Find band:

Advanced search
home :: about us :: radio :: forum  
photos :: reviews :: f.a.q. :: register :: login
на русском

Now on air:
Server meta data unavailable. Check the radio web-site.

Shaman - Reason (2005)

Here's a task for you: please name 5 GOOD metal singers from Brazil. Ah, you can't! Well, then name 5 any metal singers from Brazil! I see you're quite puzzled (at least I would be). Brazil is so far from Europe and is a mystery to me.

Among the few Brazilian metal singers Andre Matos is the best - there's absolutely no doubt in this fact. This is my first encounter with him (yep, I didn't hear anything from Angra's golden age) and it shows that you don't need a lot to be the best vocalist in Brazil. The singing on Reason left me uninspired - it's pretty nice, it is even good, but its too ordinary to stand out - or do I just dislike such a tone of voice? Matos sounds a bit like Tobias Sammet, but he easily outsings his squeaking German counterpart, maybe because he's a bit more diverse and versatile.

Musically this release stands out even less. I expected some proggier stuff (wasn't Angra a prog-power outfit?) but what we get is pretty cliched riffs and very boring drumming. The orchestrations that appear from time to time are good and add depth to the songs - check out Reason or More - as well as the keys. In the end, the album lacks both progressive musicianship and memorability. The catchiest and the heaviest song is the opener; there's nothing better than Turn Away on this release, though I liked songs 2 and 3 a bit too.

This doesn't look like a grower to me, though I would like to improve my opinion about Andre. I heard people praise him to the skies and hope his lifework is somewhere else, but not in Shaman.

Review by Dismayer

Back to review listing
Powered by Heavy Music Archive Engine 2.61
Browsing and using our web-site confirms your full agreement with all the terms and conditions.