Sunday, February 28, 2010

Angra France Blog : playlist of the month

Here is the new playlist of the month :
  • The Course Of Nature (Aurora Consurgens, 2006)
  • Wishing Well (Temple Of Shadows, 2004)
  • The Shadow Hunter (Temple Of Shadows, 2004)
  • Nothing To Say (Rebirth World Tour, Live in Sao Paulo, 2003)
  • Bleeding Heart (Hunters And Prey, 2002)
  • Acid Rain (Rebirth, 2001)
Enjoy ;)

Friday, February 26, 2010

Angra in the studio : guitar recordings

Rodrigo Fantoni, Angra's guitar tech, preparing guitars for recording

Here are some new Angra's pics at Norcal Studios (São Paulo, Brazil) during guitars recordings !

These great pics are taken from the gallery of Felipe Andreoli on Flickr.

Rafael Bittencourt and Brendon Duffy, owner of Norcal Studios

For more news : Felipe Andreoli on Flickr

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Felipe Andreoli : workshop in Ribeirão Preto

Felipe Andreoli will give a workshop next Sunday, February 28th from 15:00 (Brazilian time), at Feira Da Música at Novo Espaçao in Ribeirão Preto (São Paulo, Brazil).

For more news : Felipe Andreoli Official Myspace

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Angra : reports from the new album, chapter 03

Angra reports from the new album, chapter 03 : pre-production in Santa Isabel week two :

For more news : Angra Official Youtube Channel

Monday, February 22, 2010

Kiko Loureiro : Creative Fusion (DVD)

Rock House releases Creative Fusion, Beyond Pentatonics £ Power Chords, 2 DVD features Brazilian Guitar Virtuoso Kiko Loureiro of Angra.

Rock House, the leader in music instruction, announced today the release of a new 2-set instructional DVD Creative Fusion, Beyond Pentatonics & Power Chord featuring Brazilian guitar virtuoso Kiko Loureiro. Kiko is the driving force behind the band Angra who has sold millions of CDs and toured the world several times over. Kiko is often voted by magazines and fans as one of the most talented guitar players worldwide. Young Guitar Magazine quotes “His guitar playing is top notch and can be compared to the masters like Vai, Satch and Petrucci. Kiko is a versatile guitar player with a deep knowledge of Rock 'n' Roll, Heavy Metal and Jazz which you can hear in his solos, riffs and melodies.”

In this new 2 DVD set, Kiko helps students open up their musical universe by showing how to apply fusion techniques to Rock playing. Kiko shows students a method for using arpeggios to craft amazing leads and melodies. He starts with major and minor arpeggios and triad voicings and builds them into progressions. Then expands on this concept with major arpeggio extensions adding the 7th and 9th and shows how to complete the mission by delivering full dominant and diminished arpeggios in single and cross string technique. Kiko explains and demonstrates how these all relate as tools for creating a unique musical style. Students learn modal arpeggios and how to apply them over full band backing tracks so they can start creating their own masterpieces!

Creative Fusion, Beyond Pentatonics & Power Chord is a 2-DVD set with more than 2 hours of lessons with Kiko and extras like behind the scenes photo, a personal interview, iPod ready video, performances and bonus lessons. This Rock House DVD is available around the world for $24.99. The DVD also comes with a FREE lesson booklet and membership to Rock House’s lesson support site at This feature, exclusive to Rock House and its partners, offers students supplementary support for the lessons featured on the DVD. Once registered, students can interact with the community, utilize the additional learning tools and access the special features.

Here is the trailer of the DVD ...

... and the first lesson, where Kiko shows how to go from Rock to Fusion using the Lydian Mode :

For more news : Kiko Loureiro Official Blog / Rock House Official Website

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Angra : reports from the new album, chapter 02

Angra : official statement posted on Myspace :

"The whole composition and recording process of the new Angra album is being filmed, and these videos will be periodically released on the band's channel on YouTube. The first 2 chapters are already online, showing how was the pre-production and composition of the songs. You'll be able to hear first hand lots of samples from the new songs, so check them out!

Right now the band is in the Norcal Studios, and drums are being recorded."

For more news : Angra Official Myspace / Angra Official Youtube Channel

Friday, February 19, 2010

Angra : new album recording

Edu Falaschi and Felipe Andreoli posted these pics of the recording sessions of the new Angra's album at Norcal Studios on their official Twitter !

Here is the official statement of the band :

"Last Wednesday, February 17th, Angra entered the Norcal Studios in São Paulo, Brazil, to record its seventh studio album, and the first one after the return of drummer Ricardo Confessori. For the first time the band will produce the record, and drum recordings have just started. Videos and reports will be added soon."

If you want to learn more about Norcal Studio, here is a video suggested by Felipe Andreoli : "This is Brendan Duffey, owner of Norcal Studios, and he's working on Angra's new album together with another engineer, Adriano Daga. Here are some tips for recording guitar, very interesting!"

For more news : Edu Falaschi official Twitter /Felipe Andreoli Official Twitter / Angra Official Website / Felipe Andreoli Official Facebook

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Angra enters the studio !

Rafael Bittencourt posted this news on his official Twitter :

Rafael Bittencourt :"Today we did the last test to record the Angra's album. Tomorrow we will take our team to the studio and begin to make sound !"

Felipe Andreoli on his Official Twitter :

Felipe Andreoli : "Tomorrow, Angra enters Norcal Studio to record our new album ! Very excited!!!!"

For more news : Rafael Bittencourt official Twitter / Felipe Andreoli official Twitter

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Kiko Loureiro and Laney : pics and videos

Kiko Loureiro posted on his Official Twitter some links regarding his endorsement by Laney !

The first link is a gallery of 34 pics from Namm show on Facebook.

The second link offers 3 videos tips from Kiko Loureiro about tapping, clean tapping and alternate and sweep picking on Laney website !

For more news : Kiko Loureiro Official Twitter / Kiko Loureiro Official Facebook / Laney

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Edu Falaschi : Angra's news on Twitter

Edu Falaschi posted some news about the new Angra's album on his Official Twitter !

Edu Falaschi : "At last ... The new CD is ready to be recorded ! It will be DEVASTATING AS A BIG STORM !!".

For more news : Edu Falaschi official Twitter

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Angra report from the new album, chapter 01

Angra released on his official youtube channel, the first issue in a series of videos which presents the whole process of production of his new studio album. "It's very important for us to keep our fans updated on everything ! After all, if we are still alive, giving our blood for this new album, it's to thanks the fans for all their support and love during all these years", said the guitarist rafael Bittencourt.

The first chapter shows the first meetings of the band, recorded at Felipe Andreoli and Kiko Loureiro's homes. "We chose to work this way to feel more comfortable. In a conventional studio the climate is not always favorable for great ideas. In this way, it's clear that we take care of each detail of the new CD which will be the best and more complete of our career" said Edu Falaschi.

For more news : Angra Official Youtube Channel / Flogao Angra

Monday, February 8, 2010

Angra : The Official Blog

Angra has now his Official Blog !

The blog, run by the musicians themselves, offer the latest news of the band in English !

You can also leave your comments to the band at the end of each post !

Join Angra on his Official Blog !

For more news : Angra The Official Blog

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Vote for Angra on Whiplash : second round

Vote for Angra and his members in the second round of voting on Whiplash !

During January was conducted the first round of voting to elect the best of 2009 on Whiplash. In February takes place the final vote to elect the best among the most voted from the first round.

Feel free to support Angra and his musicians ! And don't forget to confirm your vote by e-mail ;)

For more news : Whiplash

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Angra : launching of the new official website of the band

MS Metal Press Official Note :

"The band Angra from São Paulo, schedules the launching of his official website on 05 th of February. The total recasting of the website of the band was under the responsability of one of the highest performers in the world market, Gustavo Sazes (Manowar, Kamelot, Almah among others), showing the current visual direction adopted by the quintet. "Gustavo was our first choice to revamp our website, and the result was fantastic ! Really surprised all our best expectations, and fans will certainly enjoy" said the guitarist Rafael Bittencourt.

In parallel, Angra's members prepare to enter Norcal Studios in São Paulo, on 21th of February , to record their new album still untitled.
"The album is almsot done, we still have to finalize some arrangements. We recorded some demos and new songs sound fantastic, it seems to be our most significant conceptual album", said the guitarist Kiko Loureiro.

The new Angra's album, which will have a production signed by the musicians themselves, is expected to be launched in the begining of June this year."

For more news : MS Metal Press / Angra Official Website

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Angra, pre-production of the new album : new pics

Here are some new Angra's pics during the pre-production of their new album ! These great pics were taken by the photographer Guilherme Fernandes. To watch all the pics in full size, go on Guilherme Fernandes official website and click on "Ensaio Do Angra" on your left !

For more news :

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Angra's new songs almost done!

Pic from Felipe Andreoli Twitpic

Angra's message from his official Myspace :

"Hey folks!

We are very excited to bring you these news! We are almost done writing the songs for the new album, and we couldn't be happier! There is a general feeling that this is gonna be a really great album. Every time I listen to ourselves playing the songs, I can't help smiling. We are totally into every little detail and small part to make this one of the best Angra albums ever.

The rehearsals are taking place at Ricardo's country house, near São Paulo. We don't have TV or internet, and phone signal is very poor, so we can't help but concentrate fully on the composition process, and this is intentional. We have a whole new set of challenges in the new arragements, since every part of them is being taken to the next level, both technically and musically.

We will enter the studio in mid February, and we'll keep you posted on the latest news.


Pic from Kiko Loureiro Twitpic

For more news : Angra Official Myspace