Brazilian Power Metal

Stauros-O Sentido da Vida 1997

  1. "Guerra Final" (4:22)
  2. "Multidão" (5:29)
  3. "Portais Eternos" (4:21)
  4. "Viagem pro Céu" (4:15)
  5. "Novo Dia" (3:09)
  6. "Pacto com Deus" (5:46)
  7. "Toda Dor" (5:32)
  8. "The Moment" (2:07)
  9. "Preço da Liberdade" (5:34)
  10. "Eternal Fountain" (4:45)
  11. "Via Escarlate" (5:43)

I had heard this disc before at a friend's apartment, but I just can't enjoy the music with the Portuguese lyrics. For some reason it just sounds so odd and foreign to me. Think I'll stick with 'Seaquake.' Picked up this disc from a Brazilian trader.

Stauros-Seaquake 2000

  1. "Seaquake" (6:42)
  2. "Rusty Machine" (4:17)
  3. "The First Mile" (4:43)
  4. "The Second Mile" (4:15)
  5. "Victory Act" (2:51)
  6. "Without Truces" (5:18)
  7. "Vital Blood" (4:34)
  8. "Love in Vain" (3:04)
  9. "Friendly Hand" (4:38)
  10. "Dance of the Seeds" (4:17)
  11. "Every Pain II" (6:53)
  12. "Inside of the Eyes" (5:50)
  13. "Faith in the Arena" (7:02)
    I. Arena of Lions
    II. Winner Face
    III. Momentary Darkness
    IV. The Great Preaching

Man, Brazil is just exploding with Christian metal bands right now. Stauros apparently is one of the more well known in their homeland. In the U.S. they are relatively unknown, but are slowly getting some exposure through mail order companies like RadRockers. In anycase, Stauros play power metal with some progressive metal influences, sort of like Fates Warning's 'No Exit' although I am not saying they sound alike. The musicianship on this disc is quite good, as are the guitar solos, but for some reason the vocals melodies don't bowl me over. Carlos Cesar Oliveira has a solid voice but the song writing doesn't have a whole lot of hook that would make me want to spin this disc over and over. However, having heard the growth from their last album ('O Sentido da Vida') to this album, I can only imagine that if these guys stick it out they will be a force to be reckoned with. Will have to give this disc a few more spins as it may just be one of those bands that grows on me with each listen.

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