If u like matos-Angra aera, this will blow you away as it did with me... Holy hell, the melodies stick inside your head, while at the same time the songs are bit progressive. The Roy Z production is top notch and he has also assisted in songwriting..if you like this man's voice and you have appreciated in the past his work with Angra, grab this album with no hesitation.
Brazilian Andre Matos has been making his mark in metal through his time with Viper, Angra and Shaamen for a long time now. But this is his first solo album, so if it all goes horribly wrong, he's the one that'll get the blame.
He's done the safe and sensible thing, sticking to the prog/power metal sounds he's known for. It's not surprising, but there are good and bad things about the approach. First of all, there's an awful lot of competition out there, and secondly, he's going head to head with his old sparring partners in Angra. And, although, this is generally an excellent album, there isn't anything to make it really stand out from the crowd.
Matos is a powerful vocalist, and a good songwriter, and by bringing in a bunch of ex Shaamen and Angra musicians he's got a well drilled outfit behind him. But for every gem like 'How Long' and 'Endeavour', there's a run of the mill Edguy outtake like the title track. Sometimes he decides to extend himself and you get a track like 'Remembering Why', which pushes right out into prog metal territory to make for an invigorating listen.
If he can keep going and test himself a bit more, there's a lot of people out there who will want to take the journey, but for the moment it's nearly but not quite.