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Megadeth Kiko’s Angra mates proud

Megadeth guitarist Kiko Loureiro has the full support of his colleagues in Angra, they’ve said.

The Brazilian was confirmed as the latest addition to the thrash giants’ lineup last night, and he’ll appear on the band’s 15th album alongside Dave Mustaine, David Ellefson and guest drummer Chris Adler.

Fellow Angra guitarist Rafael Bittencourt says: “Kiko is in Megadeth – what a feeling of pride! This is an amazing achievement for Brazilian metal.

“I have known Kiko for many years. He deserves this great opportunity more than anyone else. He has been tracking a very serious and talented career.”

But Bittencourt accepts that Loureiro’s new job might mark the end of his time with Angra. “I believe he will comply with all activities he has already committed to, and he will always be part of our family,” he says.

“He will not be able to turn his back on something he helped build. I’m sure we will still do a lot together – either in or out of Angra.”

The Brazilian outfit launched eighth album Secret Garden in January and released a video for their track Final Light last week.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.