|Review: Angra - Temple of Shadows|
|Temple of Shadows|
Label: Rakibitiou Music
Year released: 2004
Genre: Progressive Power Metal
Review online: September 24, 2004
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
for:Temple of Shadows
Angra from Brazil strike back with their next big opus, featuring not only their energetic and explosive style of power metal, but also the added bonus of power metal legends Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray, Helloween) and the king himself - Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian) making their appearances.
"Temple Of Shadows" is a solid album from Angra and it will definitely please the flowercore audience to soaring levels. I'm not a huge fan of this kind of power metal, but I can't say no when I see that Hansi Kursch is singing on this one. In fact, I utterly despise the 'happy happy and sappy' style of power metal. And it is precisely because of this reason that I never liked Angra on their previous albums. This still has flowercore written all over it, but thankfully it is not entirely like the Italian/Finnish nonsense that plagues the power metal genre. This one does have its moments every now and then. You know why? Because they actually throw in some riffs here and there that actually hit you hard – something the faggot power metallers of Italy and Finland are incapable of ever doing.
"Temple Of Hate" and "Winds Of Destination" are totally killer tracks, both featuring Kai Hansen and Kursch on them respectively. The album is quite a bit varied and the band might have tried to do a little too much on it, which somewhat hinders its overall appeal. There are a few awesome fast paced hard knockers as well as some dull ballad type of tracks that don't do much. There are also some Brazilian 'folk' melodies that surface once in a while. I don't however see any reason why a power metal lover should not check this out as it includes all the ingredients that power metal is enjoyed for – heroic themes, fast leads and solos, double bass, soaring vocals and good melodies.
Anyway….If you like Gamma Ray, you will like this album. If you liked Angra on their previous efforts, you will like this album quite a bit. If you like fast, happy and glorious power metal, you will like this but be prepared to slow down and wade through some ballad and instrumental type of tracks. Recommended.
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