Angra
Temple of Shadows


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by Samuel O. Santana USER (4 Reviews)
January 6th, 2012 | 40 replies | 7,485 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Angra’s “Temple of Shadows”, is a great example of a band that knows how to approach songwriting, and pulled off an album filled with all of the cookie cutter power metal elements, while actually keeping it fresh.

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Sometimes it’s easy to see why some genres get mocked around more than others. Let’s take power metal for example, whether it’s the high pitch vocal, the ridiculous lyrics or the constant mindless guitar wankery, it’s pretty easy to make fun of it. Some bands try to cover it by making a heavier brand of power metal or a more grandiose version of it, by adding symphonic elements. Some can pull it off(Kiuas, Nightwish) and some just fail miserably.

Angra’s “Temple of Shadows”, is a great example of a band that knows how to approach songwriting, and pulled off an album filled with all of the cookie cutter power metal elements, while actually keeping it fresh. The reason they got it right is, that they managed to mold their power metal sound into something more enjoyable, by adding a bit of experimentation. The flamenco intro to “The Shadow Hunter” the string quartet break in “The Temple of Hate” The salsa influenced bridge in “Sprouts of Time”, or the choir in Portuguese in “Late Redemption”, are all proof how Angra manages to stand out in a group of run of the mill power metal bands.

As a band, every member finds a way through the mix and delivers a great performance, except for the bassist, which is pretty common in metal. Guitarists Kiko Laureiro and Rafael Bittancourt, shred, chug and mellow out during the album, keeping a varied sound all throughout the one hour run time of “Temple of Shadows”. Drummer Achilles Priester, is a perfect show of precision and technique, and the great production on the drums makes him sound even better. The vocalist Eduardo Falaschi, deserves a special mention here, he delivers an astounding vocal performance. His voice really doesn’t stand out in a group of power metal vocalist, but the vocal melodies that actually are different than other power metal bands and the harshness in his voice , are what makes him put out such a great performance on this album, this is definitely as varied as a power metal vocalist can get.

“Temple of Shadows” contains some orchestral arrangements during the album. It’s not really your average epic arrangements, they’re mostly really minimalistic and do a great job in backing the music. Sometimes they do dwell into the more grandiose side you often hear in the genre, but it’s mostly really mellow arrangements. This aspect can be really appreciated in the track “No Pain for the Dead” which possesses a great symphonic break.

Even though this album is consistently great, there are some nitpicks that keep it from being even better. The first and second half of the album sound noticeably different. The first keeping a harder edge of power metal, the second going in a more experimental route with a mellower sound (The second half also being better than the first). Some tracks are obviously weaker than others (“Angels and Demons”, “Wishing Well”). The guest vocals by Hansi Kutsch in “Winds of Destination” really do nothing for the album, and the guest vocals by Kai Hansen in “Temple of Hate” sound strained and uninspired. Also, the album’s concept based around religion may not be to some people’s liking.

“Temple of Shadows” is a great way for Angra to show that they’re not just a B-list power metal act. They took a genre that’s really saturated and managed to write a great album. Inside the genre it can be considered a classic, since it really comes out on top compared to most albums which offer a similar sound. The great guitar, drum and vocal performance puts the band as top notch musicians that worry about more things than just playing fast.

Pros:
Guitar work
Drumming
Vocals
Symphonic elements

Cons:
Inaudible Bass
Unnecessary guest spots
Can get a bit cheesy sometimes

Tracks to check out:
The shadow hunter
Spread your Fire
Winds of Destination
Late Redemption


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Hayzte
January 6th 2012



81 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First review, constructive criticism greatly appreciated. English is not my first language so point out any mistakes.

Shuyin
January 6th 2012



11180 Comments


that was ok for a first, pos'd. are these guys from Portugal?

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Hayzte
January 6th 2012



81 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They're from Brazil, Tnx for the pos

jybt
January 6th 2012



342 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I hear the BASS quite clearly on this album. The music somewhat grew off me, maybe it's because I don't wholeheartedly agree with the album's concept (not a problem unless I feel uncomfortable) and the story feels disjointed. There's some awesome stuff here, though.

botb
January 6th 2012



9560 Comments


one of my favorite albums in the genre, temple of hate is so fucking sweet.

Hayzte
January 6th 2012



81 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@jybt
The bass only breaks his way trough the mix on the really soft sections, and even still, It really isn't doing much. The concept does feels really loose sometimes.

@bringonthebreakdown
That song is the most straightforward power metal number here, and it's really great all around.


Poet
January 6th 2012



5920 Comments


Aside from a few good songs, I've found the band to be really boring and generic.

Hayzte
January 6th 2012



81 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you haven't listened to this, you should give this album a try. It's by far their best work.

seedofnothing
January 6th 2012



3425 Comments


I own everyone of these guys cd's. I used to listen to them back in the days. I remember there was one track from this album with a riff that I was stuck on for days. Overall decent band but has changed their styles over and over. I prefer the old vocalist but I listen to this band for Kiko loureiro's playing, who also has some good youtube vids too.

Dreamflight
January 6th 2012



1760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"The guest vocals by Hansi Kutsch in “Winds of Destination” really do nothing for the album, and the guest vocal s by Kai Hansen in “Temple of Hate” sound strained and uninspired."

Apart from this, review was a nice read. But really dude, wtf? Both Kai and Hansi were awsome, also Sabine (Edenbridge) and Milton Nascimento were incredible too.

Shuyin
January 6th 2012



11180 Comments


i need to give this a listen

Dreamflight, who did that to your face?

Yazz_Flute
January 6th 2012



18764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I fucking love this album. Nice to see it finally get a review.

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Yazz_Flute
January 6th 2012



18764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Also Angels and Demons and Wishing Well rule.

Dreamflight
January 6th 2012



1760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Shuyin@ dude, just watch this http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111958/

It's awsome.

Hayzte
January 6th 2012



81 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Dreamflight
Kai's voice just sounded plain weird to me. He is such a great vocalist on his band. Hansi was just there, he didn't really do nothing for me. The other two spots where really great specially Milton. Tnx for pointing out the mistake

@Yazz_Flute
I love those two tracks, but If I rate the album track by track, those two would be the lowest.

Shuyin
January 6th 2012



11180 Comments


sweet a comedy movie, i like those

Dreamflight
January 6th 2012



1760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's a britcom tvshow, about irish priests, too bad I've never seen portuguese subs.

Hayzte: No problem dude, to each it's own. ;)

Shuyin
January 6th 2012



11180 Comments


lol how did i missed that, just looked at the cover. but yeah ive seen some brit comedies they were mostly preety hilarious. plus the way they talk adds up more lulz

Yazz_Flute
March 26th 2012



18764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

One of my favorite power metal albums still.

Wishing Well just makes me so fucking happy I mean fuck it's like the cheesiest song ever but gaaaah

Yazz_Flute
June 6th 2012



18764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Album makes me want to play Golden Sun.



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