|Review: Angra - Aurora Consurgens|
Year released: 2006
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: January 3, 2007
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Just like those geniuses down at Westminster, Angra never fail to surprise me. Arguably their most complete work, "Temple of Shadows" left me cold after the first four tracks, relying far too much on flashy orchestrations and sparkling production to lift the songs from the miasma of banality they became. The acrimonious split from vocalist and chief songwriter Andre Matos was a hard pill for me to swallow, and thankfully their follow up to the exquisite "Fireworks" fired all the right cylinders and shattered the remaining targets, but after "Rebirth", the new line up (consisting of Edu Falachi, Felipe Andreoli and Aquiles Priester) simply lost focus and tried to outdo themselves more times than Family Guy in terms of dexterity.
Thankfully, "Aurora Consurgens" returns our favorite Brazilians to the emotionally charged, thought provoking, ethereally spirited heights we were offered with the aforementioned "Fireworks". Mr. Matos may be swooning with Shaman at the moment, but his former band are rediscovering their emotions with vocalist extraordinaire Edu Falachi and a kick ass line up of proficient musicians to boot. From the outset, "Aurora Consurgens" is a different monster altogether. Gone are the exuberant chorus lines and the ostentatious fretboard wankery – a thing most power metal acts thrive from – and in come dark, brooding melody lines, insightful lyrics and a temper fewer metal bands can distribute with such conviction. "The Course of Nature" pounds through the stereo like a mid-paced electric drill, "Salvation: Suicide" throttles through hyper-speed double bass and sweeping keys before spilling out one of the album's catchiest moments, and the tumbling, progressive aerodynamics of the monstrous "Ego Painted Grey" prove these power metallers can open a window to their past, whilst stepping through theatre curtains to their future.
Clearer than an Odeon on opening night of Snakes on a Plane, Dennis Ward's production gleams throughout, leaving the resplendent glow of triumph to bounce from each subtle nuance with awe. Far thinner, and crisper than "Temple of Shadows", Angra's sixth full length album sways from emotional tides and brings back the magic from "Holy Land" and "Fireworks", whilst retaining the modern twist purveyed on later releases, with guitarists Kiko Loureiro and Rafael Bittencourt trading riffs like wholesale items. An outstanding piece of work from one of power metal's most innovative performers.
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