(( MACK DICE :Saludos gente rockera y
seguidores de retesonline! Esta vez les presentamos la historia de Angra, uno
de los grupo de rock de más cálidad hoy en día y sin lugar
a dudas, el más importante de toda latinoamérica. Esta biografía
correcponde a la segunda época de Angra, es decir, la época en
la que el extraordinario Andre Matos ya no está. Pero dejemos atras el
pasado y concentremonos en lo que pasa hoy en día con Angra y su nueva
Vocalist Edu Falaschi, drummer Aquiles Priester, and bassist Felipe Andreoli
have joined founding members, guitarists and main songwriters Kiko Loureiro
and Rafael Bittencourt to complete the new lineup of Angra.
The band is currently going through a very fruitful songwriting period. There
are several new tracks already completed, plus many others being finalized.
The five-piece has just recorded a new four-track demo tape, and all of its
songs will also appear on the forthcoming studio album, set to be released in
the second half of 2001.
The essence of the musical style that made the band successful worldwide is
still intact. Listeners will notice even more powerful guitars, with catchy
riffs and memorable solos, vocals with huge feeling, and the thundering rhythm
section, that gather the strength of heavy metal with classical influences and
typical Brazilian sounds.
Kiko Loureiro and Rafael Bittencourt, both renowned musicians, have been in
the ranks of Angra since its inception back in 1991. Each of the three new musicians
were chosen because of his experience, technical abilities, and perfect matching
with the rest of the group, both artistically and personally, since the first
Handling vocal duties is 28-year-old Edu Falaschi. Because of his experience,
impressive stage presence, and longtime friendship with the other members of
Angra, Falaschi was somewhat of a natural choice. Edu has been a professional
singer since 1992, when he recorded his first album with the band Mitrium. In
1994 he participated in a contest to choose the singer to replace Bruce Dickinson
in Iron Maiden and was one of the finalists from around the world. He recorded
two CDs with the band Symbols, Symbols (1998) and Call to the End (2000), aside
from recordings with other side projects. Falaschi's influences are '80s heavy
metal bands like Iron Maiden, the Scorpions, and Dio. Through the years, he
has developed his own way of singing - a melodious but powerful voice. Today
he is one of Brazil's most respected metal singers.
Aquiles Priester, Angra's new drummer, was born in South Africa on June 25th,
1971. Living in Brazil since age five, Priester fell in love with music in 1985,
courtesy of the first edition of the world famous Rock In Rio festival, which
had big impact in the Brazilian scene back then. Hugely influenced by heavy
metal, he took part of many bands in the town of Porto Alegre, where he lived.
He started getting noticed as a musician when he joined local band Hangar, an
opening-act for Angra in a Porto Alegre gig in 1998. In the following year,
Priester was invited to record Nomad, former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno's
solo album, recorded in Brazil solely with Brazilian musicians. He also played
on the extensive tour that followed Nomad's release. Such experience, plus his
great talent, made him the perfect drummer to join Angra.
New bassist Felipe Andreoli was born in São Paulo in March 7th, 1980.
He started playing the acoustic guitar when he was 12. A year later, influenced
by the likes of Metallica and Megadeth, he turned his attention to the bass
guitar. From 1993 to 1997 he joined many bands, playing cover versions and original
material alike. He gained some experience with such semiprofessional acts. With
local band Metris, he had his first recording experience in 1997. By the end
of 1999, he was invited to join the band Karma and recorded with group its first
CD, Inside The Eyes. He also played on the band Di'Anno, having recorded the
Nomad CD and taken part of the tour that followed the release of the album.
Among the many bassists he admires are big names like Billy Sheehan and Jaco
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