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Angra - Angels Cry 20th Anniversary Tour

Published January 15 2014

=Staff's pick

CD 1:
Angels Cry
Nothing To Say
Waiting Silence*
Millennium Sign
Winds Of Destination
Gentle Change
The Voice Commanding You
Late Redemption
Reaching Horizons
A Monster In Her Eyes

CD 2:
No Pain For The Dead*
Stand Away
Wuthering Heights
Evil Warning
Unfinished Allegro/Carry On
In Excelsis/Nova Era

Genre Progressive Power Metal
Fabio Lione
Tracks 19
Rafael Bittencourt
Running time 107 Min.
Kiko Loureiro
Label Ear Music
Felipe Andreoli
Release 03 February 2014
Ricardo Confessori
Country Brazil
Kiko Loureiro
Producer Angra
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Additional vocals: Rafael Bittencourt and Kiko Loureiro. Additional personnel: Tarja Turunen (vocals), Uli Jon Roth (guitar), Amílcar Christófaro (drums) and Família Lima (strings). Recorded live at HSBC Brazil, São Paulo, Brazil on August 25th 2013.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the debut album Angels Cry, Brazilian progressive power metallers Angra set up a small tour and crowned it with a recording of this double CD and the filming of a DVD/Blu-ray of the show in São Paulo. Unlike many other bands playing to celebrate a particular album, Angra has chosen to opt out a few songs off Angels Cry and perhaps that is for the better. I mean, playing songs just for the sake of it isn't always the obvious correct choice.

Angra flashes the steel from time to time with its progressive and rather symphonic power metal, but when pieces come together there is a noticeable reason why this band never hit me like a slap in the face. The overall song material is actually not sufficiently attractive to create a massive interest and an extensive rush of my blood. I would never go as far as to say that this music is bad, but I strongly miss killer songs that make me want to spin this record over and over again.

Customary a few guests, like former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen and former Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth, were invited to top the performance and to get some additional attention to the recorded stuff. Rhapsody Of Fire's Fabio Lione, who is getting used to fill in for other vocalists, stepped up to handle the major part of the duties of departed singers André Matos and Edu Falaschi.

When listening to the band's studio efforts, you realize quite early that Angra never was a heavy act with a blasting sound and that matter feels evident now as the songs have a somewhat thin appearance without that powerful and monumental spark to make the songs kill when performed live. It's not bland or watery, but also far from tremendous the way I see it.

See also review of: Secret Garden , Best Reached Horizons , Temple Of Shadows








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