Fireworks

Angra - 'Aqua' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/46/7b/84/764_angraaqua_1288302046.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     October 28, 2010    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
2882   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Artist

Title

Title

Label

Label

Longstanding fans will no doubt be pleased to hear that 'Aqua' once again enriches Angra's ever more distinguished legacy

Named in honour of the mythical Brazilian goddess of fire, the influence that São Paulo based Angra have had on the modern day technical power metal scene, cannot be overstated. They, along with such hallowed names as Stratovarius and the much missed Elegy, kept the flame alive when everyone and his mother was donning a checked shirt and jumping on the grunge bandwagon. Carefully nurturing the legacy bequeathed them by the likes of Helloween and Iron Maiden, Angra took things to the next logical level, a delicious infusion of progressive, classical and ethic Brazilian influences all serving to mould a sound that was uniquely identifiable to them alone.

Since their blistering debut ‘Angels Cry’ first hit the streets back in ‘94, each new Angra release has been an event to look forward to, the original formula twisted and contorted into a myriad of different shapes as they strove to push the envelope. When original vocalist Andre Matos called it a day after third album ‘Fireworks’, many assumed Angra would fold, but damn me if they didn’t come back stronger than ever some three years later with the appropriately named ‘Rebirth’.

New vocalist Edu Falaschi proved to be a match for his predecessor in every way, and with his charismatic vocals front and centre, Angra would go on to make some of the most beautifully complex and emotive music the technical/progressive power metal field had ever seen – the pinnacle perhaps being the sonically stunning ‘Aurora Consurgens’ at the tail end of 2006. That was nearly four years ago now, but after an extended break forced on them through a few legal issues, the band are back in the saddle with their latest slab of brooding melodrama ‘Aqua’. Nice to see drummer Ricardo Confessori returning to the fold after more than a decade in exile; his powerhouse style once again the engine room at the very heart of the band.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


Although not quite the grand conceptual piece it’s predecessor was, the aptly named ‘Aqua’ draws many parallels with Shakespeare’s literary masterpiece ‘The Tempest’, the ideas of cleansing and renewal being at the heart of many of the songs. Stylishly pulling together many elements from their past works (as well as introducing a few new ones along the way) ‘Aqua’ is an ambitious, oft pompous affair filled with bombastic melodrama and diffuse light and shade. One minute the band are peeling off some of their trademark power metal riffs, the next you’re transported to their homeland of centuries ago by intoxicating tribal rhythms and lilting mood swings.

Falaschi is once again impeccable, but credit this time has to go to longstanding guitarists Kiko Loureiro and Rafael Bittencourt, the constant cut and thrust of their arrangements keeping anticipation levels at max all the way through. Like most of their recent output, ‘Aqua’ isn’t a straightforward release, true appreciation of its inner beauty only really achieved with a bit of effort on the part of the listener. Once you start to familiarise yourself though, tracks like ‘The Rage Of The Waters’, ‘Awake From The Darkness’, ‘Spirit Of The Air’ (which for some reason really reminds me of Dream Theater’s ‘Under Peruvian Skies’), ‘Arising Thunder’ and ‘Weakness Of A Man’ will keep you coming back time and again.

Angra don’t make bad albums, and longstanding fans will no doubt be pleased to hear that ‘Aqua’ once again enriches their ever more distinguished legacy ... welcome back guys!

Dave Cockett

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  February 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
      1  2  3
  4  5  6  7  8  910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728   

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 month, 1 week ago
  • Johns Band : Happy New year Everyone. Will the music film return.
  • Rocktopia Te : The Rocktopia Team would like to wish you a Merry Christmas! :)
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks #85 is out now!
  • Berny : @Bill24: Please follow the instructions at «link» or contact me directly at «email»
  • Bill24 : I cannot unzip the mp3's asking for a password. Same one I use to login with? Please someone help. Thanks.
  • SeaDog57 : thanks Berny
  • Berny : The FREE PDF version of Fireworks #82 is still available, including 88 (!!) bonus MP3 songs Just click on the banner on top of the site. Already 800+ downloads and counting!
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: Apologies! Link was fixed, CD 84 is now available from the FIREWORKS menu on top of the page (for registered members only). Thanks & best wishes, B :)
  • SeaDog57 : Doesn't seem to be a download for bonus cd 84 just 2 identical versions of Bonus CD 83?
  • Rocktopia Te : Interviews with Lordi, Dee Snider, W.A.S.P., Myles Kennedy and many more. Check out the Fireworks & Rocktopia interview sections!
  • Berny : We are proud to premiere the new lyric video by MASS! Check out the news section.
  • Berny : Hi biggywiggymusic: Sorted out, apologies for the delay.
  • biggywiggymu : Hi I just ordered download of 84 - took my PayPal and then it said I didn't pay. Have the transaction number. Can someone help?
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks #84 is out now!!
  • amcc1888 : Thanks Berny
  • Berny : @amcc1888: Please check your mail. Many thanks, B.
  • amcc1888 : Hi There i have ordered Fireworks Issue 83 and paid by PayPal but you have charged me twice but the download has not appeared in my account...also sent you a web contact message..anyone there to help me thanks Tony
  • Berny : We proudly present the new lyric video by AMERICAN TEARS, pls. check out our newsfeed!
  • Rocktopia Te : There are now 500 live reviews on Rocktopia! Check out the latest ones, incl. Iron Maiden, Steven Tyler and Steelhouse Festival 2018!
  • Berny : @Transmet1972: Purchases were added to your account. Sorry for the troubles, not sure why you are still having issues with the DL store. Pls. check your mail. Many thanks & best wishes, B.
  • Transmet1972 : Sent another email re new purchase. Same download issue. Thanks.
  • Berny : @Transmet1972: Support received your message, I already sent a reply.
  • Transmet1972 : Site wont allow me to send ticket to support.
  • Transmet1972 : I cant access the files for 2 downloadable mags i purchased. Site wint
  • Graham : Hi guys i wonder if anyone knows what happend to Greg Parker who formed the band Ozz that released 2 Lps in 1980,
  • Berny : HEAVEN'S TRAIL premiere their new lyric video on Rocktopia. Check out the news section ... «link»
  • Rocktopia Te : @Berny did another lyric video for ROYAL HUNT. Pls. check out our news aection and watch the video on YouTube ... «link»
  • Hysteria : @ Rocktopia Team: GREAT SONG & VIDEO!!! Thanks for sharing!
  • Rocktopia Te : EXCLUSIVE Guild Of Ages music video premiere! Check out «link» ! Did you like the video? Please send us your comments!
  • Berny : Check out the new live reviews: http;//livereviews.rocktopia.co.uk

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site