note : 18/20

Love for classical music

A lot of power metal fans know the name Andre Matos for around 20 years. Of course, you can easily recognize this voice, well-known by bands Viper, Angra, Shaman (Shaaman), metal opera Avantasia, project Virgo… Now we can put in this row one more album from this talented musician – solo effort “Time to Be Free”.

Ok, the album starts with beautiful intro “Menuett”. If you’ve ever heard other albums of Andre, you could notice that he always liked classical music (and we will hear it more on this new album). And then you hear music that probably you waited to hear from Andre Matos.
It’s melodic power metal with a lot of keyboards’ arrangements, different orchestrations (gentle strings and so on), and sometimes you can’t say what is more important: guitar (as should be in metal music), or keyboards, which Andre seems to like quite much.
All the songs are power metal until the last note, as you could understand from the name of the album (rare name, ah? 🙂 ).
Everything is quite the same as was before, but not repeating old melodies, with drive and energy, intense and melodic, changing tempo from fast part to calm and soft. And of course with great vocals.
If you don’t know yet anything of Andre Matos works, this album would be quite illustrative. Here he has everything, starting from good songwriting and good performing and ending with great production.
And in the end of CD – surprise! – “A new Moonlight”, variation for famous classical “Moonlight”, which he did yet in Viper. Of course here it’s rearranged a bit, recorded better and so on.

I’ve been always surprised by boldness of Andre, who did such song, arranged such music and put lyrics. But he continues his experiments. Love for classical music, you know, such stuff… If you have it, even Beethoven will be just a work material for own ideas.

Thanks to CD-Maximum for the CD

Tuesday 25 November 2008

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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