Angra - Fireworks

7.7 | 269 votes |
Release date: 14 July 1998
Style: Progressive power metal


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01. Wings of Reality
02. Petrified Eyes
03. Lisbon
04. Metal Icarus
05. Paradise
06. Mystery Machine
07. Fireworks
08. Extreme Dream
09. Gentle Change
10. Speed
11. Rainy Nights [Japanese bonus]

Additional info
Arranged by Angra.
Produced & Mixed by Chris Tsangarides.
Engineered by Chris Tsangarides.
Assisted by Steve Stylianou (Rainmaker),
David Graham & Michelle Barry (Marcus),
Gareth Ashton (Metropolis).

Piano and Keyboards by Andre Matos.
Keyboards and Computer Programming by Sascha Paeth,
except on Gentle Change arrenged by Rafael Bittencourt.
Additional Programming by Phil Nicholas.
Orchestral Arrangements by Andre Matos, Sascha Paeth & Graham de Wilde.
Orchestra Conducted by Graham de Wilde.
Lyrical Assistance: Chris Tsangarides.

Strings Performed by:
Violins: Gavyn Wright, Dave Woodcock, Roger Garland,
Rebecca Hirsch, Bem Cruft, Peter Oxer, Bill Benham,
Perry Montague-Mason, Vaughan Armoon, Pat Kiernan,
Boguslav Kostecki, Maciej Rakowski, Dermot Crehan, Dave Nolan;
Violas: Peter Lale, George Robertson, Bob Smissen, Don McVay,
Andy Parker, Jonathan Barritt;
Celli: Anthony Pleeth, Justin Pearson, Cathy Giles, Martin Loveday,
Paul Kegg, Dave Daniels;
Basses: Chris Laurence, Paul Morgan.

Recorded at Metropolis and Rainmaker Studios,
London, England from April to June 1998.
Additional Recordings at Marcus Studios, London, June 1998.
Orchestra Recorded at Abbey Road Studios 2, London, May 1998.
Mixed at Rainmaker Studios, June 1998.
Mastered by Ian Cooper at Metropolis Mastering, London, July 1998.

Cover Concept by Ricardo Confessori.
Cover Artwork & Sleeve Design by Isabel de Amorim,
at Arsenic, Boulogne, France.
Photos by William Hames, Marc Villalonga, Bruno Calendini (cover).

Executive Producer: Antonio D. Pirani.

Staff review by
Demonic Tutor
Seeing that their previous studio albums "Angels Cry" and "Holy Land" have been magnificent, the less that we could expect from the next Angra's opus was a great album. Unfortunately, "Fireworks" is not much of an album. Some of the songs are really good but the whole thing sounds strange. You see, it's good music but it's not like "usual Angra music". Thus, songs such as 'Lisbon' or 'Wings Of Reality' are great but the whole release is mediocre compared to their masterpiece "Holy Land".

published 26.08.2003 | Comments (15)

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30.01.2013 - 18:54
Rating: 7
A different sounding album altogether compared to Angra's previous releases, but it only goes to show how much the band were willing to experiment. My main quip with this album is that Matos' vocals are weaker than usual, but whether that's to suit the difference in sound or not is probably understandable. Bonus track 'Rainy nights' is bizarre but is suitable for a closer to the album.

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