Reflector #25: Angra – “Lisbon”

“Reflector” is a series by Atlas correspondent David Soares about songs by non-Portuguese bands inspired — in many cases, rather mysteriously — by the westernmost European nation.

Angra is a heavy metal band hailing from the Brazilian city of São Paulo that has been around since 1991 and has enjoyed a great deal of success beyond their borders within the heavy metal circuit.

The rather dated sound of the album Fireworks of 1998 has been defined by this brand of heavy metal called neo-classical. About the first single “Lisbon,” the story has it that the band was in town on the itinerary of their previous tour and the only sightseeing they could do was a brief walk at dawn, when the city was deserted, apart from a woman begging at the door of “a cathedral” ( I’m guessing that would be the Sé) and humming a song whose lyrics stuck in the mind of vocalist André Matos who re-peddled them into his own song.

On a sadder note, André Matos prematurely died of a heart attack in 2019.

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