"Magic Mirror", the new video from Brazilian/Italian metallers ANGRA, can be seen below.
Inspired by the acidity of guitarist Rafael Bittencourt's questioning lyrics, director Pedro Jorge worked on the screenplay for "Magic Mirror" and portrayed its topic with subtlety and poetry. The clip includes the presence of Jaqueline Oliveira and Jéssica Batista, two professional fighters and real warriors in their own lives.
The reflection from the magic mirror reveals that what bothers us in other people is in fact what we need to learn and understand about ourselves. Foes and people that we don't have empathy for give us the opportunity to discover a shocking pathway of personal growth.
"For this video clip, I wanted to show that what we see in the others is actually something inside us," reflects Bittencourt.
"Filming the video clip for 'Magic Mirror' was really important to the band because it's one of my favorite songs from the new record and also because I thought that it had to have a video clip that represented it," explains bass player Felipe Andreoli. "We recorded it in a very nice and creative location and I especially like the fighter scenes in the end that show that they're only one person."
"Magic Mirror" is taken from ANGRA's ninth studio album, "Ømni", which was released in February 2018 via earMUSIC.
"Ømni" was recorded in Sweden with Jens Bogren, who also produced the previous disc, "Secret Garden". Many musicians were involved in creating the album, ranging from the percussion sound of Bahia to European orchestral arrangement — all of which give the album its outstanding variety.
"Ømni" is a concept album, a set of science fiction short stories that take place at various places in time, simultaneously. The backbone of the plot is based on the idea that in 2046 an artificial intelligence system will change human perception and cognition. It is a system which will allow conscious communication between present and future human beings. Characters such as time travellers, cavemen, warriors, among others, help tell this story.
The album connects the concepts of previous LPs ("Holy Land", "Rebirth", "Temple Of Shadows") to one main system, "Ømni", which in Latin means "everything."
ANGRA's trademark formula, a Brazilian style mixed with classical music and heavy metal, is enhanced by different influences such as progressive rock, thrash metal, Latin music, and djent, which transforms the albums into a swirl of modern and familiar. The conjoined moods and dynamics put a special spin on the lyrics and therefore increase deep sense of immersion in the story.
The cover artwork was hand-drawn by Daniel Martin Diaz, a unique American artist who dedicates his life to mixing scientific and philosophical concepts such as anatomy, computer science, mathematics, cosmology, sacred geometry, symbolism and esotericism. The designer Gustavo Sazes was responsible for integrating such an organic art piece to the visual concept of the album as a whole.
In addition to Bittencourt and Andreoli (bass), ANGRA features Fabio Lione (vocals), Marcelo Barbosa (guitar) and Bruno Valverde (drums).