New Spider Species Named After Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Scorpions, & Angra Members

According to Public Radio International, Cristina Rheims, a biological researcher at Instituto Butantana in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has named four new spider species after several rock/metal musicians. Among them are Extraordinarius bruceickinsoni, which was named after Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, Extraordinarius rickalleni, which was named after Def Leppard’s Rick Allen, Extraordinarius klausmeinei, which was named after Scorpions’ Klaus Meine, and Extraordinarius andrematosi, which was named after Angra’s André Matos.

[via Blabbermouth]

Former Angra Singer André Matos Dead At 47

Former Angra singer André Matos has sadly passed away at the age of 47. His death was the result of a heart attack.

The following was posted on the vocalist’s Facebook:

“It is with deep regret that we confirm the passing of André This Saturday morning due to a heart stop.

As many know, he was an extremely reserved person – and manifested in life, for more than once, the desire not to have a wake.

Respecting His will, he will be cremated today with the presence only of relatives.

We thank everyone for understanding and we count on you so that André’s memory and legacy remain alive forever.

Carry on.”

The band issued a statement as well [translated from Portuguese]:

“With much pain we received the news of the death of Andre Matos. Angra is in mourning. Andre was essential for the success and consecration of this band. The contribution of his talent and presence is invaluable.

There are no words at this time that describe the size of the emptiness left in the hearts of those who loved him from near and far. Brazil loses an irreplaceable talent of the genre Heavy Metal and with it dies the hope of seeing it in our stages again.

May the angels receive your soul and may the Fire Goddess hold the flame of her artistic legacy on forever. R.I.P. Andre Matos.”

Former Angra and current Megadeth guitarist Kiko Loureiro also commented:

“What a sad morning. A phone call and the news that André Matos passed away. Life is too fragile. I cried. Since I was 14 years old back in the Rio Branco school, André was already a benchmark. We all wanted to be like him. The unparalleled voice, the talent for the piano. Luckily, the destiny united us for nine years. In the years we spent together, we have created and lived incredible things which are kept in the most special place in my memory. The crazy dream of having a world-famous heavy metal band that we talked about while sitting on the bus going to rehearsals. The songs he wrote are timeless (Play Carry On!), the albums… from our first precarious shows to the big tours in Europe. Everything is coming back to my mind now. From his peerless high notes to the glance over the round glasses. André, you were and will always be so important to us all. This week he said he wanted to play together again after 20 years. Too sad. Your voice, your songs, and your piano will be eternal for all of us fans.. Thank you, André. RIP”

Avantasia’s Tobias Sammet, who shared the stage with Matos last Sunday (June 2) at the Espaço das Américas in São Paulo, also had the following to say:

“I am devastated by the tragic news about the passing of my friend André Matos whom I shared the stage with only five days ago. I am in shock. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Rest in peace, André Matos”

Angra Premiere “Magic Mirror” Music Video

Angra have premiered a new video for their song “Magic Mirror.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Ømni.”

The following was said about the clip:

“Inspired by the acidity of Rafael Bittencourt’s questioning lyrics, the director Pedro Jorge worked on the screenplay for “Magic Mirror” and portrayed its topic with subtlety and poetry. The video clip includes the presence of Jaqueline Oliveira and Jéssica Batista, two professional fighters and real warriors in their own lives.

The reflection from the magic mirror reveals that what bothers us in other people is in fact what we need to learn and understand about ourselves. Foes and people that we don’t have empathy for give us the opportunity to discover a shocking pathway of personal growth.”

Rafael Bittencourt also commented:

“For this video clip I wanted to show that what we see in the others is actually something inside us.”

Felipe Andreoli added:

“Filming the video clip for ‘Magic Mirror’ was really important to the band because it’s one of my favourite songs from the new record and also because I thought that it had to have a video clip that represented it. We recorded it in a very nice and creative location and I especially like the fighter scenes in the end that show that they’re only one person.”

Angra Premiere New Video For “Black Widow’s Web” Feat. Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy) & Sandy

Angra have premiered a new video for their song “Black Widow’s Web.” The track, which features Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy) and Brazilian singer Sandy, appears on the band’s latest album “Ømni.”

Angra Premiere Lyric Video For “Black Widow’s Web” Feat. Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy)

Angra have premiered a lyric video for their song “Black Widow’s Web.” The track, which features Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy) and Brazilian singer Sandy, appears on the band’s latest album “Ømni.”