Angra Announces New Album Cycle of Pain as Their First Under Atomic Fire Records
Fans of Brazilian progressive power metal outfit Angra should get hyped. Not only is there a new album coming this November, but they’re on a new label, which simply means more shit is on the horizon. Titled Cycle of Pain, Angra’s 10th studio album will be released on November 3.
For those who don’t know anything about Angra, they’re the incredibly impressive prog band that Megadeth guitarist Kiko Loureiro came from.
Though they haven’t posted a single or revealed any sort of track list, founding guitarist Rafael Bittencourt said he and his fellow bandmates were excited for the direction the new album and label could take them.
“I’m very proud to announce that our newest album will come out on the 3rd of November and it’s going to be released and distributed by Atomic Fire Records. We’re very proud to be part of the Atomic Fire Records family now. It’s a special moment for us in the band.
“For me, who started the band over thirty years ago, but also for everyone in the band, we’re now in the third generation in the era of our third singer as we have Fabio Lione on vocals. So this will be the third record of our third generation. It’s our tenth studio album, so it’s like keeping the legacy but also focusing on the future.
“It’s very funny to have this partnership with Atomic Fire Records because the word ‘Angra’ also stands for a place in Brazil where an atomic reactor was built in the ‘70s. This nuclear power plant was basically created to originate a kind of clean energy, but it’s a very powerful one which could save the world in a way, but also destroy it. It’ll be a very huge explosion and metaphorically we can say that it’s going to be a very strong album and I hope to burn the world with music which can heal the soul of sad and lonely people.”
Noting the new partnership, Atomic Fire Records A&R Markus Wosgien said he’d had Angra on his radar for some time, but was glad they could come to an agreement in 2023.
“I remember receiving the Angra demo Reaching Horizons in 1992 for the fanzine I published in the ‘90s. I fell in love immediately; this was simply a new form of power metal – and after his departure from Viper, André Matos finally had a new home back then. One year later, Angels Cry, which I still consider to be one of the best power metal albums of all time, was released, and over the years, Angra always developed, but still remained true to themselves. We are more than happy to be a part of their future now and to release their upcoming tenth studio album that blew us away once more. For us, Angra is also a matter to our hearts since they’re a band we’ve always been following, respecting and loving; our whole team is more than proud that the band and their management decided to join our roster and to trust in us.”
The band says they will have more news in the coming weeks – likely a new single if I were to guess. So in the meantime, you can check out their upcoming shows if you’re in Brazil at all this month. The dates can be found below.
7/07/2023 Complexo Armazém – Fortaleza, BR
7/08/2023 Espaço Náutico Marine Club – Belém, BR
7/09/2023 Residencial Recepções – São Luiz, BR
7/14/2023 CK Centro de Eventos – Londrina, BR
7/15/2023 Beira Mar de São José – Florianópolis, BR
7/16/2023 Arena Santos – Santos, BR
7/21/2023 Studio Mirage Eventos – Limeira, BR
7/22/2023 Bolshoi Pub – Goiânia, BR
7/23/2023 Capital Moto Week – Brasília, BR
8/12/2023 Ópera De Arame – Curitiba, BR
11/03/2023 Tokio Marine Hall (Album Release Show) – São Paulo, BR
11/18/2023 Armageddon Metal Fest – Joinville, BR
51/29 – 2/02/2024 70,000 Tons Of Metal – Miami, FL