Shaaman – biography

The band was formed in the second half of 2000, when the experienced and renowned musicians Andre Matos (Vocal and Keyboards, ex-Viper), Luis Mariutti (Bass, ex-Firebox) and Ricardo Confessori (Drums, ex-Korzus) left the band Angra. At the time the band was assembled, they did not have a guitarist, so Hugo Mariutti (ex-Henceforth) was initially called only to assist in the compositions. The result was so positive and unexpected that they decided to permanently integrate him in the band.
The name chosen for the new band, Shaman, means "the one who can see in darkness", and its represented by high-priests which can heal using natural means. Of siberian origin, the shamans have spread around the world and through many cultures. [Note: The word "shaman" is of Siberian origin. English speaking anthropologists applied this word to practitioners of similar customs in other cultures. The practices related to what has come to be known as shamanism vary greatly and have many roots. Similar practices developed independently in many diverse cultures. (Eliade, Mircea 1964 ”Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy”) (Nicholson, Shirley 1987 ”Shamanism”)]
Shaman soon began working to get known in the heavy metal scene. They started an initial tour, which went through Europe and Latin America (France, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Brazil), on which they were praised by the general public. For the live keyboards the band requested the help of the renowned musician Fábio Ribeiro (Blezqi Zatsaz, ex-Angra, A Chave do Sol, Desequilíbrios, III Milênio, Clavion, Anjos da Noite e Overdose).
Mixing Heavy Metal, Classical Music and World Music, the band started recording their first album, entitled Ritual, in January, 2002. The disc was entirely recorded in Germany, with the exception of a few tracks which were recorded in Brazil and in the US. The production was managed by the renowned producer Sascha Paeth (Angra, Edguy, Rhapsody of Fire, Virgo).
Ritual was very well acclaimed on Brazil and throughout the world, being released in more than 15 countries. The World Ritual Tour lasted for one year and a half, going through many places in Brazil, Asia, Latin America and Europe. There were over 150 shows at that time, some presented twice in the same place.
During 2003, Shaman were in the first first places of the specialized media polls, and the great surprise of Ritual being elected as the best disc of 2002 and 2004 by the readers of Folha de S. Paulo, a Brazilian newspaper. Still in 2004, the band opened Iron Maiden‘s show in São Paulo, where over 45.000 people were present.
The band then recorded a live show in the Credicard Hall with the participation of several special guests (Tobias Sammet, Marcus Viana, Andi Deris, Sascha Paeth, George Mouzayek and Michael Weikath). The release of this show in CD and DVD, entitled RituAlive, received great critics and sold really well. According to director of Universal Music of Brazil, RituAlive is still the best DVD of its genre due to its quality and contents.
In 2005, with the second album almost done and ready to release, and seeking avoiding possible juristic issues, it was announced a change of name. The band decided to add an ‘A’ to its name, from then on calling itself Shaaman. The change of name occurred after a real shaman was consulted and specified that the meaning and pronounce of the name were still the same.
In the following months the new album, Reason, arrived in stores, presenting a more mature band, not afraid to innovate. Andre Matos displays a more aggressive vocal, Hugo Mariutti goes to deep and hard guitars, and the duet formed by Ricardo Confessori and Luis Mariutti act together more often. The result of Reason, which was again recorded in Germany by the producer Sascha Paeth, is the return of the feeling and sprit of the 80’s Heavy Metal. While Ritual was aimed at the musicians virtues, Reason opened space for their souls and hearts.
Their first single, Innocence, a song from the Reason album soon reaches the radios and splits the ranking of the most wanted songs in Brazil. The success goes on, on TV with the release of a videoclip.
Shaaman then went on a break with increased speculation that they would not reform. This was confirmed on October 12, 2006, when a statement released on fansite For Tomorrow” by bass player Luís Mariutti announced the band had called it a day. [1]
Ricardo Confessori,the only remaining member of Shaaman, has decided to continue the band with a new line-up. The new band has an album coming out in August.

About Janus

Janus Aureus is my recently-inaugurated personal blog (written in portuguese, but with some texts in english as well). Fiore Rouge is my old (but still very active - in fact, more than Janus :P) blog (I started it back in 2005). Mentalize is a fan-made website (since 2005). if you wish to contact me for any reason, visit my blog and leave a comment OR see email above (top left) - no, my name's not Andre - actually, I'm not even a guy! LOL Long story... O Janus Aureus é meu blog pessoal - escrito em português - ainda sem muito conteúdo, pois foi começado no final de dezembro de 2011. Já o Mentalize foi aberto em 2005 e está escrito em várias línguas *rs* Privilegio o uso do inglês ali porque o pessoal estrangeiro não tem muitas informações sobre o AM. Quem quiser entrar em contato comigo por qualquer motivo, deixe um comentário nos meus blogs ou use o email que está aí em cima à esquerda (e não, eu não sou o Andre - aliás, sou mulher!).

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