Angra - Rebirth review
|Release date:||November 2001|
01. In Excelsis
02. Nova Era
03. Millennium Sun
04. Acid Rain
05. Heroes Of Sand
06. Unholy Wars
1 - Imperial Crown
2 - Forgiven Return
08. Judgement Day
09. Running Alone
10. Visions Prelude [Adapted from Chopin's Opus 24 in C minor]
11. Bleeding Heart [bonus]
Sweet miracle of life, Angra is not dead! Exit Andre Matos [vocals, piano], Ricardo Confessori [drums] and Luis Mariutti [bass guitar] - who are all in the new Matos band called Shaman - and welcome Eduardo Falaschi [vocals], Aquiles Priester [drums] and Felipe Andreoli [bass guitar]! With this new line-up, the two guitar players/music writers Kiko Loureiro and Rafael Bittencourt have issued a new opus.
After having waited a long time with my old Angra's "Holy Land", I've finally got my "Rebirth" CD. And listening to it, I'm surprised to see that their music sounds more progressive and it seems that the new drummer is used to play such parts! The magic touch of the duo Loureiro/Bittencourt is still there, with incredible solos and the vocals are great with a surprising new singer. This guy sings in a way close to former singer Andre Matos, even if their voices sound different. It's hard to explain, you'll have to listen to them both to understand what I mean.
The moment of surprise finished, I can listen peacefully to this new album and it totally rules! Even Eduardo Falaschi has written some lyrics and all tracks are masterpieces. From 'Nova Era' to 'Acid Rain' through old school songs like 'Unholy Wars', the new Angra is really good. My favorite song of "Rebirth" is 'Millenium Sun' with its calm beginning and the progression of its music.
For those, who like the German band Vanden Plas, they might recognize the keyboards of Gunter Werno on "Rebirth": one thing that shows that this album is full of surprises and quality...
Grab this one off the shelves and make your own opinion, as for myself, I left the skeptic ranks to join the supporting fan base behind the Brazilian band and its new sound.
Written on 26.08.2003 by
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