When I think of Brazil, and hard rock, two bands quickly come to mind, Sepultura, and Angra. “All My Life” is the first CD I have listened to by Viper. A quick check of the band’s history, and I was surprised to find out that “All My Life” is the Viper’s sixth studio CD. This band is also the former stomping ground of ex-Angra singer, André Matos.
The opening track “All My Life” opens up with heavy riffing that would make Iron Maiden proud. Singer Ricardo Bocci shows a lot of talent with his vocals. I expected his vocals to be heavily accented, but he does a masterful job on the lyrics and has good range to boot.
I have seen Viper classified as power metal on some of their previous releases, All My Life, might fall a little closer to progressive metal than power metal. In fact, there are times when this music dabbles in the melodic rock area. Nonetheless, Felipe Machado and Val Santos whip out some tasty six string action on this disc that hard rock and metal fans are sure to love. As an added bonus, former Viper and Angra singer André Matos makes a guest appearance, and handles the vocals on the very cool tune “Love is All”.
The musicianship surprised me on this CD. I was surprised that a band this good, has escaped my attention until now. I will definitely be seeking out some of their previous releases after hearing this one.
You can only purchase “All My Life” as an import disc. You can purchase this CD, at this link. Hopefully, this disc will get some U.S. distribution. Music this good needs to be heard!.
Ricardo Bocci — vocals
Pit Passarell — bass
Felipe Machado — guitar
Val Santos — guitar
Renato Graccia — drums
Additional musicians on All My Life:
André Matos — vocals on “Love Is All”
Yves Passarel — guitar solo on “Violet”
Theatre of Shadows has been out since 2006, but Chavis Records took a chance a putting this out in the U.S. Market, and I am thankful they did.
Usually, I am not too fond, of metal acts fronted by a female singer. There are a few exceptions to that rule, and Shadowside is one of them. Dani Nolden has an extremely cool, raw voice that is well suited to Shadowside’s style of metal. In fact, her voice is quite unlike anything I have heard before.
At times Theatre of Shadows trades off between Heavy and Power Metal. Some songs have keyboards for an extra melodic layer to the music. The keyboards don’t over power the music, and they are not present through the whole album. There are plenty of double bass drumming throughout this record that will be a catalyst for a massive amount of head banging.
As a whole, I thought Theatre of Shadows was a pretty solid metal album, and a pretty nice introduction to U.S. fans who have not heard them before. Metal fans will certainly want to check the band out when they take the stage at Rocklahoma on Sunday Afternoon, July 13th, 2008.
The Chavis Records version of Theatre of Shadows has a cool cover of the DIO tune, Rainbow in the Dark, as a bonus track. You preview songs off of Theater of Shadows at Shadowside’s myspace page here. Go check them out, they might surprise you!
1. Enter The Shadowside
2. Vampire Hunter
4. We Want A Miracle
6. Queen Of The Sky
7. Believe In Yourself
9. Kingdom Of Life
10. Red Storm
11. Shadow Dance Theatre of Shadows Act I
12. Here To Stay Theatre of Shadows Act II
13. Rainbow In The Dark
Dani Nolden – Vocals
Raphael Mattos – Guitar
Fenando Peto – Bass
Fabio Buituidas – Drums
Theatre of Shadows the explosive new release from SHADOWSIDE hits the street on Nov 20, 2007. Preorders are being taken beginning Nov 13, 2007 and will be shipped before the street date. The first 25 orders will receive a FREE 11×17 poster signed by the band. You can order the new record through Chavis Records.
SHADOWSIDE will be stateside for a U.S. tour beginning Dec 2007! Their ‘DEVASTATING THE THEATRE TOUR 2007/2008′ , begins with the following U.S. dates:
Dec 13 – House Of Blues, Las Vegas, NV – UNPLUGGED/ACOUSTIC SHOW
Dec 14 – So Kal, Las Vegas, NV – 8PM ALL AGES SHOW
Dec 14 – The Emergency Room, Las Vegas, NV – 11PM 2ND SHOW
Dec 20 – The Monkey Bar, Huntington, WV
Dec 21 – Shakers, Cambridge, OH
Dec 22 – The Lighthouse, Imperial, PA
Dec 28 – Club Bourbon Street, Tampa, FL
More U.S. and International dates will to follow.
Here is the video for Shadowside’s song, Highlight!