions, Lucretia, Limb Music, Steamhammer, SPV|
|Associated acts||Viper, Shaaman, Andre Matos, Symbols, Freakeys, Hangar, Karma, Firebox, Almah, Bittencourt Project|
|Past members||Andre Matos
- 1 History
- 2 Musical Style
- 3 Controversy
- 4 Members
- 5 Timeline
- 6 Discography
- 7 Music videos
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Angra was formed in November 1991 by Santa Marcelina Music College students vocalist Andre Matos, duo guitarist Rafael Bittencourt and André Linhares, and were joined by former Rafael Bittencourt band mate drummer Marcos Antunes, as well as former Firebox bassist and former both Rafael Bittencourt and André Linhares high-school mate Luís Mariutti.
With this line-up, several of the first band hits were composed, mainly by Rafael Bittencourt and Andre Matos. The very first song to take form was "Time", which later became part of their first album; Angels Cry, composed by Matos and Bittencourt came short after; "Queen of the Night" was originally titled "Rainha" ("Queen") and was written by Bittencourt while he played with Marcos Antunes in another band - the song was then revived to integrate Angra's repertoire - and "Carry On" was brought ready to the band, composed by Andre Matos. In the beginning of 1992, André Linhares left and guitarist André Hernandes replaced him. In the short time that Hernandes stayed in the band, he changed the existing songs arrangements, giving them body and substance. A lot of his licks were kept by his replacement, Kiko Loureiro. It was during Hernandes' time in the band that "Evil Warning" took shape. An old song by Bittencourt called "Reaching Horizons" was then incorporated to the band. The last work of this line up was on the tribute to Kate Bush "Wuthering Heights"
Shortly after guitarist André Hernandes left the band, Kiko Loureiro, who has played with both Antunes and Bittencourt in other bands, joined Angra. After almost an entire year of rehearsal they released the demo Reaching Horizons in 1992 which was received very positively by critics and achieved unexpected success both in Brazil and Europe. It was one of the first releases from Limb Music Products, which later would become one of Europe's premier power metal specialty labels. During the recording sessions for their first album Angels Cry, Marcos Antunes left the band. Sieges Even's drummer Alex Holzwarth was called to finish the album; Ricardo Confessori was later invited to be the new drummer. This change established Angra in its most enduring and prolific form, which lasted from 1993 to 2000. Angels Cry was recorded at Gamma Ray guitarist Kai Hansen's studio in Hamburg, Germany. The album included performances by Heavens Gate guitarist Sascha Paeth as well as Gamma Ray guitarists Kai Hansen and Dirk Schlächter.
The album was released in Brazil in 1993 and featured many classical influences as well as an adventurous cover of Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights". The album was a great success in Angra's native Brazil as well as Japan where it sold over 100,000 copies. That year Angra dominated the polls of the Brazilian magazine Rock Brigade obtaining awards for Best New Band, Best Album, Best Singer, Best Album Cover and Best Keyboard Player. Due to the album's success in Japan an EP was issued on the Japanese market which included remixed versions of songs from Angels Cry; (Evil Warning, Angels Cry, Carry On and Wuthering Heights). In the following year the album was subsequently released in Europe through Dream Circle, and in France by C.N.R. It went on to be very successful both critically and commercially.
Monsters of Rock Festival
In 1994 Angra opened for AC/DC in Brazil and was invited to the inaugural Brazilian Monsters of Rock Festival, sharing stage with KISS, Black Sabbath and Slayer. After the festival, the band embarked on what would be a very successful Brazilian tour, which eventually ended in Europe in 1995. Holy Land - an ambitious project involving huge orchestration, choirs, and Brazilian rhythms - was released in 1996. Once again the production was handled by Sascha Paeth and Charlie Bauerfiend. Holy Land proved even more successful than Angels Cry, and the Japanese Victor release, including the bonus track "Queen of the Night", went gold. Angra toured Japan for the first time following the album's success. That same year the EP Freedom Call was released, including cover versions of Judas Priest´s "Painkiller", which was followed by the release of the live album Holy Live, recorded in Paris in 1996.
In 1998 Angra released the EP Lisbon, followed by the album Fireworks; both of which were produced by Chris Tsangarides. Fireworks was a departure from Angra's earlier experimental sound, focusing more on a traditional heavy metal sound and lacking the classical influences that were apparent in Angels Cry and the Brazilian rhythms that were included in Holy Land. A lengthy world tour was set up in support for the album. Angra made an appearance at the Buenos Aires edition of Monsters of Rock. The Holy Box was released the same year by Lucretia Records including exclusive acoustic tracks. In 2000 Angra co-headlined shows in Europe with Time Machine and Stratovarius.
Verge of breakup
During mid-2000 Angra split, parting ways with vocalist Andre Matos and its entire rhythm section, bassist Luis Mariutti and drummer Ricardo Confessori. After a great deal of speculation concerning the end of the band, remaining guitarists and founders Kiko Loureiro and Rafael Bittencourt started drafting musicians to preserve the band. Symbols vocalist Eduardo Falaschi, Paul Di'Anno drummer Aquiles Priester and bassist Felipe Andreoli were announced in March 2001 as the new members, after what the band called a "rigorous and criterious process involving both technical skills, previous experience and perfect mutual musical understanding".
Rebirth was released in 2001, produced by Dennis Ward. The album was both a critical and commercial success in Brazil and internationally, selling over 100,000 copies worldwide in less than 2 months. The album went gold in Brazil that same year. The EP Hunters and Prey was released in 2002 which included acoustic takes of Rebirth songs, as well as other new material, a cover of "Mama" by Genesis, and their first song with lyrics in Portuguese, "Caça e Caçador" ("Hunter and Prey"). Angra went on to guest on many mainstream TV shows in Brazil.
Angra would play live in Japan, appearing in Rock Machine in Spain, Wacken Open Air in Germany and ProgPower in Atlanta, Georgia, which was their first visit to the United States. Following the tour, various members of the group played as guests in many projects, including the Led Zeppelin tribute album The Metal Zeppelin - The Music Remains The Same.
Temple of Shadows
Temple of Shadows' recording sessions started in January 2004 at Mosh Studios in São Paulo, once again produced by Dennis Ward. The album featured guest vocalists Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray), Sabine Edelsbacher (Edenbridge), Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and Brazilian legend Milton Nascimento. Temple of Shadow was a concept album based around a character known as The Shadow Hunter and his saga which is described as "the saga of a crusader knight that ends up disputing the expansionist ideals of the Catholic Church in the eleventh century". Progressive metal influences permeate the album to an extent never seen before on an Angra release, making it sound closer to Dream Theater and Pain of Salvation. Expanding from the typical power metal sound, the album incorporates orchestras ("No Pain For The Dead"), flamenco ("The Shadow Hunter"), triple timing ("Wishing Well"), and epic vocal parts often including entire choirs, and not limited from female voices. The record sold over 20,000 copies in the first week in Japan alone, selling close to 50,000 copies in Brazil and over 250.000 worldwide.
The band made a very successful tour in Brazil and an impressive European tour, headlining shows in Southern Europe throughout Spain, Italy, and France in February 2005. For the first time since its creation, the band played at a UK show at The Mean Fiddler in London, supported by DragonForce, and later joined Finnish band Nightwish for the Japanese dates in March. The band then went to Taiwan and after, for the first time, they played in Oceania, headlining shows in Australia. Angra resumed the Brazilian tour and then returned to Europe for the Lorca Roch Festival, Live in Italy and Bull Rock Festival, sharing stages with big heavy metal names like Iron Maiden.
Later in 2006, Angra worked once again with producer Dennis Ward on their new album, entitled Aurora Consurgens, focusing on a non-concept album as Rebirth was. Instead, they pursued a close relative of the idea, a theme album. The moods and lyrical content of a themed album all follow a specific topic or idea, rather than a story, which are apparent from start to finish. In the case of Aurora Consurgens, the lyrics are about the different mental perturbations such as suicide, schizophrenia, sociopathy, bipolar disorder, etc. Also in 2006, Fábio Laguna composed a solo progressive instrumental album called Freakeys along with drummer Aquiles Priester and bassist Felipe Andreoli. In mid-2007, the band took a break due to an unresolved situation with its manager, who was also the owner of the Angra brand. As result, other non-resolved situations between the members arose, culminating in an indefinite hiatus until a solution was reached.
In 2008, Singer Edu Falaschi was originally reported as saying that Angra "has been terminated", but this was later revealed to be both a misunderstanding and a misreporting of his words. Edu later clarified what was meant by his earlier comments: "Angra is not done; we're taking a break, a pause. The band is going through some difficult management issues, and all of us are doing our best to get back on the road". In 2009, the band's official site was taken down. Instead, the home page announced that the site was under construction and news would be released soon. In March 2009, the band's official site announced the return of drummer Ricardo Confessori after a 9-year hiatus to Angra, replacing Aquiles Priester, who left the band to dedicate full force to his band Hangar. The band went out on tour along with fellow Brazilian band Sepultura during 2009.
In the beginning of 2010, Angra started writing songs for their upcoming yet unnamed album due out in mid-2010. The album was composed partly at the members' houses and partly at Confessori's ranch, where they rehearsed and improved the arrangements of the new songs. In February, they came into Norcal Studios in São Paulo, to start recordings. The band members made home videos from the writing/recording process and released them to the fans almost weekly.
Aqua and Falaschi's departure
On July 5 the band unveiled the cover and tracklist of the new album, named Aqua. On July 10, the first single "Arising Thunder" was released. On July, 15 a new song, called "Lease of Life", was played for the first time in Brazilian radio station Kiss FM. The radio program featured an interview with Loureiro and Falaschi, followed by a high quality play of the song.
On August 11, Aqua was officially released in Japan and the Aqua Tour began with a series of pocket shows, being followed by a Brazilian tour through several venues around the country.
On May 23, 2012, Eduardo Falaschi issued an open letter in which he announced his departure from Angra. Despite not explaining why, he said he would focus on his future projects, including Almah.
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In April 2011, Kiko Loureiro accused Brazilian axé group Parangolé of plagiarism. According to the guitarist, the group had used a guitar riff from "Nova Era" in their 2007 song "Azevixe". In response, Angra fans or people simply supporting the metal band created the Twitter hashtags #parangolixo and #parangoplágio (portmanteaus of the words "Parangolé" + "lixo" (garbage) and "Parangolé" + "plágio" (plagiarism), respectively). On the other hand, Parangolé fans used the tag #parangolove.
Angra's first line-up was formed in 1991 with Andre Matos, Rafael Bittencourt, André Linhares, Luís Mariutti and Marco Antunes. By 1992 Linhares was replaced by Andre Hernandes (which, by 2010, was playing guitar in Andre Matos' solo band). Soon Hernandes was also replaced, this time by Kiko Loureiro. They recorded their first demo album Reaching Horizons, which was followed by Marco Antunes leaving the band in 1992 just prior to the recording of their first album Angels Cry. Alex Holzwarth, Rhapsody of Fire, was chosen as a guest for the recording sessions and later Ricardo Confessori joined the band for the tour. This was the longest lived Angra line-up. In 2000 Matos, Mariutti and Confessori left the band, eventually grouping together to form the heavy metal band Shaaman. In 2001 Eduardo Falaschi, Felipe Andreoli and Aquiles Priester joined the band for the release of Rebirth. The band also recruited keyboard players on different occasions but they never received "member" status. In mid-2008, Priester left the band due to differences with other band members and in late 2008, Confessori confirmed his return to take over drums. In 2012, Falaschi announced his departure from the band to follow his other projects.
- Rafael Bittencourt – rhythm & lead guitar, backing vocals (1991–present)
- Kiko Loureiro – lead & rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1993–present)
- Felipe Andreoli – bass, backing vocals (2001–present)
- Ricardo Confessori – drums, percussion (1993–2000; 2009–present)
- André Linhares – lead & rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1991–1992)
- André Hernandes – lead & rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1992–1993)
- Marcos Antunes – drums, percussion (1991–1993)
- André Matos - lead vocals, keyboards, piano (1991–2000)
- Luís Mariutti – bass, backing vocals (1991–2000)
- Aquiles Priester – drums, percussion (2001–2008)
- Eduardo Falaschi – lead vocals, acoustic guitar (2001–2012)
- Leck Filho – keyboards (1993–1998)
- Fábio Ribeiro – keyboards (1993; 1998–1999)
- Alex Holzwarth – drums, guest for the recordings of Angels Cry (1993)
- Fábio Laguna – keyboards (2001–2008)
- Kai Hansen – lead guitar for Angels Cry album (1993),vocals for Temple of Shadows album (2004)
- Hansi Kürsch – vocals for Temple of Shadows album (2004)
- Sabine Edelsbacher – vocals for Temple of Shadows album (2004)
- Milton Nascimento – vocals for Temple of Shadows album (2004)
- Daniel dos Santos – keyboards (2009)
- Tarja Turunen - Rock in Rio concert (2011), Angra’s 20th Anniversary show (2013)
- Dirk Schlächter – lead guitar for Angels Cry album (1993)
- Sascha Paeth – lead guitar for Angels Cry album (1993)
- Fabio Lione - lead vocals live (2013–present)
|Released||Title||Label||Brazilian charts||French charts||Japanese charts||Sales||Certifications|
|1993||Angels Cry||Eldorado/JVC Japan/Polydor||-||_||17||900 000||Gold (JP)|
|1996||Holy Land||Eldorado/JVC Japan/Lucretia||-||_||17||800 000||Gold (JP)|
|1998||Fireworks||Paradoxx/JVC Japan/SPV||-||41||15||700 000||-|
|2001||Rebirth||Paradoxx/JVC Japan/SPV||-||74||18||1.200.000||Gold (JP)
|2004||Temple of Shadows||Paradoxx/JVC Japan/SPV||10||110||22||800 000||Gold (JP)
|2006||Aurora Consurgens||Paradoxx/JVC Japan/SPV||14||154||17||450 000||Gold|
|2010||Aqua||Voice Music/JVC Japan/SPV||11||147||22|
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Extended plays (EPs)
- Evil Warning (1994)
- Live Acoustic at FNAC (1995)
- Freedom Call (1996)
- Acoustic... And more (1998)
- Hunters and Prey (2002) No. 85 Japanese charts
- Best Reached Horizons (2012)
- Holy Live (1997) No. 87 Japanese albums charts
- Rebirth World Tour – Live in São Paulo (CD & DVD, 2002) No. 78 Japanese charts (CD); No. 156 Japanese charts (DVD)
- "Make Believe" (1996)
- "Lisbon" (1998)
- "Rainy Nights" (1998)
- "Acid Rain" (2001) (demo version)
- "Wishing Well" (2004) No. 85 Brazilian charts
- "The Course of Nature" (2006) (free download only)
- "Arising Thunder" (2010) (free download only)
- "Lease of Life" (2010) (free download only)
- "Carry On" (1993)
- "Time" (1993)
- "Make Believe" (1996)
- "Lisbon" (1999)
- "Rebirth" (2001)
- "Pra Frente Brasil!" (2002)
- "Wishing Well" (2004)
- "The Course of Nature" (2006)
- "Lease of Life" (2010)
- "Stand Away" (2013)
VHS and DVDs
- Rebirth World Tour – Live in Rio de Janeiro (VHS, 2002)
- Rebirth World Tour – Live in São Paulo (DVD & VHS, 2002)
- Angels Cry 20º Anniversary Tour – Live in São Paulo (DVD, 2013)
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- Angra at Encyclopaedia Metallum
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