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Angra's Evolution: From 'Angels Cry' to 'Cycles Of Pain'—A Journey Through Power Metal Innovation

Founded in 1991, Angra has become renowned in the power metal scene for their eclectic fusion of traditional power metal, progressive nuances, and diverse influences, including Brazilian music, jazz, and classical elements. Initially created by Rafael Bittencourt and André Matos, the band has experienced several shifts in its lineup over its long history.

Angra's early releases, notably "Angels Cry" (1993) and "Holy Land" (1996), broke new ground by blending high-speed, melodic power metal with ethnic and classical influences. Their music frequently features complex arrangements, intricate instrumental passages, and a diverse range of themes—from mythology and history to personal introspection.

Angra has cultivated a broad international following, with particular strongholds in Japan and Europe. They have an extensive discography that encompasses multiple studio albums, live albums, and EPs, each earning critical praise for their technical skill, creative innovation, and contributions to the growth of power metal.

Despite personnel changes, including the significant loss of original vocalist André Matos in 2019, Angra continues to forge ahead. After a five-year gap following their previous album "Ømni," the band has returned with new material that exemplifies their unique style. Their latest offering, "Cycles Of Pain," is a feast for fans of sophisticated, top-tier metal, showcasing their signature melding of classic power metal with progressive elements. Since 2013, the lineup has included former Rhapsody of Fire vocalist Fabio Lione, who once again delivers an exemplary vocal performance.

The album also features guest spots from Latin Grammy winner Lenine on the partially Portuguese track "Vida Seca," as well as contributions from Amanda Somerville (Avantasia, Kiske/Somerville) and Vanessa Moreno, completing Angra's most recent masterpiece.



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