Shaman - Ritual review
|Release date:||June 2002|
01. Ancient Winds
02. Here I Am
03. Distant Thunder
04. For Tomorrow
05. Time Will Come
06. Over Your Head
07. Fairy Tale
08. Blind Spell
New band of the three former Angra's musicians: Andre Matos, Luis Mariutti and Ricardo Confessori with Luis' brother called Hugo on guitars. The four Brazilian guys play in their own particular kind of heavy metal, which is called 'Mystic metal' by them. This music makes us travel through times - with songs such as 'Fairy Tale', a wonderful medieval theme - and through spaces - with songs such as 'Over Your Head' and its Arabic feeling or 'For Tomorrow'. Nevertheless, Shaman has produced pure heavy metal jewels as 'Here I Am' or 'Pride' (starring Tobias Sammet).
Hugo Mariutti show us all its talent and he demonstrates us that Shaman doesn't need two guitar players! Andre Matos and his team have delivered a truly refreshing release, built on pure heavy metal basis but with unreleased and charming constructions, the whole thing cleverly broadcast in this album, which is due to be famous for a long time.
As a conclusion, 'Ritual' is an excellent first album in which the whole integrity and genius of Andre Matos are expressed.
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