O nosso próximo álbum abrirá certamente um novo capítulo no mundo do metal sinfónico.

A afinar uma sonoridade distinta desde a sua concepção em 2010, os Metalwings prometem agitar as águas da cena metal sinfónica. A Metal Hammer Portugal dá a conhecer o colectivo búlgaro.

“For All Beyond”: «Quisemos com este disco apresentar ao mundo um trabalho conceptual dentro do estilo do metal sinfónico, que traz a beleza a este género musical, reforçado pelo poder das orquestrações, dos elementos clássicos misturados com as guitarras e do som da viola com os vocais angelicais da Stela Atanasova.»

Temática: «A temática de “For All Beyond” é construída em torno da árvore da vida, que está representada na capa deste disco. Todos os temas são diferentes mas estão, ao mesmo tempo, ligados à ideia de fluidez e da energia da vida que nos rodeia. Tudo gravita à volta das nossas raízes, sonhos, medos e esperanças. Este disco simboliza o ciclo da vida, o princípio e o fim, a luz e as trevas. O elemento que liga todas as nossas músicas é a bondade, a fé e o desejo de encontrar a luz e a felicidade.»

Evolução: «A evolução da nossa sonoridade começou com a mudança de alguns membros. Cada músico trouxe a sua energia e deu um sentido à música. A beleza da música será sempre uma prioridade para nós e estamos agora à procura de novas formas de expressar, enfatizar e fortalecer o seu impacto. O nosso próximo álbum abrirá certamente um novo capítulo no mundo do metal sinfónico.»

Aquilo que os distingue: «Quisemos impor o nosso nome e criar uma distinção no nosso estilo. Como sabemos, cada banda é única naquilo que faz. Todos somos fãs de bandas diferentes mas o nosso desejo é criar a nossa própria identidade no mundo da música e isto não acontece se imitarmos os nossos ídolos. Só acontece se acreditarmos em nós próprios e ouvirmos a música que toca nos nossos corações.»

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I have met Stela Atanasova in the beginning of 2017. She was too kind to come to my hotel in Sofia where we had friendly conversation at the hotel lobby. She is one of the kindest persons I have ever met. Friendly, calm, eloquent, intelligent, respectful… Her band Metalwings released “For All Beyond” album in April last year, so now you can read what Stela has to say about it and lot more. I hope you will enjoy in this interview as much as I did.

Metalwings are back from the first interatonal tour. In March you have been playing in Romania and Austria. Tell me something more about your impressions?
This tour was a real pleasure and a test for us. I am very happy and satisfied that it happened because it is a very important step from the path of every band. We had the opportunity to meet and play with great bands and musicians. We met many of our fans from abroad who had traveled for us from other countries. For example, in Bucharest we were surprised by fans from Israel who had come to hear us live and in Vienna came our fans from Germany. I felt great all the time on the tour but the best moments were those we experienced on scenes where I could feel the energy of people and see the glitter in their eyes. It’s an incredible experience to be on a tour. I would make it permanent.

The band has been playing lots of concerts in Bulgaria. This was the first time the band played on international stages. Now, when it is over, can you tell me good and bad sides of touring?
Even though the tour was short, I got some idea of what to expect next time on a longer tour. You definitely do not have to go with great expectations. You have to take everything with a smile and calm because the tension is huge and people with a weaker psyche would not stand. The good sides are the fans – this is the most precious thing. Meet them, talk to them because it’s a dream come true for them to touch you. Also win new fans, meet new musicians. We also got experience from working with different teams on different scenes. We have seen how clubs working outside of Bulgaria and I can only say that I have not met such a professional attitude for a long time. If we can talk about bad sides- first, it’s the financial part. We faced conditions that would be tough for many of the bands that rely on their own resources, as it was with us. Every day we had to travel vast distances between the towns and immediately without any rest to unload all the equipment, to set it up, to perform concerts and then to load everything again. We slept every night after 2 in the morning and we had to get up at 6 to head to the next town to be there in time. But I can say boldly that it was worth every sleepless night and hardship because it all disappeared the moment we were on the stage. Maybe there are no good and bad sides. Everything is part of the game and who is strong enough and motivated to jump deep, must be ready to experience all this with good and bad. Besides, such a tour is a great test of the will for everyone. Not all of them were mentally prepared for the difficulties and this tour has helped me to find out who I can really count on in the band.

How hard is to be a main composer, lyrics writer, producer?
Depends on the viewpoint. From my point of view this means freedom. The more independent I am, the more certain the band will survive. I have long understood that the less the future of the band depends on people’s inconsistency, the easier it will be to move forward. I’ve always loved writing music and lyrics. I know how my music should sound – so naturally I became a producer of our albums. I think about everything in the band, find the right people and pull the band ahead and hope when I turned back to see people who don’t travel for free. I just want to see people who truly believe in what we are doing together are ready to go this way with me. Of course, it’s hard to be all that stuff, but music makes sense of my life and everything I do for it makes sense. I can’t afford to leave my happiness in the hands of other people. They will always be able to destroy it.

Let′s talk about your videos… How do you choose locations?
“Crying Of The Sun” from previous EP “Fallen Angel In The Hell” was filmed in Belogradchik and “Fallen Angel In The Hell” in Prohodna (The Eyes Of God/God’s Eyes) Cave. Where was filmed “For All Beyond”?

“For All Beyond” was filmed in several locations. This time we changed the concept a bit, because we do not want to go into clichés and every time to rely on some natural landmark. But again we used beautiful places in Bulgaria to emphasize the meaning of the song. For example, at the beginning the video is shot down to a century-old tree, which is one of the last trees left by the Great Bulgarian Forest. The band was filmed in a military unit. The building was very beautiful, but unfortunately it is now ruined. The destroyed building embodies the past, the ruins we leave behind and the lost hopes. Towards the end of the song we shot the scenes over the Ropotamo River and the place where the Veleka River flows into the Black Sea. It was an epic film production and here is the time to thank the whole video production team who made this music video reality.

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Ik ga behoorlijk buiten mijn comfortzone met deze release van Metalwings. De uit Bulgarije afkomstige band voorziet de luisteraar van symfonische gothic metal. Eerlijkheidshalve gebiedt het me te zeggen dat dit een genre is waar ik sinds het horen van de Ice Queen-single van Within Temptation al hard van weg loop (als de jonge muzieksnob die ik was). Ik heb echter goede dingen gehoord over deze band en aangezien het schijfje inmiddels toch al een poosje op de redactie is blijven liggen, kies ik ervoor om met een open blik te luisteren naar het debuutalbum van Stela Atanasova en haar heren, getiteld For All Beyond. Het bleek een meervoudige zit te worden, maar één die niet als onprettig werd ervaren.

Vooralsnog brengt Metalwings dit debuut uit in eigen beheer, maar het zal een kwestie van tijd zijn voordat deze band wordt opgepakt door een serieus label. Uitstekende musici met een oor voor het schrijven van pakkende songs. Als zelfs iemand als ik deze release meerdere malen kan afspelen, dan is het voor de vele genreliefhebbers slechts een verstopte topplaat, die nog ontdekt moet worden. Behoor jij daar toe, dan tel je waarschijnlijk nog zo’n vijftien punten bovenop de onderstaande score.

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One of female fronted metal bands that attracted my attention in past years is Bulgarian symphonic power metal band Metalwings.

Although the band was formed in 2010, metal world had to wait over than six years to hear what they have to offer. Their first EP “Fallen Angel In The Hell” was released in 2016.

Our focus is on full length album “For All Beyond” that was released on the 19th of April 2018. The recording started in April 2017. The album is mixed and mastered by Max Morton at Morton Studio in Ukraine.

It might be atypical, but I will start with videos. The band was focused on natural beauties of their homeland, so it is totally understandable why they choose to film “Crying Of The Sun” from previous EP “Fallen Angel In The Hell” Belogradchik and the next one, “Fallen Angel In The Hell” in Prohodna (The Eyes Of God/God’s Eyes) Cave. They continued tradition at “For All Beyond” and where the video for title song was filmed will be a secret that might be revealed in an interview with the band you will read soon in our magazine.

Another good side of this album is that is it, compared to EP “Fallen Angel In The Hell”, we have found here more dramatic elements, upgraded creativity and professionalism at higher level.

In global, album could be split in two parts. The first part includes brand new songs while second is more for romantic souls, orchestral and acoustic.

The main Metalwings inspiration was and still remained life itself.

From the song number nine, I can say we are entering realm of beauty. Don’t get me wrong, album in global is at high level, but songs “Тъжни Сърца” and orchestral versions of “For All Beyond” and instrumental version of “Fallen Angel” in the Hell are truly masterpiece.

I never believed in metal sung in any other language but English. “Тъжни Сърца” made me change my strong attitude.

Compared to Metalwings EP “Fallen Angel In The Hell”, album “For All Beyond” is more serious, more complex, more melodic, heavier, powerful, elegant… Everything is bigger here. It seems Metalwings used full potential this time.

Don’t compare Metalwings with Nightwish, Epica or Within Temptation! They are quite unique if its even possible in metal world, bringing us strong author seal, perfectly combining  of symphonic, gothic and power metal spiced with Celtic influences. Flute, viola, violin, piano perfectly arranged. Everything is perfectly balanced, nothing is over the limits: overbombastic, overdranatic, over…

Nightwish of Balkans are ready for the world stages!

It seems future of metal lies in woman’s hands. Metalwings might be a proof of my theory.

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A first track represents, in my opinion, a music box that not only has its own sound but is full of not too happy memories, which it absorbed and reworked into a song that transforms every sound into a non-negligible but almost essential detail to understand the meaning of the song, and of the album itself.

Their studio work, orchestration and work on details gives us about an hour of pure ecstasy, a small detail that has sometimes been overlooked, in my opinion and perhaps pure personal aesthetic taste, the voice and melodies in some traces are dominated by the enormous power of the rhythm section, but which do not in any way affect listening.

I highly recommend all those interested to listen to it and support this band which I hope to hear again with new work.

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Quando já nada fazia supor que do metal sinfónico surgissem surpresas, elas surgiram em… Sofia, Bulgária. Stela Atasanova lidera um coletivo – os Metalwings – senhores de uma capacidade invulgar de criar hinos de verdadeiro e genuíno metal sinfónico. E não é apenas pelo recurso a uma viola elétrica ou a uma flauta irlandesa. É todo o conceito e sentido de composição que está inerente ao coletivo. For All Beyond é o mais recente disco da banda búlgara e o motivo que nos levou a conversar com a líder Stela.

Olá Stela, tudo bem? Obrigado pela tua disponibilidade. Podes apresentar os Metalwings aos metalheads portugueses?

Olá e obrigado pela oportunidade de apresentar a nossa banda aos teus leitores. Somos os Metalwings e fazemos metal sinfónico. A banda formou-se em 2010, em Sofia, Bulgária. Até agora já lançamos um EP, Fallen Angel In The Hell, e um álbum de estúdio, For All Beyond. Para muitos fãs deste estilo de música, talvez o nome de uma das nossas músicas, Crying Of The Sun, seja familiar. Além disso, temos mais dois vídeos oficiais, para Fallen Angel In The Hell e For All Beyond. Elemento interessante que traz um som diferente à nossa música é o som da viola elétrica e flauta irlandesa que usamos muitas vezes. Mas terão uma melhor ideia de nós, quando ouvirem a nossa música. Ela fala por si.

E tiveram a oportunidade de trabalhar com uma orquestra real. Como foi a experiência? Será para repetir?

Esse momento só pode ser descrito por uma palavra – felicidade. Gravar For All Beyond com uma orquestra real foi um sonho que se tornou realidade. O momento foi muito emocional e forte para todos nós. Gostaria que este fosse o futuro da nossa banda. Vamos ter a oportunidade de gravar toda a nossa música com uma orquestra. Este é o presente mais bonito que podemos dar a nós próprios e aos nossos fãs.

Há também uma música em búlgaro. É uma música pensada para os vossos fãs locais?

Escrevi essa música quando ouvi uma história real com um final triste. Teve que ser cantada em búlgaro. E é para todos os nossos fãs. Muitos dos nossos fãs estrangeiros adoram esta música. Na Bulgária também se tornou uma canção de uma causa – Diabetes without fear

Têm alguma tour prevista para promover For All Beyond?

Na verdade, sim. Dentro de duas semanas, teremos uma mini-tournée na Europa, que incluirá a Áustria, Roménia e Bulgária. Iremos juntar-nos a parte da tour europeia dos Imperial Age, que estão, precisamente em Portugal, neste momento.

Muito obrigado, Stela! Queres acrescentar mais alguma coisa?

Muito obrigado. Adoro Portugal e espero, muito em breve, ter a oportunidade de tocar aí. Muitas saudações da Bulgária para todos os nossos fãs em Portugal!

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April 19th 2018 marked the release date of the band’s debut album “For All Beyond.” And this wouldn’t be Metal.Inside if I wouldn’t be asking some inside questions on behalf of the events this past year. I mean when you look into the band’s discography you know they have been working so hard towards this moment. Prior to this release they had already aired four singles “Crying of the Sun” (2011), “Second Chance” (2013), “Realm of Dreams” (2014) and “Kingdom’s Heart” (2016) as well as an EP called “Fallen Angel in the Hell” (2016). So when you do the math, you know they put a lot of time and effort into this full length debut, well-spent energy that paid off for sure!

I cannot emphasize enough what a one year anniversary of such a release means to a band. I think it’s almost therapeutic in a way. So what did ‘For all beyond,’ their debut album , change for them personally and as a band?
“Every one of us grew as a musician through our album “For All Beyond”. It was another big step in our development as a band. We put a lot of hard work, thought and love into each song and did not stop to improve it until we were satisfied with the slightest detail. This has changed us in many aspects because we have raised the level for ourselves and from now on we have to keep it that way and also keep moving forward.” – METALWINGS
What came along this journey for METALWINGS from the release up until now?
“So far we released our third official video for the song “For All Beyond” and we will join the Imperial Age tour in several countries of Western and Eastern Europe in March this year.” – METALWINGS
Naturally, a new release is also a new outburst of emotions and stress. How did METALWINGS experience all of this? And of course what was the best moment so far and why?
“This period came just in time, with the exact emotional charge we needed to recharge the batteries, to take a breath and take our next step. The best moment is always now. We enjoy every new chance, new fan, new friend, new challenge and we look forward to our upcoming tour in March. Can’t wait to see our fans during the shows.” – METALWINGS

April 19th 2019: Happy one year anniversary

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Metalwings is in 2010 opgericht in Sofia, Bulgarije, door zangeres Stela Atanasova met het doel om originele muziek te maken in de stijl van symfonische metal met zangeressen. Vanaf 2015 verschenen diverse singles, in april van dit jaar kwam de band met de eerste langspeler op de proppen. Het kostte wat tijd om band en album verder in Europa bekendheid te geven, vandaar dat For All Beyond ook pas vrij recent tot ons is doorgedrongen.

Het is wat te gemakkelijk om Metalwings direct op de hoop symfonische, gothic of female fronted metalbands te gooien. Daarvoor klinkt het geluid van de Bulgaren namelijk net iets te onderscheidend. Nou zijn etnische of folk-invloeden niet vreemd bij vooral niet-Westerse bands, ook Metalwings maakt daar goed gebruik van. Echter is het de origine van die invloeden die opvalt, de band laat zich namelijk graag inspireren door Keltische, etnische muziek. De (elektrische) viool en de Ierse fluit zijn in dit kader opvallende instrumenten.

Vanaf opener End Of The War horen we direct alle elementen die je bij dit soort muziek verwacht: orkestraal, symfonisch, bombastisch. De basis is heavy of power metal, maar met de toevoeging van veel toetsen, diverse zangstemmen (Realm Of Dreams) en de al eerder genoemde genre-vreemde invulling geven de Bulgaren daar een behoorlijk eigen draai aan. Ook de instrumentale en orkestrale bonussen aan het eind van het album maken duidelijk dat Metalwings niet alleen of zo maar een metalband is.

In de vlottere stukken klinkt de band redelijk eigentijds, maar wanneer het gaspedaal wordt los gelaten slaat de sfeer om naar een meer persoonlijke, emotievolle, die mij vooral melancholisch in de oren klinkt. Dat komt goed naar voren in bijvoorbeeld het ballad-achtige When We Pray, of het zeer afwisselende titelnummer For All Beyond. Ook Fallen Angel In The Hell (afkomstig van de gelijknamige EP uit 2016) zou ik zeker als luistertip aanmerken.

Een vreemde eend in de bijt is het akoestische, in het Bulgaars gezongen Тъжни Сърца (Tujni Serza). Het bewijst wat mij betreft de veelzijdigheid van Metalwings, waarbij naast metal plaats is voor Keltische en folk-invloeden, en waarbij een klassieke scholing onmiskenbaar aanwezig is. Het is moeilijk om in zo’n vol genre op te vallen, maar de Bulgaren doen met For All Beyond een dappere en geslaagde poging. Nu een consistent vervolg.

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