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Angra
Aurora Consurgens


3.5
great

Review

by Mikesn EMERITUS
November 26th, 2006 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


It didn't occur to me that Rhapsody (of Fire for the purists or something) had released a new album until a few weeks after its release. For some reason, the album slipped completely under the radar for me, which is surprising, considering that they're pretty popular in the power metal circles. Similarly, it didn't occur to me that Brazilian power metal band Angra had released a new album until a few works after the official release date. This too is somewhat surprising (though not as much as with Rhapsody), as Angra is quite the reliable band. Though I had no intentions of giving Rhapsody's Triumph or Agony a listen, I decided that Angra's Aurora Consurgens would be an album that I had to hear. After all, the Brazilian band has been quite the consistent, reliable group throughout the years, so it's only fair that I give them the chance. Unsurprisingly the album, released on October 31, was another solid effort from the Brazilians.

Aurora Consurgens one again takes listeners through a 50 minute journey through the realm of power metal. Like many of their contemporaries, the music is very guitar orientated, with the fast, heavy riffs leading the band through each of the songs. The opening track, The Course of Nature, show cases what can be heard throughout Aurora Consurgens. Soaring musicianship, progressive overtures, and upbeat vocals are all part of Angra's formula, and like it had in previous albums, the equation works out very well here. However, despite having a several heavy sections, Angra's music feels like it sometimes ventures over to the passive side. While this isn't really a bad thing, as bands like Sonata Arctica and Thunderstone prove, it surly doesn't have the same aggression as Gamma Ray or Children of Bodom and at times the songs feel weak. This is particularly evident in the song Breaking Ties, a throwaway, ballad-esque affair that goes nowhere in its 3:29 runtime. But then again, you also have the seven minute long epic So Near So Far, an emotional, beautiful track that puts more emphasis on folky acoustics than on aggressive distorted guitars. So Near So Far is probably the album's strongest track and is quite a fun song to listen to, despite its general lack of aggression. Aurora Consurgens is quite a good album musically, and as it's coming from Angra, should this be any surprise?

Vocally, Angra once again looks to Edu Falaschi. Edu takes a more midrange direction with his singing, yet he remains just as upbeat as any European power metal vocalist. Along with the guitars, Falaschi's vocal efforts enjoy much of the spotlight, and help drive home that band's message effectively in a song like Passing By. Despite not hitting the high notes like a Ralf Scheepers or a ZP Theart, Edu's performance is still impressive and quite consistent. The lyrical message that the band's front man has set out to proclaim to the world, however, is not as pleasant as the singing that delivers it. Subjects regarding the human find and social problems can be found throughout the fifty minute record, most plainly in the song Salvation: Suicide. Lines like "My spoiled paradise has met this dead end / Cause I live my life all on my own with pride" showcase this negativity, and while I would hesitate to say that the lyrics are enjoyable, they definitely don't take away from the album. I guess it helps to have a strong singer though.

2006 is Angra's 15th year of existence, and what better way to celebrate this historic year than to listen to Aurora Consurgens. Like one would expect, Angra's latest release is quite impressive, with just over 50 minutes of material. The music found on Aurora Consurgens varies quite often, sometimes shooting for a traditional power metal sound, other times attempting a softer ballad style song, as well as even folky acoustic tracks. Much like the band's previous album, Temple of Shadows, power metal fans should find this record quite enjoyable; as it combines much of what has made Angra one of Brazil's most successful metal exports. Aurora Consurgens is a solid album, and metal heads should definitely keep an eye out for it.

Recommended Tracks:
So Near So Far
Window to Nowhere
The Course of Nature
Scream Your Heart Out



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Thor
November 26th 2006


10285 Comments


I have heard these guys once, but they seemed like a lesser Symphony X to me.

I might check this out though.

Mikesn
Emeritus
November 26th 2006


3708 Comments


They aren't one of my favourite bands, I'll admit. But their albums are pretty consistent and worth a listen every now and then.

MetalOz
November 27th 2006


20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"The Course of Nature" is an awesome track. Yes, they are some tracks here that aren't that heavy but the musicianship, the production, and the songwriting are excellent throughout the entire disc.



Perhaps I'll review Temple of Shadows, I'm surprised no one has yet...

Mikesn
Emeritus
November 27th 2006


3708 Comments


I had some trouble writing that line. I wasn't trying to make the lack of heaviness out as a weakness, more like an observation.

Temple of Shadows was very well recieved, I'm surprised that it hasn't been reviewed too. Same with the rest of the band's discography, really...

QuinnDrums
December 26th 2006


1 Comments


I only found out about the guys cos i saw there drummer Aquiles Priester on the guy's 'also added' on youtube and he rules and so do they. Unholy War is really cool.

haroune
January 5th 2007


10 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I heared these guys in this album, not bad at all, in fact i'm surprising by their melodics, their heavy riffs.

Their music remind me the symphonyx's style, and i'm really fallin' under the charm of the awesome song"Ego painted grey"

Good review by the way

ZePortouga
June 21st 2007


19 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've got all their albums, and to be honest, this was the first one I didn't like when I heard it for the first time.



I now love it and think it's a great album made by a great band that doesn't get that many recognition because they play power metal with prog influences that everyone likes to hate. Their members rule, and the best part is that I went to their show here in portugal and in the end they changed positions and played a couple of songs on other instruments (you can check it out on youtube)



They are heavier, they are meaner, they are sounding great! just listen to it at least 3 or 4 times before judging... it is THAT kind of album!

botb
October 1st 2007


14148 Comments


Angra > Dragonforce.

TheStarclassicTreatment
October 14th 2007


2910 Comments


Aquiles Priester is possibly the best drummer alive today.

Slaytan
January 2nd 2008


1185 Comments


Angra > Dragonforce.

Anybody > Dragonforce


linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
January 29th 2013


2641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Another brilliant Angra album. In truth I've only heard this and their first two albums but it's good enough to make me try the rest of their discography.

Rik VII
February 18th 2018


4126 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Going through their discography again ... Ego Painted Grey is one of their best songs ever. Salvation Suicide is also them at the top of their power metal game ... except for those two, this one doesn't have much memorable stuff and I never returned to it in a frequent manner like I did with Rebirth or Temple of Shadows for quite some time. Especially the songs on the second half (though a lot of them are really good) all seem to blend into one another stylistically. Breaking Ties is also contender for worst Angra song ever. But good album overall nonetheless.



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