Reviewed by Nuno on 01 Dec 2000
After singing in early 90's prog metallists Viper, Andre Matos joined in with Angra to produce some of the best Brazilian Metal to date.
After the setup with Angels Cry, Angra finally concluded, by 1995, their second album Holy Land. This album turned out to be a turning point in the band's history but also in progressive metal. The reason is simple...orchestral arrangements, Brazilian Ethnic influences, technically superb musicianship in the vein of old Helloween; all together they merge in one of the most refreshing approaches to progressive metal in years and, undoubtely, the masterpiece that every band dreams of making.
After the power metal beggining in Nothing to Say, Silence and Distance opens with moody vocals but suddenly evolves to symphonic metal, beautifully orchestrated and best performed by each member of the band.
Carolina IV is, in my opinion, the high point in this album. The middle section of this song is simply amazing with Flute, Tradicional druming, Piano, Violin and Orchestral parts very beautifully played till they end in a superb guitar solo that really gets on you...
Till the end of the album, emotions run wide with the power metal explosions well seconded by the ethnical influences that typified this band.
No question about the quality of this album, so i really must point this as an obligatory one.
Thumbs way, way up !!