Holy Land (album)

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Holy Land
Angra Holy Land-f.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 23, 1996[1][2]
Recorded1995-1996 in Germany and Brazil
GenrePower metal, folk metal
Length54:41
LabelGravadora Eldorado
ProducerCharlie Bauerfeind and Sascha Paeth
Angra chronology
Angels Cry
(1993)
Holy Land
(1996)
Fireworks
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]

Holy Land is a 1996 concept album by Brazilian metal band Angra. Its theme is centered on the Brazilian land by the time it was discovered in the 16th century, as depicted in the art surrounding the album release. Once fully opened, the cover illustration turns out to be an old 15th-century map. Title track "Holy Land" contains many indigenous and folkloric influences taken from Brazilian music, but also includes classical arrangements symbolizing Europe at the time.

The opening track "Crossing" features a rendition of O Crux Ave by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. The following songs deal with life in the "holy land" prior to its colonization by the Portuguese and subsequent changes Brazil underwent upon their arrival.

According to drummer Ricardo Confessori, the track "Nothing to Say" was developed around a drum riff he created around 1994 at a small rural property owned by guitarist Rafael Bittencourt.[4] His band mates heard it and soon joined in to create the rest of the song, including the single-note opening riff.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Crossing"(instrumental)Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina1:56
2."Nothing to Say"Andre MatosMatos, Kiko Loureiro, Ricardo Confessori6:22
3."Silence and Distance"MatosMatos5:35
4."Carolina IV"Matos, Rafael BittencourtLoureiro, Bittencourt, Confessori, Luis Mariutti10:36
5."Holy Land"MatosMatos6:26
6."The Shaman"MatosMatos5:24
7."Make Believe"BittencourtMatos, Bittencourt5:53
8."Z.I.T.O."BittencourtMatos, Loureiro, Bittencourt6:04
9."Deep Blue"MatosMatos5:49
10."Lullaby for Lucifer"BittencourtLoureiro, Bittencourt2:40
Japanese bonus track
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
11."Queen of the Night"BittencourtBittencourt4:37
Limited Edition Bonus MCD Live Acoustic at Fnac
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Angels Cry"Matos, Bittencourt9:55
2."Chega de Saudade"Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes2:56
3."Never Understand"Matos, Bittencourt6:22

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