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Legendary Brazilian power/progressive metal act Angra unveiled the cover for the upcoming DVD "Angels Cry 20th Anniversary Tour." The DVD was recorded in São Paulo on August 25, 2013 and features many guest appearances, including Tarja, Uli Jon Roth and more. Rhapsody of Fire vocalist Fabio Lion was lead vocalist for the tour and release - having taken over vocal duties since the departure of Edu Falaschi (Almah).
The DVD release is expected in November. More information is expected shortly.
Video footage of Angra's first performance at the Chorus Line Theater aboard the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise is available. Angra enlisted the help of Rhapsody of Fire/Vision Divine vocalist Fabio Lione for the bands two special performances on the floating metal festival.
The videos for "Silence & Distance" (originally from the 1996 "Holy Land" LP) and "Nova Era" (originally from the 2001 "Rebirth" LP) can be seen below. The clips were filmed by Carl "CROMCarl" Frederick for Metal Underground.com as the very first bit of the extensive coverage of the event on the way. Additional videos, reports and photos will be posted soon.
Check out "Silence & Distance" here:
The annual 70000 Tons of Metal cruise posted the final lineup of bands for the upcoming event, which kicks off Monday, January 28, 2013 at the Port of Miami in Florida. On Friday, the final six bands were revealed to be: Nightmare, Threat Signal, Anaal Nathrakh, ETECC, Steel Engraved and Fatal Smile.
The complete lineup is as follows:
3 Inches of Blood
Angra (w/Fabio Lione on vocals)
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Flotsam & Jetsam
Metal Church More...
As a year end gift for metal fans, Power Prog Records is offering a free download of "Brazil Rocks, Vol. I" a compilation of acts from South America. The compilation can be had by heading on over to the Pure Prog Facebook Page "Compilations For You Free" Tab located here.
Bands included are:
Age of Artemis
Kiko Loureiro (Angra)
Promoters of the upcoming 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise, to be held from January 28, 2013 to February 1, 2013, have announced the addition of a Dutch two pack, symphonic metal band Delain and folk bank Heidevolk. Thirteen band are still left to be announced, but the updated lineup is as follows:
Angra (w/Fabio Lione on vocals)
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Flotsam & Jetsam
After the departure of vocalist Edu Falaschi, Brazilian power/progressive metal band Angra has announced that Rhapsody of Fire/Vision Divine tenor Fabio Lione will be the guest vocalist at the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise that departs from Miami on January 28, 2013 and returns on February 1, 2013.
In a post on the band's official website it reads: "Fabio Lione will be the guest vocalist for the next Angra concert to be held in the "70,000 Tons Of Metal". The ship "Majesty Of The Seas" will leave Miami on January 28 towards the Caribbean for 5 days and 4 nights with 2,000 fans on board. The world's biggest floating Heavy Metal Festival will feature 40 bands including, Evergrey, Gotthard, Týr, Helloween and Kreator."
The heavy metal cruise 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail this coming January 28th, 2013 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami, FL. The organizers of the cruise have now announced both Tiamat and Evergrey as the latest confirmed bands. For more info and to book a cabin, head over to this location.
So far the following 23 out of 40 total acts have been announced:
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM
METAL CHURCH (Reunion Show)
RAGE and LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA
SUBWAY TO SALLY
The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Tyr for the 2013 edition:
"After crossing the North Atlantic 70,000 Tons of Metal stopped at the Faroe Islands to pick up some of their good old friends. Please welcome TÝR on board The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise! Now they continue their journey into the Norwegian Sea, course East South-East. And what are their Scouts on the European mainland doing... how far East will they go?
"Are you ready to start next year in style? Just imagine: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship 'Majesty of the Seas' for 5 days and 4 nights. Book your cabin now at this location and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise! The Original Metal Cruise: Home of the biggest open air stage to sail the oceans!
"And they also spare no expense to remove the seats in front of the stage in the theater, or do you really like seated Heavy Metal shows? This is 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise where you enjoy unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board. And don't forget, every band plays twice! There are also Open Mic Nights, Clinics, Work-Shops, the infamous 70,000 Tons of Metal Karaoke, Bars that never close, you heard right: They don't close, two full days at Sea, a fun-and-sun-filled day on a beautiful Caribbean Island and an opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists that all join us for the entire trip. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!" More...
The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Angra:
"Have you prayed enough to get news from the ship? So long that you all became a little bit Angra? Yes! Please welcome Angra, who will play their first show with a new singer on board 70000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise. They're now sailing North along the South American East Coast...
"...when will you hear from them again? Are you ready to start next year in style? Just imagine: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship 'Majesty of the Seas' for 5 days and 4 nights. Book your cabin now at this location and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise!"
The following 20 out of 40 bands have already been announced: More...
Brazilian metallers Angra are set to release their first "best of" album titled "Best Reached Horizons" in October 2012 on Steamhammer/SPV. This 20 year career spanning album was compiled by the band and will be available as a double jewel case CD with a massive booklet including liner notes by guitar player Rafael Bittencourt.
CD1 contains an overview of the Andre Matos era and CD2 spans the Edu Falaschi era featuring a cover version of Led Zeppelins "Kashmir." Release dates are listed below.
Scandinavia: October 24th, 2012
Germany: October 26th, 2012
Europe: October 29th, 2012
USA: October 30th, 2012
The track listing is:
01 Carry On taken from "Angels Cry"
02 Angels Cry taken from "Angels Cry"
03 Wuthering Heights taken from "Angels Cry"
04 Evil Warning taken from "Angels Cry"
05 Nothing To Say taken from "Holy Land"
06 Holy Land taken from "Holy Land"
07 Carolina IV (live) taken from the EP "Holy Live"
08 Freedom Call taken from the EP "Freedom Call"
09 Lisbon taken from "Fireworks"
10 Metal Icarus taken from "Fireworks" More...
Vocalist Edu Falaschi announced that he has departed Brazilian power/progressive metal band Angra. He also announced that Felipe Andreoli is no longer with his band Almah. Falashi posted the following note on his official website:
"Dear friends, fans and partners,
"There comes a moment in a man’s life when it is necessary to make a radical decision in order to move forward with dignity and renewed energy.
"I’m in a very happy moment, where now, at age 40, I’m fulfilled and incredibly satisfied to have succeeded in making almost all my personal and professional dreams come true.
"I have a beautiful family, many wonderful friends and fans who have followed me for over 20 years and a lasting career with more than 15 albums released, several world tours and thousands of copies sold worldwide.
"I am a lucky person to have made ?it this far, singing Heavy Metal and been around the planet playing the music I love the most.
"I've been thinking for some time now, about the path to follow and finally came to the conclusion that it is time to take the more natural road.
"It is with a mixture of relief, joy and sadness that I have to declare that from today on I am not the voice of ANGRA anymore, I'm leaving the band already missing a lot of what we built together, specially the happy times of Rebirth and Temple of Shadows. I will never forget everything that we experienced from good to bad times, after all we must always look at the good side of things, even when things are most difficult.
"I am eternally grateful for those 10 years of many victories and for all the opportunities given to me, I wish them luck on their journeys.
"Whenever they want or need I will be around and ready to support them! I am and will always be very proud of our history! My life is music and music is the food to my soul. I have many plans and projects for the future! Some of them are already well established, strong and generating excellent results and so, they demand and deserve my full dedication, and of all the people involved in it. That's why I also want to announce that Felipe Andreoli is not the Almah's bass-player anymore! He will keep working only with Angra and his other projects!
"I will go on with my ideals and my career as a singer, songwriter and producer. Thank you all, with love...
Almah, which recently announced an upcoming performance at the ForCaos Festival, has checked in with the following update about guitarist Marcelo Barbosa performing with Angra:
"Marcelo Barbosa will play three shows with Angra in Brazil (Suzano, Angra dos Reis and Brasília/Porão do Rock Festival) replacing the guitarist Kiko Lourero who will skip these live dates due to family reasons.
"Marcelo Barbosa is a well recognized guitar master and teacher in Brazil. Besides his career as the founder, owner and professor of GTR Guitar Institute, he became famous as a metal musician thanks to his work in such bands as Almah and Khallice. In 2007 Barbosa joined Almah.
"The 2nd Almah album recorded in the present line-up became one of the best metal releases of the year worldwide. Right now the band is preparing the 3rd studio effort. As we previously reported, at the end of May Barbosa finished the guitar parts for the new long-awaited CD of Almah. Edu Falaschi mentioned in the recent interviews, that it will be the best guitar work he has ever had on his albums.
"Thus, no wonder, that one of the leading metal bands in Brazil, Angra, invited Barbosa to replace its permanent guitarist to make these shows. The fans can really expect a great and exciting performance of Angra with Marcelo Barbosa. The first one will take place in Suzano, São Paulo state, on 11th of June."
Reunited nu-metal act System of a Down has announced that it will be participating in the forthcoming Rock In Rio festival. The 2011 edition of the event is set to take place between September 23 - October 2, 2011 in Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca/Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Other notable acts scheduled to appear include;
GUNS N' ROSES
COHEED AND CAMBRIA
Brazilian vocalist Eduardo Falaschi (Angra/Almah) will join Kamelot on stage for the band's upcoming appearance in São Paulo this April 9th, 2011. Eduardo commented:
"It’s a lot of honor for me to perform live with my friend Casey, Thomas and all the guys from Kamelot. Today the band counts on the great singer Fabio Lione who helps them in this tour. They called me to take part in this show in my home town city, São Paulo! It’s clear that I immediately said 'yes!' We are talking about Kamelot! One of my favorites metal bands ever! For those who don’t know, Casey recorded the drum parts for the first Almah’s CD in 2006 and since then we have become friends even more. And especially due to this fact I will do my best in order to give to all Kamelot fans an unforgettable night! I’ll put my heart on it! See you there soon!"
Kamelot's Thomas Youngblood also added:
"I am very pleased to have our good buddy Edu Falaschi (Angra, Almah) joining us on stage at the São Paulo concert this April 9th! We ran into each other recently in LA and that’s when the idea to sing with us in Brazil came about. It will be a night to remember!"
The band's upcoming South American dates are as follows:
April 07 – Santiago de Chile, CHI @ Teatro Teleton
April 08 – Buenos Aires, ARG @ Vélez Sarsfield Stadium (special guest act for Iron Maiden)
April 09 – São Paulo, BRA @ Espaço Lux
April 10 – Porto Alegre, BRA @ Opinião Bar
April 12 – Bogotá, COL @ Teatro Metropol
April 14 – Mexico City, MEX @ Circo Volador
Sepultura has issued the following brief announcement about playing two upcoming live shows alongside Angra: "We'll play two shows with Angra in Anaheim and West Hollywood in January 2011, don't miss the shows and let's have a great time together, see you!" The details are as follows:
House Of Blues
House Of Blues
Symfonia, the new melodic metal project featuring former members of Helloween, Stratovarius, Angra and Sonata Arctica, has announced that it will enter Studiomega in Varberg, Sweden on November 25 to begin recording 12 songs for its debut album, which is scheduled for a March 25, 2011 release. Symfonia has signed a four-album deal with the biggest Japanese metal and rock label Marquee Avalon for the territory of the entire Asian region, including China. Negotiations for the other territories are still in progress.
Timo Tolkki - Guitar
André Matos - Vocals
Jari Kainulainen - Bass
Mikko Härkin - Keyboards
Uli Kusch - Drums
Brazilian progressive power metal act Angra has revealed the dates for its forthcoming European tour. The tour is set to take place within the month of February, 2011 and will make 12 stops in total. You can check out the full list of dates, cities and venues below:
Feb. 13 - Milano, Italy - Live Club
Feb. 15 - Bologna, Italy - Estragon
Feb. 16 - Nancy, France - Lautre Canal
Feb. 17 - Lyon, France - Ninkasi Kao
Feb. 18 - Barcelona, Spain - Salamandra 1
Feb. 19 - Bordeaux, France - Krakatoa
Feb. 20 - Madrid, Spain - Ritmo Y Compas
Feb. 23 - Toulouse, France - Bikini
Feb. 24 - Nantes, France - Olympic
Feb. 25 - Tourcoing, France (Lille) - Le Grand Mix
Feb. 26 - London, UK - O2 Islington Academy
Feb. 27 - Paris, France - Elysee Monmartre
Two of Brazil's premier metal bands, Sepultura and Angra, have been confirmed for next year's edition of the famous Rock In Rio festival. The event is one of the biggest music festivals in the world and will take place at the end of September – beginning of October 2011 in The City Of Rock in the Olympic Park, in Barra da Tijuca/Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. About 40 million Reals will be invested in this territory of 150 thousand square meters by the prefecture of the city, this sum is already present in the modernization budget of this place for the Olympic Games 2016.
Brazilian progressive power metal act Angra posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Lease On Life" which is taken from the its latest studio album "Aqua." "Aqua" was released on September 29th, 2010 through SPV/Steamhammer Records. The album was recorded at Norcal Studios in São Paulo, Brazil. You can view the video below:
1. Viderunt Te Aquae
2. Arising Thunder
3. Awake From Darkness
4. Lease Of Life
5. The Rage Of The Waters
6. Spirit Of The Air
8. A Monster In Her Eyes
9. Weakness Of A Man
Starting today AOLMUSIC.com is hosting a full album listening party for ANGRA'S "Aqua," which is in stores tomorrow on SPV/Steamhammer. You can listen to the entire album here.
This is ANGRA'S first new album in four years, following up their 2006 release, "Aurora Consurgens." The album will be available in three formats: a standard jewel case edition, a double LP edition that includes 3 bonus tracks, and it will be available as a digital download.
ANGRA guitarist Rafael Bittencourt recently spoke about the concept and recording of "AQUA":
"We wanted a title that would describe in a very concise way, that concept. 'Aqua' is the Latin word for water and summarizes the whole idea behind the Shakespearean play and our feelings at this remarkable moment.
"Although this album sounds very different then our previous album 'Aurora Consurgens,' there are not many musical differences between 'AQUA' and our last three albums. We tried to keep the idea of combining metal with progressive, classic, Brazilian, ethnic, pop and many other styles. The big difference is that this time we were really hit by inspiration. So we wrote almost thirty good songs, and we ended up picking the best ten out of the big list. All the atmosphere of companionship and teamwork was captured in the tracks. We really helped each other on every detail and that's what made the songs so powerful and special.
"Another important difference is that the drummer Ricardo Confessori is back in the band. This was only possible because, after the recording sessions of the Bittencourt Project's Brainworms where he performed on a couple of tracks. Since then, we have regained our trust and friendship. We had a few rehearsals with ANGRA where he jammed around songs from the old and new era of the band. Also, we presented some new ideas for him to arrange and he showed that he had kept his creativity and graceful musicianship. We had good laughs remembering things we've done together in the past and how the Brazilian-mixed kind grooves were a very significant quality of our pre-Rebirth Era.
"So, 'AQUA' represents where we are now. And we hope that it will be remembered as one of our great classic albums, because it was done with great passion, focus and dedication. We expect that every detail of these carefully crafted new songs may help you out through your own times of change. So, get prepared to dive deep into an ocean of new sensations and float away with the various liquid atmospheres that keep changing as you listen through and it will always keep changing as you listen to it more times. Welcome to the revolving waters of 'AQUA!'"