|Review: Angra - Rebirth|
Year released: 2001
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: November 22, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
When the word was released that three of the founding members of this band from Brazil were leaving there was a lot of people wondering if the band could continue. The fans of the band were especially concerned and I being one of them was a bit skeptical to say the least. This may be hard to believe for some of you but there are times when I am utterly and completely wrong. I know, I know you are thinking that there is just no way something like this can possibly happen but it is true and until now it was a secret I kept well hidden… :)
This album just absolutely kicks ass from start to finish and is easily one of the best power/progressive metal albums of the year. The biggest concern I had when I first listened to this disc was of course how the new vocalist would do replacing Andre Matos considering his predecessor's ability. Well it took me about 30 seconds to realize that Edu Falaschi is not only a suitable replacement but also a kick ass talent in his own right. The sound of the album seems to be more of a continuation of the album "Holy Land" only at a slightly faster pace. The mix of European power metal with South American folk influences is present but not as much as it was on that release. The guitar work on this album is just absolutely brilliant with some of the best lead work I have heard in quite some time and easily the best off of any of the bands previous releases. I have to admit I liked a few of the songs off the bands last album "Fireworks" but I wasn't all that impressed overall. Well this new album just absolutely blows away that album (hell it's not even close…heh).
So here I am admitting that I was….wro…wro…a little premature in my assessment (yeah! That's it. That's the ticket! Premature in my assessment… :)). I wasn't wrong; I was simply premature in my assessment…hah…the streak lives!!! If this is the level of music we can expect from both sides of this split the fans will end up being the winner in this dispute and that is just fine with me. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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