Angra
Aqua


3.0
good

Review

by KJ Swantko USER (33 Reviews)
June 13th, 2012 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The sound of a highly-gifted band doing too much aimless wandering.

There is a small portion of musicians/bands who can put out a good record even when they’re without inspiration; Angra is one of those bands. Between the guitar playing of Rafael Bittencourt & Kiko Loureiro and the skillful vocals of Eduardo Falaschi, Angra has enough talent to make nearly anyone a bit envious. 2004’s Temple of Shadows is regarded as an exemplar of properly done power metal; power metal that is mature, dynamic, captivating, and having minimal “cheese.” Frankly, it put all the great qualities of the genre on display for listeners in respect-demanding fashion.

Seven years and a few albums later, Angra released Aqua which is but a marginally-reminiscent work of what the group has done in prior times. The songwriting is mostly bland, failing to leave any long-lasting impression; this is somewhat due to the fact the group delved more into a progressive style featuring unique and unpredictable song structures. However, when the songs fail to climax or “take the reader somewhere“ per se, it becomes tiresome. In fact, there was no track that jumped out as a masterpiece; all songs hovered in the realm of being “good” or “acceptable.” For a band as capable as Angra, operating at “good” is a disappointment.

This is not to say Aqua doesn’t have its moments, because it does. Bittencourt and Loureiro’s soloing hasn’t diminished in quality at all as they are still more than willing to show off their chops. “Lease of Life” and “The Rage of the Waters” are prime examples of the duo’s virtuosic abilities (Also, I do recommend Loureiro’s instrumental album Universo Inverso if you’re into Jazz fusion). Never the less, while Angra never truly found their stride with Aqua, it’s still worth a listen. Whereas they used to sound like a band on a mission driving towards a destination, now they sound like they hopped in the car for a road trip to wherever they end up. As a whole, Aqua appears to be geared less towards power metal than earlier releases, but I suspect the progmasters out there may find the new direction appealing.

3/5



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KjSwantko
June 13th 2012


9443 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Sup fellas

seedofnothing
June 13th 2012


3425 Comments


dude sup, i have all their early albums, auto pos

KjSwantko
June 13th 2012


9443 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks. Yeah they have some stuff that rules ultra hard, Seed. Temple of Shadows got a 5 from yours truly! This is the only album I'm not feelin' much.

KILL
June 13th 2012


71965 Comments


sounds hevy

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

KjSwantko
June 13th 2012


9443 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

brootal, yea don't listen to it if the kids are around.

seedofnothing
June 13th 2012


3425 Comments


more a fan of Angel's Cry and Holy Land but TOS is solid too

KjSwantko
June 13th 2012


9443 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Word; the song Angel's Cry was what got me into these guys many some years ago m/

CaptainDooRight
June 13th 2012


29966 Comments


cool review, pos bro, i agree with the rating and yeah earlier stuff is best

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Dreamflight
June 13th 2012


1760 Comments


spot on review dude.

Srsly wtf happened to this band after ToS? Almah's last album was so much better than this or even Aurora Consurgens.

KjSwantko
June 13th 2012


9443 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Seriously, they dropped off hard. Anyway, I'm jammin Hunters and Prey right now for the first time and it is an awesome EP. Making this seem even worse now!

TheNotrap
June 13th 2012


8109 Comments


These guys never impressed me.

Nice review KJ, have a pos.

jopower
June 13th 2012


105 Comments


Temple of Shadows is a really good album, but I haven't heard much else by this band.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
June 13th 2012


4950 Comments


"Don't listen to w kids around"

I hate having my 2 yr old dictate my vinyl selection @ home

Yazz_Flute
June 13th 2012


18812 Comments


I love Temple of Shadows, but I still think it's pretty damn cheesy.

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KjSwantko
June 13th 2012


9443 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

ToS is conservative in the cheese compared to the majority of the genre

FictionalFlames
June 14th 2012


1516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Surprised this didn't have a review until now.

Da11thMytrillSphere
June 14th 2012


546 Comments


I'm fan of Temple of the shadows but I've never checked this one, I should listen a couple of songs here

KjSwantko
June 14th 2012


9443 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^ its worth a listen, maybe two, but not much beyond that tbh

Mookle
October 27th 2012


2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I like the softer tone of this album, after listening to so much metal, I grew a little tired of the genre, and stepping outside of it a little is a nice refresher.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
January 30th 2013


1896 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Obviously a more progressive effort than any other albums by the band, Angra's latest album succeeds in most places yet slightly fails in some. Although the guitar solos are admittedly brilliant and sometimes even flying off the richter scale, they can be at time a bit uninspired, as on 'Weakness of a man'. The vocals are pretty good though, and the songwriting compositions really work well as usual.



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