Bulgarians Metalwings offer a sturdy, reasonably generic take on the female-fronted gothic style; That said they do what they do really well, offering nice amounts of light and shade in everything they create.

The band’s songwriting on tracks like End of the Way, which opens their debut album, For All Beyond, is solid rather than spectacular, but individual performances add a bit of verve to proceeding and vocalist Stela Atanasova, whilst perhaps no Turunen or den Ardel yet, is impressive throughout.

Realm of Dreams adds male vocals and dramatic orchestration to the mix and, even if you’ve heard this all before – many times – Metalwings are still worth some of your attention.

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