Interview feature pt. 2 @ Netherlands’ Cameraeye Magazine, #03-2018
Depth of feeling and highest devotion are the primary mission statements in the uplifting sound of the romantic sextet, which pays a touching homage to the yearning for the beautiful. With the original debut album „For All Beyond“, the musicians are now looking forward to further expanding their name recognition.
As singer and main composer, classically trained Stela Atanasova knows to report, her band has become a tight-knit group over the years since its founding in 2010.
The more than 12 million (!) views of „Crying Of The Sun“ surprises so many Metalwings-newcomers. Many of them may puzzle, how a rather unknown and small band out of Bulgaria reached this great result … be so kind and bring light into the dark!
„Maybe some things can not be explained – they just happen. And your question immediately reminds me of ‚The Lord Of The Rings‘. [smiles] Sometimes the smallest, even inconspicuous things or people can roll over the world. The fact that the world nowadays moves under certain rules and laws does not mean that it is the best order or that it will continue to dominate forever. Why do we have to stereotype that only famous bands from the western world can attract people’s attention. Why do not we think that people are thirsty for new music, new faces, unknown and small bands from small countries like Bulgaria. [smiles] Another reason to get so big attention to our band is the fact that many people are more and more thirsty for beautiful and sentimental music – against the backdrop of the increasingly aggressive and brutal world we live in. I guess this is also one of the reasons why people need something beautiful that inspires them and save them from reality. We are all creators and we have the talent to give joy to people – this is our biggest prize. Several years ago I asked myself a question – why am I making music? To become popular and rich? To become a star? I needed just one minute to answer this question. Because I want my music to be heard by as many people as possible. It is not important whether this will make us popular – the important thing is that people want to listen to us, to watch us and to look forward to every our new song or album. So I know we are already rich because our music sounds in the homes of so many people all over the world and because we have our families, friends and fans. There is no secret behind the success of ‚Crying Of The Sun‘. There is only a magic. I have always said it – when you do something with your heart, with no hidden motives, it returns to you a hundredfold.“
Hintf: A primeira vez que eu ouvi a vossa música … Fechei os meus olhos para sentir tudo nas músicas e o primeiro sentimento que chegou à minha cabeça era “Uau, isto parece Nightwish”. Onde vocês encontram a vossa influencia?
Metalwings: Somos todos fãs de Nightwish. Criamos músicas num estilo comum de música. Usamos os mesmos elementos estruturais e talvez seja por isso que às vezes os nossos fãs comparam o nosso estilo com os Nightwish. Mas há uma grande diferença entre nós, o nosso objetivo não é ser definido como os próximos Nightwish na versão búlgara. Nós fazemos a nossa própria música e queremos deixar o nosso próprio sinal no Global Music Stage.
Hintf: Não tenho mais questões,mas têm algo que vocês gostariam de dizer aos vossos fãs portugueses e aos nossos leitores?
Metalwings: Nós gostaríamos de dizer um grande OBRIGADO Nós amamos Portugal e queremos enviar o nosso amor a todos os fãs da nossa banda em Portugal.sejam felizes e criativos todos os dias da vossa vida!
Zwölf Millionen Klicks bei Youtube ohne ein Album im Rücken, und keiner kennt die Band? Als ich dies feststellte, habe ich nicht schlecht gestaunt! Metalwings aus Bulgarien spielen Symphonic Metal und haben bald endlich das Debüt in den Startlöchern. Was die Qualität ihrer Musik angeht, gibt es eigentlich keinerlei Unterschied zu den namhaften Szene-Größen. Ich kontaktierte Frontfrau Stela Atanasova, die mir ausführlich Rede und Antwort stand.
Daniel: Hi Stela! Na, wie geht´s Dir? Bitte erzähl uns doch zunächst, wann und wie es zur Gründung von Metalwings kam!?
Stela: Hi Daniel! Zunächst mal vielen Dank für dieses Interview und die Gelegenheit, Euch etwas mehr über unsere Band erzählen zu können! Um auf Deine Frage einzugehen: Alles begann im Herbst 2010 in Sofia, als ich mit nach vielen musikalischen Projekten schließlich dazu entschloss, ein neues Projekt zu gründen, wo ich all mein Herzblut reinstecken und mich verwirklichen konnte und einfach nur die Musik machen konnte, die ich schon immer am liebsten machen wollte. Wie so oft in solchen Momenten, helfen Dir dann auch das Schicksal und die richtigen Leute dabei, die Band Schritt für Schritt aufzubauen. Im Laufe der Zeit sind viele Gründungsmitglieder ihren eigenen Weg gegangen, was der Band dabei half, weiter zu wachsen. Denn in schwierigen Momenten merkst Du erst, wie wichtig das ist, wenn man vorankommen und die Mission der Band erfüllen will. Nach und nach kamen also neue Leute hinzu, die meine Freunde wurden, in die Band und machten sie zu dem, was sie jetzt ist. Und ich denke, der Kreis hat sich nun endlich geschlossen, und ich habe endlich die richtigen Leute in der Band, die mit mir an einem Strang ziehen.
Daniel: Hattest Du zuvor schon in anderen Bands gespielt?
Stela: Ja, ich war vorher schon in anderen Bands, aber bei Metalwings fühle ich mich endlich zu Hause! 🙂
It has been a couple of years since I last interviewed you guys. What has happened since the release of your EP in 2016?
Stela Atanasova: First of all – thank you for this interview and for the chance to tell the world some news about the band. Lots of things have happened since the release of our EP in 2016. After the release of “Fallen Angel in the Hell” (2016) we picked up a new drummer – Nikola Ivanov (Blackie). On 27th April 2017 we’ve released the official video for the song “Fallen Angel in the Hell”. The video was filmed above the Cave called God’s Eyes – directed again by Peter Tomov. In the end of August 2017 we’ve started to record the songs for our full length album. The album will be mixed and mastered by Max Morton at Morton Studio. We have plans to
release the album in the end of March 2018. For the recordings of one of the songs we used a Live Symphonic Orchestra and really hope to bring much more power and symphonic sense in the album with this song. Another interesting fact is me and Max Morton made some incredible duets in some of the songs. We can;t wait to spread this album through the world.
Something I often wonder, with there being so many bands looking for their break and just so many metalheads to appeal to, is if you as a band ever feel stressed that it takes too long to for example release an album after you have built some momentum, that you in this fickle world we live in might miss out on the “hype” your style of metal enjoy at that moment?
Krastyo Jordanov: It is a little stressful because we don’t want to dissapoint our fans. For an underground band the “hype” is really important, but the most important thing for us is to give our fans a high quality album.
Today we have all these different sub-genres in metal that are too many to even mention. How important is to you that you can be tagged in one of these? Why isn’t metal enough as a tag?
Krastyo Jordanov: For us it’s not so important to be tagged in a specific subgenre. Our goal is just to make beautiful music. The variety is also important and that’s why we don’t want to be labeled just as ‘symphonic metal’. We try to be unique in a way.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
Stela Atanasova: I believe that some of the biggest labels know for Metalwings already. We’ve managed to draw attention to over 11 million musical fans on YouTube with our song “Crying of the Sun” without any support from labels and promoters. So I think that they should be interested by our band because people from all over the world like our Music and want to hear us live. We bring the world a piece of forgotten beauty.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
Stela Atanasova: In the end of March 2018 we have plans to release our full length album called “For all beyond”. In this album we’ll present 9 masterly composed songs, including one acoustic song in Bulgarian language. The album will also include the song Fallen Angel in the Hell as a bonus track in a new arrangement; Fallen Angel in the Hell (Instrumental version) and For All Beyond (Instrumental version). The male vocals parts in the album For All Beyond will be performed by Max Morton. The album will be mixed and mastered by Max Morton at Morton Studio.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Nikola Ivanov (Blackie): A metalhead should have our album because our songs combine lots of the elements of symphonic metal music and not only. Every our song is so different and unique and gives to your senses all the aspects of Music that you need to hear.
Stela Atanasova: First of all, a perfect song has to combine lots of structural elements. It has to use beautiful vocal lines, complex harmony structure, unusual chords sequence, mystic lyrics, lots of backing vocals, different parts with tempo changes and changes in measures, interesting guitar riffs and complex drums. The perfect song to me is the one which makes you cry and laugh at the same time – it has to touch your heart and fill your sensitivity with all the desirable aspects of the human soul.
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