Brazilian melodic metallers ANGRA have posted the following message on their official web site:
"ANGRA is putting the very final touches unto its new album. The CD is going to be released in October and shall be the main event in the band's 15th anniversary celebrations.
"The name of the record has been finally announced. It's called 'Aurora Consurgens', which is also the title of an old book written by Saint Thomas of Aquin. Such book was used by Jung to establish relations between dreams and different mental conditions. Contrary to the band's latest album, 'Temple Of Shadows', the forthcoming effort is not a concept album. However, all lyrics do have a common theme: the various mental issues, including suicidal tendencies, schizophrenia, manic depression, sociopathy, etc. The artwork was once again designed by Portuguese artist Isabel de Amorim.
"The recordings of 'Aurora Consurgens' began in July at the House Of Audio studios in Germany , under the guidance of long time producer Dennis Ward. Aquiles Priester recorded all his drum parts by then. After these sessions, Dennis flew down to Brazil to record all other parts with Kiko Loureiro, Rafael Bittencourt, Felipe Andreoli and Edu Falaschi. The so-called Brazilian sessions took place at the Via Musique Estúdios, in São Paulo. Thiago Bianchi was the assistant producer. Dennis then flew back to Germany and mixed the material, which is currently being mastered by the renowned Finnish producer Mika Jussila.
"Musically, the new album depicts a much heavier ANGRA. It doesn't mean the usual style of the band is lost, though. In fact, all tunes still rely on the influence of Brazilian music and there's a lot of percussion in the arrangements, several orchestral parts, etc. The songwriting process saw the participation of all members, so the album is quite diversified. At the same time, it maintains all the main characteristics of the band.
"As an innovation, a 'virtual single' will precede the release of the new album: fans will be able to download the song 'The Course Of Nature' from the Internet. The artwork of the single will also be online, so it can be downloaded and printed as well. Such single must be available around September.
"ANGRA took part of the Brasil Metal Union festival on August 19th and put an end to the 'Temple Of Shadows' world tour, which counted 124 dates overall. The band is now ready to kick off its next world tour and several gigs are already booked. After a couple of warm-up shows in Brazil the group heads up for an Asian minitour. The main event of this short series of gigs is definitely the Loud Park Festival, in Tokyo, on October 14th. ANGRA will perform in the main stage, right before the headliner, MEGADETH. Then the band shall visit other Asian nations for the very first time."
"Aurora Consurgens" track listing:
01. The Course Of Nature
02. The Voice Commanding You
03. Ego Painted Grey
04. Breaking Ties
05. Salvation: Suicide
06. Window To Nowhere
07. So Near So Far
08. Passing By
09. Scream Your Heart Out
10. Abandoned Fate
Check out the cover artwork at HeavyLaw.com.
Upcoming ANGRA shows (venue details to be announced):
Sep. 29 - Ribeirão Preto, BRA
Sep. 30 - Praia Grande, BRA
Oct. 01 - Santo André, BRA
Oct. 06 - Francisco Beltrão, BRA
Oct. 07 - Xaxim, BRA
Oct. 14 - Tokyo, JPN (Loud Park Festival)
Oct. 16 - Jakarta, IND
Oct. 21 - Taipei, TAI
Oct. 22 - Hong Kong, CHN