Brazilian Power Metal
Stauros - O Sentido da Vida 1997
- "Guerra Final"
- "Portais Eternos"
- "Viagem pro Céu"
- "Novo Dia"
- "Pacto com Deus"
- "Toda Dor"
- "The Moment"
- "Preço da
- "Eternal Fountain"
- "Via Escarlate"
I had heard this disc
before at a friend's apartment, but I just can't enjoy the music with the Portuguese
lyrics. For some reason it just sounds so odd and foreign to me. Think I'll
stick with 'Seaquake.' Picked up this disc from a Brazilian trader.
Stauros - Seaquake (independent) 2000
- "Rusty Machine"
- "The First Mile"
- "The Second Mile"
- "Victory Act"
- "Without Truces"
- "Vital Blood"
- "Love in Vain"
- "Friendly Hand"
- "Dance of the
- "Every Pain II"
- "Inside of the
- "Faith in the Arena"
I. Arena of Lions
II. Winner Face
III. Momentary Darkness
IV. The Great Preaching
Man, Brazil is just exploding with Christian metal bands right now. Stauros
apparently is one of the more well known in their homeland. In the U.S. they
are relatively unknown, but are slowly getting some exposure through mail order
companies like RadRockers. In anycase, Stauros play power metal with some progressive
metal influences, sort of like Fates
Warning's 'No Exit' although I am not saying they sound alike. The musicianship
on this disc is quite good, as are the guitar solos, but for some reason the
vocals melodies don't bowl me over. Carlos Cesar Oliveira has a solid voice
but the song writing doesn't have a whole lot of hook that would make me want
to spin this disc over and over. However, having heard the growth from their
last album ('O Sentido da Vida') to this album, I can only imagine that if these
guys stick it out they will be a force to be reckoned with. Will have to give
this disc a few more spins as it may just be one of those bands that grows on
me with each listen.
Stauros - Adrift (independent) 2002
- "Adrift" (4:50)
- "Sacred Blow" (6:00)
- "Our Scream" (4:47)
- "Running Again" (3:31)
- "Images Away" (3:55)
- "Defibulator" (4:47)
- "Mercy" [instrumental]
- "BullFighter" (4:51)
- "A New Chance" (4:19)
Stauros return in 2001
with their fourth disc, and as with each past disc, show some growth from the
disc before. Musically the band continues in a straight forward power metal
mode, only this time adding a bit more groove and even some ocassional thrash
riffs (ie. 'Our Scream'). A few songs even remind me of Barren
Cross or mid-90's Metal Church.
The instrumental "Mercy" is a guitar solo that reminds me of something Rex Carroll
may have done on some of the better Whitecross albums. And what would a Christian power metal band be without at least one
ballad? Stauros include an acoustic ballad called 'Running Wild' that is actually
quite pleasant and a powerful ballad at the conclusion of the disc called "A
New Chance." The production is good with the guitars out front and the vocals
mixed at the right levels. However, my problem with their past discs still remains
on this disc with the vocal melodies and word enunciation sounding a bit odd
to me. I suppose this is more a problem of the differences in culture between
the U.S. and Brazil. I have this same problem with Loudness,
although this has never stopped me from listening to and enjoying their discs.