Angra (band)

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Angra
AngraLiveFortaleza.jpg
Angra in 2010.
Background information
Origin São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Genres Power metal, progressive 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, Rhapsody of Fire
Website www.angra.net
Members Rafael Bittencourt
Kiko Loureiro
Felipe Andreoli
Fabio Lione
Bruno Valverde
Past members Luís Mariutti
Andre Matos
Marcos Antunes
André Linhares
André Hernandes
Eduardo Falaschi
Aquiles Priester
Ricardo Confessori

Angra is a Brazilian metal band formed in 1991 who have released eight regular studio albums, five EPs and three live CD/DVD's to date. Led by Rafael Bittencourt, the band gained a degree of popularity in Japan and Europe. The band has gone through a number of line-up changes since its foundation in 1991.

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

Angra was formed in November 1991[1] by Santa Marcelina Music College students vocalist Andre Matos and guitarists Rafael Bittencourt and André Linhares. They were joined by Bittencourt's former band mate Marcos Antunes (drums) and bassist Luís Mariutti (ex-Firebox).

This line-up composed a number of the earliest songs, with Rafael Bittencourt and Andre Matos emerging as the main songwriters. The very first song to take form was "Time", which later featured on their first album; Angels Cry. The song "Queen of the Night", composed by Matos and Bittencourt, was originally titled "Rainha" ("Queen") that had featured in the repertoire of Bittencourt and Antunes previous band. "Carry On" was composed by Andre Matos who brought it to the band. In the beginning of 1992, André Linhares left and was replaced by André Hernandes. His stay was equally brief and Kiko Loureiro joined the band in late 1992. It was during Hernandes' time in the band that "Evil Warning" took shape. An old song by Bittencourt called "Reaching Horizons" was also added. These six songs resulted in a demo-tape Reaching Horizons that was released in 1993 through Limb Music in Germany.[2]

Angels Cry[edit]

During the recording sessions for their first album Angels Cry, Marcos Antunes left the band.[3] A number of session drummers, including Alex Holzwarth was used to finish the album. Ricardo Confessori was later installed as a permanent replacement. This line-up 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. Besides Hansen, the album included guest performances by Heavens Gate guitarist Sascha Paeth as and Dirk Schlächter.[4]

The album was released in Brazil in 1993 through Eldorado Records and contained a number of classical influences as well as a cover of Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights". The album had some success both in Brazil as well as Japan where it sold over 100,000 copies.[5] 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[citation needed]. Due to the album's success in Japan, the Evil Warning EP was released in 1994 through Victor, which included remixed versions of songs "Evil Warning", "Angels Cry", "Carry On" and "Wuthering Heights".[6] In the following year the album appeared in Germany through Dream Circle, and in France by CNR Music.[4]

Holy Land[edit]

In 1994 Angra opened for AC/DC in Brazil and was invited to the inaugural Brazilian Monsters of Rock Festival. Following the festival, the band embarked on a Brazilian tour, with further dates in Europe in 1995. Holy Land - an ambitious project involving orchestration, choirs, and Brazilian rhythms - was released in 1996. The production was handled by Sascha Paeth and Charlie Bauerfiend.[7] Holy Land proved successful and the Japanese Victor release, which included the bonus track "Queen of the Night", went gold.[5] The band toured Japan for the first time following the album's success, while in France the single "Make Believe" was released.[8] That same year the EP Freedom Call was released, containing cover versions of Judas Priest´s "Painkiller".[9] After the tour in support of the album, the band released a six-track live album Holy Live, recorded in Paris in 1996.[10] The Holy Box was released in 1998 by Lucretia Records (Italy), which included seven acoustic tracks.[11]

Fireworks[edit]

In 1998 the band released the single Lisbon,[12] followed by the album Fireworks, produced by Chris Tsangarides.[13] Fireworks was a departure from Angra's earlier experimental sound, focusing more on a neo-classical metal sound and lacking the Brazilian rhythms that were included in Holy Land. The album was the first for the Steamhammer label and appeared in North America through Century Media.[13] 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. In 2000 Angra co-headlined shows in Europe with Time Machine and Stratovarius.

Matos departure and Rebirth[edit]

During mid-2000 Angra split, parting ways with vocalist Andre Matos who took bassist Luis Mariutti and drummer Ricardo Confessori with him. In March 2001, the two remaining members, Kiko Loureiro and Rafael Bittencourt, announced the new line-up that included Symbols vocalist Eduardo Falaschi, Paul Di'Anno drummer Aquiles Priester and bassist Felipe Andreoli.

This line-up began recording instantly and the album Rebirth was released in 2001, produced by Dennis Ward.[14] The album was both a critical and commercial success in Brazil and internationally, selling over 100,000 copies worldwide in less than 2 months[citation needed]. The album went gold in Brazil that same year[citation needed]. 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").[15]

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, the band submitted their version of Kashmir to the compilation The Music Remains The Same (A Metal Tribute to Led Zeppelin).[16]

Temple of Shadows (2004-2005)[edit]

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 Shadows 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".[citation needed]

The band toured Brazil and Europe, 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.

Aurora Consurgens, management problems, Confessori's return (2006-2009)[edit]

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. 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."[17] 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.

Aqua and departure of Falaschi and Confessori (2010-2014)[edit]

In the beginning of 2010, Angra started writing songs for their upcoming yet unnamed album due out in mid-2010.[18] 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.

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.[19] Despite not explaining why, he said he would focus on his future projects, including Almah.[19] Edu was later replaced by Fabio Lione (ex-Labyrinth, Rhapsody of Fire).

In 2014, drummer Ricardo Confessori announced he would end his second tenure with the band. He was later replaced by 23-year old Bruno Valverde.[20]

Secret Garden (2014-present)[edit]

On November 2014, the band posted a picture on Facebook unveiling the name of their eight studio album, Secret Garden, to be released on December 17 in Japan and on January 16 in Brazil and Europe.[21]

Controversy[edit]

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".[22] In response, Angra fans or people simply supporting the metal band created the Twitter hashtags #parangolixo[22] and #parangoplágio (portmanteaus of the words "Parangolé" + "lixo" (garbage) and "Parangolé" + "plágio" (plagiarism), respectively). On the other hand, Parangolé fans used the tag #parangolove.

Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Released Title Label Brazilian charts[23] French charts[24] Japanese charts[5] Sales Certifications
1993 Angels Cry Eldorado/JVC Japan/Polydor N/A not released 17 900 000 Gold (JP)
1996 Holy Land Eldorado/JVC Japan/Lucretia N/A not released 17 800 000 Gold (JP)
1998 Fireworks Paradoxx/JVC Japan/SPV N/A not released 15 700 000 Gold (JP)
2001 Rebirth Paradoxx/JVC Japan/SPV N/A 74 18 1.200.000[25] Gold (JP)
Gold (BR)
Gold (GER)
2004 Temple of Shadows Paradoxx/JVC Japan/SPV 10 110 22 800 000 Gold (JP)
Gold (BR)
2006 Aurora Consurgens Paradoxx/JVC Japan/SPV 14 154 17 450 000 Gold
2010 Aqua Voice Music/JVC Japan/SPV 11 147 22
2014 Secret Garden Universal/JVC Japan/Edel N/A 174 20

Demos[edit]

  • Reaching Horizons (Demo, 1992)
  • Eyes of Christ (Demo, 1996)
  • 5th Album Demos (Demo, 2004)

Extended plays (EPs)[edit]

Compilations[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • 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)
  • Angels Cry 20th Anniversary Tour (CD & DVD, 2013) No. 80 Japanese charts (CD); No. 209 Japanese charts (DVD)

Singles [26][edit]

  • "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)

Music videos[edit]

  • "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)
  • "Storm Of Emotions" (2014)
  • "Final Light" (2015)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Metalsmiths's Lair : Angra". Truemetal.org. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  2. ^ "Angra - Reaching Horizons". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-07-26. 
  3. ^ "Interview with André Matos (Part 2 of 2)". Metal Meltdown with Dr. Metal. Retrieved 2015-07-26. 
  4. ^ a b "Angra - Angels Cry". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  5. ^ a b c "ANGRAのCD・DVDリリース情報、ANGRAのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE". Oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  6. ^ "Angra - Evil Warning". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-07-26. 
  7. ^ "Angra - Holy Land". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-07-26. 
  8. ^ "Angra - Make Believe". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-07-26. 
  9. ^ "Angra - Freedom Call". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-07-26. 
  10. ^ "Angra - Holy Live". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-07-26. 
  11. ^ "Angra - The Holy Box". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-07-26. 
  12. ^ "Angra - Lisbon". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-07-26. 
  13. ^ a b "Angra - Fireworks". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-07-26. 
  14. ^ "Angra - Rebirth". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  15. ^ "Angra - Hunters And Prey". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  16. ^ "Various - The Music Remains The Same (A Metal Tribute To Led Zeppelin)". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  17. ^ bravewords.com. "> News > Update: ANGRA Still In Business; Band Just Taking Break". Bravewords.com. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  18. ^ "ANGRA // Reaching Horizons // the official website". Angra.net. Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  19. ^ a b Macedo, Eduardo (24 May 2012). "Angra: carta aberta de Edu Falaschi sobre a sua saída" (in Portuguese). Whiplash.net. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  20. ^ "Announcemente". Angra's official Facebook page (in Portuguese). Facebook. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  21. ^ "Post at the band's official Facebook page". Facebook. 15 November 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  22. ^ a b "Integrantes do Angra acusam Parangolé de plagiar sua música" (in Portuguese). Vírgula. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  23. ^ "Exclusivo Online". Revistaepoca.globo.com. 2005-11-17. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  24. ^ Hung, Steffen (2004-11-14). "Les charts français". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  25. ^ Portal do Rock (portaldorock at portaldorock.com.br). "Entre para o mundo do Rock<<<". Portal Do Rock. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  26. ^ "Angra | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Myspace.com. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 

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