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Shaaman (now back to Shaman): Reason

The second album from the band that once included three former members of Angra including renowned vocalist Andre Matos resounds with more mature songwriting and an organic honesty that can heard be in the thrashy opener "Turn Away" as easily as it can in the Scorpions/Edguy-style ballad "Innocence." Released in 2005 and reissued in 2007, Reason follows Ritual, and while subsequent Angra releases with new vocalist Edu Falaschi have been limited to the boundaries of that band's Latin-flavored progressive/power metal, Shaaman (note the second "a," which the band added and has since dropped) freely explores many of metal's subgenres here and reveals a non-metallic side with its danceable cover of "More" by British Eighties goth-rock heroes The Sisters of Mercy. The quartet also indulges its roots with the tribal "In the Night" and the moody prog metal of "Born to Be."

Shaaman (now back to Shaman) has undergone some serious changes since Reason was released most notably the exodus of three members (including Matos), leaving original drummer and band founder Ricardo Confessori to soldier on with a new vocalist, bassist and guitarist. They went on to release Immortal in 2007.

Track Listing:
1) Turn Away
2) Reason
3) More
4) Innocence
5) Scarred Forever
6) In the Night
7) Rough Stone
8) Iron Soul
9) Trail of Tears 10) Born to Be

Added: May 11th 2008
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Official Shaaman (now Shaman) Web Site
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