Current SHAMAN and former ANGRA frontman Andre Matos recently gave an interview to SHAMAN's official web site in which he discussed the group's recently-completed debut album, entitled Ritual, which is due out in the summer. Here are a few select quotes from that interview:
On the lyrical and musical concept behind Ritual:
"It's a conceptual album, based on atmospheres and environments and moods. Not loosing sight of the heavy sound, that is one of the new characteristics of SHAMAN. I think that, above all, you can expect a very original album - this is what we expect to do. Always moving on and conquering new horizons."
On the album's musical direction:
"The fact that we have one guitar player, it has changed our style of composing and playing a lot. As I said before, the sound will be heavier, but at the same time more progressive. In this album we used and abused of the guitar - and we did it in an intelligent way so we could repeat everything live. I believe that the biggest innovation of our debut album will be a more mature sound: we all grew up a lot as musicians, and also as people."
On differences between recording with SHAMAN versus recording with ANGRA:
"The biggest difference, besides the experience, is the atmosphere around the recordings. What I could notice is that we are working together like a team - and that goes from the musicians up to the engineers and producers etc ... I'm sure that atmosphere will reflect throughout the final results of the album - and when you all have it in your hands, you will also be able to notice something very special!!!"