Angra - _Rebirth_
by: Adrian Bromley (
While I'll admit I have never been a huge fan of Brazilian progressive/power metal band Angra, I am rather impressed with the band's latest offering _Rebirth_ with new singer Eduardo Falaschi. The album is just so passionately executed, from Falaschi's powerful vocals to the wonderful keyboard work or the solid guitar riffs being played, that the listener gets swept up in the momentum of it all. And when the album comes to an end, like myself, you will push play and let it start all over again. I'd hate to think that the changing of longtime singer Andre Matos is one of the reasons why I am digging the new Angra, but that just may be the case. Falaschi's vocals emit so much strength and passion, at times similar to Bruce Dickinson (no wonder he made the short list to front Iron Maiden in 1994; he was 22 years old then), but still showcase his own style. A truly gifted singer who was quite obviously the best choice this band made when looking for a new frontman. One of the tracks on _Rebirth_ that really hits a nerve in me is the beautifully sculpted song (piano and all) "Millennium Sun". Just the harmonies and Falaschi's vocal range make this an enjoyable listen from start to finish. Other songs worthy of note are "Heroes of Sand" and the stellar "Judgement Day". Fans of the band will no doubt enjoy that Falaschi has brought a new sound/era to Angra, but still kept the same flow of ideas and sound that made every fan of the band fall in love with them in the first place.
(article published 1/14/2002)
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