Angels Cry (album)

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Angels Cry
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Studio album by
Released3 November 1993[1]
RecordedJuly–September 1993
StudioHansen Studios and Horus Sound Studio in Hamburg, Germany
LabelEldorado, Victor, Polydor
ProducerCharlie Bauerfeind, Sascha Paeth
Angra chronology
Reaching Horizons
Angels Cry
Holy Land
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Metal Storm8.6/10[4]

Angels Cry is the debut album of Brazilian metal band Angra. It was released in 1993 and recorded in Germany at Kai Hansen's studios in Hamburg.

The opening track is a short rendition of the first movement of Franz Schubert's "Symphony No. 8", commonly known as his "Unfinished Symphony". In addition, the title track features a brief arrangement of "Caprice no. 24" by Niccolò Paganini, whereas "Evil Warning" features a brief arrangement of "Winter" by Antonio Vivaldi. The opening of the track "Never Understand" features a brief arrangement of the song "Asa Branca" by Luiz Gonzaga. The opening section of the closing track "Lasting Child", entitled "The Parting Words", is an adaptation of the theme of Felix Mendelssohn's "Variations sérieuses", Op. 54.

Production and recording[edit]

When commenting on the production and recording of the album, vocalist Andre Matos said that recording the album was difficult due to the inexperience of him and his bandmates, and also due to the difference of musical influences between them and the producers. He also referred to the recording as "an exile":[5]

We were there for months old until the album was taking a final shape. And it was kind of creepy also. [...] we were recording this album at Kai Hansen's studio in Hamburg, the Gamma Ray studio. And it happened that the studio sat inside a Second World War bunker. There were no windows, there was no air, there was no light. So it was a strange atmosphere for this first album that we did in Germany, but in the end everything went out okay.

Producer Charlie Bauerfeind was not confident that drummer and co-founder Marcos Antunes would be skillful enough for the music he expected to put in the album, so he told the band they could either fire him and hire Alex Holzwarth as a session musician or use electronic drums - or otherwise he would leave the project. The band decided to do as he said and replaced Antunes with Holzwarth, a decision Matos regards as being very difficult.[5]

One of the songs, however, was performed by a different drummer: Kate Bush cover "Wuthering Heights", played by then Gamma Ray drummer Thomas Nack. Matos said Nack was a big fan of Bush and "could play those lines perfectly".[5]

The inlays and photo shoots for the album display drummer Ricardo Confessori, but he would only join the band after its recording. Antunes appears on the back sleeve and inlays of the Japanese first press of the album instead of Confessori.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by Andre Matos except Stand Away by Rafael Bittencourt and Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush.

1."Unfinished Allegro"Franz Schubert, Matos1:15
2."Carry On"Matos5:03
3."Time"Bittencourt, Matos5:54
4."Angels Cry"Bittencourt, Matos6:49
5."Stand Away"Bittencourt4:55
6."Never Understand"Bittencourt, Matos7:48
7."Wuthering Heights" (Kate Bush cover)Kate Bush4:38
8."Streets of Tomorrow"Matos5:03
9."Evil Warning"Bittencourt, Matos6:41
10."Lasting Child
  • I. "The Parting Words"
  • II. "Renaissance""
  • 4:02
  • 3:35
  • Total length:55:53[6]
    1999 bonus tracks
    11."Evil Warning" (Different Vocals)6:40
    12."Angels Cry" (Re-mix)6:48
    13."Carry On" (Re-mix)5:09


    Band members[edit]

    Guest musicians[edit]

    Additional musicians[edit]

    • Thomas Nack – drums in track #7


    1. ^ "Angra - Angels Cry (CD, Album)". Discogs.
    2. ^ White, David. "Holy Land - Angra | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 June 2019. Angra replaces the classic progressive metal sound found on Angels Cry with Brazilian-influenced metal.
    3. ^ White, David. "Angels Cry - Angra | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
    4. ^ Taster, Dream (26 August 2003). "Angra - Angels Cry review". Metal Storm. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
    5. ^ a b c Dr. Metal (27 March 2013). "Interview with Andre Matos (Part 2 of 2)". Metal Meltdown. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
    6. ^ "Angra (Brazil)". Metal Kings. Archived from the original on 14 August 2010.