ANGRA — Holy Land

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Album · 1996

Filed under Power Metal
By ANGRA

Tracklist

1. Crossing (1:55)
2. Nothing To Say (6:21)
3. Silence And Distance (5:35)
4. Carolina IV (10:36)
5. Holy Land (6:26)
6. The Shaman (5:23)
7. Make Believe (5:53)
8. Z.I.T.O. (6:04)
9. Deep Blue (5:47)
10. Lullaby For Lucifer (2:43)

Total Time: 56:47

Line-up/Musicians

- André Matos / vocals and keyboards
- Rafael Bittencourt / guitars
- Kiko Loureiro / guitars
- Luis Mariutti / bass
- Ricardo Confessori / drums

About this release

Release date: March 23, 1996
Label: Victor Talking Machine Company

Bonus disc: Live Acoustic at FNAC
1. Angels Cry (9:55)
2. Chega de Saudade (2:53)
3. Never Understand (6:22)

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Kingcrimsonprog
The Brazilian Heavy Metal band Angra’s debut album Angels Cry had sounded somewhere in the area of like a mixture between early Helloween and Queensryche. Three years later the band diversified their sound, with a sort of Dream Theater flair in places, a lot less Power Metal, and the introduction of what would come to define the band in the eyes of many… lots of Brazilian indigenous folk music influences, additional percussion and classical influences in there too for good measure. Where the first album had a lot more speed, this album mixes it up. It’s a lot more rhythmic, based on interesting patterns. They upped the amount of keyboards, orchestral arrangements and percussion for sure, and there’s some sound effects here and there (boat and water sounds to fit with the theme), but the biggest difference is in how the songs flow and are structured.

Its also a concept album about their Brazilian homeland and its early history. Not your typical character-driven concept (usually about a fictional rockstar). It makes for interesting listening and adds an extra layer of intrigue to the proceedings.

The style has changed a little since the debut, but what hasn’t changed is the band’s talent. The vocals and lead guitar alone are phenomenal and then you have the really powerful rhythm section who shower this album full of impressive bass runs and tricky fills and manage all the tempo and time sig changes effortlessly making the complexity feel smooth and natural.

The superb production job by Power Metal producer-extraordinaire Charlie Bauerfeind (Hammerfall, Helloween, Gamma Ray, Primal Fear, Blind Guardian, Freedom Call etc.) is the icing on the cake that pulls together the spectacular songwriting and performances and makes you appreciate everything all the more.

Highlights include ‘Nothing To Say’ which is beyond catchy, ‘Carolina IV’ and perhaps my favourite of all, ‘Z.I.T.O’ which starts off in an Angel’s Cry mould and then goes off on one.

Overall, this is a really good album from a talented band. If you like your Prog Metal or your Power Metal then you need to check out Angra, and if you like Angra then Holy Land is pretty essential listening.

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