Angels Cry (album)

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Angels Cry
Angra angels cry.jpg
Studio album by Angra
Released November 3, 1993[1][2]
Recorded July-September 1993
Studio Hansen Studios and Horus Sound Studio in Hamburg, Germany
Genre Heavy metal, Progressive metal, Power metal
Length 60:12
Label Eldorado, Victor, Polydor
Producer Charlie Bauerfeind, Sascha Paeth
Angra chronology
Reaching Horizons
(1993)
Angels Cry
(1993)
Holy Land
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars [3]

Angels Cry is the debut album of Brazilian metal band Angra. It was released in 1993 and recorded in Germany at Kai Hansen's studios in Hamburg.

The opening track is a short rendition of the first movement of Franz Schubert's "Symphony No. 8", commonly known as his "Unfinished Symphony". In addition, the title track features a brief arrangement of "Caprice no. 24" by Niccolò Paganini, whereas "Evil Warning" features a brief arrangement of "Winter" by Antonio Vivaldi. The opening of the track "Never Understand" features a brief arrangement of the song "Asa Branca" by Luiz Gonzaga.

Production and recording[edit]

When commenting on the production and recording of the album, vocalist Andre Matos said that recording the album was difficult due to the inexperience of him and his band mates, and also due to the difference of musical influences between them and the producers. He also referred to the recording as "an exile":[4]

Producer Charlie Bauerfeind was not confident that drummer and co-founder Marcos Antunes would be skillful enough for the music he expected to put in the album, so he told the band they could either fire him and hire Alex Holzwarth as a session musician or use electronic drums - or otherwise he would leave the project. The band decided to do as he said and replaced Antunes with Holzwarth, a decision Matos regards as being very difficult.[4]

One of the songs, however, was performed by a different drummer: Kate Bush cover "Wuthering Heights", played by then Gamma Ray drummer Thomas Nack. Matos said Nack was a big fan of Bush and "could play those lines perfectly".[4]

The inlays and photo shoots for the album display drummer Ricardo Confessori, but he would only join the band after its recording. Antunes appears on the back sleeve and inlays of the Japanese first press of the album instead of Confessori.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Andre Matos except Stand Away by Rafael Bittencourt and Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush.

No. Title Music Length
1. "Unfinished Allegro" Franz Schubert, Matos 1:15
2. "Carry On" Matos 5:03
3. "Time" Bittencourt, Matos 5:54
4. "Angels Cry" Bittencourt, Matos 6:49
5. "Stand Away" Bittencourt 4:55
6. "Never Understand" Bittencourt, Matos 7:48
7. "Wuthering Heights" (Kate Bush Cover) Kate Bush 4:38
8. "Streets of Tomorrow" Matos 5:03
9. "Evil Warning" Bittencourt, Matos 6:41
10. "Lasting Child
  • I. "The Parting Words"
  • II. "Renaissance""
Matos 7:35
  • 4:02
  • 3:35
1999 bonus tracks
No. Title Length
11. "Evil Warning" (Different Vocals) 6:40
12. "Angels Cry" (Re-mix) 6:48
13. "Carry On" (Re-mix) 5:09

Personnel[edit]

Band Members

Guest Musicians

Additional Musicians

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Archived August 14, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Angra - Angels Cry (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 1993-11-03. Retrieved 2015-12-09. 
  3. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r589016
  4. ^ a b c "Interview with Andre Matos (Part 2 of 2)". Metal Meltdown. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2015.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)