These guys are a new discovery for me. I first heard them by downloading an MP3 off Century Media's site. (Uh, oh, did you hear that Metallica? Did you read that your greedy record companies? MP3 audio caused me to BUY your products.) I bought "Fireworks" first and immediately loved it. I had to search out the rest of their discs as well as Viper, who also had the wonderful Andre Matos singing for them.

Angra-Angels Cry (Century Media) 1994

1."Unfinished Allegro"-instrumental (1:15)
2."Carry On" (5:03)
3."Time" (5:54)
4."Angels Cry" (6:49)
5."Stand Away" (4:55)
6."Never Understand" (7:48)
7."Wuthering Heights" (4:38)
8."Streets of Tomorrow" (5:03)
9."Evil Warning" (6:41)
10."Lasting Child" (7:35)
...I. The Parting Words
...II. Renaissance
11. "Evil Warning" -different vocal tracks (6:40)
12. "Angel's Cry" -remix (6:48)
13. "Carry On" -remix (5:09)

Angels Cry," Angra's first full length album, is a specatcular progressive power metal album that features Andre Matos' heavenly voice. Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights" is a spectacular song.

Evil Warning Angra-Evil Warning (LU) 2000

1. "Evil Warning" ('94 version) (6:40)
2. "Angel's Cry" ('94 version) (6:48)
3. "Carry On" (5:09)
4. "Wuthering Heights" (edit) (3:33)
5. "Time" (demo version) (5:36)

An import collectors EP. Not much to say though since the songs included are all alternative tracks from "Angel's Cry" and most are very similar to, if not exactly the same as the originals. Nice packaging complete with obi strip. Not exactly sure of the release year. The date on the back of the cd is 2000, but I have also seen this disc listed as 1999.

Angra-Holy Land (Century Media) 1996

1."Crossing" (1:55)
2."Nothing to Say" (6:20)
3."Silence and Distance" (5:34)
4."Carolina IV" (10:33)
5."Holy Land" (6:29)
6."The Shaman" (5:23)
7."Make Believe" (5:51)
8."Z.I.T.O." (6:02)
9."Deep Blue" (5:47)
10."Lullaby for Lucifer" (2:43)

Angra's second disc retains their classic progressive metal sound but adds in some Brazilian-style rhythms. The album as a whole is a bit slower than "Angel's Cry" but there are a few speedy metal tracks as well. This album is the perfect blend of power, intensity, emotion, and progressive metal beauty.

Angra-Holy Live (Century Media) 1998

1. "Crossing" (2:23)
2. "Nothing to Say" (6:26)
3. "Z.I.T.O. (6:49)
4. "Carolina IV" (13:13)
5. "Unfinished Allegro" (1:14)
6. "Carry On" (5:22)

Well, what can I say. Angra live are as good as Angra studio, plus the live renditions even add a bit of aggression that can't be captured in a studio. Really my only complaint about this disc is that it is too short, clocking in at just over 35 minutes.

Angra-Fireworks (SPV) digi-pack 1998

1."Wings of Reality" (5:54)
2."Petrified Eyes" (6:05)
3."Lisbon" (5:13)
4."Metal Icarus" (6:23)
5."Paradise" (7:37)
6."Mystery Machine" (4:11)
7."Fireworks" (6:20)
8."Extreme Dream" (4:15)
9."Gentle Change" (5:35)
10."Speed" (5:55)

Fireworks is heavy, ultra-melodic and features some catchy metal, sort of like a mix of Helloween, Blind Guardian and a bit of Fates Warning thrown in for good measure. Great production, killer chops and those heavenly vocals. The album starts out fast and furious with "Wings of Reality" and "Petrified Eyes" before slowing down for the softer, melodic "Lisbon." Picking out a favorite song would be a chore, but "Mystery Machine" would probably be on of my picks. "Wings of Reality" is an excellenct tune that sounds very much like Helloween's "Eagle Fly Free". Actually, this is one of those discs that are a great listen from start to finish. Any metal fan searching for some true metal should check these guys out! It will be worth your time! There is also a couple of re-issues of this disc, including a US release, with a bonus track ("Rainy Nights").

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