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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Import
  • Label: Abeil
  • ASIN: B00064X2S2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,180,623 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rory on 24 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is an absolute masterpiece, it excels as both power metal album, and as an all round good musical experience...
The great thing about Angra is that none of their songs are the same, on this album alone we have Power Metal (Spread the Fire), upbeat and reflective ballad (Wishing Well) and an amazing and relaxed album closer, the the classical masterpiece that is Gate XIII.
Angra are probably one of the best Power Metal bands in the world, and in my opinion this is their best album, even showing up the amazing Rebirth.
It's amazing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Benjamin Moffatt on 8 Dec. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Angra for me are at the top of this genre. Only the prog-metal abilities of dream theatre can touch Angra, and this album, for me, is their best creation.

I have no idea how you would go about writing this album, its so complex, so technical and yet brilliantly fun to listen to. Edu Falaschi (vocalist) records soooo well and Kiko and Rafeal are still the best guitar combo in the genre.

Also, the diversity of the writing is stunning. Listen to the wonderful technicalities of the beggining of "temple of hate" and "angels and deamons", and compare that the the classical guitar of "the shadow hunter" or the brilliance of "wishing well"

If that wasnt enough we get two great guest appearences. One from Kai Hanson (Gamma ray and helloween) and one from the fantastic Hansi Kursch (blind guardian). How good is that?

this album is amazing. if you like this genre you must buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Morris on 26 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD
You always hear a lot of people saying they only like the old versions of bands.

That is because if you hear the old, classic stuff, and the new stuff, the new stuff tends to sound more commercial, mainstream and cheesy (i.e. metallica), even if they do say they have gone back to their roots (a somewhat fashion in thrash metal), and they still sound as commercial as the previous album.

Angra is always changing. Not progressing, but exploring different techniques and blending in Brazilian culture. I suppose it can be argued that this album is an acquired taste, as it took me a while to actually like tracks 7 - 13 (where it slows down and Brazilian rhythms are much more influential). This is now my favorite part of the album, despite I having gone off metal, listening to it only occasionally (now for instance, The Shadow Hunter).

It is definitely a unique album, with elements of power, thrash, melodic, speed and traditional heavy metal, as well as Bossa Nova, MPB, and a somewhat Samba start to The Shadow Hunter.

Unlike any other Angra album, although I haven't yet heard Aurora Consurgeons (It'll be my first acquisition when I go back to Sao Paulo in two weeks), and Edu's voice finally moves away from a technical Andre Matos voice, to a harmonious and melodic voice. A voice which has personality.

Indeed a must have, if you like 'cultural' metal. It definitely brings out the best of Brazil's music, especially with Felipe Matos on the bass, Aquiles Priester on the drums, and Rafael Bittencourt and Kiko Loureiro on the guitars, although I will always be biased when talking about Angra, as they were the ones that got me into metal in the first place (thanks to Acid Rain (Rebirth)). Since I discovered them, I went to all but 3 of their concerts in Sao Paulo. The last was gifted with Kai Hansen playing Temple of Hate. Simply amazing!
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By memyself on 23 Feb. 2014
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never heard of these until I got an email and I am very pleased I did. great music. top buy
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The best thing to come out of Brazil since tobacco and coffee beans 22 Feb. 2006
By R. Gorham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
THE BAND: Edu Falaschi (vocals), Rafael Bittencourt (guitars), Kiko Loureiro (guitars), Felipe Andreoli (bass), Aquiles Priester (drums & percussion).

THE DISC: (2004) 13 tracks clocking in at approximately 67 minutes. This is Angra's 5th full length studio album (they have 2 live albums and 2 EP's as well). Included with the disc is an 18-page booklet containing song credits, song lyrics, band pictures, and thank you's. There are 2 versions of this album available... the single disc version, and the limited edition version containing a 2nd disc - with approximately 160 minutes of backstage scenes and concert footage from their 'Rebirth' tour in Brazil, Japan, Taiwan and Europe. For avid Angra fans, this 2-disc set is a must have. Label - SPV/Steamhammer.

COMMENTS: Bittencourt's story, "Temple Of Shadows" is a neat concept album (if you're into this kind of thing). Lovers of ancient history delight, because this is right up your alley. In the booklet, there s a brief paragraph prior to each song giving you a flavor of what's to come. It tells the story of a knight crusader known as The Shadow Hunter, who joins an army of the Pope during the 11th century... songs dealing with Holy Wars, angels & demons, destroying cities, the main character being injured, death and heaven. Musically speaking, the band is tight, poised and professional. Falaschi's voice is dead on - singing (not screaming), harmonious and melodic. Electric guitars shred. Beautiful guitar solos. Thunderous drums (lots of double bass pounding - if that's your thing) are the back-bone of Angra. Power progressive metal - pianos, orchestras, matching the intensity of the band in their softer moments. Favorite songs are the 7+ minute "Morning Star" and the epic 8 minute "Shadow Hunter". Fans of Dream Theater, Symphony X, Kamelot, Pain Of Salvation and Shadow Gallery will be happy with this release. The sound production is crisp. The only complaint I have with this album is that it isn't long enough. Angra - perhaps Brazil's finest export (5 stars).
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Long Live Angra!!! 28 Nov. 2004
By Elton Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I just could not believe what I was listening to. Angra surely proves that they are a powerful force from Brazil. They should be among the elite bands in the world. This album is such a great album. It has a grand theme as well as a concept album. Masterfully orchestrated. All 4 musicians display their virtuoso with their instruments. You could hear blistering drum beats and their songs are full of melody, memorable tunes and sing along songs. It is just an awesome album and fans of rock metal must pick this one up. This is even better than their previous album Rebirth!! This time Angra is here to stay.....for a very long time.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Hard to recall a better cd released of late. 18 May 2005
By shr3dd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is Angra's best cd. The album is just spectacular. If it seems like plain power metal, then listen to it over and over. You will fall in love with this cd, I promise. The DVD was recorded in 2001 during the Rebirth World Tour and has awesome quality, very well recorded, but they need to show Kiko during his solos more. I am dissapointed that this cd doesnt include Gate XIII, a thirteenth track that is for some reason absent from this release. It's an instrumental track with violin renditions of the vocal melodies on each previous song. This is the best cd I've heard in a long time.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A new Angra delivers a masterpiece as good as the old Angra 29 Mar. 2005
By Roberto M. Barros - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I confess that when vocalist, founder and main composer Andre Matos, charismatic bassist Luis "Jesus" Mariutti and monster drummer Ricardo Confessori left Angra, I proclaimed the band dead. And when the uninspired Rebirth album was released, I was sure my prophecy was fulfilled.

But guess what, I was totally wrong. Temple of Shadows is an album as good as Angels Cry, Holy Land and Shaman's Ritual, taking the band into a new direction that fits perfectly the skills of the new lineup. Don't be fooled though, there is still plenty of Angra-like stuff there, such as Brazilian percussion, bombastic choruses and tempo variation. But this CD is more metal, sounds more aggressive, plenty of heavy riffs (like when John Petrucci gets mad), faster and even more diversified than previous releases.

Edu Falaschi is singing his soul out here, like he wants you to feel what he is feeling, poised, aggressive but with a marvellous interpretation. Damn, from what I heard he was one of the top contenders for Bruce Dickinson's place in Iron Maiden. Kiko Loureiro is less of a guitar hero than before and more of a soloist full of feeling. Guitar Rafael Bittencourt stepped up to the main composer post, creating songs that are so diverse, yet fitting together perfectly. Felipe Andreoli is an OK bassist, but Aquiles Priester is also a monster drummer. He has less feeling than Confessori, who uses more non-metal style drumming and variations, but his precision and speed make him perfect for the new Angra sound.

About the songs, Temple of Shadows is full of songs that will slap your face, getting a WOW out of you and making you sing and hum together from the very first time.

- Spread Your Fire is a bombastic opener, fast, with the keys taking the lead and Edu singing his lungs out on the chorus. It has some Rhapsody grandiose here, but sounding way better. Awesome.

- Angels and Demons is THE song that would have made Fireworks a perfect album. Probably my favourite song in this album, it is led by melodic guitars, Edu shifts from aggressiveness to melodic when he sings the chorus until the great ending "...Angels & Demons arise". Two awesome fast melodic solos end when Edu brings one of his best interpretations. Perfect to say the least.

- Waiting Silence adds even more complexity, yet it is so easy to love this song. Led by keys, it has Edu singing his anguished and desperate cry while the song evolves slowly into a bombastic chorus.

- Wishing Well is the first ballad, very Angra-like where Edu sends shivers down your spine in one B-E-A-U-tiful epic chorus.

- Temple of Hate is the song I don't like here, because it's a more generic melodic metal. Not even Gamma Ray's Kai Hansen participation helps.

- Shadow Hunter is a great slow became faster song. The Brazilian acoustic starting precedes very melodic guitars and a slow singing by Edu, all followed by a chorus where Edu and the backing vocals duel. There are 3 solos, the first is hum-along, melodic and slow, followed by a faster and quick one, and then by a more intimate, slow and reflective. Great song.

- No Pain for the Dead is my second fave here. A sad, slow start evolves into a heavy and dense epic metal, where Edu spills out all his desire to end his life (and you believe him), all marvellously complemented by Edenbridge's Sabine Edelsbacher angelic voice.

- Wings of Destination is another great song, heavy and fast, but with lots of tempo variations, where Edu melodic voice duels with Blind Guardian's Hansi Kurch and his harsher voice. Wonderful.

- Sprouts of Time is one of those ballads that makes you wish to pick an acoustic guitar and learn how to play. A very Brazilian rythm with a catchy chorus that makes you sing. The soundtrack for a sunrise.

- Morning Star is probably the heaviest Angra song ever, even though it alternates with slow, Brazilian rythms and more epic parts. There are some John Petrucci riffs that would easily scare the Napalm Death guys. Perfect.

- Late Redemption is a unique song, combining Brazil's popular singer Milton Nascimento doing the reflective, God-like parts in Portuguese, like the conscience of the once again anguished, but epic Edu Falaschi singing in English, who knows his time to die has arrived. Impossible not to get emotional here.

Frankly, I cannot understand how some reviewers said that Angra mixes a lot of stuff from European bands and that is all. Sure they are heavily influenced, but try to find any Euro-band that sounds like The Shadow Hunter, Sprouts of Time or Late Redemption, for starters. Angra is a unique band, one that has discovered a new soul, bringing freshness into metal. If you don't believe me, listen to Temple of Shadows.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An Adventurous undertaking by Rafael Bittencourt 9 Aug. 2005
By NDMB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When I heard about the concept of this album I was filled with glee and a little trepidation; a concept album set during the Crusades where a member of The Knights Templar begins to question his faith and the reasons for the war against the Muslims? Very relevant for our times don't you think. I was wondering though could Rafa Bittencourt pull this off, because make no mistakes this is HIS album. And he proves that while he may not be as adventurous musically as his departed colleague Andre Matos, he is capable of pulling off moments of superb melody. However unlike Angra under Matos, Temple is almost exclusively Euro Power Metal - with limited progressive interludes and little of the Brazilian influences that characterised their earlier albums. And that is where the problem may lie. Conceptually it is adventurous but musically not so.

After a short instrumental intro prepare to have your ears quite literally pinned back by the sheer velocity of opener "Spread Your Fire"; an absolute blistering song and a call to arms with speed, melody and a choral harmony chorus. It really is fists in the air stuff and possibly the album highlight. It is quite easy to imagine an army of Crusading knights singing along in unison with the chorus as they set out along the road to Jerusalem. The song showcases Edu Falaschi's grittier voice; the album really does show that for this type of music (power metal) Falaschi is probably better suited than Matos.

"Angels and Demons" is next - and after the opener it seemed like a bit of a let-down. However it has a good groove and interesting solos. "Wishing Well" follows the average "Waiting Silence" and it is my least favourite song - I find it very wishy-washy.

"The Temple of Hate" recaptures the ferocity of the opening track with guest vocals by Kai Hansen. It is in turn followed by my second favourite song on Temple and that is "The Shadow Hunter" - it is a marvellous song and one that bears constant re-listening to capture all the intricacies hidden underneath. Another of my favourites on this album is "Morning Star" - the rest are solid Angra songs but really not a lot to write home about. Which is why for the new Music I would give it three stars. So why give it four in the review?

I gave this album four stars and the reason was that the live DVD and Packaging add another star onto it. The DVD, taken from the Rebirth tour was outstanding and living where I do the probability of seeing Angra live is limited, so it was nice to see them even via DVD. The packaging for this CD is beautiful...it really is.

All in all this album is a solid Angra album and Rafael and the boys should be congratulated. It marks a slight bit of progress from Rebirth and hopefully their next album can mark another step in their progression.
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