RAPHAEL BITTENCOURT (ANGRA): “When You Don’t Fit A Specific Genre Record Companies Get Confused”

Angra group photo in 2023 by photographer Marcos Hermes.
Photo: Marcos Hermes

Brazil’s legendary Power Prog band Angra are releasing their new album Cycles Of Pain on Atomic Fire Records, and Metal Express Radio’s Bryce Van Patten had a chat with founding member Raphael Bittencourt about the new album, about the meaning behind the title “Cycles Of Pain”, about their switch to Atomic Fire Records, and a lot more.


  • Fabio Lione – vocals
  • Rafael Bittencourt – guitars
  • Marcelo Barbosa – guitars
  • Felipe Andreoli – bass
  • Bruno Valverde – drums


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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