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Aurora Consurgens - Angra

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Angra / Audio CD released 2006-11-06 at Spv

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      22.01.2008 11:46
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      Angra's sixth album (2006).

      'Aurora Consurgens' continues directly where its illustrious predecessor 'Temple of Shadows' left off, mixing native Brazilian instruments and grand orchestration with melodic power metal in an unashamedly grandiose style. Just as Temple moved on from speedy, energetic power metal to this slower, epic style, Aurora forges its own path throughout the album, and one that's likely to divide listeners depending on their personal tastes. The trend here is more towards slow and moody power ballads in the style of eighties metal, fortunately kept under control by the omnipresence of the heavy rock instruments and sweeping orchestra behind, but even this can't save it from a slightly cheesy overall sound and some really quite embarrassing lyrics.

      The faster and louder metal elements are still here for long-time fans, right from the rousing opening number 'The Course of Nature' to the penultimate 'Scream Your Heart Out,' but less opportunity is provided for straightforward power metal in the European style as was the case with the last album. These are quite chorus-centric songs, as many of Angra's tend to be, and after the album is over, it's the grooving chorus of 'Salvation Suicide,' the overly optimistic 'So Near So Far' and the croon of the low-key acoustic finale 'Abandoned Fate' that will stay with the listener, for better or worse, over the extended instrumental passages that make most songs far longer than they reasonably should be.

      This is still a commendably progressive album, the orchestration and tribal elements coming into play in most songs and some of the instrumental sections being nicely unhinged, but the whole thing does tend too much towards the mellow side of prog metal bands like Shadow Gallery for my liking, seemingly following the course plotted out by Queensryche's softer moments in the late eighties to the extent that Eduardo Falaschi sounds a lot like Geoff Tate on the softer tracks. With lyrics like "fly in a neverending story," "life is so boring" and "ohh, take a chance" this is far from the grander heights of progressive metal, not that Angra has ever expressed any desire to being classed among the likes of Dream Theater and Symphony X, but fans who were blown away by their exciting power metal of the previous album and not so sure what to make of its later, softer moments won't find an awful lot to appeal here, and I admit I was disappointed after getting my hopes up prior to the album's release.

      'Aurora Consurgens' is still a highly competent album with distinctive songs, but most tracks lose momentum for being on the long side, and the whole thing teeters dangerously on the edge an eighties power ballad throwback direction that may see Angra turn into a mere Shadow Gallery or Savatage sound-alike with added tribal drums, sweeping strings and maracas. It wouldn't be terrible, but it's not exactly a step in the right direction.

      1. The Course of Nature
      2. The Voice Commanding You
      3. Ego Painted Grey
      4. Breakin' Ties
      5. Salvation Suicide
      6. Window to Nowhere
      7. So Near So Far
      8. Passing By
      9. Scream Your Heart Out
      10. Abandoned Fate

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Course Of Nature
    2 Voice Commanding You
    3 Ego Painted Grey
    4 Breaking Ties
    5 Salvation Suicide
    6 Window To Nowhere
    7 So Near So Far
    8 Passing By
    9 Scream Your Heart Out
    10 Abandoned Fate