Angra Aurora Consurgens
By Marcus Pan
What strikes me most about Angra is the
guitars you wont find such brilliant lead guitar and solo work
anywhere unless you roll back the clocks twenty or so years to such acts as
Megadeth, Iron Maiden or (original) Metallica. Kiko Loureiro and Rafael
Bittencourt lead the guitar attack here with Angra. Edu Falaschi takes vocals,
Felipe Andreoli on bass and Aqualis Priester on drums.
The name of Aurora Consurgens is taken from the title
of an old manuscript many believe was written by St. Thomas of Aquin. Through
the album the group explores relationships between alchemy and psyche, touching
upon mental states, disorders and psychosis themes. Album artwork was created
by Isabel de Amorim from Portugal. Angra is a brilliant album really
again I have to mention the guitars, being some of the best Ive heard in
a long time.
The Course of Nature is due to be Angras lead
single for Aurora Consurgens. It will be available for download from the
bands website (www.angra.net). The music here is wonderfully crafted,
complicated, excellently mastered and built. Angras furious metal style
is a harbinger to the olden days when it was first discovered that guitars can
wreck eardrums and pound amplifiers.
Edu Falaschis vocals are pure and powerful, bringing
back memories of Bruce Dickinson in long standing dirges like Rhyme of the
Ancient Mariner or Alexander the Great. The Voice of Commanding
Yous guitar solo is fast paced and breaks into a chanting chorale
that seems both out of place yet strangely appropriate, a nice switch up.
Ego Painted Grey is one of my favorites, with its symphony stylings laid
against heavy handed guitar riffwork. The guitar solos here are, again, fast
paced, furious and brilliant. My old denim jacket can hear it up in my closet
and is trying to break out and come downstairs to jam. Breaking Ties is
the staple power ballad of the album, sure to remind all the 80s haired metal
chicks what they missed. Abandoned Fate brings the album to a smooth
Overall Angras Aurora Consurgens is excellent
in many ways. Well produced, brilliantly mastered, blistering guitar solos and
great vocals and musical work all around. Anyone vaguely interested in metal
would do well to pick this one up to remember the old skool days of guitar
metal, done with modern mastering brilliance.
Post: 48 Broad Street, Red Bank, NJ, 07701, USA
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