SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser dedicated his acoustic performance at the Rio Montreux Jazz Festival in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday (June 8) to former ANGRA singer André Matos, who died earlier that day.
Before launching into an acoustic version of the PANTERA classic “Walk”, Kisser called Matos a “heavy metal icon” and a “Brazilian heavy metal pioneer.”
Matos, who also sang for the Brazilian metal bands VIPER and SHAMAN, passed away after suffering a heart attack. He was only 47 years old.
In addition to recording the vocals and keyboards on ANGRA‘s 1993 debut album, “Angels Cry”, André was the composer and arranger of nine of the ten tracks on the LP, including “Carry On”, which is still considered to be one of ANGRA‘s most popular songs. Matos also handled lead vocals on ANGRA‘s “Holy Land” (1996) and “Fireworks” (1998) albums.
Matos, along with bassist Luis Mariutti and drummer Ricardo Confessori, left ANGRA in 2000 and launched SHAMAN (later known as SHAAMAN due to legal issues). André then went on to pursue a solo career while continuing to stay involved with a number of outside projects.
André released three solo albums: 2007’s “Time To Be Free”, 2009’s “Mentalize” and 2012’s “The Turn Of The Lights”.
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