June 10, 2019

Herman Li has paid tribute to André Matos, saying that without ANGRA, DRAGONFORCE would not exist.

Matos, who sang for the Brazilian metal bands ANGRA, VIPER and SHAMAN, died on Saturday, June 8 after suffering a heart attack. He was only 47 years old.

On Sunday (June 9),the DRAGONFORCE guitarist posted a video message on the band's YouTube channel in which he expressed his sadness over André's loss and acknowledged the influence Matos's early work had on his own musical upbringing.

"I'm doing this message because I'm very devastated from hearing [about] the loss of André Matos today," Herman said (see video below). "I feel like this is probably better [done via] video than [by] writing it, 'cause I'm kind of at a loss for words, to be honest.

"I've been a big fan of André Matos and ANGRA for many years — since the beginning, since the first album — and it's been part of my music journey for many years," Li continued. "From learning to play the guitar, just learning music… I don't think without ANGRA, DRAGONFORCE would have even existed. It's one of the bands I was listening to a lot and it inspired me and influenced me and Sam [Totman, guitar] to start DRAGONFORCE.

"So I'm very, very sad to hear this news, and my condolences to André's family.

"Rest in peace, André Matos. You've been amazing and Brazil has lost such an amazing person, singer, musician. So, sorry for your loss."

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".

Find more on Dragonforce
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • reddit
  • email

Comments Disclaimer And Information

BLABBERMOUTH.NET uses the Facebook Comments plugin to let people comment on content on the site using their Facebook account. The comments reside on Facebook servers and are not stored on BLABBERMOUTH.NET. To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).