Holy Land (album)

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Holy Land
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Studio album by Angra
Released March 23, 1996[1][2]
Recorded 1995-1996 in Germany and Brazil
Genre Power metal, folk metal
Length 54:41
Label Gravadora Eldorado
Producer Charlie Bauerfeind and Sascha Paeth
Angra chronology
Angels Cry
(1993)Angels Cry1993
Holy Land
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 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. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Crossing" (instrumental) Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina 1:56
2. "Nothing to Say" Andre Matos Matos, Kiko Loureiro, Ricardo Confessori 6:22
3. "Silence and Distance" Matos Matos 5:35
4. "Carolina IV" Matos, Rafael Bittencourt Loureiro, Bittencourt, Confessori, Luis Mariutti 10:36
5. "Holy Land" Matos Matos 6:26
6. "The Shaman" Matos Matos 5:24
7. "Make Believe" Bittencourt Matos, Bittencourt 5:53
8. "Z.I.T.O." Bittencourt Matos, Loureiro, Bittencourt 6:04
9. "Deep Blue" Matos Matos 5:49
10. "Lullaby for Lucifer" Bittencourt Loureiro, Bittencourt 2:40
Japanese bonus track
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
11. "Queen of the Night" Bittencourt Bittencourt 4:37
Limited Edition Bonus MCD Live Acoustic at Fnac
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Angels Cry" Matos, Bittencourt 9:55
2. "Chega de Saudade" Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes 2:56
3. "Never Understand" Matos, Bittencourt 6:22