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Angra

Formed: 1991
From: São Paulo, Brazil
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Angra News

Below is our complete Angra news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Angra To Release Best Of Album

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:

CD1
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...

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Edu Falaschi Splits From Angra

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...

Edu Falaschi"

Official word from Angra on the search for a new vocalist has not yet been posted. However, bassist Felipe Andreoli posted the following statement on his official website: More...

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Almah Guitarist To Perform With Angra

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."

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System Of A Down Added To Rock In Rio 2011

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;

METALLICA
MOTÖRHEAD
SLIPKNOT
SEPULTURA
GUNS N' ROSES
ANGRA
COHEED AND CAMBRIA
EVANESCENCE

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Kamelot Announces Guest Vocalist

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

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Sepultura Announces Shows With Angra

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:

Thursday 01/13/2011
House Of Blues
Anaheim

Friday 01/14/2011
House Of Blues
West Hollywood

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Timo Tolkki Joins Metal Super-Group Symfonia

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.

SYMFONIA is:
Timo Tolkki - Guitar
André Matos - Vocals
Jari Kainulainen - Bass
Mikko Härkin - Keyboards
Uli Kusch - Drums

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Angra Announces European Tour

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

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Sepultura Confirmed For Rock In Rio 2011

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.

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Angra Posts New Music Video Online

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:

"Aqua" tracklisting:
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
7. Hollow
8. A Monster In Her Eyes
9. Weakness Of A Man
10. Ashes

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Angra's "Aqua" Streaming In Full Online

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!'"

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Angra Streaming Entire New Album On Myspace

Brazilian power metal act Angra has uploaded it's entire new album "Aqua" to it's official myspace page. "Aqua" will be released in Europe on September 29 and in the U.S. on October 12 via SPV/Steamhammer.

You can check out "Aqua" in it's entirety at this location.

"Aqua" tracklisting:
1. Viderunt Te Aquæ
2. Arising Thunder
3. Awake From Darkness
4. Lease Of Life
5. The Rage Of The Waters
6. Spirit Of The Air
7. Hollow
8. Monster In Her Eyes
9. Weakness Of A Man
10. Ashes

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Sepultura Announces Californian Shows

Brazilian thrash metal legends Sepultura has announced that they will be performing two exclusive shows in California next year, where they will be joined by Angra. Sepultura have also added a special event VIP ticket for a pre-show meet-and-greet to take place one hour before doors. Each night, fans will get to meet and greet Sepultura. VIP and reduced service charge tickets on sale now exclusively through Enterthevault.com until August 17th, at which time they go on sale through all other normal ticketing systems.

The show dates are:

January 13 - House Of Blues - Anaheim, CA
January 14 - House Of Blues - Hollywood, CA

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Angra Discusses New Single

Angra has posted the artwork for the upcoming "Arising Thunder" single, which can be viewed at this location. The single is off the band's new album "Aqua."

Angra guitarist Rafael Bittencourt commented on the single, "Arising Thunder is a strong, fast and captivating song. We didn’t want to choose the most commercial track. Our fans will certainly be impressed with its fury and speed that end up in one of the strongest refrains of our entire career. It describes clearly the water element cycles showing the tenuous line from the tempest to the calm."

Vocalist Edu Falaschi, who created the initial concept of the track, also stated: "This song was originally composed to be a ballad but along the process I realized that it would be better to change for a Power Metal style. Fortunately I was right and this new direction is the most correct to represent the heart of the Shakespeare story! It is violent, dramatic and vigorous in the first lines of 'The Tempest'! Arising Thunder sounds perfect to an epic start connected to the lyric by a vibrant way showing all the Prospero fury and vengeance wishes. I am sure that our fans will enjoy it and sing with us in our next tour."

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Angra Posts New Album Artwork

Brazilian metallers Angra have announced their new album "Aqua" is set for release in Japan on July 31st by JVC/Victor and in Brazil on August 17th. The cover artwork for the album can be viewed at this location. The album's track listing is as follows:

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
7. Hollow
8. A Monster In Her Eyes
9. Weakness Of A Man
10. Ashes

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Angra Reveals New Album Details

Brazilian power metallers Angra have announced details regarding the band's upcoming seventh studio album, titled "Aqua." "Aqua" is set for release on September 29th, 2010 through SPV/Steamhammer Records. The album was recorded at Norcal Studios in São Paulo, Brazil. This also marks the first time in the band's history that they have self-produced thier own album.

"Aqua" tracklisting:
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
7. Hollow
8. A Monster In Her Eyes
9. Weakness Of A Man
10. Ashes

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Chthonic Confirmed for Japan's Loud Park Festival

Taiwanese black metal band Chthonic has been confirmed for this year's edition of Loud Park, the biggest metal festival in Japan. The festival is set to take place October 16-17 at Saitama Super Arena.

The line-up includes: Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, Motorhead, Angra, Dir En Grey, Edguy, Amon Amarth, 3 Inches of Blood and many more.

For more information, visit www.loudpark.com.

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Amon Amarth To Play Loud Park Festival

Sweden's Amon Amarth has been confirmed to perform at the 2010 edition of Japan's Loud Park festival, which takes place in Tokyo on October 16th and 17th. The band issued the following brief comment about the festival appearance: "We are very excited to announce that we will be going to Japan this year! It will be the very first time for us and this long overdue show will be at the legendary LOUD PARK Festival..... Kanpai!"

Other confirmed acts include Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, Motorhead, Avenged Sevenfold, Angra, Spiritual Beggars, Dir En Grey, and more. You can find all the details on the festival at this location.

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Angra Posts More Video Footage From the Studio

Angra has posted more studio footage of the recording process of their new album, which is being recorded at Norcal Studios in São Paulo, Brazil. Watch the footage below:

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Angra Posts New Video Footage From the Studio

Angra has posted more studio footage of the recording process of their new album, which is being recorded at Norcal Studios in São Paulo, Brazil. Watch the footage below:

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