Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Almah's third CD to be released in North America on January 17th, 2012

AFM Records, international record label of ALMAh, now confirms that MOTION, the band's third full-length, will be available to North American fans on January 17th, 2012.

The album was recorded in São Paulo, Brazil at Norcal Studios in May-June 2011. It was mixed and mastered at Split Second Sound Studios (Amsterdam, Netherlands) by Jochem Jacobs (TEXTURES) in July. On September 16th MOTION was launched in Brazil and it was confirmed as the best-selling metal album according to November's issue of Roadie Crew magazine. On October 14th the CD saw the light of day in Europe via AFM Records and on October 18th in Japan and Latin America by Victor JVC and Icarus Records respectively.

In the middle of September Edu Falaschi, Felipe Andreoli and Marcelo Barbosa visited Japan, France and Germany with a short promo trip dedicated to the European and Japanese releases. The musicians made various interviews for international metal /rock magazines and webzines and participated in radio and TV shows. Also, ALMAh played an acoustic pocket show in Tokyo. MOTION has already got many positive reviews in such media as Burrn! magazine (Japan), Roadie Crew (Brazil), Whiplash! (Brazil), PowerMetal.de (Germany), PowerMetal.it (Italy), Rock Realms (UK), Lords Of Metal (Holland), Metal Zone (Greece), Metal Cry (Spain) and many others. You can check the links to ALMAh reviews and interviews HERE.

So far the band released two music videos to the following songs from the new CD : Trace Of Trait (10.000 views in the first day) and Late Night in '85. Both videos as well as studio reports and tour outtakes are available on ALMAh Official channel in Youtube.

At the moment, the band is finishing the first leg of Motion tour in Brazil. The band already played shows in such important Brazilian cities as São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Curitiba among others, including a few shows together with an icon of Brazilian metal, Sepultura. The last shows for this year are scheduled for 17-18th of December in Piracibaba and Itu (SP)and then, after a short break, ALMAh will be back in the spring of 2012. More dates and news will be announced soon.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

ALMAh is featured in December's Issue of BURRN! Magazine (Japan)







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Marcelo Barbosa's interview @ Rock Overdose (Greece)!

The original link: http://www.rockoverdose.gr/news_details.php?id=7282.
It's also available in Greek!

Rock Overdose: Welcome to Rockoverdose.gr! So, a new album is ready to be released. Tell us some things about this new stuff and what we have to expect?

Marcelo: This is our third album, the second as a band since the first Almah CD was a solo project of Edu Falaschi, Angra’s singer. During this time the band became more mature and we believe that in this particular album we could finally find our inner voice. The songs are heavier but also technical and with catchy melodies, mainly on the chorus. We are really proud of the results and anxious to hear the opinion of the audience.

Rock Overdose: How would you describe us this album with the previous?

Marcelo: I think that Almah’s songwriting formula, If I could call it like that, is based on the triad power, technique and melody. We all are technical musicians and some of us are really into progressive music, so it’s impossible to be too far from it. Beside this, the guitar riffs are really powerfull and we are using seven stringed guitars, so everything sounds heavier. Edu normally is in charge of the melodies and he is pretty good on it. Every song has melodies that we start to sing along after the first audition.



Rock Overdose: You think that it was good for the band that Angra was behind Almah in some way?

Marcelo: In certain way it was good, in other it wans’t. Pretty much like everything in life. It was good because it opened some doors in record labels, TVs, magazines and producers. But Angra is a big band and of course, sometimes we had to wait for a free space on their schedule so we could work with Almah. This is the bad part.

Rock Overdose: How about lives? Do you have something on your plans?

Marcelo: We’re playing live in Brazil for one month right now and I think we have more eight or ten concerts confirmed until the end of this year. This is good because in Brazil we have a good audience and the concerts are doing great. Some of them are with Sepultura, and we played twice with Machine Head too. It’s great to have a chance to play with those guys.

Rock Overdose: Who is responsible for the composing and lyrics part of the albums?

Marcelo: We did all the compositions together but Edu started the majority of them. He bought the initial ideas and we made the arrangements, instrumental sections or a new part that wans’t there together. The lyrics were done by Edu and Felipe.

Rock Overdose: What’s the main inspiration of the lyrics part?

Marcelo: In this album we agreed to talk about real life. About things that are in our ordinary days. Some of them have a personal feel but some are just about life facts.

Rock Overdose: How would you describe Almah with three words?

Marcelo: I told this in another question. Power, technique and melody.

Rock Overdose: How much in your opinion internet can help bands nowadays?

Marcelo: Internet is great to help promoting bands. You can be directly in contact with your fans and youtube is a fantastic tool to see how the bands are live, and promote video clips. The problem is that a lot of the material that pops there are with bad quality so it can show something that isn’t the truth. Once again, internet is just a tool. It can be good or bad depending on how you use it.

Rock Overdose: What’s your opinion about Greece and Greek people?

Marcelo: I don’t know personally a lot of Greek people but Greece is one the places in the world that I’m sure I will visit in the future. I do love arts in general and history so; I think that is mandatory to anyone who loves these fields to know Greece. Beside this, I do read a lot about philosophy and of course I’m quite familiar with the work of some Greek philosophers, mainly Socrates, Aristotle and Plato. I think these are the Greek people that I know and I do love them… LOL
You know, there’s a coincidence in this question. The entire Motion concept is based on moving on and trying to be better every day, things like that. When we were talking about this, I brought an Heraclitus’ quote that is: “You cannot step into the same river, for fresh waters are ever flowing on to you.” These words are written on the CD folder and also inspired the lyrics of Living and Drifting, one of the best songs of this CD in my opinion.

Rock Overdose: Is there something else you would like to announce, before we end this interview?

Marcelo: I would like to thank you for the space and interest in our work. Hopefully, soon we will be back in Europe with the whole band do some concerts and I’m looking forward to see everyone there. All the best!

Rock Overdose: Thank you for your time, we wish you the best!

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

FELIPE ANDREOLI & MARCELO BARBOSA, interview for Metal Sickness Webzine


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Marcelo Barbosa and Felipe Andreoli: interview for Rocknlive


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Interview for Metalzone Webzine (Greece)

Metalzone: Hello and welcome to Metalzone. Your brand new album, “Motion”, has been released about a month ago. Tell us a few things about this new endeavor of yours.

Marcelo Barbosa: I think that now, three years after our last record we are more mature as musicians and also as a team. We know each other better so everything was faster than the last time. We worked in the pre-production thru emails and hung up for one week before getting into the studio. In this week we arranged every song and the results were impressive. Like I said, as we know each other better we knew what to expect from each one about music, playing and song writing. The whole process was smooth, easy and really fast.

Metalzone: As far as I am concerned Almah begun as a solo project, featuring Angra’s singer Edu Falaschi. Five years after the band was formed, it has released 3 studio albums; so, can we say that Almah is now a “full time” band?

Marcelo Barbosa: Yes you’re right. It began as a solo project but even before the second album it became a band. I’m with Edu and Felipe since that time when we were touring promoting the first album and sometime after that Moreira and Paulo joined the band. During the Fragile Equality process we firmed this line up and as time goes by we feel more comfortable as a team, as a group. For now we all are a hundred percent focused in Almah and in the promotion of MOTION that is in my opinion our best work.

Metalzone: From my perspective, your music is a combination of heavy/power metal and progressive power metal and “melody” is the key word in this “mixture”. How would you describe your music?

Marcelo Barbosa: You did it well. I would say that Almah’s music is based on the triad: power, technique and melody. Me and Felipe are really into phttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifrogressive music, Paulo is fully into death/trash and Edu is a great songwriter who always comes up with catchy melodies. We are pretty eclectic but metal is the common line between us. So, these three elements are in every song we write and it became something like a trademark.

Read the complete interview here: http://www.metalzone.gr/interviews.php?action=details&id=269&lang=en

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Get ALMAh to your iPhone! The band presents its official free application

ALMAh is proud to announce its collaboration with Apple Inc. and presents its own official Application for iPhone which now is available on iTunes (for free). With the Official Almah App one can always stay in touch with the band with all its infos at one place: news, tour dates, pictire galleries with official and offstage stuff, video clips and studio reports, access to the social networks with all their features. The App is developed by Utap Inc.

The App is available for free at iTunes store at this location:


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Strings Marcelo Barbosa by Dean Markley


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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

ALMAH presented the new album to Europe and Japan, Complete audio from Japanese pocket show and exclusive pictures

Marcelo Barbosa and other ALMAH’s musicians Edu Falaschi and Felipe Andreoli have recently returned from one-week promotional tour dedicated to the third album of the band, MOTION. The new studio effort of ALMAH has been met with the great interest and enthusiasm by the mass media in Japan and Europe. The program of the trip included such cities as Tokyo, Paris and Hamburg with visits to the headquaters of JVC-Victor / Japan and AFM Records / Germany, lots of interviews, and one meet&great / sold-out pocket show in Tokyo (September 14). Edu, Felipe and Marcelo succeded to present MOTION to many important international media from various countries such as BURRN!, YOUNG GUITAR, METAL HAMMER, ROCK HARD, HARD ROCK, ROCK IT, IPC (REDE GLOBO JAPAN) and many others.

CHECK OUT THE COMPLETE AUDIO FROM JAPANESE POCKET SHOW FOR 100 SELECTED FANS:







The extensive photo gallery about this trip (including onstage and offstage stuff) is available at this location. Photos by Almah and Martin Hladik/Agency.

Series of offstage videos:
Interviews in Japan, P.1 (English)
Interviews in Japan, P.2 (English)
Almah offstage in Tokyo, P.1 (Portuguese)
Almah offstage in Tokyo, P.2 (Portuguese)
Almah offstage in Paris (Portuguese)

MOTION was recorded in São Paulo, Brazil at Norcal Studios in May-June 2011. The album was mixed and mastered at Split Second Sound Studios (Amsterdam, Netherlands) by Jochem Jacobs (TEXTURES) in July. On September 16th the album was launched in Brazil. According to Die Hard distribution network the first press of the CD has been almost sold out during pre-order period. The release dates in other countries are the following: October 14th (Europe, North America / AFM Records), October 14th (Latin America / Icarus Records), October 19th (Japan / Victor JVC).

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Monday, September 26, 2011

ALMAH presents the new “Motion” website, Myspace and Twitter layout

Brazilian metallers ALMAH are ready to release their third studio album MOTION on October 14th via AFM Records (Europe, North America) and October 19th via Victor JVC (Japan), and right now the band proudly presents the new layout of its http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifmhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifain Intenet pages:

Official Website http://www.almah.com.br

Myspace http://www.myspace.com/almahedufalaschi

Twitter http://twitter.com/officialalmah

At the new official website one can see the complete informaton about the band and share the news and tour dates via his/her social networks. Besides news, dates and basic infos about ALMAH, the band added musical player, links to the recent/old/onstage/offstage photo galleries, store section and a big collection of album reviews and interviews with the musicians.http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif

New design is based on the artwords and idea of the upcoming CD, the layouts are created by Brazilian artist João Duarte (J.Duarte Design http://www.jduartedesign.blog.com), a well-known name in the rock&metal field due to his work with such bands and companies as Edu Falaschi, Angra, Korzus, Circle To Circle, Kattah, Torture Squad, MS Metal Press and others.

In the meantime, ALMAH’s musicians Edu Falaschi, Felipe Andreoli and Marcelo Barbosa returned from one-week promotional tour in Japan and Europe with lots of interviews and a sold-out pocket show in Tokyo. The extensive photo gallery abouhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gift this trip (including onstage and offstage stuff) is available at this location:

MOTION was recorded in São Paulo, Brazil at Norcal Studios in May-June 2011. The album was mixed and mastered at Split Second Sound Studios (Amsterdam, Netherlands) by Jochem Jacobs (TEXTURES) in July. On September 16th the album was launched in Brazil. According to Die Hard distribution network the first press of the CD has been almost sold out yet during pre-order period.

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Advertisement of “Orange” in September’s issue of Guitar Player magazine


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Saturday, September 17, 2011

About Almah's Motion

Ok, I'm in the other side of the world, in Hamburg, Germany, working in the promotion of our new album. In the last seven days, we visited Japan, France and now Germany. This experience has been great but also exausting. While we're here, I just realized that today is the release of MOTION in Brazil. We are really excited to know what you people will think about this work and based on some questions we're answering in this promo trip, I wrote down some lines about the album and it's conception in one of the many flights we took these days.

Hope you enjoy...

I really believe that we as human beings are always, consciously or uncosciously, changing. We change in our way of thinking, in our feelings and the way we see life itself. In some people the changes are stronger, in other smoother, it depends on a serie of factors, but the main point here is that we change, adapt, evolve. This is what makes the whole MOTION concept so interisting and rich. Beside, as a consequence, art itself changes too. As an artist who expresses himself throught the music, I think that since your art is a way of expression of your feelings, thoughts, sensations or whatever, it's more than natural that it changes with any change that comes to you. Otherwise, it's nothing more than fake, false or forced way of making music based in a predetermined formula, normally choosen from what the artist or the record lable thinks it would be better accepted by the market itself.

In this CD, we wrote and played what we were feeling. There isn't one note or word on it that doesn't represent our truth at this moment and I do believe that anyone who listens to it closely with an open heart and mind will notice it. That's why we're so proud of it.

Really hope you enjoy! Keep moving!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

ALMAH: New MOTION Myspace layout is available

ALMAH presents the new MOTION Myspace layout based on the artwords and idea of the upcoming third studio album. The layout has been designed by João Duarte (J.Duarte Design, MS Metal Press), a well-known name in the rock&metal field due to his work with such bands and companies as Edu Falaschi, Angra, Korzus, Circle To Circle, Kattah, Torture Squad among others.

MOTION was recorded in São Paulo, Brazil at Norcal Studios in May-June 2011. The album was mixed and mastered at Split Second Sound Studios (Amsterdam, Netherlands) by Jochem Jacobs (TEXTURES) in July. The release dates are the following: October 14th (Europe, North America / AFM Records), September 16th (Brazil / Laser Company), October 14th (Latin America / Icarus Records), October 19th (Japan / Victor JVC). Japanese edition of MOTION will contain a bonus track.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

New Endorsement: Dean Markley


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Marcelo in promo tour around Europe and Japan


Yesterday the musician went for a short promo tour with Almah in Japan and Europe. This week Edu Falaschi, Felipe Andreoli and Marcelo Barbosa will present the brand new album of the band "Motion" for Japanese and European audience. As we previously reported, the new CD will see the light of day on October 14 in Europe/North America via AFM Records and on October 19 in Japan via Victor JVC.

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First song/videoclip from the upcoming album of ALMAH unveiled

Brazilian-based metallers ALMAH proudly present a new song from the upcoming album MOTION which will be released on October 14th via AFM Records. For the online debut of the new CD ALMAH created a VIDEO CLIP for the song “Trace of Trait” with its own story and professional production. The footage was done in Caxias do Sul, a city in the South of Brazil at the end of August under direction of producer and photographer Alex Milesi. The video is available on the official channel of the band in YOUTUBE:



MOTION was recorded in São Paulo, Brazil at Norcal Studios in May-June 2011. The album was mixed and mastered at Split Second Sound Studios (Amsterdam, Netherlands) by Jochem Jacobs (TEXTURES) in July. The release dates are the following: October 14th (Europe, North America / AFM Records), September 16th (Brazil / Laser Company), October 14th (Latin America / Icarus Records), October 19th (Japan / Victor JVC). Japanese edition of MOTION will contain a bonus track.

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

ALMAH Announces a Single from the Upcoming Album

We are proud to announce that a brand new online Single from the upcoming album MOTION will be available for streaming from September 8th via the official channel of the band in YOUTUBE.

The single will represent the new face and direction of ALMAH. After successful power metal masterpiece "Fragile Equality" released in 2008, ALMAH returns with the 3rd studio effort “Motion” as an experienced matured band with many new ideas and without any fear to be up-to-date and to move forward towards its own language and identity.

MOTION was recorded in São Paulo, Brazil at Norcal Studios in May-June 2011. The album was mixed and mastered at Split Second Sound Studios (Amsterdam, Netherlands) by Jochem Jacobs (TEXTURES) in July.

The release dates are the following: October 14th (Europe, North America / AFM Records), September 16th (Brazil / Laser Company), October 14th (Latin America / Icarus Records), October 19th (Japan / Victor JVC). ALMAH have recently announced their promo tour around Japan and Europe (Germany/France) on September 12-19th. Edu Falaschi, Felipe Andreoli and Marcelo Barbosa will present the new record for Japanese and European fans and mass media.


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Monday, August 22, 2011

Marcelo Barbosa in a Promo tour around Europe and Japan with ALMAH in September

We are proud to announce the upcoming ALMAH promo tour around Japan and Europe (Germany/France) on September 12-19th. Edu Falaschi, Felipe Andreoli and Marcelo Barbosa will present the brand new album of the band "Motion" for Japanese and European audience. As we previously reported, the new CD will see the light of day on October 14 in Europe/North America via AFM Records and on October 19 in Japan via Victor JVC.

The band is going to make interviews for print and online mass media, TV and radio presentations, meets&greets and acoustic performances. More information and details will be available soon.

MOTION was recorded in São Paulo, Brazil at Norcal Studios in May-June 2011. The material was mixed and mastered at Split Second Sound Studios (Amsterdam, Netherlands) by Jochem Jacobs (TEXTURES) in July. A brand new digital single will be available for online streaming in the beginning of September. The release dates of MOTION in other countries are the following: September 16th (Brazil / Laser Company), October 14th (Latin America / Icarus Records).

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ALMAH Announce Release Dates for the New Album

Marcelo's band ALMAH has announced that its new album MOTION will be released on October 14th via AFM Records. The band worked on the new CD in São Paulo, Brazil at Norcal Studios in May-June 2011. The material was mixed and mastered at Split Second Sound Studios (Amsterdam, Netherlands) by Jochem Jacobs (TEXTURES) in July. A brand new digital single will be available for online streaming in the beginning of September. The release dates of MOTION in other countries are the following: September 16th (Brazil / Laser Company), October 14th (Latin America / Icarus Records), October 19th (Japan / Victor JVC).http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif

See more: www.almah.com.br

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Track list of the new ALMAH unveiled

Brazilian metallers ALMAH will release their new album MOTION via AFM Records this fall (the date will be announced soon). The new material was recorded at Norcal Studios (São Paulo, Brazil) in May-June 2011 and mixed and mastered at Split Second Sound Studios (Amsterdam, Netherlands) by Jochem Jacobs (Textures) in July. The album is produced by Edu Falaschi and Felipe Andreoli. The track list is confirmed as follows:

1 - Hypnotized
2 - Living And Drifting
3 - Days Of The New
4 - Bullets On The Altar
5 - Zombies Dictator
6 - Trace Of Trait
7 - Soul Alight
8 - Late Night in '85
9 - Daydream Lucidity
10 - When And Why

ALMAH is: Edu Falaschi – vocals, Felipe Andreoli – bass, Marcelo Barbosa – guitars, Paulo Schroeber – guitars, Marcelo Moreira – drums. The band was established by Angra’s singer Edu Falaschi in 2006 and released two albums: "Almah" (2007) and "Fragile Equality" (2008). Just recently the band returned to live activities after a one-year break. ALMAH played at Forcaos and Armazed do Som festivals at the Northeast of Brazil - headlining shows and series of supporting events such as singing sessions, a pocket show and workshops. The bhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifand was highly acclaimed by the public at all the events.

More details: http://www.almah.com.br/ing/home.php




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Hotel California Solo by Marcelo Barbosa


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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Marcelo Barbosa with ANGRA

Marcelo Barbosa has been recently invited to play a few shows with ANGRA in Brazil replacing the guitarist Kiko Lourero who has to skip these live dates due to family reasons. Marcelo already joined Angra's at the shows in Suzano (SP), Macapá (Amapá) and on stage of Porão do Rock festival in home city of Barbosa, Brasília. The guitarist played with his colleagues from Almah, Edu Falaschi and Felipe Andreoli. Here you can see a fan-video from this unforgattable performance!



Marcelo Barbosa and Almah have recently finished the recording of the new album entitled Motion at Norcal Studios in São Paulo, Brazil. Motion will be released in the fall via AFM Records.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Marcelo Barbosa comments on new album and the recent live shows of Almah

ALMAH has recently finished the recording, mixing and mastering of its brand new album MOTION that will see the light of day via AFM records this fall (the scheduled release date is to be announced very soon). At the end of July the musicians returned to live activities: ALMAH played its first shows since Fragile Equality tour (finished in June 2010) – the band successfully performed at Forcaos and Armazed do Som festivals at the Northeast of Brazil at the end of July. Now the band is preparing for the upcoming MOTION release and tour. Meanwhile, guitarist Marcelo Barbosa comments on Almah, new album and the recent shows:

"Actually, I play in a few bands, and every one is special in its own way. Besides the fact that ALMAH is the most famous one among them and it has an opportunity to travel more playing live, the band is about to release a new album! It’s always a challenge and as usual it’s a very special feeling of this cold in the stomach when you have no idea what comes next. I’m very happy that the band is back on stage and I’m looking forward to the moment when everyone will hear the work that we’ve recorded. All of us are really excited with the final result.

At the end of July we played the first live shows after a big break. We spent more than a year without playing live on stage but even the first rehearsal showed good sound and great team work. It’s interesting, especially taking into account all the conditions.... Moreover, some song parts sounded even more natural and it was easier to play them. Of course, we have very good musicians in the band, but the songs, especially from Fragile Equality album, have very high technical level. And I believe, no one expected that it would be so easy to come back to live activities! I’m convinced that with more time and more rehersals for the upcoming Motion Tour ALMAH will sound so great on stage as never before!

I was really excited with the recent shows in the city of Fortaleza, I know this public very good because I’ve already played there 6 times (also with my other band – Khallice). But not only the feelling of this great audience or of coming back with Almah made this trip so special… We received the master of our new album Motion exactly when we were staying there, and we've listened to the ready master with the new material for the first time while on the road. We made our new photo session during the tour as well, because the band members live in different cities and we took the most from this opportunity of staying all together.

Actually, everything in this tour went on very well. Almah is a funny band with a good sense of humour. To stay close to these guys always means that a lot of fun is guaranteed! Especially with Paulo and Moreira which have a natural way to be funny. It’s impossible to spend even one day without laughing a lot. And of course, I couldn’t miss the opporutinity to go to the beach with some friends ‘cos my home city is in 1000km from the nearest seashore...

Well, I hope to visit as many places as possible with the future Motion Tour to present our new work live and to have fun playing this stuff! I’m totally sure that this CD will kick ass and let’s see what happens next!"

The extensive Onstage and Offstage Photo Gallehttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifry from this trip is available at THIS LOCATION.


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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Almah Studio Report 2011 - Guitar recordings (Pt. 2) is available with ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Start playing the video and choose the option "CC" on the left side of the video at the bottom.
Enjoy!


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ALMAH: The title and cover artwork of the forthcoming album revealed

ALMAH has confirmed the title of its upcoming third album, the follow-up to the previous success “Fragile Equality”, as “MOTION”. The cover artwork is available below.


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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Edu Falaschi comments recording of the guitars for the new Almah album

ALMAH and Marcelo Barbosa keep working on the third studio album, the follow-up to the previous success, Fragile Equality (2008). This Monday, frontman and founder of Almah, Edu Falaschi, revealed a few details about recording of the new album in an interview to Heavy Nation program broadcasted by one of the most important internet radio stations in Brazil, UOL Radio.

Here is the part of the interview including the words of Edu about the guitars recorded by Marcelo Barbosa and Paulo Schroeber:

"It’s the fastest CD-recording I’ve ever done in my life! – tells Edu. – We began working at the end of April and had everything together within one month! I mean, the pre-production, arrangements, the basic parts/solos creation and the guitars/bass/drums recording... Everything took less than one month!
It’s the heaviest stuff I’ve ever recorded in my life, the guitar work kicks ass! The guitar parts have been recorded with 7-strings instruments, half-step down (B flat), and the result is very solid and heavy. The rhythm guitars were played four times for extra punch. The new stuff will show that Almah is not really a melodic metal band… But, mainly, this album will make it clear that Almah stands on its ground on the scene! While the first CD was my solo one, and the 2nd, Fragile Equaity, was the first album with the current line up, then unknown for the public, this time Almah is very well consolidated as a band. It’s got its own place, sound, identity and, also very important, its own true fan army!”

The complete news topic in English is HERE.
The original audio interview in Portuguese.




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Friday, June 10, 2011

Marcelo Barbosa will play three shows with ANGRA

Marcelo Barbosa will play three shows with ANGRA in Brazil (Suzano, Angra dos Reis and Brasília/Porão do Rock Festival) replacing the guitarist Kiko Lourero who will skip these live dates due to family reasons.

Marcelo Barbosa is a well recognized guitar master and teacher in Brazil. Besides his career as the founder, owner and professor of GTR Guitar Institute, he became famous as a metal musician thanks to his work in such bands as ALMAH and KHALLICE. In 2007 Barbosa joined ALMAH, the band established by Angra's singer Edu Falaschi with participation of his bandmate Felipe Andreoli, and became very familiar for Angra's audience. The 2nd Almah's album recorded in the present line-up became one of the best metal releases of the year worldwide. Right now the band is preparing the 3rd studio effort. As we previously reported, at the end of May Barbosa finished the guitar parts for the new long-awaited CD of Almah. Edu Falaschi mentioned in the recent interviews, that it will be the best guitar work he has ever had on his albums.

Thus, no wonder, that one of the leading metal bands in Brazil, Angra, invited him to replace its permanent guitarist to make these shows. The fans can really expect a great and exciting performance of Angra with Marcelo Barbosa. The first one will take place in Suzano, São Paulo state, on 11th of June.

Rehearsal with Angra:


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Friday, May 20, 2011

Marcelo Barbosa reports from the studio

The last few weeks I live between the trips from my home city Brasilia to Sao Paulo and back: at first, it was preproduction of the new material and right now, we’re recording the guitars for the new CD of Almah. The whole atmosphere in the studio is very good and we are convinced that the album will be great. As the songs are taking shape, we start to realize the weight and profundity of them and of their arrangements. All the guitar basics have been already recorded and at the moment we are doing some details and the solos. I have to return to Brasília for the week-end because of some shows and appointments there. But I believe that before the middle of the next week we’ll finish all the guitar and acoustic guitar parts.

Too many things happen at the same time and I must confess that I’m getting a bit crazy because of it. But let come what may!

I’ve made two videos with parts of the new songs. They are short because we can’t reveal all the secrets before their time, but I think it could be enough to stimulate your curiosity. Some elements remind Fragile Equality, after all, the band remains the same with the same guitarists. These elements are a part of our sound’s identity. But I’m sure that for the most part of the album we are daring enough and many things will be different from the stuff presented on the previous CD.

Sorry, I made a mistake recording the second video with my iPhone, I did it in the vertical position that is why the picture is too narrow. Anyway, what is really important, the sound is there. Check out the videos, we will show you more things soon. Stay tuned!






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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Marcelo Barbosa about the new Almah in the interview for Fullrock.com

At the moment, ALMAH continues working at the third studio album, the follow-up to the previous success, Fragile Equality (2008). This week, the band has started to work at the guitar parts. Brazilian journalist, Felix Briano from Fullrock.com has got a few answers from ALMAH’s guitarist Marcelo Barbosa about how the work at the new material is going on.

First, the journalist asked how much the new stuff can be compared with the first Almah’s CD made as a solo-album of Edu Falaschi (while the 2nd one, Fragile Equality was a result of a real band work): “In some parts, - told Barbosa – but we won’t abandon the technical side which is one of the most important features of the band. That time the songs themselves were the central point of the attention and the arragements permeated them with some temperance, which doesn’t appear so much in Fragile Equality - the album that I adore. But now it’s a different moment and since we express in the music the way we think and the way we live at the moment, it couldn’t be the same”.

You live in Brasília and the rest of the guys are from São Paulo and Caxias do Sul, all the places are in different states in the country with a very big territory. How did the composing become possible in such conditions?
“This time it has been a little bit different. It’s been a bit faster than in case of the previous CD. We started to exchange some ideas through the Internet. When we had got enough material, we set up an appointmemt and spent almost a week in São Paulo in order to finalize the songs and the arrangements for the new album and right after that Moreira entered the studio to record the drums. This part has already been finished and this week we start to record the guitars, acoustic guitars and the bass".

Where are you recording the new album, in which studio?
“We have choosen the same one where we made Fragile Equality. Norcal is a studio with excellent equipment, technical staff, organization and where we are very welcome. With old partners by our side the whole process becomes easier and more agile. The main difference is the fact that this time the album will be mixed in Europe".

We are talking about the album without using any certain name, did you define the title of the new Almah’s effort?
“Not yet. Everything is happening very very fast and we will fill the gaps during the recording. We have been waiting for some break in Angra’s schedule to have a space to go on with Almah. And when it happened we immediately caught this opportunity! :) Every one of us is really excited with all this stuff that our fans would like to get to know, and these details will be announced soon, for sure".

The original text in Portuguese you can find here.

ALMAH is: Edu Falaschi – vocals, Felipe Andreoli – bass, Marcelo Barbosa – guitars, Paulo Schroeber – guitars, Marcelo Moreira – drums. The band entered the Norcal Studios in São Paulo, Brazil on 2th of May. The release of the album, as-yet-untitled, is planned for September 2011 worldwide. According to the previous messages of the musicians, the new CD will be heavy and up-to-date. And it will include 10 songs.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Marcelo Barbosa's KHALLICE will be an opening act of IRON MAIDEN show in Brasília (DF, Brazil)

The band of Marcelo Barbosa KHALLICE, will be an opening act of IRON MAIDEN show in Brasília (DF, Brazil) on 30th of March 2011 during The Final Frontier World Tour of the "kings" of heavy metal. KHALLICE will appear on stage at 19h30, don't miss it! It won't be the first time when the prog-metallers from the capital of Brazil support shows of legendary rock and metal bands. In 2010 KHALLICE opened Guns N'Rouses concert in Brasília, but maybe the most significant performance in the band's history happened in 2008, when KHALLICE shared the stage with DREAM THEATER in Rio de Janeiro.


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Saturday, March 19, 2011

ALMAH is back with new album in 2011

We are glad to announce that ALMAH enters the Norcal Studios in São Paulo on 2th of May to record the material for the long awaited 3rd album, the follow-up of successful Fragile Equality (2008). The line-up remains the same: Edu Falaschi - vocals, Felipe Andreoli - bass, Marcelo Barbosa - guitars, Paulo Schroeber - guitars, Marcelo Moreira - drums. The release of the album, as-yet-untitled, is planed to be released in September 2011 worldwide.

"I’m very happy with Almah’s comeback in 2011, first of all, because this third CD should consolidade Almah as a band once and for all!!! This album will show you a mature band and it will define the individuality and language of our sound, which is the most important thing! I’m very exctited to launch it soon!"
Edu Falaschi

Almah was established by Angra’s singer Edu Falaschi in 2006. Marcelo Barbosa joined the band in the second half of 2007. The previous CD, Fragile Equality saw the light of day in September/October 2008 through JVC (Asia)/Laser Company (Brazil)/AFM Records (Europe, North America) and became one of the most significant and best selling power metal albums at that time. In Brazil it was recognized as the best album of the year and Almah became the best band according to the rock and metal media. The Fragile Equality tour started in São Paulo in November 2008 and finished in June 2010 in the home city of Marcelo Barbosa Brasília. Then the musicians began to prepare the ideas for the next CD. More details about the new album will be revealed soon.

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Two videos from Marcelo Barbosa's workshop in Niterói (RJ) in December 2010 at Escola Música Moderna




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Sunday, January 30, 2011

The newspaper “Correio Braziliense” about Marcelo Barbosa’s “Guitarosofia”

The main newspaper in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil and home city of Marcelo Barbosa, Correio Braziliense, published an article dedicated to Youtube online network. Youtube was established in February, 2008 and since then Youtube which allows any Internet user to publish his videos online became a serious platform not only for entertainment, but also for professional activities. The author analyses the secret of this network and mentioned a few cases when various people improved their work or even turned their hobbies into a real profession with the help of Youtube. One of the main examples of Youtube impact on the professional field is the series of online guitar lessons by Marcelo Barbosa “Guitarosofia”. Read this part of the article in English:

There are teachers who take this virtual platform quite seriously. It’s the case of the guitarist Marcelo Barbosa who created his project “Guitarosofia” - the series of 15 online 10-minute lessons. Marcelo hired a professional cinematographer and a photo editor in order to produce the material: “The idea was to share a bit of my knowledge with people who would like to attend my lessons but don’t have conditions to do it due to financial or geographic reasons, - tells Marcelo. – At the same time, I wanted to present my school and (why not?) my own name as a guitarist.”

The musician chose a natural style, talking to the cameras without certain scenario: “Every lesson is done as I stay in front of a student and talk to him naturally. Sometimes I even falter or just stop in order to think what I want to tell next”.

The series have already got 75.000 views and the material should be released as a DVD.

The complete material in Portuguese.


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Friday, January 28, 2011

The new photogallery with many offstage photos from Marcelo's trip to NAMM (California, U.S.A.)

The new photogallery with many offstage photos from Marcelo Barbosa's trip to California (USA) where the guitarist participated in NAMM musical exhibition is available on his personal profile in Facebook . Check it out here.



In case you don't have a registration in Facebook, we upload a few pictures from the gallery here:














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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Marcelo Barbosa has concluded “Guitarosofia”, the series of 15 guitar lessons on Youtube

Marcelo Barbosa has recently concluded the series of 15 free video lessons on Youtube GUITAROSOFIA published during 2009-2010. The material consists of short professional videos in Portuguese where Marcelo explains different aspects of playing the guitar, musical theory, composition and improvisation. The very first video was launched in August 2009 and now you can check out the complete series on the official Youtube channel of the guitarist here. “Guitarosofia” is produced by GTR Guitar Institute with the support of Tagima, Elixir, Orange, NIG, IBOX and Santo Angelo. In 2011 Marcelo Barbosa is to release expanded material of “Guitarosofia” on DVD.

Marcelo Barbosa: “Publishing with great satisfaction the last, 15th video lesson, I accomplished my main idea to spread some knowledge as a free material in the Internet. I mean, not simply “any” material, but something with a very good production, content and personality. I’ve done it in order to give some strength to musicians of initial, intermediate or professional level and mainly to those who don’t have conditions to pay for private lessons. And up to the moment when I’ve started to write these words, we’ve got almost thirty thousand views of these videos on the channel. On the whole there are more than 2,5 hours of the recorded and edited free of charge material available. I don’t have any idea how many hours of work has it taken in order to get to the final result. The material published in Youtube is gratis and will always be. At the same time, I get many requests to post tabs and stuff like that. That is why I decided to fulfill my initial idea to launch “Guitarosofia” also in a special package with all the lessons in high quality on DVD and with tabs of all the examples I played there. The material is to be released very soon. I don’t know yet, if and when I continue the project, may be I’ll do it in the future, but definitely it won’t happen in 2011 because at the moment I have other goals. If you like “Guitarosofia”, please, make your comments, add to your favorites, embed the stuff to your pages, recommend to your friends helping us to spread this material, to keep the whole idea alive and to stimulate the interest to the study of this great instrument that we love so much!”

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