André Coelho Matos (born September 14, 1971 in São Paulo, Brazil) is the former vocalist, pianist and composer for the heavy metal and power metal bands Viper, Angra and Shaaman. Since October 2006 Andre Matos has been dedicating his time to his solo band.
Matos grew up in his hometown of São Paulo, Brazil. Matos began his musical education at the age of ten, when he received his first piano from his parents. As a teen, he would gather with his friends to listen to their favorite bands. Soon they began learning to play music too, and Matos joined his first band, Viper. The band first performed on 8 April 1985, when he was just thirteen years old. That same year, they recorded their first demo tape, "The Killera Sword".
Within a short while, Viper had become a phenomenon in the Brazilian heavy metal scene. They are considered to be the second band to blend classical music with heavy metal. Though Matos continued on vocals, he had no pretention of remaining a ...