Wednesday, January 29, 2014

ANGRA: "Angels Cry 20th Anniversary Live"

Rating: Live
Label: earMUSIC 2014
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Sepultura came to massive fame in the early 90s but the world knew nothing, and I do mean absolutely nothing, about any other metal act from the land of Romario and Ronaldo. Angra came through the more traditional and at the time underground melodic Heavy/Symphonic/Power Metal scene with their debut release, "Angels Cry". Recorded and engineered in Germany by Sascha Paeth in the year of 1993, hardly anyone took notice at first with the exception of Japan. The album reached Top-20 in the chart and sold eventually gold in the land of the rising sun.

Fast forward the twenty odd years and the Sao Paulo-based five piece are recording their 20th Anniversary live album infront of their home audience at the HSBC stadium. Lo and behold, Angra are not playing their debut release in its entirety? Something which I find remarkable and strange considering its title and that they're supposed to celebrate the 20 years since the "Angels Cry" album? Never Understand. Streets Of Tomorrow. Lasting Child. They are all gone, vanished, nowhere to be seen/heard, missing in action, etc. and instead you'll find the standard setlist as well as recent tracks.

It's perhaps not the brightest of idea to release the 'Angels Cry' 20th Anniversary live album, if you can't even be bothered to play the songs? I don't know. Guest musicians such as ex-Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen (lead vocals on the Kate Bush cover "Wuthering Heights"), Uli John Roth (ex-Scorpions) and string quartet Familia Lima, might just make up for any weird decision? The double CD release of the event will surely not disappoint the hardcore fan, the rest of you might just have to wait for the movie, ehh... DVD.

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