(formerly Shaaman), the revamped Brazilian band featuring Ricardo
Confessori (ex-Angra) is ready to prove that this was more than just
André Matos new band. André Matos has been replaced by talented
singer Thiago Bianchi and the new guy does a good job without ever
reaching the level of his predecessor.
'Immortal' is a bit more raw and aggressive than the first two
albums; 'Ritual' (2002) and 'Reason' (2005), giving the band a
harder edge, which I find refreshing. Main man has always been
drummer Ricardo Confessori, who formed the band when he left Angra
back in 2000, and his powerful playing style is nice and upfront in
the production. The guitars are more aggressive and edgier, there is
plenty of room for fine keyboard parts and leads and on top of it
all we have Thiago Bianchi's high pitched vocals, which together
make a good symbiosis.
'Immortal' falls nicely in line with the 2 previous albums, and have
strong references to classic power metal bands like Gamma Ray,
Helloween, Angra and some classic heavy metal like Iron Maiden.
There is off course still a lot of room for the cool native
Brazilian sounds and influences, which sets Shaman apart from
most of the competition.
The album flows nicely along the stream without ever running into
stale water, on the other hand I do miss one or two songs that
really stand out and make me rock. The production could have been
better balanced out, and I am left with a feeling that this could
have been an awesome album, if only...
'Immortal' is a good, honest power metal album, which has its
strength in the drumming department as well as the native
influences. It is strong enough to withstand most of the competition
from all of the European bands and as representatives of Brazilian
power metal they are only second to Angra.
Good one without ever touching base with