ANGRA – »Cycles Of Pain« now available for pre-order; guests & other album details unveiled; first digital single due out on August 4!

Brazilian progressive power metal legends ANGRA recently signed a deal with German-based record label Atomic Fire Records. While playing a string of shows in their home country, the group have also kept preparing the release of their upcoming studio album »Cycles Of Pain« which is due out on November 3, 2023, and today, ANGRA are pleased to announce that the record is already available for pre-order in various formats (https://angra.afr.link/cyclesofpain; see below!) before they’ll present first digital single, ‘Ride Into The Storm,’ to the world next week, on Friday, August 4. Pre-save the track now, here: https://angra.afr.link/rideintothestorm

Guitarist Rafael Bittencourt states: “This is a very special record for us for several reasons: First, much has happened since our last release in 2018. During the last 5 years, we experienced a lot of pain (personally and collectively) alongside challenges, frustrations, glories and successes, on a rollercoaster of emotions that became a giant cauldron of subjects and inspirations. In the year 2019, my father passed away and a few months later also Andre Matos died what had a big impact on my life. I know the struggles of my bandmates too.

This is a dense album of experiences and accumulated pain. Although we are in a great moment, the album draws inspiration from all pains experienced to bring reflections on them from different angles: What hurts us, how it arrives, the cure, the trauma, the scars. We avoid and we are faced with pain constantly from birth, in an endless cycle; we want it to be far away, but it is what molds and matures us during life. And in the midst of such a profound topic, we want to bring hope and strength to people who are suffering right now. I believe this album will make a difference in the lives of many people and will set a new standard within our style.”

Bassist Felipe Andreoli adds: “»Cycles Of Pain« brings different perspectives on human pain and the cycles that involve it. It reminds us that while pain is inevitable, it is also an integral part of growing and learning. By recognizing and facing these cycles, we can discover our inner strength and find a path to healing and transformation. The album leads us to contemplate our own journey of pain and to embrace the hope that despite the seemingly endless cycles, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. It is an invitation to reflect on the complexities of human pain, addressing topics such as loss, disillusionment, loneliness and despair, but also bringing a message of resilience and hope.”

»Cycles Of Pain« – Track Listing:

01. Cyclus Doloris
02. Ride Into The Storm
03. Dead Man On Display
04. Tide Of Changes – Part I
05. Tide Of Changes – Part II
06. Vida Seca
07. Gods Of The World
08. Cycles Of Pain
09. Faithless Sanctuary
10. Here In The Now
11. Generation Warriors
12. Tears Of Blood

»Cycles Of Pain« will be available in the following formats:

– CD-digipak
– jewelcase-CD
– various vinyls (red/yellow split-coloured | clear/blue marbled | clear yellow/white splatter)
– digital

Artwork by Erick Pasqua | Layout by Jonathan Canuto
(https://erickpas.com/) | (https://canutoartwork.myportfolio.com/)

»Cycles Of Pain« was produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by long-time ANGRA partner Dennis Ward (D.C. COOPER, PINK CREAM 69, PLACE VENDOME etc.) at the Sonastério & Elephant Office in Brazil, while mixing and mastering took place at The TrakShak in Karlsdorf, Germany. Its artwork was designed by Erick Pasqua (https://erickpas.com/) before Jonathan Canuto (https://canutoartwork.myportfolio.com/) took care of layout duties.

“The combination of elements – an angel of death with bright, worn wings adorned with religious and pagan symbols, a dark forest with fire and rain, the prevalence of Brazilian elements – conveys a deeper narrative regarding the album’s theme and musical interpretation. It conveys the idea that pain is a recurring and transformative experience, encompassing spiritual and earthly aspects and encouraging us to delve into the depths of our own pain, explore its many dimensions and find strength and healing in the journey of these cycles,” explains Andreoli.

The album also features a range of guests including appearances by Amanda Somerville (‘Tears Of Blood’), Brazilian artists Lenine (‘Vida Seca’) and Vanessa Moreno (‘Tide Of Changes – Part II’ & ‘Here In The Now’), and last but not least Juliana D’Agostini on piano (‘Tears Of Blood’).

ANGRA live:

12.08.2023 BR Curitiba – Ópera De Arame
28.10.2023 BR Ṣo Jos̩ dos Campos РFestival Hora do Rock @ Arena Vale Fest *NEW*
03.11.2023 BR Ṣo Paulo РTokio Marine Hall (Album Release Show)
18.11.2023 BR Joinville – Armageddon Metal Fest
15.12.2023 BR Rio de Janeiro – Circo Voador *NEW*

29.01. – 02.02.2024 US Miami, FL – 70,000 Tons of Metal