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Biografia : Of The Archaengel

The name OF THE ARCHAENGEL refers to the occult concept of the duality between light and shadows, with Archangel being an hierarchic position which can be attributed to high or low entities.

In the year of 2001, the band made-up by the guitarist Alex Rodrigues was called LETHAL CURSE , and was active for 11 years, being nationally known by the underground metal community because of its serious and professional work during those years.

Since the beginning, in the gray city of São Paulo in 1992 and with a power trio line-up, the band already showed signs of being ahead of its time. On its only demo tape entitled “Return to Obscurity”, they played what was called at this high “doom metal” ( in a mix with the typical sound of 80’s Brazilian metal ) being one of the Brazilian pioneers in this genre.

The band was featured in the first heavy metal CD compilation released in Brazil, entitled “The Winds Of A New Millenium I”, in 1995, and released a full length, entitled “Rape the Innocence” in 1998, when they signed a deal with the traditional label Cogumelo Records . In the same year the group had its first line-up change, when the drummer and co-founder F. Stocco left, and replaced by Pedro Alzaga. Keyboards were also added, when Paulo Moura joined the band starting the quartet line-up era.

In the following years they performed lots of shows in underground venues as promotion for the album including the notorious Brazilian tour with the Greek act Rotting Christ in 1998, promoting the band’s name to a bigger crowd.

Still in 1999, the track “Everlasting Alone” was featured in the Belgian compilation “Sometimes Death is Better” (Shiver Records), and in 2000 they were part of “Tribute to Sarcofago” (also featuring Satyricon
and Impaled Nazarene)

2001 marks the beginning of the movement of Alex Rodrigues (guitar) Paulo Moura (guitar / keyboards) and Pedro Alzaga (drums) to in an expansive vision eliminate the shadow of its musical influences to build their own sound and take their to a new and broader level, perpetuating its dense form of composition.
A search for a musical soul taken to its most sincere and true level.

These changes lead to a second line-up change and put the band’s career at risk, because the lack of a bassist and vocalist until the dying light of 2002.
In this period the band invests all its energy creatively reinventing itself, and with the joining of the vocalist A. "Laurence" Funes, they record new songs which later became the promo / demo "The Dante's Children Extravagance", released in 2005, when the young Lucas Barone (bass) joined the now named OF THE ARCHAENGEL, a name chosen to reflect the rich and occult lyrical themes developed by the quintet.

2006 arrives with a new and unexpected change of line-up: the departure of vocalist A. "Laurence" Funes, limiting the group’s existence to studio until the first half of 2008, when they recover their enthusiasm after awakening the interest of Sleaszy Rider Records and beginning the negotiations for the release of a new album with worldwide distribution.

The obstinacy to reacquire the road-band status leads Alex Rodrigues to be responsible for the vocals, and Kleber Fabianni (ex-Harppia) is called for its position on the guitars. With this line-up OF THE ARCHAENGEL recently played pre-release gigs of its upcoming album "The Extraphysicallia" in Brazil along with the highly respectable Opeth, Paradise Lost, Dark Tranquillity and Katatonia.

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