Almah - Almah
1 June 2006

01. King
02. Take Back Your Spell
03. Forgotten Land
04. Scary Zone
05. Children Of Lies
06. Break All The Welds
07. Golden Empire [feat. Mike Stone]
08. Primitive Chaos
09. Breathe
10. Box Of Illusion
11. Almah
12. The Sign Of Glory [european limited edition bonus]
13. Supermind [european limited edition bonus]

In his spare time the lead singer of Angra decided to record his first solo opus with 2006's "Almah". The entire album is mostly a classic Heavy Metal effort with "in-you-face" tunes and lots of ballads, so if you're looking for more Angra, turn around.

The line-up/guest list is somewhat impressive for a first solo album: besides Edu (Angra, vocals and guitars), we find the names of Emppu Vuorinen (Nightwish, guitars), Mike Stone (Queensryche, guitars), Lauri Porra (Stratovarious/Sinergy, bass) and Casey Grillo (Kamelot, drums).

"Almah" is a solid album with a gripping opener, a couple of fast-pace compositions (a la… Angra, yes) but the best feature of the CD is undeniably its numerous ballads. Edu's voice sounds at times like Ronnie James Dio or even Geoff Tate in the softer variations.

Among the best moments are 'King' and the very catchy 'Children Of Lies' for the Heavy side while the epic 'Golden Empire', the emotion filled 'Primitive Chaos' and the progressive and relaxing 'Breathe' are the remarkable calm songs.

That unique Brazilian touch in the percussions is there, the guitar solos are convincing and Edu is doing a good job showing all he's got.

While "Almah" is not filled with power songs, it emerges as a very good listen if you are into the softer side of Angra, with a few very heavy tracks such as 'King' and 'Children Of Lies'. It's definitely something worth checking out if you like anything that has the qualifier Heavy Metal in it from Dio to Angra. As for myself, I am currently enjoying it more than Angra's "Aurora Consurgens".

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Production: 8

Band profile: Almah
Album: Almah


Written on 09.11.2006 by
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Talvi - 09.11.2006 at 09:57  
Thanks to Temple Of Shadows, I love Edu's voice, so I might get this album
Spyroid - 09.11.2006 at 10:00  
Thanks a lot for the review! I have to check this one out!
PyRaMaZe - 09.11.2006 at 23:11  
This album was another case of not liking it so much until I listened to it more and found it to be great!
Powerslavex - 27.10.2010 at 01:40  
The album is ok, but a bit disappointing
Lanzaddt - 26.12.2011 at 20:21  
When I heard it for the first time I did't like it. However nowadays I can enjoy it. Even when I still prefer the first two albums, there is no song as good as "Almah"... it is simply amazing!!!
fravashi - 27.12.2011 at 19:38  

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