We all knew that, but bassist Felipe Andreolli admitted it to Sonic Perspectives when asked about Kiko’s departure affected the band – Kiko was an active member of the band from 1992 to 2015 when he joined Megadeth. Check it out:
“The creative dynamic has changed a lot, but everyone is much aware of what is the concept of the band, of what we’ve brought to the scene, style-wise.
“So, it was fun, because now we try to capture the best out of everyone individually, but make it all our best to fit into a frame of different styles, a variety of stuff that we’ve been doing.
“So, it’s fun, because we are kind of recycling our own history.”
About Kiko’s replacement Marcelo Barbosa
“First of all, he’s not a touring guitar player. He’s a full-time member. That’s an important distinction to make. [Kiko is gone] for the time being. He’s in Megadeth, we’re in Angra. We have different paths right now.
“Kiko will always be part of the family; he’s still involved in the business, somehow, but Marcelo is a full-time guitar player and we do not see the future without him, either way.
“Actually, I’ve known Marcelo for many years because I have played with him in Almah as well and I actually was a big part of picking him for Almah at the time. We became such good friends. He’s my best man. We are very good friends and I think the chemistry works on and off stage, which I think is very important.”