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Rebirth - Angra

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Angra / Audio CD released 2001-11-12 at Spv

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      21.01.2008 23:30
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      Angra's fourth album (2001).

      The tellingly titled 'Rebirth' (with fairly melodramatic cover art) was the first release of a mostly brand new Angra line-up, only held in place by the remaining guitar duo Kiko Loureiro and Rafael Bittencourt. While there are equally valid arguments concerning the merits of old Angra versus new, this newer incarnation is my favourite by a small distance due to new singer Eduardo Falaschi possessing a more convincing range than his predecessor, and managing both the high and medium notes equally without sounding overly squeaky. The production is also a lot cleaner, which works brilliantly on the next two albums but here serves to highlight some of this album's unfortunate failings. Although the new blood has injected new energy, and Loureiro and Bittencourt are both back at the top of their game with speedy riffs and neoclassical solos galore, this album's musical horizons seem limited in the same way as its predecessor 'Fireworks.' There's a choir on several tracks as well as the usual orchestration and some nice Brazilian elements towards the end, but the songs all sound more pedestrian and obvious than Angra at their most dynamic and impressive on 'Holy Land' and 'Temple of Shadows.' This is still a great album of melodic prog however, superior to 'Fireworks' and about even with the debut 'Angels Cry' which it harks back to in some ways, and the pompous choir sections of the more epic songs 'Acid Rain,' 'Rebirth' and 'Running Alone' should appeal to fans of similarly grandiose bands like Rhapsody and Stratovarius around that period. It isn't all attempted grandeur though, and fortunately the speed that was lacking in 'Fireworks' is now back in full force, most songs sounding heavy and melodic to the perfect extent, and led by incessantly catchy choruses that could easily be the theme songs to Animé shows. As always with Angra there's a strong ballad presence, though less here it seems than on any previous album, and both 'Millennium Sun' and 'Heroes of Sand' that start out in this manner end up evolving into slow rockers before the half-way point. The only song to really go all-out wimpy is the pleasant closing variation on a theme from Chopin, which further cements the performers' virtuosity and signals great things to come from this new band as soon as they've decided what it is they want to do with themselves. Fortunately, it wouldn't take too long. 1. In Excelsis 2. Nova Era 3. Millennium Sun 4. Acid Rain 5. Heroes of Sand 6. Unholy Wars ... i) Imperial Crown ... ii) The Forgiven Return 7. Rebirth 8. Judgement Day 9. Running Alone 10. Visions Prelude

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 In Excelsis
    2 Nova Era
    3 Millennium Sun
    4 Acid Rain
    5 Heroes Of The Sand
    6 Unholy Wars - Part 1- Imperial Crown
    7 Unholy Wars - Part 2 - Forgiven Return
    8 Rebirth
    9 Judgement Day
    10 Running Alone
    11 Visions Prelude