on 20 April 2014
If you are an Angra fan, you need to buy this live performance for your collection. The playlist contains some of Angra's best work, performed impeccably by the band in front of an enthusiastic crowd in their hometown of Sao Paulo.
The band's line-up is a great one: they are in complete sync with one another. Fabio Lione was born to sing with Angra. Their specials guests all bring something unique and memorable: my favourites were Tarja's guest vocals, and Familia Lima's string work throughout.
This concert is a visual experience as much as it is a musical one. The camera-work, video and audio quality are superb. One of my favourite features was the camera placed on the headstock of Kiko Loureiro's guitar looking down on the fretboard of his Ibanez guitar as he played his signature licks and solos.
This Blu-Ray / DVD is for all fans of Angra and of Progressive Metal, as well as for rock / metal guitar enthusiasts. Kiko Loureiro and Rafael Bittencourt are two of the most accomplished guitarists in metal today, and you can see them here in their prime.
Angels Cry 20th Anniversary Live is a 2013 concert Blu-ray by the Brazilian Progressive/Power Metal band Angra. It features the line-up with Italian singer Fabio Lione (ex-Labyrinth, Rhapsody of Fire) on vocals performing material from all eras of the discography passionately – with some interesting guest appearances including Tarja Turunen (ex- Nightwish), Uli Jon Roth (ex-Scorpions), Amilcar Christófaro (Torture Squad) and the Familia Lima string section.
This set has quite high production values. Visually; the thing is an absolute gem. Top notch image quality, great camera work with tasteful editing, and the actual stage show contains interesting video screens with eye catching imagery. Its all just great for the eyeballs, which is why you’re getting a video recording and not an audio recording anyway, right? Well this is totally worth every penny in the visual department.
Sonically, the recording is crystal clear. You can hear every single note, every different drum and cymbal. Its like a Rush concert or something – brilliant clarity and definition. The only thing that’s not absolutely perfect is that in the stereo mix, the rhythm guitar is not as heavy as some of the studio versions, but it is still a brilliant mix nonetheless. Best of all; The performance is beyond stellar; Fabio nails it recreating the band’s different singers’ work well and injects some of his own flair into the proceedings. The guitar solos are out of this world and the tireless drumming of Ricardo Confessori sounds great. Listening to and watching the interesting music is an absolute joy.
Highlights include the fantastic renditions of ‘Evil Warning,’ ‘Nothing To Say’ and the fantastic set closer ‘Nova Era.’ The enthusiastic São Paulo audience seem really into it.
Overall; Its an absolutely great concert DVD on a technical level, and better still it’s a great concert in and of itself. The line-up is strong, the setlist is great and the guest musicians add an extra layer of interest. I highly recommend this to fans of the band, fans of this end of the musical spectrum, and fans of good quality concert recordings. It would be an unquestionable treat for existing fans but would also work really well as a first purchase for newcomers.