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São Paulo, Brazil (1991 – present)

Angra are a progressive power metal formation from São Paulo, Brazil. Formed in 1991, with Andre Matos (vocals), Luís Mariutti (bass), Marcos Antunes (drums), André Linhares (guitar) and Rafael Bittencourt (guitar). In 1992, Linhares was replaced by André Hernandes, later replaced by Kiko Loureiro. They underwent a big line-up change in 2000, when the vocalist Andre Matos, the bassist Luis Mariutti and the drummer Ricardo Confessori, that have entered after Marcos Antunes (now with Sunsarah), left the band and founded Shaman (later renamed to Shaaman and back to Shaman again) together with Luis’ brother Hugo Mariutti.

They were then replaced by Edu Falaschi on vocals, Aquiles Priester on drums and Felipe Andreoli on bass.

After being on hiatus for almost two years due to management issues, Angra’s website announced their come back with a slight change in it’s line-up: Ricardo Confessori returns, replacing Aquiles Priester, who decided to dedicate full-time to his side project, Hangar.

In 2013, Fabio Lione (Hollow Haze, Rhapsody of Fire, Vision Divine) toured with Angra. The “Angel’s Cry - 20th Anniversary Tour” CD/DVD/Blu-Ray was released in November 2013. It featured Fabio on vocals, plus other guests such as Tarja Turunen and Uli Jon Roth.

Wikipedia about Angra:
Angra was formed in 1991 by Santa Marcelina Music College students vocalist André Matos, duo guitarist Rafael Bittencourt and André Linhares, and were joined by former Rafael Bittencourt band mate drummer Marcos Antunes, as well as former Firebox bassist and former both Rafael Bittencourt and André Linhares high-school mate Luís Mariutti.

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