Angra: Guitarist Kiko Loureiro joins metal band Megadeth.



As BLABBERMOUTH.NET exclusively reported as a "rumor" on March 14, it has now been made official that Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, best known for his work with ANGRA, has joined MEGADETH.

Says MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine: "I first met Kiko around 8 years ago for a cover shoot for Burrn! magazine. I had no idea who he was, other than the fact he was tremendously talented and that the staff from Burrn! held him in high regard. Since then, I've come to see what a guitar virtuoso he is, and I'm deeply encouraged by his depth and talent."

He continued: "Very few MEGADETH alumni have had the same feel and ability as Kiko.

"As Frank Sinatra says, 'the best is yet to come!'"

Kiko's latest solo album, "Sounds Of Innocence", was released in Japan at the end of June 2012 and was made available in the rest of the world in July 2012. The CD features guest appearances by Virgil Donati on drums and Felipe Andreoli (ANGRA, ALMAH) on bass. One track also features LIVING COLOUR bassist Doug Wimbish. The effort was produced by Kiko Loureiro, mixed by Dennis Ward and mastered by J├╝rgen Lusky.


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