Two reviews of Andre Matos – Mentalize

Everybody who knows Andre Matos, will recognize his extraordinary voice -reminds me a lot of Tobias Sammet, but I might be wrong…. (Well, Andre released with Viper his first demo in 1985, so he was active years before Tobias Sammet – Claudia). He’s known for his work with his former band Angra as well as for some projects. And he was one of the top 3 candidates as the successor of Bruce Dickinson in the late 90’s – the others were James LaBrie of Dream Theater and Blaze Bayley who finally got the job as the singer of Iron Maiden. I have to confess that I know his name and the bands / projects he was involved in, but never heard anything til now. But it’s just great that he took part in AinaDays Of Rising Doom and AvantasiaThe Metal Opera Pt 1 & 2! And now I’m here, listening to his solo album Mentalized in ‘heavy rotation’. But how to start? First of all…. Fantastic sound! The album has a well balanced and differentiated sound. The arrangements fit and are well done! Someone really put some brain work into it. Matos has his own style which can be described as classical power metal. If you listen to the album you get a lot variety, so it won’t get boring, coz Matos uses every element to enthrall the listener – like a best-seller novelist playing tricks to grab the readers attention. One of the advantages he has due to his studying of composing and conducting. Right at the start you get the powerful metal tunes Leading On and I Will Return which will give you an idea what to expect. Like I said before, there is a lot variety. But you’ll also get some balladesque ones like Back To You and the power ballad When The Sun Cried Out.
My resume: Great album which is a must-have for every fan of Matos, melodic and / or power metal! Beside that everybody who likes metal with classic influences and great melodies should check it out! I recommend: Leading On, I Will Return, Someone Else, Shift The Night Away, Mentalize, Mirror Of Me, Violence – or any other song of this album!

(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)


Most will know Andre Matos as the singer of Angra, Viper or Shaman. Since 2006 he is pursuing a solo career and now he presents his 2nd album. After Time To Be Free it’s now Mentalize he offers his fans. Japan got the album last September and finally European fans get it.
With Leading On he kicks off, a fast melodic rocker. In a way Andre Matos continues what he started with Time To Be Free, but offers a larger sound spectrum. Drummer Eloy Casagrande is forcing them ahead and shows complex drum patters, but Matos managed to create a song which is easy to get into. A song which sounds more mature, but which also has all the elements you expect. So the song offers a soaring melody, powerful backing vocals and surprise you with twists and turns. Great guitar play by Andre Hernandez and Hugo Mariutti. With a choir they kick off I Will Return, a guitar-driven tune with up-tempo parts and mid-paced passages where they focus on Matos vocals. The song has a symphonic edge… Quite catchy, this one will soon haunt you! Reminds me a bit of his past with Angra… Heavy riffs and drums open up Someone Else. In a way a duet between Andre Matos and his alienated voice – cool idea. This one had me right from the start!
They storm off with Shift The Night Away, even the fast parts are melodic. Very expressive vocals and the backing vocals are a bit Queen-ish… But the song is too fast, too heavy to recreate the bombastic sounds of the English. A riff-based fast one is Mentalize which is a bit more aggressive, but also offers slower passages and a part with spoken words which are kinda steam rolled by the guitar after a few moments. Drums lead you into The Myriad, then guitars join in, while the guitar riffs seem to push forward the keyboard melody stays on top of it. But all in favor of the vocals, especially when they slow down a bit. When The Sun Cried Out is an epic, symphonic piece – kicking off slowly, it picks up speed, then stops dead when vocals and piano join in. A beautiful tune with expressive vocals, enchanting. After Mirror Of Me its time for Violence, which starts symphonically, but then sharp riffs take over and dominate the song. If you expect an aggressive, angry tune, then they will proof you wrong! Actually it’s neither the fastest nor the most aggressive song, even if it has fast parts. But more important the vocal line will hook you up and the piano parts will enchant you. And with A Lapse In Time you get a piano-based ballad. Just piano and vocals and it shows one more time that Andre Matos is an extraordinary singer. The closer is called Powerstream, a quite fast, but highly melodic track. Kudos!
Andre Matos and his friends sound more mature, more divers this time. They will surprise you and they will enchant you! Check out: When The Sun Cried Out, Someone Else, Mentalize and Mirror Of Me.

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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