Originally formed back in 1991, Angra is one of the biggest names of Brazilian heavy metal worldwide, due to their many acclaimed albums and the building of a glorious career. The Brazilian quintet is a musical reference, with its symphonic interludes and highly technical arrangements, plus the alchemy with metal and Brazilian regional elements. Angra is today an example of versatility in music.
Endowed with a rare sense of direction among Brazilian bands, Angra did not wait for things to happen on their own, and in 1992 their first demo tape was recorded. Titled ‘Reaching Horizons’, it sparked huge interest among metal fans in Brazil, Europe and Japan, which led the group to record their debut album at KAI HANSEN’S [HELLOWEEN] studio in Hamburg – Germany. The result is the album “Angels Cry”, which truly changed the Brazilian metal scene and solidified Angra as a force within the closed European circuit of melodic metal.
The band managed to achieve the unthinkable for a Brazilian group in this style: over 100.000 copies sold in Japan where, due to the huge and unexpected success of ‘Angels Cry’, an EP was then released with some remixed tracks. Angra was taken to the top at the yearly reader’s poll for by the specialized publication Rock Brigade, where they were awarded as Best New Band, Best Album, Best Vocalist, Best Album Cover and best keyboardist. ‘Angels Cry’ was only released in Europe in 1994, with immediate commercial and critic success.
Later that year Angra played at the first edition of MONSTERS OF ROCK festival in Brazil, sharing the stage with big names like KISS, BLACK SABBATH and SLAYER. Following their success at the festival, the band began a long tour through their country, leading them to a European tour in 1995.
In 1996, Angra dared even more with the album ‘Holy Land’, permeated by orchestral arrangements, choirs and Brazilian rhythms, which made this album an even greater commercial success than “Angels Cry”. As a result, the band played their first tour in Japan and presented a new EP, ‘Holy Live’, recorded live in Paris.
In 1998 the prolific group had two releases: the EP “Lisbon” and the album “Fireworks”, which was more focused on traditional heavy metal and with less of the neoclassical influences that were already part of style and repertoire of the band. An extensive and quite successful world tour supported the album.
In 2000, the band released the first box set ever released by a Brazilian heavy metal group: “Holy Box”.
2001 saw the band release one of his strongest works to date: “Rebirth,” an overwhelming critical and commercial acclaim in Brazil and abroad, selling over 100,000 copies in less than two months, something inconceivable for a metal band without great support from the mainstream media. They went Gold Record in Brazil, and “Rebirth” has sold over a million records so far. In 2002, the EP “Hunters and Prey” was released amidst the longest world tour the group had ever done.
“Temple of Shadows” marked the band’s return to the studio. Released in 2004, the album exceeded 250,000 copies sold and put the group on the road until most of the following year, through Latin America, Europe, Japan, Asia and Oceania.
“Aurora Consurgens” arrived in 2006 and marked the beginning of a brief hiatus in the activities of the band – worn out by the grueling routine of touring. Angra only played live sporadically in this period, and the release of their next album, “Aqua”  held the most successful tour in the history of heavy metal in Brazil: a joint tour with SEPULTURA.
In 2013 the group returned to the world stage, this time with the Italian singer Fabio Lione [Rhapsody of Fire].The band presented a one-off show playing with Lione at the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. Not long after, the band was highly acclaimed by the public in their native São Paulo at the LIVE N ‘LOUDER festival, where Angra performed with renowned names like TWISTED SISTER, SODOM, LOUDNESS, METAL CHURCH and MOLLY HATCHETT.
Throughout the year 2013 and 2014 the band performed a successful tour that celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of their first album, “Angels Cry”, and traveled throughout Latin America with amazing performances and great public support.
Between the first and the second part of that tour, the group returned to the studio to record a new album with Italian vocalist Fabio Lione.
After four years without releasing any new music, the moment fans have eagerly been waiting for is very close. Angra‘s new album “Secret Garden” shows the band in top form.