Angra

Reviewed by: Daniel Millard

Angra has been one of my favorite metal bands since discovering Rebirth in high school and getting swept up in its grandeur. I think it’s only appropriate that it be my first serious full-catalogue review project.

Angel’s Cry (1993)

The brilliant debut that launched the career of one of power/prog’s finest artists.

Holy Land (1996)

Only occasionally a metal album, Angra’s sophomore effort bears a feeling of antiquity and near-sanctity for the wonders of the earth.

Fireworks (1998)

A laid-back album and farewell to Andre Matos. Angra decidedly loses its distinctive Brazilian flavor here, choosing a softer approach with fewer power metal elements.

Rebirth (2001)

Angra’s literal “Rebirth”, with a change of the guard in members, most notably vocalist Edu Falaschi. This is Angra’s power metal peak, as well as their most bombastic and symphonic.

Temple Of Shadows (2004)

Probably the band’s most well-known album, a conceptual journey of a crusader in the holy land, along with all the wonders and horrors that he witnesses therein.

Aurora Consurgens (2006)

Angra takes the path to the darker side of their subject matter. Psychological issues, heartbreak, and even suicide.

Aqua (2010)

Angra grow even proggier, but improve their songwriting yet again. This is not a concept album, but rather a thematic one, revolving around the prime element: Water.

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