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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 Enter The Studio

Brazilian metallers Angra have issued the following statement about gearing up to hit the recording studio:

"Hey folks! We are very excited to bring you these news! We are almost done writing the songs for the new album, and we couldn't be happier! There is a general feeling that this is gonna be a really great album. Every time I listen to ourselves playing the songs, I can't help smiling. We are totally into every little detail and small part to make this one of the best Angra albums ever.

"The rehearsals are taking place at Ricardo's country house, near São Paulo. We don't have TV or internet, and phone signal is very poor, so we can't help but concentrate fully on the composition process, and this is intentional. We have a whole new set of challenges in the new arrangements, since every part of them is being taken to the next level, both technically and musically. We will enter the studio in mid February, and we'll keep you posted on the latest news."

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Angra Cancels European Tour

Brazilian metallers Angra have issued the following announcement about canceling their European tour dates:

"We're really sorry to inform that due to various problems with the producer, the European dates have been canceled. These problems range from a lack of transportation from Brazil to Europe to even more serious issues, that overall impede the band of doing the shows in a proper way. We were looking forward to seeing our fans in Switzerland, Italy and Spain, and we wanted to show all of you how good the band is sounding with Ricardo Confessori back to the band. We are as upset as you are, and we will do our best to return to these countries an soon as possible and do the great shows our fans deserve. The new album is being written right now and it will be out by mid 2010."

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Angra Writing New Album

Brazilian metallers Angra have announced they are currently writing material for a new album, which will be released sometime in the first half of 2010. Guitarist Rafael Bittencourt commented: "We already have some songs, and they're sounding very good! Everyone is giving their best to present cool ideas, and soon we will have enough material to rehearse together and plan the pre-production. I'm really excited cause the overall mood is very positive and favorable for great ideas to come!!!" Angra is expected to enter the studio in late January or early February.

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Lord Taps Dio and Megadeth Members For New Album

Aussie metallers LORD have revealed the guest musician list of their forthcoming album 'Set In Stone' features members of DIO, ANGRA, HAREM SCAREM, DRAGONLAND, ex-members of MEGADETH and KING DIAMOND and a host of other Australian and international guests.

Commented mainman Lord Tim, "We're absolutely thrilled to finally reveal the special guests we have on our new album. Of the international guests, we have Craig Goldy (DIO), Glen Drover (ex-MEGADETH/ex-KING DIAMOND), Pete Lesperance (HAREM SCAREM/FAIRGROUND), Felipe Andreoli (ANGRA), Olof Morck (DRAGONLAND/AMARANTHE/NIGHTRAGE) and Yoshiyasu Maruyama (ARGUMENT SOUL). From Australia, we have Chris Brooks (solo artist who did guest guitars on our last album ‘Ascendence’), Stu Marshall (PAIN DIVISION/ex-DUNGEON), Chris Porcianko (VANISHING POINT), Juz (ex-DUNGEON), Richie Hausberger (ex-ENTER TWILIGHT), Tania Moran (solo pop artist), and Mark Furze (FALCON ROAD/well-known star of Australian television). Yep, that's a hell of a list! Don't worry, we still left some room on there for actual members of LORD too! The cover art once again was handled by Felipe Machado Franco who was behind the artwork for ICED EARTH, BLAZE BAYLEY, AXEL RUDI PELL, and many more." More...

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Almah To Enter The studio

Brazilian prog power metal band, ALMAH (feat. ANGRA members Edu Falaschi and Felipe Andreoli), are currently preparing new material for their third studio album, at the same time promoting its predecessor "Fragile Equality." Almah’s singer Edu Falaschi gave official comments about the present stage of work:

“It’s a great pleasure to inform you that very soon we will have a new Almah album in our hands, completely composed. The chemistry of the current line-up is so good and the results we have got with Fragile Equality have been so fantastic, that we can’t stop working at our new songs. All of them sound with a lot of energy, with modern and heavy passages. Certainly, this third CD is a mix of everything that Almah has done on its first two albums, for sure, besides new approaches, sounds and ideas. Very soon we will launch some videos and photos of our work at pre-production of the album and most probably – some parts of new songs! The studio recording is pre-scheduled for the middle of September and the release of the album is to be in the first half of 2010."

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Almah Posts Music Video Online

ALMAH, the side project of ANGRA members Edu Falaschi (vocals) and Felipe Andreoli (bass), has released their latest music video for "Beyond Tomorrow." The clip was shot in Brasília with well-known Brazilian director Rodrigo Giannetto, who works for MTV Brazil. You can watch the video below. More...

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Vougan To Record Live Performances For DVD

Carlos Zema traveled to Brazil to rejoin his Vougan band mates earlier this year for Porao do Rock, the country's largest independent rock festival. Still in Brazil, the band will be recording a live DVD performances during two concerts on November 14 & 15.

The first will be a charity event for the non-governmental agency, Amisrael, an organization known as "The Messengers of Peace." This performance will be an "unplugged" recording. The second performance, at the Atlanta Music Hall in Goiania, Brazil will be be a full-blown, live, concert video. Other bands performing include, Andre Matos (Angra/Shaman), Mindflow, Heaven's Guardian, Refine, and Dynahead.

The DVD will be packaged as a double live video, and will include plenty of extras. Some of the confirmed guests include, Andre Matos (Angra/Shaman),
David Shankle (Manowar / DSG), and Bill Hudson (Cellador/Powerquest/Circle II Circle).

All DVD sales proceeds will go to Amisrael in an effort to support world peace. Sponsorship opportunities to help finance this charitable project are available. Interested parties should contact admin[AT]metalmusicpromotions.com with the subject: SPONSOR.

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More Bands Confirmed For Hellfest

According to VSWebzine.com, CARCASS, MESHUGGAH, MINISTRY, AT THE GATES, FORBIDDEN and TESTAMENT are among the confirmed bands for next year's Hellfest festival, set to take place June 20-22, 2008 in Clisson, France. More than 60 bands will perform on 2 stages. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

ANATHEMA
ANAAL NATHRAKH
ANGRA
AT THE GATES
BENIGHTED
BORN FROM PAIN
CARCASS
CULT OF LUNA
ELUVEITIE
FORBIDDEN
GHOST BRIGADE
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
MESHUGGAH
MINISTRY
MY DYING BRIDE
PARADISE LOST
SEPTIC FLESH
SHINING
SICK OF IT ALL
SONATA ARCTICA
TESTAMENT
THE OLD DEAD TREE

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Angra's 'The Course Of Nature' Video Available

ANGRA's video for its new single, "The Course of Nature", ahs been posted online at YouTube.com. The clip was filmed in early September in São Paulo under the guidance of director Carina Zaratin.

"The Course of Nature" comes off the band's forthcoming album, "Aurora Consurgens", due on October 24 (one day earlier internationally). More...

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Angra Discuss New Album

Brazilian melodic metallers ANGRA have posted the following message on their official web site:

"ANGRA is putting the very final touches unto its new album. The CD is going to be released in October and shall be the main event in the band's 15th anniversary celebrations.

"The name of the record has been finally announced. It's called 'Aurora Consurgens', which is also the title of an old book written by Saint Thomas of Aquin. Such book was used by Jung to establish relations between dreams and different mental conditions. Contrary to the band's latest album, 'Temple Of Shadows', the forthcoming effort is not a concept album. However, all lyrics do have a common theme: the various mental issues, including suicidal tendencies, schizophrenia, manic depression, sociopathy, etc. The artwork was once again designed by Portuguese artist Isabel de Amorim. More...

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Bruce Dickinson In Tribuzy Project In Brazil

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson is travelling to Brazil this week to play with friends in a special Tribuzy project. He met Renato Tribuzy a few years back and was very impressed with his music. They became friends and Bruce contributed the vocal on a song on his album. On this trip Bruce will sing on this song backed by his mates Roy Z and Chris Dale, both of whom he has played a lot with in the past.

Also involved in the project are Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween), Mat Sinner (Sinner, Primal Fear), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Kiko Loureiro (Angra), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura).

The set will consist of Tribuzy songs, but it is likely that Bruce will pull on his own repertoire a little too at some stage...

Dates are as follows:

Nov. 12 São Paulo - Credicard Hall
1ov. 13 Belo Horizonte - Chevrolet Hall

The support act for the concerts will be Jeff Scot Sotto.

For ticket information visit www.tribuzy.com.

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Live Report from ProgPower VI

The weekend of September 16-17th was quite a memorable one for me. I traveled down to Atlanta, Georgia from my New Jersey home to attend ProgPower VI. This year’s ProgPower consisted of Angra headlining Friday night’s show along with Conception, Orphaned Land, Circus Maximus, and Manticora opening. Saturday’s line up consisted of Stratovarius headlining, along with Therion, Pink Cream 69, Symphorce, and Stride opening.

During my stay, I was able to interview Mati from Orphaned Land and met Mark Edwards from Overlorde. Both guys were exceptionally kind, down to earth, as well as excellent guitar players and should definitely be listened to when the opportunity arises. Though Overlorde did not play, Orphaned Land did and put on quite an amazing show. During their set I found out that one of the guys standing in front of me was so dedicated to the band, that he flew all the way from Israel, where Orphaned Land is from, just to see them! What makes Orphaned Land such a band to command this response from a fan is the fact that they are very energetic on stage, quality musicians, and are able to bring everyone at the concert together. To see Orphaned Land is its own experience in itself. No matter who plays with Orphaned Land, the show will be memorable! More...

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ProgPower USA VI Sells Out In 3 Days

ProgPower USA VI has officially sold out just three days after tickets went on sale to the general public.

“I don't think my attendees realize how truly grateful I am for their continued loyalty and support,” said promoter Glenn Harveston. “This is the fourth consecutive sell-out thanks to them. I don't think anyone had a clue that tickets would move so fast this year. My heartfelt thanks to the public for allowing me to continue with what I believe is the best concert experience in North America.”

This year’s stellar lineup will host Angra, Conception, Orphaned Land, Circus Maximus, and Manticora on Friday, September 16. The festival’s second night, Saturday, September 17, will feature Stratovarius, Therion, Pink Cream 69, Symphorce, and Stride.

ProgPower be held at Earthlink Live in Atlanta. Doors are scheduled to open at 4:30 p.m. on both days.

A ProgPower USA VI Pre-Show Party will be held Thursday night at The Loft. After a great experience performing at last year’s ProgPower, Germany’s Dreamscape is returning to headline the pre-party. Orphaned Land will perform an acoustic set with material different from their Friday set. Avian, featuring Lance King (ex-Balance of Power, Pyramaze) on vocals, and Outworld, featuring guitar virtuoso Rusty Cooley, will also perform. Ticket information for the pre-party will be released in the coming weeks.

ProgPower USA is one of America’s most highly praised festivals. There is currently a three-year wait on the Gold Badge waiting list. Last year ProgPower USA drew fans from 32 states and 12 counties including Japan and Australia.

ProgPower USA is sponsored by Pacific Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Shure Microphones, Planet Waves Gear, J.’Addario Strings, and Evans Drumheads.

Earthlink Live is located at 1375 Peachtree Street NW in Atlanta.

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ProgPower Fest 2005 Line-up

This years ProgPower Festival will be held in Atlanta, Georgia on September 1-2. Bands preforming are:
Orphaned Land, Therion, Stratovarius, Angra, Conception, Symphorce, Pink Cream 69, Manticora, Circus Maximus, and Stride.

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Labyrinth, Angra Confirmed For Dream Theater Tour

Labyrinth and Angra have been confirmed as the support acts for Dream Theater on their upcoming Italian tour.

Tour dates:

Jun. 21 Fucecchio (Fi), Buca S.Andrea
Jun. 22 Ascoli Piceno, Piazza Del Popolo
Jun. 23 Stra (Ve), Villa Pisani

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Edenbridge To Join Angra For European Tour

ANGRA, EDENBRIDGE and MANTICORA will be teaming up for an European tour starting next month. Complete list of dates includes: More...

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Angra's European/Japanese Tour Dates Announced

Brazilian melodic metallers Angra have lined up the following dates in support of their new album, "Temple of Shadows":

Feb. 05 - Rainbow – Milan, ITA
Feb. 06 – Z7 – Pratteln, SWI
Feb. 07 - Transbordeur – Lyon, FRA
Feb. 08 - La Laiterie – Strasbourg, FRA
Feb. 10 - Arena – Madrid, SPA
Feb. 11 - Razzmatazz 2 – Barcelona, SPA
Feb. 12 - Azkena - Vitoria, SPA
Feb. 13 - Havana Café – Toulouse, FRA
Feb. 15 - Rockstore – Montpellier, FRA
Feb. 16 - Elysée Montmartre – Paris, FRA
Feb. 17 - L'Antipode – Rennes, FRA
Feb. 18 - Ten Weyngaert – Brussels, BEL
Feb. 19 - La Pleiade – Tours, FRA

w/ NIGHTWISH:

Mar. 12 - Nanba Hatch – Osaka, JPN
Mar. 13 - Zepp Fukuoka - Fukuoka, JPN
Mar. 16 - Zepp Nagoya - Nagoya, JPN
Mar. 17 - Shibuya-AX - Tokyo, JPN
Mar. 18 - Shibuya-AX – Tokyo, JPN

The follow-up to 2001's "Rebirth", "Temple of Shadows" was recorded almost entirely in the group's home country of Brazil, with only some of the vocals and the keyboards having been recorded in Germany, where the mixing sessions also took place. Several world-renowned musicians make guest appearances on the album, including Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray), Sabine Edelsbacher (Edenbridge), Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and Milton Nascimento (a very famous singer in Brazil).

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Nightwish New Single To Include Megadeth Cover

Finland's Nightwish have selected "Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan" as the next single off their mega-successful "Once" album. The single will be released in Finland on November 24. In addition to the title cut, the CD will include "Greek Mary's Blood" (orchestral/instrumental score) and a cover of Megadeth's "Symphony of Destruction", recorded live at Nosturi in Helsinki in October 2004. Nuclear Blast Records will release the single under the title "Death Makes An Artist" during February. The bonus tracks are the same, but there will also be an "animated video of the title track" on this European version.

In other news, Nightwish will be teaming up with Angra for a Japanese tour next March. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Mar. 12 - Nanba Hatch – Osaka, JPN
Mar. 13 - Zepp Fukuoka - Fukuoka, JPN
Mar. 16 - Zepp Nagoya - Nagoya, JPN
Mar. 17 - Shibuya-AX - Tokyo, JPN
Mar. 18 - Shibuya-AX – Tokyo, JPN

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Angra Temple Of Shadows Release Date

According to Angra's European label, SPV, the band's new album Temple Of Shadows will be released on November 15th. The track list is as follows: 'Deus Le Volt!', 'Spread Your Fire', 'Angels And Demons', 'Waiting Silence', 'Wishing Well', 'Temple Of Hate', 'Shadow Hunter', 'No Pain For The Dead', 'Winds Of Destination', 'Sprouts Of Time', 'Morning Star' and 'Late Redemption'.

There will be a limited edition version of the album featuring a bonus DVD, Rebirth World Tour - Live In Sao Paulo, which was released in South America last year. The track list includes 'In Excelsis', 'Nova Era', 'Acid Rain', 'Angels Cry', 'Heroes Of Sand', 'Metal Icarus', 'Millenium Sun', 'Make Believe', drum solo, 'Unholy Wars', 'Rebirth', 'Time', 'Running Alone', 'Crossing', 'Nothing To Say', 'Unfinished Allegro', 'Carry On', and 'The Number Of The Beast' (Iron Maiden cover).

The package will also feature backstage footage, Rebirth World Tour in Brazil, Japan, Taiwan and Europa, a photo gallery, and video clips (approximate running time: 160 minutes).

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Musicians Speak Out On Anti-American Sentiment

Norway's Imhotep 'zine recently asked more than 60 heavy metal and hard rock musicians to answer the following question regarding the current political situation in the world:

What's your opinion on the rising tide of the anti-American sentiment around the world and to what would you attribute this?

Among the musicians that took part in this "survey" were the following: More...

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