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  • Audio CD (January 11, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Steamhammer / SPV
  • ASIN: B00061F86O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,716 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Deus Le Volt!
2. Spread Your Fire
3. Angels And Demons
4. Waiting Silence
5. Wishing Well
6. Temple Of Hate
7. Shadow Hunter
8. No Pain For The Dead
9. Winds Of Destination
10. Sprouts Of Time
11. Morning Star
12. Late Redemption

Editorial Reviews

After almost a year of songwriting, arranging, pre-production, recording, mixing and mastering, Angra's fifth full length studio album is finally ready. "Temple Of Shadows" is definitely the band's most mature, creative and daring effort to date. It's a refreshing record, even though the group has not given up embracing the melodic metal that's been its trademark since always.

Customer Reviews

This is even better than their previous album Rebirth!!
Elton Lee
A fantastic mixture of 1970s Progressive rock bands such as Yes and Kansas molded with European-style Power Metal and Brazilian folk music.
D. Knouse
There's so much more going on in this album than most realize and you'll have to listen to it a few times over.
Spider Moose

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Gorham on February 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
THE BAND: Edu Falaschi (vocals), Rafael Bittencourt (guitars), Kiko Loureiro (guitars), Felipe Andreoli (bass), Aquiles Priester (drums & percussion).

THE DISC: (2004) 13 tracks clocking in at approximately 67 minutes. This is Angra's 5th full length studio album (they have 2 live albums and 2 EP's as well). Included with the disc is an 18-page booklet containing song credits, song lyrics, band pictures, and thank you's. There are 2 versions of this album available... the single disc version, and the limited edition version containing a 2nd disc - with approximately 160 minutes of backstage scenes and concert footage from their 'Rebirth' tour in Brazil, Japan, Taiwan and Europe. For avid Angra fans, this 2-disc set is a must have. Label - SPV/Steamhammer.

COMMENTS: Bittencourt's story, "Temple Of Shadows" is a neat concept album (if you're into this kind of thing). Lovers of ancient history delight, because this is right up your alley. In the booklet, there s a brief paragraph prior to each song giving you a flavor of what's to come. It tells the story of a knight crusader known as The Shadow Hunter, who joins an army of the Pope during the 11th century... songs dealing with Holy Wars, angels & demons, destroying cities, the main character being injured, death and heaven. Musically speaking, the band is tight, poised and professional. Falaschi's voice is dead on - singing (not screaming), harmonious and melodic. Electric guitars shred. Beautiful guitar solos. Thunderous drums (lots of double bass pounding - if that's your thing) are the back-bone of Angra. Power progressive metal - pianos, orchestras, matching the intensity of the band in their softer moments. Favorite songs are the 7+ minute "Morning Star" and the epic 8 minute "Shadow Hunter".
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Elton Lee on November 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I just could not believe what I was listening to. Angra surely proves that they are a powerful force from Brazil. They should be among the elite bands in the world. This album is such a great album. It has a grand theme as well as a concept album. Masterfully orchestrated. All 4 musicians display their virtuoso with their instruments. You could hear blistering drum beats and their songs are full of melody, memorable tunes and sing along songs. It is just an awesome album and fans of rock metal must pick this one up. This is even better than their previous album Rebirth!! This time Angra is here to stay.....for a very long time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By shr3dd on May 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is Angra's best cd. The album is just spectacular. If it seems like plain power metal, then listen to it over and over. You will fall in love with this cd, I promise. The DVD was recorded in 2001 during the Rebirth World Tour and has awesome quality, very well recorded, but they need to show Kiko during his solos more. I am dissapointed that this cd doesnt include Gate XIII, a thirteenth track that is for some reason absent from this release. It's an instrumental track with violin renditions of the vocal melodies on each previous song. This is the best cd I've heard in a long time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roberto M. Barros on March 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I confess that when vocalist, founder and main composer Andre Matos, charismatic bassist Luis "Jesus" Mariutti and monster drummer Ricardo Confessori left Angra, I proclaimed the band dead. And when the uninspired Rebirth album was released, I was sure my prophecy was fulfilled.

But guess what, I was totally wrong. Temple of Shadows is an album as good as Angels Cry, Holy Land and Shaman's Ritual, taking the band into a new direction that fits perfectly the skills of the new lineup. Don't be fooled though, there is still plenty of Angra-like stuff there, such as Brazilian percussion, bombastic choruses and tempo variation. But this CD is more metal, sounds more aggressive, plenty of heavy riffs (like when John Petrucci gets mad), faster and even more diversified than previous releases.

Edu Falaschi is singing his soul out here, like he wants you to feel what he is feeling, poised, aggressive but with a marvellous interpretation. Damn, from what I heard he was one of the top contenders for Bruce Dickinson's place in Iron Maiden. Kiko Loureiro is less of a guitar hero than before and more of a soloist full of feeling. Guitar Rafael Bittencourt stepped up to the main composer post, creating songs that are so diverse, yet fitting together perfectly. Felipe Andreoli is an OK bassist, but Aquiles Priester is also a monster drummer. He has less feeling than Confessori, who uses more non-metal style drumming and variations, but his precision and speed make him perfect for the new Angra sound.

About the songs, Temple of Shadows is full of songs that will slap your face, getting a WOW out of you and making you sing and hum together from the very first time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NDMB on August 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
When I heard about the concept of this album I was filled with glee and a little trepidation; a concept album set during the Crusades where a member of The Knights Templar begins to question his faith and the reasons for the war against the Muslims? Very relevant for our times don't you think. I was wondering though could Rafa Bittencourt pull this off, because make no mistakes this is HIS album. And he proves that while he may not be as adventurous musically as his departed colleague Andre Matos, he is capable of pulling off moments of superb melody. However unlike Angra under Matos, Temple is almost exclusively Euro Power Metal - with limited progressive interludes and little of the Brazilian influences that characterised their earlier albums. And that is where the problem may lie. Conceptually it is adventurous but musically not so.

After a short instrumental intro prepare to have your ears quite literally pinned back by the sheer velocity of opener "Spread Your Fire"; an absolute blistering song and a call to arms with speed, melody and a choral harmony chorus. It really is fists in the air stuff and possibly the album highlight. It is quite easy to imagine an army of Crusading knights singing along in unison with the chorus as they set out along the road to Jerusalem. The song showcases Edu Falaschi's grittier voice; the album really does show that for this type of music (power metal) Falaschi is probably better suited than Matos.

"Angels and Demons" is next - and after the opener it seemed like a bit of a let-down. However it has a good groove and interesting solos. "Wishing Well" follows the average "Waiting Silence" and it is my least favourite song - I find it very wishy-washy.
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