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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".Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This is an album I've enjoyed since my teens, and still do today. Angra, along with several other power metal bands, helped me transition into the world of metal rather smoothly. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Evan
This is by far there best cd. Every song is good, and can stand on it's own. To bad all there other cd's don't sound like this. Buy it, you will not be sorry.Published 7 months ago by Richard Groninger Jr.
I bought this album without knowing anything about this band, and I was suprised by how good was this album. Read more
Bought it as a gift To a friend, In my opinion, this is the best One from Angra, on its best formatou-sePublished 18 months ago by FRANCISCO R S NETO
The CD is a total package of musical craftsmanship.Published 21 months ago by Slippery Little Otter
If you are into power metal and you haven't listen to this album yet, you need to get it now!Published on May 30, 2014 by Emmanuel Oga
START to finish this album goes unrivaled. Unless your player doesn't start each song quickly, you will have no problem enjoying this album.Published on January 14, 2014 by Michael Themo