Angra – Holy Land (1996)
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About the Album
Holy Land is a 1996 concept album by Brazilian metal band Angra. Its theme is centered on the Brazilian land by the time it was discovered in the 16th century, as depicted in the art surrounding the album release. Once fully opened, the cover illustration turns out to be an old 15th-century map. Title track “Holy Land” contains many indigenous and folkloric influences taken from Brazilian music, but also includes classical arrangements symbolizing Europe at the time.
The opening track “Crossing” features a rendition of O Crux Ave by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. The following songs deal with life in the “holy land” prior to its colonization by the Portuguese and subsequent changes Brazil underwent upon their arrival.
According to drummer Ricardo Confessori, the track “Nothing to Say” was developed around a drum riff he created around 1994 at a small rural property owned by guitarist Rafael Bittencourt. His band mates heard it and soon joined in to create the rest of the song, including the single-note opening riff.