Concert Reviews

BRASIL METAL UNION FESTIVAL
BRASIL METAL UNION FESTIVAL
Dec. 9th and 16th, 2000.
Led Slay, São Paulo-SP, Brazil

Review and photos by Thiago Martins
South American Field Agent for Metal-Rules.com
 

The First Day - Dec. 9th 2000

The first day of Brasil Metal Union Festival showed why it's very difficult for Brazilian bands to reach a success inside the country without being promoted on foreign countries. The first band, Portrait, got on stage with a delay of about two hours, and their sound was very bad in the beginning. Also, there were some problems with the equipments between the songs.

Other problem here is about venues. There isn't a good place for the Brazilian bands play with quality. This festival took place at Led Slay, a terrible venue. No good acoustic, a stage hot as hell: everything bad for the band to play and for the crowd to enjoy the gig.

Even so, the 1,000 headbangers stood on the venue as long as they could. The running order of the concert wasn't very sure for anyone. There was a special appearance of a project called Motorblues, that includes Angra members Ricardo Confessori and Luis Mariutti (now in Shaman), and no one knew when they would play. Symbols was scheduled to make the final concert, but the order changed and Dragon Heart has made it, with about 70% of the initial attendance.

 

PORTRAIT

Line Up: Gustavo Monsanto (Vocals); Gilberto Bressan Jr. (Guitars); Emerson Barcos (Bass); José Antonio Cardillio (Keyboards); Marcelo Rocha (Drums)

Setlist: Prision; Voices; Over the Mountain (Ozzy Osbourne); Shadows and Doubts; Hall of the Mountain King/ Edge of Thorns (Savatage); Livin' Ain't Breathing; Moscow (Genghis Khan).

Webiste: http://www.strikemag.com/paginas/management.htm 

Songs for Download:
"Voices": http://www.strikemag.com/músicas/Voices.mp3 

The Concert:
The concert of this band from São Paulo was one of the better gigs of the festival, though the sound was terrible in the beginning of their set, getting better during the concert. In the end of the show, it was very good.

Portrait plays a melodic power metal, with some prog-metal influences. Well-known in the Brazilian scene for supporting bands like Gamma Ray and Blind Guardian gigs, recently the band has reformulated almost entirely its line-up, and only the drummer Marcelo Rocha and the bassist Emerson Barcos kept from the old line up.

The band kept the crowd interested during all their set. The highlights were the powerful song Voices, song-title from their first and now sold out EP, the new song "Livin' Ain't Breathing" (it might be on the first album), as well as the cover of Savatage's "Edge of Thorns" (which features on the tribute Return of the Mountain King), that received a macabre intro of "Hall of the Mountain King". The band has also played Ozzy Osbourne's "Over the Mountain", and their famous version for Genghis Khan's "Moscow", a song that the crowd always asks for, but when it's played the biggest part of them seems to don't know the song!

It was the best gig I've seen from this band, and their highlight is the powerful singing of Gustavo, who is a very good frontman too. Also, the bassist Emerson and the keyboardist Jose Antonio have a very good and funny stage performance. The guitarist Gilberto and the drummer Marcelo just stand quiet on the stage, just worried on playing their instruments correctly. Maybe now Portrait is prepared to achieve the position on brazilian scene that they always deserved. Now we keep waiting for the first full-length album!

 

IMAGO MORTIS

Line Up: Alex Vorhees (Vocals); Fabricio Lopes (Guitars); Alex Guimarães (Bass); Fabio Lopes (Bass); Flávio Duarte (Drums)

Setlist: Dying Pantheon; Bring Out Your Dead; The Shoemaker; Deus Lhe Pague; Envy; Réquiem; Pain; Res Cogitans; Countess Bathory (Venom); Symptom of the Universe (Black Sabbath).

Website: http://www.imagomortis.cjb.net/ 

Songs for Download:
"Seed of Hate"  /  "Bring out Your Dead

The Concert:
The band from Rio de Janeiro is one of the most interesting in Brazilian scene, but their problem is that their doom metal does not works out so well live. Most of their songs are long, and with lots of tempo-changes, but in most of the time they are slow, and this fact made their set not so warm as the previous band was. Musically speaking, the band is amazing. Their lead singer Alex Voorhees is a fabulous singer, with a high versatility. Also their guitarist Fabricio Lopes is very good, with lots of sensational riffs. The keyboards are played by Alex Guimarães, and he does a very good job keeping the dark feeling of the songs. The rhythm section keep the songs very "full" and strong.

The songs from their first album "Images from the Shady Gallery" are very interesting, as "Bring out the Dead"," The Shoemaker", and "Res Cogitans" have proved. The new ones, from which I liked very much "Envy", are even better than the first ones. Their version for the classic Venon's "Countess Bathory" and Sabbath's "Symptom of the Universe" are very good, but the highlight for me is their heavy version for the song "Deus Lhe Pague", made by one of the most important Brazilian popular composer, named Chico Buarque.

But their style is one that, in my opinion, is not very good to see live. But it's very attractive. Their fans were surely satisfied with their gig.

 

MOTORBLUES

The Concert:
Well, this was the most boring part of the night, and this band has made me lose my good mood for this day. First, there was a long delay for them to get on the inferno, ops, the stage. Luis Mariutti and Ricardo Confessori could be seen on the stage trying to put their equipments in order. Well, for more than fifteen minutes, they stood there, and nothing (it was about 2 am).

When they finally started playing, well, their sound was completely boring too. This band sounds like a workshop music, where the musicians try to prove who is the best one playing, and the songs are non-sense, lots of solos, no vocals, and, hell, when I thought that it was over, the just stopped their set to correct the problems with the guitar player.

I got angry and went off the room, to a open-air place, where I could breathe and not only sweat.

 

SYMBOLS

Line Up: Eduardo Falaschi (Vocals); Demian Tigueis (Guitars); Rodrigo Arjonas (Guitars); Tito Falaschi (Bass, Vocals); Rodrigo Mello (Drums)

Setlist: Introspection; The Traveller; Call to the End; Scream of People; Save My Soul; Stop the Wars; Rest in Paradise; What Can I Do?; Eyes in Flames

Website: http://www.symbolsfc.cjb.net/

Songs for Download:
There will be a download section on http://www.clickbairros.com.br/symbols/media.asp 

The Concert:
Symbols is a band that has been involved in lots of problems here in Brazil. After releasing their self-title first album, the band had become one of the best upcoming Brazilian bands. Last year, they had played in a festival where the Germans Primal Fear would be the headliner. But, due to the late of time, the schedule had been changed, and Primal Fear played before them. When Symbols got on stage, less than half of the audience was still there to see the band. More recently, some rumours about a side-project from the bands members called "Bola Jones" would finish the band's career, but the band has carried on and released another album, named "Call to the End". On Brasil Metal Union, Symbols was scheduled to be the headliner of the festival but, due again to the late of time, the running order was changed and Symbols has played before Dragon Heart.

Well, I couldn't see their whole concert, as I've got some personal problems and I had to leave the venue. But all I can say is that Symbols visually sucks (I ain't got any pics, but you can see it on http://www.clickbairros.com.br/symbols/fotos.htm). Their members are not that kind of "headbanger" style, all of them has "modern" haircuts, wears some "modern" clothes, well, lots of stupid shit that can give the band a terrible first impression.

But, musically, the band is very good. Their sound is near to the European power metal, and all their members are very talented musicians. Their highlight is the singer Eduardo Falaschi, a kind of legend in Brazilian's metal, and one of the best Brazilian singers nowadays. The other musicians keep the very good instrumental of the band, I was told that the highlights of their set were the powerful songs "The Traveler", "Scream of People" and "Eyes of Flames", that closed their set.

A week after the concert, the band announced that Rodrigo Arjonas and Tito Falaschi have split up with the band, and now they are currently searching for their replacements.

 

DRAGON HEART

Line up: Eduardo Marques (lead vocals, guitar); Marco Caporasso (vocals, guitar); Mauricio Taborda (vocals, bass); Marcelo Caporasso (drums).

Setlist: Mountain of Rising Storm; Night Corsairies; Rebellion (Grave Digger); Dynasty and Destiny; Black Smith; Balls to the Wall (Accept); Arcadia Gates; Welcome to Dying (Blind Guardian); Gods of Ice

Website: http://www.dragonheart.com.br

Songs for Download:
http://www.truemetal.org/dragonheart/media.html

The Concert:
Well, I wasn't there to see Dragon Heart gig, but my friend Eric Piccelli (saxon_maniac@yahoo.com) was there and he made a short review of it.

When the four-piece powermetal band from Curitiba took the stage, the crowd was almost going home to sleep - yeah, it was THAT late.

Nevertheless, the audience completely forgot about the time at the sound of the first - and fast - guitar riff played. A great display of melody and power followed, and fists started to pound in the air as the songs from Underdark, Dragonheart's debut, were played: epic themes, with beautiful solos and catchy choruses - which earned them their nickname, Brazilian Blind Guardian -, all backed with a strong wall of three singers. "Arcadia Gates" and "Night Corsaries" are already local classics.

It is really amazing what this band is capable of when on stage. Although they do have one lead singer, Eduardo Marques, who's also a guitar player, both the bass and the other guitar player handle the vocal spot in a fine way. And that was proved when they smashed the amps with cover versions of Accept's "Balls to the Wall", Blind Guardian's "Welcome to Dying", and Grave Digger's "Rebellion". The setlist also included a new song, blockbuster-style, that will be included in their next studio effort, due out next year, and will be called "Throne of the Alliance".

 

The Second Day (Dec. 16th 2000):

On the second day, I think I got a more optimistic about the Brazilian scene, and the festival was completely different on its organization than on the day before. After a biblical storm (even an airplane fell on a important street in São Paulo!), well, the delay wasn't very big, nothing that makes you tired of waiting, as on the first day.

The space between the bands set was a lot shorter, the only time it got a bit longer was before Eterna played, when there were some problems with the drum equipment, and on the begging of Dark Avenger set. The rest of the festival has gone without any serious problems. The attendance was about 1,000 people again.

If the goal of this festival was to prove that Brazil has a very good heavy metal scene, well, mission accomplished. But not only this: this festival had a very good crowd, about 1,000 each night, and it has showed that it is worth a try to put all these good bands together. Now I'm waiting for another festival like this. The Brazilian scene will become stronger, and that will be very good for us, Brazilian headbangers.

 

HANGAR

Line Up: Michael Polcholwicz (Vocals, Keys); Eduardo Martinez (Guitars); Nando Mello (Bass); Aquiles Priester (drums)

Setlist: Legions of fate; Eagle fly free; Voices; Savior; To tame a land; Last time/Inside your soul; Living in trouble; Perfect Stranger (Deep Purple); Absinth

Website: http://www.que.com.br/hangar/ 

Songs for Download:
"Absinth"  /  "Angel of the Stereo

The Concert:
This band from Porto Alegre made the first concert of the second day, and they sound a lot like a usual power melodic metal, although they have some some prog and hard rock influences.

Their singer Michael Polcholwicz is very good, he has a great voice - he is responsible for the keyboards. The main attraction of the band is its drummer, Aquiles Priester (rumors say that he will be next Angra drummer). He has a powerful style, he destroys his drums, as well as he does a lot of technical things that seems to be very difficult, and they sound very well on the songs.

From their own songs, I liked very much a new one called "To Tame a Land", from their new album, called "Inside Your Soul". The song "Absinth" from their album "Last Time" is also very good and deserves to be mentioned. During the set, they played a correct version of Eagle Fly Free and a renewed one from the Deep Purple classic Perfect Strangers, faster and more powerful, when Aquiles showed all his skills at the drums - although the results on the song didn't satisfy everybody in the venue (I personally liked a lot!).

 

TUATHA DE DANANN

Line up: [Not Sure, but this line up is from their self titled album] Bruno Maia - Vocals, Guitars, Flute; Giovani Mendonça - Bass, Vocals; Rodrigo Berne- Guitars; Felipe Batiston - Keys, Acoustic Guitar; (??????) - Drums

Setlist: ????? (included covers from Rainbow's "Man on the Silver Mountain", Grave Digger's "Rebellion", and Ozzy Osbourne's "Mr. Crowley", as well as some songs from their album, like Bards of the Infinity, and Tuatha de Danann)

Website: http://www.tuathadedanann.cjb.net/ 

Songs for Download:
"Us

The Concert:
If I had to choose the best concert of the entire festival, here's my choice. I had never had the chance to listen to this band before this concert, but all my friends always told me to give a try.

Well, this band that comes from Varginha - a city known here in Brazil for some rumors related to ET's - has showed the most interesting sound of this festival, mixing some medieval/Celtic songs, like Jethro Tull and Blind Guardian, growling death metal and traditional metal, and, hell, that sounds amazing!

Their lead singer, guitarist and piper (yeah, he does play flute on the songs!) Bruno Maia has a good voice, and he alternates the singing of the songs with the bass player Giovanni, who mads the guttural vocals. The songs keep on changing styles from begging with acoustic guitars and flute, to death metal tempo and vocals, then some catchy traditional choruses, and it all works out very well! Also their other guitar player Rodrigo is very good, as well as the key player, who also played the acoustic guitar.

The songs from the first self-titled album are amazing. "The Bards of the Infinity" is a spectacular song, and it was the highlights of the concert. As well, the bands played three covers: an exceptional version of Grave Digger's "Rebellion", a good version of Rainbow's "Man on the Silver Mountain" and a correct one of Ozzy's "Mr. Crowley". The crowd saw the gig wondered by this bizarre yet amazing band.

The sound of their gig wasn't very good, with problems on the acoustic guitars and the keyboards, and that made some losses on the quality of their songs.

Also, their drummer X had departed from the band one week before their concert, and a guest drummer called Rodrigo played with them tonight. I can assure you that less than 1% of the crowd would have noticed that!

 

ETERNA

Line Up: Danilo Lopes (bateria e vocal); Jasson (baixo); Leandro(Vocal);Paulo Frade (guitarra); Douglas Codonho (teclado)

Setlist: Social Sacrifice; Working Man; Da Pacem Domine; Mary's Son; The War is Over!; Longevity; Papyrus-Part I; Papyrus-Part II; The Word

Website: www.eterna.art.br
Download the full song Mary's Son

The Concert:
Eterna is a band from São Paulo that plays a very good "prog-white-metal", in the vein of bands like Dream Theater and Symphony X. Well, as 'white metal' I don't want to mean "preacher's band": their lyrics are more epic, using some themes and telling some stories from the Bible.

The band has an amazing drummer called Danilo and, well, he is a great singer too! In studio, his voice is very similar to Ronnie James Dio, but on the live performances he loses this quality, although he keeps on being a great singer. But he's not the only singer in the band: the band now also has a new frontman, also a great singer (not better than Danilo) called Leandro. The inclusion of a frontman is very good to the band, that now has a person to keep in touch with the crowd.

Well, this gig was perfect. They played the best songs from their very good album called Papyrus, even the long and almighty title track, but their only problem is the sequence of the songs: I think they could close their set with a better song like Mary's Son, but nothing that can reduce the qualities of this band.

 

DARK AVENGER

Line Up: Mário Linhares (Vocals); Hugo (Guitars), Pablo (Guitars), Thomas Galuf (Keys), and George (Drums)

Setlist: (Don't know the new ones, but from their first album they played Armageddon, Who Dares to Care, Die Mermaid, Call of Fight; Rebellion, Ghost Divinity, and Morgana.)

Website: http://www.darkavenger.com.br 

The Concert:
This band came from Brasília, Brasil's capital. They are a kind of legend inside Brazilian heavy metal. Their first and self-titled album is, in my humble opinion, the best traditional heavy metal album ever made by a Brazilian band. But it was released in 1996, and since then the band has passed through twists and turns along their career, and they have never released any other album yet! After the album, the band has changed all its line-up, just keeping its singer, Mario Linhares, in my opinion, the best Brazilian singer nowadays.

Now the band has recorded its second album called Tales of Avalon, and it will be released on two volumes in 2001.

This concert on Brasil Metal Union was a kind of resurrection for the band. Due to their behavior since they released their first album, the band has been considered arrogant among the bands in the scene, and they now are trying to change this "fame", and on this concert they were trying to show that they changed their manners.

When they got on the set, they've got problems with the stage pa's: the band couldn't hear anything they were playing. After about 10 minutes, finally the band opened their set with the powerful "Armageddon", and so it was clear that Dark Avenger is one of the most famous bands here in Brazil, as the crowd got crazy and started singing the whole song together with the singer. The fast and strong "Who Dares to Care" kept the vibe and there weren't any doubts around the results of the concert: Dark Avenger had a glorious night.

The band has played for around one hour and thirty minutes, mixing old songs and the new ones from the upcoming albums. The highlights were "Rebellion", "Call of Fight" (when lots of their fans invaded the stage to sing with the band), and the amazing "Morgana" that closed their set as it begun: everybody singing and crazy!

The highlight of the band is sure Mario Linhares, with his strong voice and great stage performance, his only problems were the excess of screaming (his screams are amazing, but he should keep it to more appropriated parts) and the lots of speeches between the songs (well, this time he was showing everybody that the band has changed its attitude - I think that on the next gig he will reduce them a lot). The new musicians are very good and able to keep the band's quality in the future.

Well, it was a great concert from a band that now finally seems to have found its way to establish in the top of the Brazilian heavy metal scene and is prepared to fly even higher.


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Metal Rules!!: Brazilian Metal Union

Concert Reviews

BRASIL METAL UNION FESTIVAL
BRASIL METAL UNION FESTIVAL
Dec. 9th and 16th, 2000.
Led Slay, São Paulo-SP, Brazil

Review and photos by Thiago Martins
South American Field Agent for Metal-Rules.com
 

The First Day - Dec. 9th 2000

The first day of Brasil Metal Union Festival showed why it's very difficult for Brazilian bands to reach a success inside the country without being promoted on foreign countries. The first band, Portrait, got on stage with a delay of about two hours, and their sound was very bad in the beginning. Also, there were some problems with the equipments between the songs.

Other problem here is about venues. There isn't a good place for the Brazilian bands play with quality. This festival took place at Led Slay, a terrible venue. No good acoustic, a stage hot as hell: everything bad for the band to play and for the crowd to enjoy the gig.

Even so, the 1,000 headbangers stood on the venue as long as they could. The running order of the concert wasn't very sure for anyone. There was a special appearance of a project called Motorblues, that includes Angra members Ricardo Confessori and Luis Mariutti (now in Shaman), and no one knew when they would play. Symbols was scheduled to make the final concert, but the order changed and Dragon Heart has made it, with about 70% of the initial attendance.

 

PORTRAIT

Line Up: Gustavo Monsanto (Vocals); Gilberto Bressan Jr. (Guitars); Emerson Barcos (Bass); José Antonio Cardillio (Keyboards); Marcelo Rocha (Drums)

Setlist: Prision; Voices; Over the Mountain (Ozzy Osbourne); Shadows and Doubts; Hall of the Mountain King/ Edge of Thorns (Savatage); Livin' Ain't Breathing; Moscow (Genghis Khan).

Webiste: http://www.strikemag.com/paginas/management.htm 

Songs for Download:
"Voices": http://www.strikemag.com/músicas/Voices.mp3 

The Concert:
The concert of this band from São Paulo was one of the better gigs of the festival, though the sound was terrible in the beginning of their set, getting better during the concert. In the end of the show, it was very good.

Portrait plays a melodic power metal, with some prog-metal influences. Well-known in the Brazilian scene for supporting bands like Gamma Ray and Blind Guardian gigs, recently the band has reformulated almost entirely its line-up, and only the drummer Marcelo Rocha and the bassist Emerson Barcos kept from the old line up.

The band kept the crowd interested during all their set. The highlights were the powerful song Voices, song-title from their first and now sold out EP, the new song "Livin' Ain't Breathing" (it might be on the first album), as well as the cover of Savatage's "Edge of Thorns" (which features on the tribute Return of the Mountain King), that received a macabre intro of "Hall of the Mountain King". The band has also played Ozzy Osbourne's "Over the Mountain", and their famous version for Genghis Khan's "Moscow", a song that the crowd always asks for, but when it's played the biggest part of them seems to don't know the song!

It was the best gig I've seen from this band, and their highlight is the powerful singing of Gustavo, who is a very good frontman too. Also, the bassist Emerson and the keyboardist Jose Antonio have a very good and funny stage performance. The guitarist Gilberto and the drummer Marcelo just stand quiet on the stage, just worried on playing their instruments correctly. Maybe now Portrait is prepared to achieve the position on brazilian scene that they always deserved. Now we keep waiting for the first full-length album!

 

IMAGO MORTIS

Line Up: Alex Vorhees (Vocals); Fabricio Lopes (Guitars); Alex Guimarães (Bass); Fabio Lopes (Bass); Flávio Duarte (Drums)

Setlist: Dying Pantheon; Bring Out Your Dead; The Shoemaker; Deus Lhe Pague; Envy; Réquiem; Pain; Res Cogitans; Countess Bathory (Venom); Symptom of the Universe (Black Sabbath).

Website: http://www.imagomortis.cjb.net/ 

Songs for Download:
"Seed of Hate"  /  "Bring out Your Dead

The Concert:
The band from Rio de Janeiro is one of the most interesting in Brazilian scene, but their problem is that their doom metal does not works out so well live. Most of their songs are long, and with lots of tempo-changes, but in most of the time they are slow, and this fact made their set not so warm as the previous band was. Musically speaking, the band is amazing. Their lead singer Alex Voorhees is a fabulous singer, with a high versatility. Also their guitarist Fabricio Lopes is very good, with lots of sensational riffs. The keyboards are played by Alex Guimarães, and he does a very good job keeping the dark feeling of the songs. The rhythm section keep the songs very "full" and strong.

The songs from their first album "Images from the Shady Gallery" are very interesting, as "Bring out the Dead"," The Shoemaker", and "Res Cogitans" have proved. The new ones, from which I liked very much "Envy", are even better than the first ones. Their version for the classic Venon's "Countess Bathory" and Sabbath's "Symptom of the Universe" are very good, but the highlight for me is their heavy version for the song "Deus Lhe Pague", made by one of the most important Brazilian popular composer, named Chico Buarque.

But their style is one that, in my opinion, is not very good to see live. But it's very attractive. Their fans were surely satisfied with their gig.

 

MOTORBLUES

The Concert:
Well, this was the most boring part of the night, and this band has made me lose my good mood for this day. First, there was a long delay for them to get on the inferno, ops, the stage. Luis Mariutti and Ricardo Confessori could be seen on the stage trying to put their equipments in order. Well, for more than fifteen minutes, they stood there, and nothing (it was about 2 am).

When they finally started playing, well, their sound was completely boring too. This band sounds like a workshop music, where the musicians try to prove who is the best one playing, and the songs are non-sense, lots of solos, no vocals, and, hell, when I thought that it was over, the just stopped their set to correct the problems with the guitar player.

I got angry and went off the room, to a open-air place, where I could breathe and not only sweat.

 

SYMBOLS

Line Up: Eduardo Falaschi (Vocals); Demian Tigueis (Guitars); Rodrigo Arjonas (Guitars); Tito Falaschi (Bass, Vocals); Rodrigo Mello (Drums)

Setlist: Introspection; The Traveller; Call to the End; Scream of People; Save My Soul; Stop the Wars; Rest in Paradise; What Can I Do?; Eyes in Flames

Website: http://www.symbolsfc.cjb.net/

Songs for Download:
There will be a download section on http://www.clickbairros.com.br/symbols/media.asp 

The Concert:
Symbols is a band that has been involved in lots of problems here in Brazil. After releasing their self-title first album, the band had become one of the best upcoming Brazilian bands. Last year, they had played in a festival where the Germans Primal Fear would be the headliner. But, due to the late of time, the schedule had been changed, and Primal Fear played before them. When Symbols got on stage, less than half of the audience was still there to see the band. More recently, some rumours about a side-project from the bands members called "Bola Jones" would finish the band's career, but the band has carried on and released another album, named "Call to the End". On Brasil Metal Union, Symbols was scheduled to be the headliner of the festival but, due again to the late of time, the running order was changed and Symbols has played before Dragon Heart.

Well, I couldn't see their whole concert, as I've got some personal problems and I had to leave the venue. But all I can say is that Symbols visually sucks (I ain't got any pics, but you can see it on http://www.clickbairros.com.br/symbols/fotos.htm). Their members are not that kind of "headbanger" style, all of them has "modern" haircuts, wears some "modern" clothes, well, lots of stupid shit that can give the band a terrible first impression.

But, musically, the band is very good. Their sound is near to the European power metal, and all their members are very talented musicians. Their highlight is the singer Eduardo Falaschi, a kind of legend in Brazilian's metal, and one of the best Brazilian singers nowadays. The other musicians keep the very good instrumental of the band, I was told that the highlights of their set were the powerful songs "The Traveler", "Scream of People" and "Eyes of Flames", that closed their set.

A week after the concert, the band announced that Rodrigo Arjonas and Tito Falaschi have split up with the band, and now they are currently searching for their replacements.

 

DRAGON HEART

Line up: Eduardo Marques (lead vocals, guitar); Marco Caporasso (vocals, guitar); Mauricio Taborda (vocals, bass); Marcelo Caporasso (drums).

Setlist: Mountain of Rising Storm; Night Corsairies; Rebellion (Grave Digger); Dynasty and Destiny; Black Smith; Balls to the Wall (Accept); Arcadia Gates; Welcome to Dying (Blind Guardian); Gods of Ice

Website: http://www.dragonheart.com.br

Songs for Download:
http://www.truemetal.org/dragonheart/media.html

The Concert:
Well, I wasn't there to see Dragon Heart gig, but my friend Eric Piccelli (saxon_maniac@yahoo.com) was there and he made a short review of it.

When the four-piece powermetal band from Curitiba took the stage, the crowd was almost going home to sleep - yeah, it was THAT late.

Nevertheless, the audience completely forgot about the time at the sound of the first - and fast - guitar riff played. A great display of melody and power followed, and fists started to pound in the air as the songs from Underdark, Dragonheart's debut, were played: epic themes, with beautiful solos and catchy choruses - which earned them their nickname, Brazilian Blind Guardian -, all backed with a strong wall of three singers. "Arcadia Gates" and "Night Corsaries" are already local classics.

It is really amazing what this band is capable of when on stage. Although they do have one lead singer, Eduardo Marques, who's also a guitar player, both the bass and the other guitar player handle the vocal spot in a fine way. And that was proved when they smashed the amps with cover versions of Accept's "Balls to the Wall", Blind Guardian's "Welcome to Dying", and Grave Digger's "Rebellion". The setlist also included a new song, blockbuster-style, that will be included in their next studio effort, due out next year, and will be called "Throne of the Alliance".

 

The Second Day (Dec. 16th 2000):

On the second day, I think I got a more optimistic about the Brazilian scene, and the festival was completely different on its organization than on the day before. After a biblical storm (even an airplane fell on a important street in São Paulo!), well, the delay wasn't very big, nothing that makes you tired of waiting, as on the first day.

The space between the bands set was a lot shorter, the only time it got a bit longer was before Eterna played, when there were some problems with the drum equipment, and on the begging of Dark Avenger set. The rest of the festival has gone without any serious problems. The attendance was about 1,000 people again.

If the goal of this festival was to prove that Brazil has a very good heavy metal scene, well, mission accomplished. But not only this: this festival had a very good crowd, about 1,000 each night, and it has showed that it is worth a try to put all these good bands together. Now I'm waiting for another festival like this. The Brazilian scene will become stronger, and that will be very good for us, Brazilian headbangers.

 

HANGAR

Line Up: Michael Polcholwicz (Vocals, Keys); Eduardo Martinez (Guitars); Nando Mello (Bass); Aquiles Priester (drums)

Setlist: Legions of fate; Eagle fly free; Voices; Savior; To tame a land; Last time/Inside your soul; Living in trouble; Perfect Stranger (Deep Purple); Absinth

Website: http://www.que.com.br/hangar/ 

Songs for Download:
"Absinth"  /  "Angel of the Stereo

The Concert:
This band from Porto Alegre made the first concert of the second day, and they sound a lot like a usual power melodic metal, although they have some some prog and hard rock influences.

Their singer Michael Polcholwicz is very good, he has a great voice - he is responsible for the keyboards. The main attraction of the band is its drummer, Aquiles Priester (rumors say that he will be next Angra drummer). He has a powerful style, he destroys his drums, as well as he does a lot of technical things that seems to be very difficult, and they sound very well on the songs.

From their own songs, I liked very much a new one called "To Tame a Land", from their new album, called "Inside Your Soul". The song "Absinth" from their album "Last Time" is also very good and deserves to be mentioned. During the set, they played a correct version of Eagle Fly Free and a renewed one from the Deep Purple classic Perfect Strangers, faster and more powerful, when Aquiles showed all his skills at the drums - although the results on the song didn't satisfy everybody in the venue (I personally liked a lot!).

 

TUATHA DE DANANN

Line up: [Not Sure, but this line up is from their self titled album] Bruno Maia - Vocals, Guitars, Flute; Giovani Mendonça - Bass, Vocals; Rodrigo Berne- Guitars; Felipe Batiston - Keys, Acoustic Guitar; (??????) - Drums

Setlist: ????? (included covers from Rainbow's "Man on the Silver Mountain", Grave Digger's "Rebellion", and Ozzy Osbourne's "Mr. Crowley", as well as some songs from their album, like Bards of the Infinity, and Tuatha de Danann)

Website: http://www.tuathadedanann.cjb.net/ 

Songs for Download:
"Us

The Concert:
If I had to choose the best concert of the entire festival, here's my choice. I had never had the chance to listen to this band before this concert, but all my friends always told me to give a try.

Well, this band that comes from Varginha - a city known here in Brazil for some rumors related to ET's - has showed the most interesting sound of this festival, mixing some medieval/Celtic songs, like Jethro Tull and Blind Guardian, growling death metal and traditional metal, and, hell, that sounds amazing!

Their lead singer, guitarist and piper (yeah, he does play flute on the songs!) Bruno Maia has a good voice, and he alternates the singing of the songs with the bass player Giovanni, who mads the guttural vocals. The songs keep on changing styles from begging with acoustic guitars and flute, to death metal tempo and vocals, then some catchy traditional choruses, and it all works out very well! Also their other guitar player Rodrigo is very good, as well as the key player, who also played the acoustic guitar.

The songs from the first self-titled album are amazing. "The Bards of the Infinity" is a spectacular song, and it was the highlights of the concert. As well, the bands played three covers: an exceptional version of Grave Digger's "Rebellion", a good version of Rainbow's "Man on the Silver Mountain" and a correct one of Ozzy's "Mr. Crowley". The crowd saw the gig wondered by this bizarre yet amazing band.

The sound of their gig wasn't very good, with problems on the acoustic guitars and the keyboards, and that made some losses on the quality of their songs.

Also, their drummer X had departed from the band one week before their concert, and a guest drummer called Rodrigo played with them tonight. I can assure you that less than 1% of the crowd would have noticed that!

 

ETERNA

Line Up: Danilo Lopes (bateria e vocal); Jasson (baixo); Leandro(Vocal);Paulo Frade (guitarra); Douglas Codonho (teclado)

Setlist: Social Sacrifice; Working Man; Da Pacem Domine; Mary's Son; The War is Over!; Longevity; Papyrus-Part I; Papyrus-Part II; The Word

Website: www.eterna.art.br
Download the full song Mary's Son

The Concert:
Eterna is a band from São Paulo that plays a very good "prog-white-metal", in the vein of bands like Dream Theater and Symphony X. Well, as 'white metal' I don't want to mean "preacher's band": their lyrics are more epic, using some themes and telling some stories from the Bible.

The band has an amazing drummer called Danilo and, well, he is a great singer too! In studio, his voice is very similar to Ronnie James Dio, but on the live performances he loses this quality, although he keeps on being a great singer. But he's not the only singer in the band: the band now also has a new frontman, also a great singer (not better than Danilo) called Leandro. The inclusion of a frontman is very good to the band, that now has a person to keep in touch with the crowd.

Well, this gig was perfect. They played the best songs from their very good album called Papyrus, even the long and almighty title track, but their only problem is the sequence of the songs: I think they could close their set with a better song like Mary's Son, but nothing that can reduce the qualities of this band.

 

DARK AVENGER

Line Up: Mário Linhares (Vocals); Hugo (Guitars), Pablo (Guitars), Thomas Galuf (Keys), and George (Drums)

Setlist: (Don't know the new ones, but from their first album they played Armageddon, Who Dares to Care, Die Mermaid, Call of Fight; Rebellion, Ghost Divinity, and Morgana.)

Website: http://www.darkavenger.com.br 

The Concert:
This band came from Brasília, Brasil's capital. They are a kind of legend inside Brazilian heavy metal. Their first and self-titled album is, in my humble opinion, the best traditional heavy metal album ever made by a Brazilian band. But it was released in 1996, and since then the band has passed through twists and turns along their career, and they have never released any other album yet! After the album, the band has changed all its line-up, just keeping its singer, Mario Linhares, in my opinion, the best Brazilian singer nowadays.

Now the band has recorded its second album called Tales of Avalon, and it will be released on two volumes in 2001.

This concert on Brasil Metal Union was a kind of resurrection for the band. Due to their behavior since they released their first album, the band has been considered arrogant among the bands in the scene, and they now are trying to change this "fame", and on this concert they were trying to show that they changed their manners.

When they got on the set, they've got problems with the stage pa's: the band couldn't hear anything they were playing. After about 10 minutes, finally the band opened their set with the powerful "Armageddon", and so it was clear that Dark Avenger is one of the most famous bands here in Brazil, as the crowd got crazy and started singing the whole song together with the singer. The fast and strong "Who Dares to Care" kept the vibe and there weren't any doubts around the results of the concert: Dark Avenger had a glorious night.

The band has played for around one hour and thirty minutes, mixing old songs and the new ones from the upcoming albums. The highlights were "Rebellion", "Call of Fight" (when lots of their fans invaded the stage to sing with the band), and the amazing "Morgana" that closed their set as it begun: everybody singing and crazy!

The highlight of the band is sure Mario Linhares, with his strong voice and great stage performance, his only problems were the excess of screaming (his screams are amazing, but he should keep it to more appropriated parts) and the lots of speeches between the songs (well, this time he was showing everybody that the band has changed its attitude - I think that on the next gig he will reduce them a lot). The new musicians are very good and able to keep the band's quality in the future.

Well, it was a great concert from a band that now finally seems to have found its way to establish in the top of the Brazilian heavy metal scene and is prepared to fly even higher.


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