The band Angra is about to launch its seventh studio album "Aqua".
Now, Angra's musicians periodically release their impressions about each track from "Aqua".
This time, the guitarist Kiko Loureiro clarifies some aspects of the tenth track from "Aqua", "Ashes".
" I made this song a long time ago during the composition process of "Aurora Consurgens".
It was not ready to enter the album, but for Aqua I had more time to finish it and make changes to present it in a good way.
As main idea, I started imagining Nocturnals and Preludes of Chopin. I initially composed it as an instrumental piece on piano. In part A there is a Dm scale which leads to a deep sense of introspection like in Requiem of Mozart, for example.
The harmonic structure brings to a romanticism atmosphere. Bridge and chorus are lighter as a metal ballad. Bridge and pre-chorus bring the listener to other scales before bring back to the original one, creating a very intersting harmonic motion.
In the middle, before guitar solo, there's a classical mouvement. The idea is to induce the listener to an ethereal and dream feeling while a female voice begins a speech that would be Prospero's consciousness. Since this is the lsat song of the album, lyrics uses the last act of the play where Prospero reflects on what he did and forgive to all the island.
He realizes that his behavior and his way of thinking are not a peaceful way of life and that forgiveness is the only way. Then, he leaves his books of magic and starts a new life. Lyrics ends with the last sentence from "The Tempest". "We are made from the same essence as our dreams". "
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