Sunday, August 29, 2010

Soulspell Metal Opera : show with Edu Falaschi in Curitiba

The project Soulspell Metal Opera announced on his Official Website the date of one of his shows of the "Labyrinth" tour with the participation of Edu Falaschi. This event will take place at Hangar Bar in Curitiba (Brazil) on November 26.

Soulspell Metal Opera is a Brazilian project led by the drummer and composer Heleno Vale. The first album of Soulspell “A Legacy of Honor” was released in 2008 in Japan and Brazil. Now it’s time for the next part, “The Labyrinth of Truths”. Edu Falaschi recorded the vocals (see our post from June 25) for the 9th track called “A Secret Compartment” (Music & Lyrics by Heleno Vale) :

- Tracklist :

01 - The Entrance
02 - The Labyrinth Of Truths
03 - Dark Prince's Dawn
04 - Amon's Fountain
05 - Into The Arc Of Time (Haamiah's Fall)
06 - Adrift
07 - The Verve
08 - Forest Of Incantus
09 - A Secret Compartment

The release dates for "The Labyrinth of Truths" are the following ones :

August 25th - Japan (Spiritual Beast)
October 8th - Europe and North America (Inner Wound)
October 8th - South America (Hellion)

For more news : Whiplash / Soulspell Metal Opera Official Website

Saturday, August 28, 2010

"Aqua" on Myspace

Angra has made available on his Official Myspace all the songs from his new album "Aqua" , before its release in Europe and USA !

- Aqua tracklist :


The brand new album of Angra “Aqua” has already saw the light of day in South East Asia (JVC Victor) and Brazil (Angra/Voice Music). According to Angra’s partner in Europe and North America SPV, the following release dates are scheduled for this territory:

* Germany: September 24th, 2010
* Europe : September 27th, 2010
* USA/Canada: October 12th, 2010

For more news : Angra Official Myspace

Edu Falaschi / Angra : show Salvador Bahia

Angra plays today at Bahia Café Hall in Salvador, Bahia (Brazil), from (Brazilian time) for a show celebrating the Brazilian launching of its new album "Aqua".

For more news : Dendê Produções

Friday, August 27, 2010

Edu Falaschi : interview Universo Do Rock

Here is the new interview of Edu Falaschi for Universo Do rock website. The English translation was made by and you can check the original text in Portuguese here :

In the interview, Edu tells about many interesting details of Aqua, the current moment of Angra, the upcoming World Tour and the future of Almah.

Universo do Rock : - What's your impression about the new CD?

Edu Falaschi : I believe that this album really saves the spirit of Angra. "Aurora Consurgens" is a good CD, but it loses the main conception of the band a little bit, and then "Aqua" rescues it. It has a pinch of "Rebirth" because the songs are simpler, and some partly melancholy prog hue in the vein of "Temple of Shadows", but it's different from Dream Theater, and it has nothing to do with weariness. The term prog in this case means that it has various parts, diverse types of atmosphere. This album also rescues a part of old Angra, "Holy Land", and "Temple of Shadows" itself.

Universo do Rock : - Was the composing process managed according to the fan's expectations or independently from them?

Edu Falaschi : It's clear that with such a long experience we have an idea what our fans would like to hear and we put it together with what we want ourselves. We wouldn't do any album for the others, if we couldn't join it. We try to play what we want, making a balance with what people want to hear, but we?re always finding the way to incline it to our side, otherwise it would look forced. I try to sing in the way I like, they give me this kind of freedom and I do it in my way.

Universo do Rock : - Felipe told that you had an opportunity to be involved in all the activities in relation with this CD, how did you find it?

Edu Falaschi : I believe that this album has been done involving the whole band, as never before. With "Rebirth" I entered the band when everything had been half-done. Then, working at "Temple of Shadows", we were closer, but Rafael already had the whole concept in his head, and he wrote all the lyrics. And while making "Aurora Consurgens", all the band was really tired, it was after a huge tour, we didn't work so much at the songs as we could have, and due to all these circumstances the result was not so great in comparison with the others. "Aqua" has the lyrics from the whole band and everyone participated in composition, including Ricardo. Everybody read The Tempest, we discussed the text. It's more a CD done by the whole band than ever before.

Universo do Rock : - What kind of fans' reaction do you expect?

Edu Falaschi : I think they need to pay attention and understand that Angra is back to the roots.

Universo do Rock : - Have you read opinions about the CD?

Edu Falaschi : Yes, from many people in the Internet already. Everyone has his own impression: some people hear the prog, others find that the album is more direct. I would only want people to listen to it several times, since it's not a CD which is understandable from the first listening, and then to make their own conclusions. But I believe that this CD is a significant album in Angra's history and it has everything to be among the great classics.

Universo do Rock : - Are you going now to Brazilian tour and then abroad?

Edu Falaschi : We are going to begin with the shows here, in Brazil. In October we are going to Japan, Taiwan, then - back to Brazil to play more concerts. In January we are going to USA and then we should go down to Mexico and to a few countries of Latin America. And maybe in February we'll go to Europe.

Universo do Rock : - Will it be only Angra or with some other band?

Edu Falaschi : We received an invitation to play with Stratovarius and Helloween, it would be a real power metal trio. We are checking the possibility, maybe it will work.

Universo do Rock : - How do you feel about the band?

Edu Falaschi : I'm quite satisfied. Everyone has been working hard and it hasn't been easy, because we have five gurus with many ideas. I came up with about 15 songs for this album, but it couldn't be only my CD, so you can understand that it's difficult to choose a little from everyone, right? It's difficult to work when everybody is so prolific, isn't it? The good side is, the band is able to do really much and we are happy.

Universo do Rock : - You stayed in the countryside for some time, did you compose songs there?

Edu Falaschi : We stayed in the house of Confessori where we did all the pre-production and arrangements, we rehearsed the songs there and prepared everything for the recording.

Universo do Rock : - You have another band Almah, how are you going to manage both things now, when Angra is back for 100 per cent?

Edu Falaschi : It's clear that now Angra is a priority, but if some opportunity for Almah appears, we will use it. We played in Belo Horizonte and Brasilia this year. When Angra was back, I talked about it with the guys, explaining that we had to take a break and they understood. Moreover, we have already done a lot of things, so it's time to stop for a while and to compose songs for the new album. I'm going to perform with Angra, but I'm already writing new songs for the new Almah.

Universo do Rock : - And how much time will it take to launch the CD?

Edu Falaschi : I don't know yet. We are collecting ideas, we are composing, and then we'll decide when the right moment comes.

Universo do Rock : - Leave a message for the fans of Angra.

Edu Falaschi : I would like to thank you a lot for all the patience and love, we haven't released any album for 4 years, but you haven't given us up. The latest shows were sold out, we came back and our public was back as well, and all what I can do now is say - thanks a lot!

For more news : Universo do Rock / Edu Falaschi Official website

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Edu Falaschi / Angra : Aqua's review on Whiplash

English translation by Irina Ivanova and Andrei Koulikov for

"One of the most important Brazilian rock and metal webzines Whiplash came up with the album review. Here you can check the most significant parts of the journalist's impressions. The original review in Portuguese is available here:

The CD review was done after a pre-listening party and firstly musicians of Angra clarified the new album's details:

"With this CD we intentionally returned and re-forced the use of ethnic elements, since Ricardo came back and this is a natural thing for his sound, with Angra or without", explained guitarist Rafael Bittencourt. "But this is also an organic thing which always exists inside us and in our sound".

Besides the ethnic sound "Aqua" has the unique conception like it has happened with all the previous CDs since "Rebirth". In case of "Aqua" The Tempest, the very last play of William Shakespeare has been chosen as the album idea. (...)

Speaking about the team work, the vocalist Edu Falaschi expressed the opinion of everyone that after almost ten years since "Rebirth" it has been improving every day more and more. "Every time we understand each other better and better. We already know what to do with the arrangements, which stuff fits the whole thing and which stuff doesn't", confirmed the bassist Felipe Andreoli. (...)

Although a big part of the fans were afraid that the participation of the members in various side projects such as Almah, Bittencourt Project, Freakeys, Karma and others would mean the end of the band, the musicians disagree. According to them, this type of activities just helps them to get the new experience and the new sound for Angra, their main activity. "We are not only Angra's members. We are musicians. Our friends are musicians as well. We are the persons who enjoy playing music. It's not only work for us, but also is a hobby. And for us, to play also means to stay with friends, with people we like. When I don't play in Angra, I do it with Kiko, Rafael, Edu and others", explains Felipe. (...)

Angra admits that still there are questions of the fans and the media about the previous line-up of the band with Andre Matos as a frontman, but they don't consider it as a negative thing. "There will always be the memory about the old line-up, but we are not going to pretend that this part of the history of the band has never existed", - tells Edu, the eternal target of comparisons with Andre Matos. In his opinion such examples when the fans were divided between two frontmen like it happened in case of Ozzy x Dio (Black Sabbath) or David Lee Roth x Sammy Hagar (Van Halen) just prove the fact that every period is no less important than the other. And one vocalist doesn't overshadow the talent of another. "A vocalist characterizes a band quite a lot, there's no other way", - tells Rafael. "This is a part of our history, we can't forget it". Felipe agrees: "You see, we always play old songs and we don't have any intention to take it out from our set-list. It's our history and it's a good history". (:)

CD review :

So, let's talk about what's really important, the music. The band has chosen "Arising Thunder" as the first single and as the first album's track, but as one listens on, with the third song "Awake from Darkness" it already becomes clear, that the first impression was not so true. Don't understand me wrong, "Arising Thunder" is a great song, it rocks, it is really exciting! But it's a quite typical speed / metal melodic piece with double bass and wild heavy guitar riffs. "Awake from Darkness" makes it clear that "Arising Thunder" doesn't come close to representing the rest of "Aqua". The 3rd song begins with the long-awaited comeback of Brazilian ethnic elements, with the percussion's rhythms, thanks to Ricardo, the guru of this subject. Having the bass guitar parts by Felipe which make it heavier and the guitar hooks by Kiko and Rafael, right in the middle the song surprises with the interlude of piano and violin. "The Rage of the Waters" brings the same feeling, mixing elements of northwestern music (from the Nord-West of Brazil, mainly, the states Bahia and Pernambuco, the center of traditional afro-brazilian rhythms) with typical heavy metal base. Then the game changes. After the intro with some technological effects, "Hollow" brings this classical and nervous thrash metal riff. At least, one Angra song on every CD is like that. But being tired with all these moments of violence, it finds an harmonic opportunity to open some space for the crystal clear guitars. The atmospheric "Spirit of the Air" reminds "The Shadow Hunter". It begins with some Spanish chords, then going to metal killer sound and returning back to ballad, it walks chorus-wards, to a pompous epic break and finishes with an Arabian theme. But the stuff which could sound in a very eclectic way is, on the contrary, perfectly integrated.

"Aqua" even has its proper "Make Believe" - the perfect "Weakness of a Man". I mean, it's a song created without fear to flirt with the pop music inspiration and, I dare to say that it even has moments that can be considered as dancing ones. But, whatever traditional headbangers could think, it doesn't make "Weakness of a Man" less heavy metal. Even the nice ballad "Lease of Life" which seems to break the rhythm of "Aqua" a bit continues to be pretty interesting, especially in its guitar parts, almost rock'n'roll ones until the solo, and pretty close to bossa nova after it. But maybe the most courageous song of the album is "A Monster in Her Eyes" which presents one of the most varied performances of Edu. He starts like a bard, nearly reciting in a Medieval style and then, catching the courage he presents very aggressive parts full of fury which reminds his typical manner in Almah.

Another excellent moment, "Ashes" finishes the CD. It begins with dreadful and dark, almost horror-movie-like keyboard parts, which give the first impressions about what will follow. The vocalist uses the opportunities of the lyrics which represent the last act of the play to come up with elevated style performance with sorrowful atmosphere, a kind of opera-rock. Perfect!

"Aqua" is the kind of album which deserves to be listened attentively at least 2-3 times. It's not a type of work to be easily defined, to put a label on or to tell if it's metal because of this or that. At most, it's possible to say that Angra returned to its best conditions, sounding like classical Angra. And so this is much more than a positive fact. "

For more news : Edu Falaschi Official Website / Whiplash

Monday, August 23, 2010

Edu Falaschi / Angra on play TV

Source : Angra Official Website

"ANGRA will be participating on “Combo: Fala + Joga”, a TV show that will be broadcast by Play TV (SKY channel 86), Net Brasília (channel 13), TV Oi Belo Horizonte (channel 30) and Oi DTH (channel 430) next Monday 23th, at 10:00 PM. The show will also be available for streaming and on demand on the website

Rerun: August, 24th and 28th at 06:30 AM, midday and 5:00 PM."

For more news : Angra Official Website / Play TV

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Edu Falaschi / Angra : interview Metrópolis

Here is an Angra's interview (in Portuguese) broadcasted on Metrópolis (TV Cultura) on past August 18.

Angra speaks about the last play written by William Shakespeare, "The Tempest", which inspired the concept of his new album "Aqua".

“Aqua” will be released in Germany on September 24th and in the rest of Europe on 27th.

For more news : Metrópolis (TV cultura)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Edu Falaschi / Angra, Pocket Show Manifesto Bar: set-list and pics

Here are set-list and pics of Angra's acoustic pocket show at Manifesto Bar (São Paulo, Brazil) on past August 19 !

According to Whiplash website, the show was "short, but the presentation was impeccable" !

** Set-list :

- Wishing Well
- Heroes of Sand
- Arising Thunder
- Bleeding Heart
- Nova Era
- Lullaby for Lucifer
- Late Redemption
- Rebirth

** Pics from the great Brazilian photographer Alexandre Cardoso (to watch all the pics in full size, visit the gallery of Alexandre Cardoso on Flickr) :

** Pics from another great Brazilian photographer, Danilo Palange (from ObaOba website)

More pics on Angra French Blog

For more news : Alexandre Cardoso on Flickr / Danilo Palange on ObaOba / Whiplash

Friday, August 20, 2010

Edu Falaschi / Angra : Unplugged on TV iG

Edu Falaschi and his band's mates from Angra Felipe Andreoli, Rafael Bittencourt and Ricardo Confessori has performed yesterday on TV iG, five songs unplugged : "Arising Thunder", "Wishing Well", "Nova Era", "Rebirth" and "Flight Of Icarus" (Iron Maiden cover).

Here are the five videos (if you want to watch these videos in best quality, go on TV iG website).

- Arising Thunder :

- Wishing Well :

- Nova Era :

- Rebirth :

- Flight Of Icarus :

For more news : TV iG website

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Edu Falaschi / Angra : pocket show in São Paulo

Angra plays today at Manifesto Bar in São Paulo (Brazil) from 22:30 (Brazilian time), for a pocket show to celebrate the release of the new album "Aqua" !

For more news : Manifesto Bar

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Edu Falaschi / Angra : interview Cultura TV

Here is an Angra's interview (in Portuguese), recorded yesterday for Cultura TV (to watch the entire broadcasting in best quality, go on Cultura TV Website). The band presents his new album "Aqua" among others.

Angra also played "Arising Thunder" in acoustic version ! Enjoy ;)

For more news : Cultura TV Website

Monday, August 16, 2010

Edu Falaschi : Mega Workshop Metal Night

Edu Falaschi plays today at Teatro Gacemss in Volta Redonda / RJ (Brazil) from 7 p.m (Brazilian time) for a mega workshop with his band's mate from Angra, Kiko Loureiro !

For more news : Gacemss website

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Edu Falaschi / Angra, pocket show Campinas : set-list, pics and videos

Here are the set-list, pics and some fan videos of the Angra's acoustic pocket show in Campinas, on past August 12, for the pre-release of the new album "Aqua" !

** Set-list :

- Wishing Well
- Heroes of Sand
- Arising Thunder
- Rebirth
- Stand Away

** Pics from the gallery of San on Orkut :

** Fan videos from ricardoguariento Youtube Channel :

- Arising Thunder (Aqua, 2010) :

- Rebirth (Rebirth, 2001) :

To watch more videos of the Angra's show, go on ricardoguariento Youtube Channel

For more news : Angra French Blog

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Edu Falaschi / Still Alive : debut album drum sessions part 1

Here is a video of Edu Falaschi and Marcelo Moreira (Almah) talking about the drum sessions of Still Alive debut album. New Still Alive album, produced by Edu Falaschi and featured Marcelo Moreira, is expected to be launched in the second half of this year in Brazil.

Here are Edu Falaschi and Marcelo Moreira comments :

Edu Falaschi : "Hey guys, what'sup ? I'm Edu Falaschi. I'm at Norcal Studios, producing the band Still Alive. We're at the beginning of the production, recording the drums. We have Marcelo Moreira as special guest on the album. We're at the beginning of the production, although we're finishing the drum recording. Moreira is very fast. He recorded yesterday and today he must finish the 9 songs with drums. Next week I will start another production and soon we'll produce the guitars of Still Alive. In this case, the songs were almost ready. They were very well produced. We spend a lot of months working together in the songs. And now It's just record. We have a good team here, with Brendan (Duffey) and Adriana Daga, here at Norcal. They're both producers and great technicians, and I believe this studio is the best to record rock and heavy metal. That's why we're here, the same studio that Angra's new album is being recorded, where Almah's latest album were recorded, Kiko Loureiro's among others. Well, the album is being done with much effort. We hope to finish it before latin America's Expomusic. And I believe that in this event you will have the pleasure to listen this new Brazilian band, called Still Alive. Soon we'll have more news. And that's all."

Marcelo Moreira : "Hey guys. I'm recording Still Alive's album, at Norcal Studio in São Paulo, the same studio that I recorded Almah's album. It's being very nice, because it's a very different sound that what I usually play. There are a lot of heavy metal elements, but, there are some different things, from what I am used to play. So it's being very nice to try out some new stuff. I'm using my cymbals Orion Kit, that is working very well at studio and I believe that the album will have a great sound. The drums are very good and I think that this will be a great heay metal album, with these guys from Rio De Janiero. I hope that they have a brillant future ahead. I will always watching and helping in what I can. And that's all guys !"

For more news : Still Alive Official Youtube / Myspace / Twitter

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Edu Falaschi / Angra : pocket show in Campinas

Angra plays today at Sebastian Bar in Campinas / SP (Brazil) from 10 p.m (Brazilian time) for an acoustic pocket show to celebrate the release of the new album "Aqua" !

For more news : Sebastian Bar

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Edu Falaschi tells about "Aqua" release in Japan, today

From Official Edu Falaschi website :

In relation with Japanese release of the 7th studio album of Angra “Aqua”, the frontman of the band came up with greeting to the Japanese fans. Japan is a very important part of the world for Angra and Edu. The band got its very first success right in this country, and both Angra and its vocalist received many awards there. Japan also recognized another band of Edu, Almah. Like the day begins in Japan, the new Angra’s CD meets the light of day there today, earlier than in any other country in the world. The album is released by JVC VICTOR, you can check it here:

“Hi dudes! I’m here to say that I’m really proud to release the new Angra´s album, Aqua, firstly in Japan! I hope everybody can have the opportunity to hear it! It took all our best efforts to make this album! And we are pretty sure that we made a very important album for our career! “Aqua” has many different elements and it’s an album for intelligent and open-minded metal fans! Angra works at each album in different ways. This time we have a very nice concept about the last play of Shakespeare, The Tempest. It allowed me to make a dramatic interpretation with the intention to put the people inside the story’s atmosphere. I’m sure that all the Japanese fans will notice it. Thanks for all the support over the years! I really love you all!
See you soon at Loud Park festival where I will scream a lot in super high tunes just for the most traditional power metal fans!!! LOL!!! ”

Edu Falaschi.

For more news : Edu Falaschi Japanese Official Blog / Loud Park Fest

Edu Falaschi tells about "Arising Thunder"

The band Angra is about to launch its seventh studio album "Aqua".

Now, Angra's musicians periodically release their impressions about each track from "Aqua".

This time, the singer Edu Falaschi highlights some aspect of the second track of the album, "Arising Thunder".

"This song has change a lot since the beginning. It sounds great for me, after so many changes. The result exceeded all my expectations and is linked to part of history I love a lot ! Well nervous !!!

It's violent, dramatic and vigorous as the first lines narrated in "The Tempest" history ! "Arising Thunder" sounds perfectly for an epic beginning, totaly connected with the letters that illustrates all Propero's fury and his desire of vengeance, when with his magic, he is causing a storm that takes Antonia, Alonso and his crew to sinking at the opening of the play."

For more news : Whiplash

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Show Kattah with Edu Falaschi : first pics

Here are the first pics of the show of the band Kattah with Edu Falaschi on past August 8th at Hangar Bar in Curitiba (Brazil).

All the pics are taken from Kattah "Eyes Of Sand" Orkut profile :

For more news : Kattah "Eyes Of Sand" Orkut profile