A Review of the Album Angels Cry by Brazilian Power Metal Band Angra
The front album cover for Angels Cry
An Introduction to Angra & the Members That Play On Angels Cry
Angra is a Brazilian power metal band that has been around since 1991. Angra is known as a symphonic metal band. They are superior to bands such as Rhapsody of Fire and Skylark. Although Sepultura has most probably received most of the publicity and fame among Brazilian heavy metal bands, Angra has been the more consistent band of the two. Angels Cry is one of their best releases and features the awesome Andre Matos (R.I.P. 2019). His vocals have passion and power that you have to hear to believe it. The band also has two guitar players. They are Rafael Bittencourt and Kiko Loureiro. Luis Mariutti is the bassist for this album. The album has guest drummers Alex Holzwarth and Thomas Nack handling the drum duties.
Track Listing for the album Angels Cry
- Unfinished Allegro (instrumental)
- Carry On
- Angels Cry
- Stand Away
- Never Understand
- Wuthering Heights (original song performed by Kate Bush)
- Streets of Tomorrow
- Evil Warning
- Lasting Child
Angels Cry has a very solid beginning with the songs Carry On and Time
The album starts off with “Unfinished Allegro” which is a nice classically influenced short instrumental. But the listener has no chance to really relax as it goes into the next song called “Carry On.” Immediately, the drumming lets you know that this is going to be a power metal song. Andre Matos ends the song in awesome fashion as he is able to extend his voice to a really high pitch and make it sound good without straining himself. The next song called “Time” talks about a person that is searching for the meaning of life. He or she wants to live it over again because they have enjoyed it so much.
Favorite album during the Andre Matos Era
Which one of these Angra albums that Andre Matos sang on is your favorite one?
The solid songwriting in Angels Cry plus the powerful vocals of Andre Matos make the album worth having
Angels Cry is the title track of the album and begins with some fast drumming and some nice guitar playing. In the middle of the song, there is some singing that sounds like Andre is chanting. In the song, you can really notice the passion and the power with which Andre sings with. There is also a cover of the Kate Bush song “Wuthering Heights” that is performed by Angra. Andre Matos shows us that he is more than capable of singing this song and it shows his vocal prowess. You have to hear it to believe it. The weakest point of this album is the song called “Never Understand.” It has some good guitar solos and Andre’s voice is fine but the quality of the song is just not that good. Other outstanding tracks on this album include “Streets of Tomorrow” and “Evil Warning” which has always been my personal favorite. It contains just about every kind of great musical quality you could look for in a song. Good vocals, a nice keyboard type sound, and some classically influenced playing.
Final thoughts on the album Angels Cry
Overall, the album proves to be a solid one and is a step in the right direction for the band. Although Andre Matos is no longer part of the band, listeners will appreciate the true power, passion, and range of his voice. This album has few flaws in it and it is well worth it for any fan of heavy metal in general.
© 2016 Ara Vahanian