Kiko Loureiro is a metal fusion solo guitarist and founding member of Brazilian progressive/power metal band Angra. In this interview Kiko had just finished, the previous night, performing at a concert in Sao Paulo, Brazil which was filmed and will be released as
a live performance DVD in the next few months.
Kiko chats about this special concert which featured the 3 different musical styles and chapters in his solo career, from Metal, Progressive and Brazilian fusion music. The concert also featured special guest performers such as Virgil Donati (Planet X, Allan Holdsworth) on drums.
Kiko also shares his early musical roots, the formation of Angra, his approach to songwriting and soloing, and a lot more.
South America has provided quite a few important historical moments in rock n’ roll over the years. Case in point, Kiss performing their final concert in make-up before unmasking in 1983, Queen headlining the first-ever Rock in Rio Festival in 1985, the continent spawning one of the world’s most renowned metal bands, Sepultura, etc. And South America is also home to prog metal vets Angra, who have steadily issued challenging yet heavy albums on a regular basis since 1993.
And now comes an expanded edition of the fourth solo album overall from the band’s leader, guitarist Kiko Loureiro – ‘Sounds of Innocence’ – which drops Tuesday, June 18th. iTunes will release a special package, containing the full album and track by track instructional videos – the first time this feature has ever been included on an iTunes album release. Additionally, a Kiko Spotify app “Soundrop” will be issued on the same release date. “‘Sounds of Innocence’ brings a balanced mix of Latin grooves with traditional shredding,” explains Kiko. “It comes at a more mature point of my career but still has first time excitement to it.”
Kiko Loureiro has just finished playing some dates in his home country of Brazil in support of last year’s “Sounds Of Innocence” his fourth solo effort to date. Besides all of the current activity surrounding his current solo work, Kiko is also excited to make another record with Brazilian power metal legends Angra. Following the departure of vocalist Edu Falaschi after the “Aqua” album released in 2010, the band has struggled to find a legitimate replacement for their longtime singer. Kiko recalls performing with Rhapsody Of Fire vocalist Fabio Leone aboard the recent 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise and what the future may hold in terms of the next singer for Angra. The gifted metal guitarist also shared his early musical influences and his advice to aspiring players… Read the rest of this entry »
Have you prayed enough to get news from the ship? So long that you all became a little bit ANGRA? Yes! Please welcome ANGRA, who will play their first show with a new singer on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise. They’re now sailing North along the South American East Coast…
…when will you hear from them again?
Are you ready to start next year in style? Just imagine: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship “Majesty of the Seas” for 5 days and 4 nights. Book your cabin now at www.70000tons.com and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise! The Original Metal Cruise: Home of the biggest open air stage to sail the oceans!
And they also spare no expense to remove the seats in front of the stage in the theater, or do you really like seated Heavy Metal shows? This is 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise where you enjoy unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board. And don’t forget, every band plays twice! There are also Open Mic Nights, Clinics, Work-Shops, the infamous 70000TONS OF METAL Karaoke, Bars that never close, you heard right: They don’t close, two full days at Sea, a fun-and-sun-filled day on a beautiful Caribbean Island and an opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists that all join us for the entire trip. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!
The following 20 out of 40 bands have already been announced:
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM
METAL CHURCH (Reunion Show)
RAGE and LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA
SUBWAY TO SALLY
70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, will sail Monday, January 28, 2013 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami, FL and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, February 1, 2013.
Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$299 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service!
What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information.
Singer, composer and producer Edu Falaschi (ALMAh, ex-Angra) proudly announces his new “headquarters” in São Paulo (Brazil) – “DO IT! STUDIO” recently established in a partnership with his brother and former Symbols bandmate Tito Falaschi. Besides working at Falaschi’s own projects, such as Almah first of all, it’s a new pleasant home for musicians from Brazil and abroad who dream to create a professional recording having in mind Angra, Almah or Soulspell quality.
During the first weeks of working DO IT! STUDIO has become one of the centers of the independent music in the megapolis and got many contacts from abroad due to its professional and creative approach.
Edu Falaschi: “Actually, DO IT! STUDIO is a real accomplishment of my philosophy as a producer! I have in mind to make REAL sound production according to the international standards. Having worked for more than 10 years with ANGRA, I know what it’s all about, how the production of a professional CD should be done, detail by detail and thinking about the final result as a means to show identity of the band to future fans. Every step of work should be done with a lot of care, from composition and arrangements to mastering!
Well, this year I joined my forces with my brother Tito to create this studio with modern equipment such as Amp Mesaboogie, Pro-Tools, Cubase, Mac computers, Yamaha monitors etc. All this will allow you to get to the best quality to be presented at the music market of today without wasting a lot of money. Due to our experience and contacts we can afford to select good and promising bands to work with. For example, the debut CD of Age Of Artemis (2012) is very successful in Brazil and got a record deal in Japan. Now it’s your turn!
Be serious, be professional and responsible – it’s a good base to establish your future in the music! And welcome to DO IT! STUDIO”.
Brazilian singer, composer and producer Edu Falaschi (Almah, ex-Angra) in a recent interview to Russian webzine Headbanger revealed several details about his past and future career in Angra and Almah, work as a music producer, current metal scene in Brazil and Metal Open Air Festival. It’s the first international interview available in English where the singer honestly explains his voice problems of the last year and tells about the treatment:
“The problem wasn’t with my vocal chords, I had a reflux problem. It’s something that happens in your stomach – when you start eating things that are not so good, like Coca Cola or coffee, your acid starts becoming bigger and bigger and then you feel the acid going up into your vocal chords. Formally I didn’t have any problem with my vocal chords, my vocal chords were OK, but I had a high level of acid so often that I needed a break. I started singing very bad, and I didn’t know why. When I would go to doctors, they would say I was fine, they didn’t see any problem with my vocal chords. It was only a few years later when I found out that the problem was with the acid. Then I started getting treatment, and my voice started to become better and better. Nowadays my voice is OK, and this is very nice.
I have taken nearly five months of treatment, I have taken medicines and visited many doctors, and nowadays I can sing normally. But am I going to take high notes again and risk ruining my voice? No. As Ronnie James Dio said once, “You need to find a way that you can sing forever”. He was a very wise man, he didn’t use high notes all the time, what he did was singing in a comfortable way and a metal way. That’s the point for me. I want to go in this kind of direction with my singing – more natural to my kind of voice, within a more comfortable range. That’s why I decided to sing this way most of the time from now on. Of course, I can sing high notes, I can perfectly sing high notes, but it will happen only sometimes, when I need to sing old songs at concerts”.
ANGRA guitarist Kiko Loureiro has just released his fourth solo album entitled Sounds Of Innocence featuring the drummer Virgil Donati (PLANET X, DEREK SHERINIAN BAND) and the bassist Felipe Andreoli (Angra). The record was produced by Kiko Loureiro, mixed by Dennis Ward (UNISONIC, PINK CREAM 69) and mastered by Jürgen Lusky.
Kiko Loureiro, Felipe Andreoli and Marcelo Moreira (drummer invited for the concerts) will be in Japan next week (July 12 and 14) to perform the songs from the new album and then will leave to Latin America for more gigs. KIKO LOUREIRO – Sounds Of Innocence tracklist:
‘Gray Stone Gateway’
‘Ray Of Life’
‘A Perfect Rhyme’
‘Conflicted’ (Bonus track – back base)
Brazilian metallers ALMAH issue the following statement about the departure of the guitarist Paulo Schroeber due to health problems:
“Dear ALMAh friends and fans!
I think many of you already know about health problems that our brother, partner and member of the band, Paulo Schroeber, has recently faced. Due to these problems we had to call another guitarist to replace him at the latest ALMAH shows during Motion tour, but we always hoped that Paulo would be with us again very soon.
Unfortunately, a very serious heart problem made it impossible for our friend to continue his long-termed works, and we received his message that he had to leave the band! All of us became extremely sad but at the same moment we respect his decision to stay with his family at such a delicate moment.
For us, there remains only one thing: to keep public our eternal support, love and, most of all, gratitude for all the great moments we had together! We are very happy to know that his treatment is going on and the diagnosis is positive. The band is here with all its energy and now it’s even stronger because we do what we love and ‘cos we respect all the dedication of our friend Paulo over these years of hard work and fun.
The name of new ALMAh’s guitarist will be revealed soon, together with announcement of new ways of the band and tour dates for 2012. The band’s “philosophy” to create music for the sake of music in friendship and fun will always be our priority.
Thanks for all,”
Paulo Schroeber recorded two studio albums with ALMAh, “Fragile Equality” (2008) and “Motion” (2011).
ALMAh released its third studio effort “Motion” in September/October 2011 worldwide via AFM (Europe, North America), Victor-JVC (Japan), Laser (Brazil), Icarus (Latin America). The album achieved many positive reviews worldwide and it was recognized as the best album of the year by the main Brazilian rock/metal print medium Roadie Crew. Also, ALMAh got the best band award according to the magazine. In October-December 2011 ALMAh concluded the first leg of Motion Tour in Brazil. The band is confirmed for Metal Open Air in São Luís, Maranhão (Brazil, April 20-22) which is considered as the biggest national metal event.
Brazilian metal singer, composer, producer and arranger Edu Falaschi (ANGRA, ALMAH) who is really famous by his active social position, participated in a new anti-drug campaign started by the organizers of the upcoming Rock In Rio festival. Edu was invited to record a song “I Go Without Any Drugs” together with a few stars of Brazilian popular music (MPB). The reportage about the video recording was broadcast yesterday by the biggest Brazilian TV, Rede Globo in the recent program “Jornal Nacional”.
Edu Falaschi became the only metal singer invited to take part in this campaign together with such outstanding names of Brazilian popular music as Milton Nascimento, Claudia Leitte, Rogério Flausino (Jota Quest), Sandra de Sá, Emicida, Toni Garrido (Cidade Negra), Ivo Meirelles, Rodrigo Santo (Barão Vermelho), Herbet Vianna (Paralamas do Sucesso), Di Ferrero (NX Zero).
Edu Falaschi will perform with ANGRA at the upcoming Rock In Rio, one of the biggest and most important musical festivals not only in Brazil but in the whole world. The band will play on SUNSET stage on 25th of September with a special guest, Finnish Metal Queen Tarja Turunen. With this significant performance at Rock in Rio ANGRA will finalize the current Worldwide Tour supporting the latest CD of the band “Aqua” (2010, SPV). After Rock in Rio Edu Falaschi will start a new tour of ALMAH (www.almah.com.br) dedicated to the upcoming album of the band, MOTION (release date in Europe and North America: October 14th, AFM Records).
Edu Falaschi about the new Almah album in the interview to Brazilian radio ALMAH keeps working at the third studio album, the follow-up to the previous success, Fragile Equality (2008). As we have previously informed, the band has been recording at Norcal Studios (São Paulo, Brazil) since May 2th. This Monday, frontman and founder of Almah, Edu Falaschi, revealed a few details of the new album in an interview to Heavy Nation program broadcasted by one of the most important internet radio stations in Brazil, UOL Radio. Here are the parts of the interview in English:
“It’s the fastest CD-recording I’ve ever done in my life! – tells Edu. – We began working at the end of April and had everything together within one month! I mean, the pre-production, arrangements, the basic parts/solos creation and the guitars/bass/drums recording… Everything took less than one month! And the last week I started to record the vocals. Four songs are almost ready. Also, we already have the cover artwork almost finished and now we’re developing the complete layout for the future CD.
We don’t have any exact date as of now. It will be scheduled taking into account the interests of all our label partners: in Brazil (Lazer Company), Japan (JVC) and Europe&North America (AFM). We’re going to mix and master the material in Europe and we plan to have the new CD ready by the end of July. But most likely we will wait with the official release until September. The new album is produced by the band itself, mainly by me and Felipe, but the entire band have worked at the basic parts, arrangements, songwriting…
Right now Angra is going on the road with Aqua Tour until the Rock In Rio festival, then I will be really concentrated on Almah’s new album. I’m looking forward to present this material, which is probably due in September. We will work with total dedication, because the CD is very good! It’s the heaviest stuff I’ve ever recorded in my life, the guitar work kicks ass!
The guitar parts have been recorded with 7-strings instruments, half-step down (B flat), and the result is very solid and heavy. The rhythm guitars were played four times for extra punch. The new stuff will show that Almah is not really a melodic metal band… But, mainly, this album will make it clear that Almah stands on its ground! While the first CD was my solo one, and the 2nd, Fragile Equaity, was the first album with the current line up, then unknown for the public, this time Almah is very well consolidated as a band. It’s got its own place, sound, identity and, also very important, its own true fan army!”
ALMAH is: Edu Falaschi – vocals, Felipe Andreoli – bass, Marcelo Barbosa – guitars, Paulo Schroeber – guitars, Marcelo Moreira – drums. The band entered Norcal Studios in São Paulo, Brazil on 2th of May. The release of the album, as-yet-untitled, is planned for September 2011 worldwide. The CD will include 10 songs.
Marcelo Barbosa will play three shows with ANGRA in Brazil (Suzano, Angra dos Reis and Brasília/Porão do Rock Festival) replacing the guitarist Kiko Lourero who will skip these live dates due to family reasons.
Marcelo Barbosa is a well recognized guitar master and teacher in Brazil. Besides his career as the founder, owner and professor of GTR Guitar Institute, he became famous as a metal musician thanks to his work in such bands as ALMAH and KHALLICE. In 2007 Barbosa joined ALMAH. The 2nd Almah’s album recorded in the present line-up became one of the best metal releases of the year worldwide. Right now the band is preparing the 3rd studio effort. As we previously reported, at the end of May Barbosa finished the guitar parts for the new long-awaited CD of Almah. Edu Falaschi mentioned in the recent interviews, that it will be the best guitar work he has ever had on his albums.
Thus, no wonder, that one of the leading metal bands in Brazil, Angra, invited Barbosa to replace its permanent guitarist to make these shows. The fans can really expect a great and exciting performance of Angra with Marcelo Barbosa. The first one took place in Suzano, São Paulo state, on 11th of June.
Brazilian metallers ALMAH led by the singer, composer and producer Edu Falaschi (also, Angra) enter the Norcal Studios in São Paulo on 2th of May to record the material for their long awaited 3rd album, the follow-up of successful Fragile Equality (2008). The line-up remains the same: Edu Falaschi – vocals, Felipe Andreoli – bass, Marcelo Barbosa – guitars, Paulo Schroeber – guitars, Marcelo Moreira – drums. The release of the album, as-yet-untitled, is planed for September 2011 worldwide.
“I’m very happy with Almah’s comeback in 2011, first of all, because this third CD should consolidade Almah as a band once and for all!!! This album will show you a mature band and it will define the individuality and language of our sound, which is the most important thing! I’m very exctited to launch it soon!”
Almah was established by Angra’s singer Edu Falaschi in 2006. The previous CD, Fragile Equality saw the light of day in September/October 2008 through JVC (Asia)/Laser Company (Brazil)/AFM Records (Europe, North America) and became one of the most significant and best selling power metal albums at that time. In Brazil it was recognized as the best album of the year and Almah became the best band according to the rock and metal media. The Fragile Equality tour started in São Paulo in November 2008 and finished in June 2010 in Brasília. Then the musicians began to prepare the ideas for the next CD. More details about the new album will be revealed soon.
Symfonia. Does that name of the band ring any bells out there yet? Maybe not for everyone as Symfonia is basically a new band on the metal map. But behind Symfonia there are well known names and persons involved in the band. When unveiling names such as Andre Matos, Timo Tolkki, Uli Kusch, Jari Kainulainen and Mikko Harkin it is quite obvious the interest toward this five piece may increase tremendously. The Metal-Rules.com team had an nice and pleasant task to witness the debut show of Symfonia at the Finnish Metal Expo. After the show we were lucky enough to have an opportunity of doing an interesting and in-depth interview with vocalist Andre Matos regarding the birth of Symfonia, Avantasia, and plenty of other topics including Symfonia’s future activities. Ladies and gentleman, the first Symfonia interview here at Metal-Rules.com.
Edu Falaschi (Angra, Almah) will be a special guest of KAMELOT show in São Paulo, Brazil of the upcoming “Pandemonium Over South America 2011” tour dedicated to the brand new album of the band «Poetry for the Poisoned» (2010). The concert will take place in Espaço Lux in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo on April, 9th. The tickets are available here: http://www.ticketbrasil.com.br/kamelot-espaco-lux-sbc-sp.html
“Pandemonium Over South America 2011” tour has 6 announced dates and it will start on April, 7 in Chile. Edu Falaschi will share the stage in São Paulo with such great singers as Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire), Simone Simons (Epica) and Elyze Ryd (Amaranthe) who will help KAMELOT in this tour during the temporary absence of the permanent vocalist Roy Khan.
KAMELOT’s drummer Casey Grillo recorded the drums for the debut self-titled album of Edu Falaschi’s band ALMAH (2006/2007 Laser/AFM/JVC). According to Edu Falaschi: “It’s a lot of honor for me to perform live with my friend Casey, Thomas and all the guys from KAMELOT. Today the band counts on the great singer Fabio Lione who helps them in this tour. They called me to take part in this show in my home town city, São Paulo! It’s clear that I immediately said “yes”! We are talking about Kamelot! One of my favorites metal bands ever! For those who don’t know, Casey recorded the drum parts for the first ALMAH’s CD in 2006 and since then we have become friends even more. And especially due to this fact I will do my best in order to give to all KAMELOT fans an unforgettable night! I’ll put my heart on it! See you there soon!”
Edu Falaschi has recently participated in the recording of a song that is to be a part of a new animal protection campaign, fighting against social violence and destruction of the environment. The action is inspired by ANDA – The News Agency of Animal Rights – Brazilian organization established by the journalist and animal defence activist, Silvana Andrade. Edu Falaschi recorded a song together with such renowned national artists as Lucinha Lins, Elba Ramalho, Cláudio Lins, Carlinhos Brown, Patrícia Marx, Tetê Espíndola among others.
According to the vocalist, he is always very happy to take part in such kind of projects and that the environmental protection & animal defence awareness should always be promoted. If everyone does what he can, even any little effort will give the humanity more chances to change the actual situation, believes Edu.
The song will be released soon in Brazil by the initiators of the project. To learn more about ANDA organization in Portuguese: http://www.anda.jor.br/
At the moment Edu Falaschi is touring with ANGRA supporting the brand new studio album of the band “Aqua”, released in Europe and North America on 27 Sept./12 Oct. through SPV/Steamhammer. The band recently performed in Japan (2 shows at Loud Park Festival) and Taiwan (1 headlining show in Taipei). Until the end of 2010 Angra will continue making shows in Brazil, and on 13-14th of January the band will play in USA together with another legendary Brazilian-based metal act, Sepultura. The headlining European Tour is planned for February, 2011. Angra has been recently confirmed as a participant of Rock In Rio 2011 Festival.