ANGRA - Temple Of Shadows

Angra - Temple Of Shadows

13 songs
66:26 minutes
***** ****
Steamhammer / SPV


Angra showed the world in 1995 with their excellent Holy Land that Brasil is not only a breeding ground for overwhelming thrash metal (Sepultura), but that they could even show Europeans how melodic metal really has to sound. I lost sight of Angra afterwards and thus was not really prepared for their fifth album Temple Of Shadows. Andre Matos is no longer their singer, but Edu Falaschi also delivers an equally perfect job. This concept album, shedding a critical light on the history of the Catholic Church, comes with very bombastic melodic power metal, paralleled only by Rhapsody. Where the Italians have a very baroque approach to metal, Angra are fiercer, less playful but still fuller of ideas than any other melodic metal band. The backing vocals on the opener Spread Your Fire may not be as testosterone filled as Manowar, but there is certainly more grandeur to Angra. The drums come pounding exceedingly fast, showing that there doesn't have to be a gap between melodic and speed metal. Guests Kai Hansen (Helloween, Gamma Ray), Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and Sabine Edelsbacher (Edenbridge) and producer Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69) guarantee that Temple Of Shadows will find a warm greeting in Germany, but don't worry, this album isn't over-teutonised.

If you don't like virtuoso metal, then there's no need to stop for Angra, but those of you, like me, who started listening to metal in the mid- t o late-Eighties, and then later became bored, should listen to the new Angra album, because it shows that metals is not dead yet, but that there are just too many mediocre bands. This is not only one of the better metal albums of the years, but I dare say even one of the more remarkable ones in the last ten years.

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