This is what happens whenever a nightingale decides to light wherever a metal band is practicing a kickin’ new instrumental. Not really, but that wouldn’t be hard to envision. Honesty, this is the symphonic metal band Metalwings doing what they do best. Turns out I’ve been a fan of that style of music for years. On this newest offering There’s No Time they prove that they can skillful lull your socks off. If you’re a fan of Lacuna Coil, Nightwish, Within Temptation or Evanescence then Metalwings is sure to be right up your metal alley. Not that they’re a clone of any of those other bands, or anything, instead these guys provide a truly haunting soundscape all their own. Just read the pure poetry of their lyrics. They simply feel like a wondrous dreamscape: “Time flies like the river Time passes like the wind All by ourselves in this life Where we come and go alone like the rain There’s no time To save your heart Searching for a way Far away from the dark There’s no time To steal your memories Life is a dream with an end But you have to dream till your last breath.” Don’t waste any more time, go check them out now. There you have it The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. -James K. Blaylock

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Stela Atanasova(voce, viola elettrica, keyboards), Krastyo Jordanov(chitarra, backing vocals, flauto), Grigor Kostadinov(chitarra); Milen Mavrov(basso); Angel Kitanov(Keyboards)e Nikola (Blackie) Ivanov(batteria) sono i Metalwings, band symphonic metal/folk metal/power metal/gothic metal da Sofia(Bulgaria). Abbiamo ascoltato il loro disco For All Beyond e quelle che seguono sono le nostre considerazioni a riguardo.

I Metalwings in questo disco offrono un sound tanto complesso e stratificato, sound che fonde, come detto sopra, symphonic metal, folk metal, power metal e gothic metal. Si passa da momenti più melodici dove troviamo anche il flauto, la viola o anche le tastiere a momenti in cui ci sono riff potenti heavy e cavalcate power.

Eleganza e stile contraddistinguono il sound di Metalwings che si esaltano soprattutto per il cantato della lead vocalist Stela Atanasova, artista capace di offrirci anche un cantato spesso con impostazione operistica. Fondamentali le tastiere in questa band con refrain che si insinuano nei nostri pensieri e si stampano letteralmente nella nostra mente.

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Metalwings are a female fronted symphonic metal band from Bulgaria formed in 2010 by singer Stela Atanasova, releasing their first single ‘Crying Of The Sun’ in 2015. The five song E.P. ‘Fallen Angel In The Hell’ was released in 2016, with their full length debut album ‘For All Beyond’ a 2018 release.

Two years ago when I first heard Metalwings, I was surprised to hear just how much more power metal than symphonic metal the band are. As a not overly keen symphonic metal (or rock) fan, their debut release, ‘Fallen Angel In The Hell’ E.P. was actually quite a good listen. Could the bands debut full length offering provide me the same good listen? Well, let’s spin the disc and see… Broody and haunting, ‘End Of The War’ is an atmospheric slow burner, building towards a crescendo, and I get the impression that ‘End Of The War’ was written specifically as a concert opener, similar to ‘Thunderstruck’ by AC/DC and ‘Satellite 15…The Final Frontier’ by Iron Maiden. Launching the album proper is the punchy power metal stroll ‘Secret Town’ displaying the Celtic influence that is a heavy Metalwings trait. Energetic and lively, ‘Secret Town’ has my attention. From their E.P. ‘Immortal Metal Wings’ makes its presence felt, that stunning buzz style guitar riff that launches the song forth still gives me goose bumps. ‘Immortal Metal Wings’ floats along like a breath of fresh air, delivering equal quantities of power and symphonic metal.

Slowing the pace dramatically, is the vocal led ‘When We Pray’. Removing the power, the energy and all bombast, ‘When We Pray’ is basically a soulful and mellow ballad. ‘A Wish’ delivers a punch, a kick and is a little somewhat aggressive as it opens, before settling into a mid tempo stomp. Heavier sounding guitars than anything else heard so far, a sudden and emphatic injection of speed and ‘A Wish’ sets a blistering pace across the chorus break. The guitars get even heavier as the opening riff to ‘There’s No Time’ delivers a sound similar to the iconic NWOBHM sound that was prevalent during the eighties. ‘There’s No Time’ is a sharp edged, hard rock stride, again incorporating the Celtic influence. The title song ‘For All Beyond’ is emotion fuelled and stacked with dramatic pace changes and climactic crescendos, ‘For All Beyond’ is a mesmeric journey of epicness. I think what stands out for me about Metalwings, is singer Stela, her voice angelic and soaring, but not to the higher pitched, glass shattering screech of many other singers in the symphonic metal genre, which is what turns me off. Metalwings have managed to get the balance just right.

‘Realm Of Dreams’ is one of the best songs on offer, full of power metal traits and pulsates with energy and bombast. ‘Realm Of Dreams’ also features the addition of a more prominent male vocal performance, courtesy of Max Morton, a renowned session vocalist and guitarist, and also owner of Morton Studio. Which incidentally, is where this album was mixed and mastered. Keyboards led and very much standing tall in ballad territory, ‘Tujni Serza’ is a definite lighters in the air moment. Sung in her native Bulgarian language, Stela delivers a sensual performance. The debut album closes with three bonus offerings. There is an orchestral version of the title song, featuring the Sofia Session Orchestra, conducted by Lyubomir Denev. And two versions of ‘Fallen Angel In The Hell’, an instrumental offering and also a version in a new arrangement, that is actually more dramatic and more epic than the original.

Overall, a majestic stroll through power metal and symphonic metal territory, Metalwings manage to offer a measured balance to please fans of both genres.

Written by Iron Mathew

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Stela Atanasova(voce, viola elettrica, keyboards), Krastyo Jordanov(chitarra, backing vocals, flauto), Grigor Kostadinov(chitarra); Milen Mavrov(basso); Angel Kitanov(Keyboards)e Nikola (Blackie) Ivanov(batteria) sono i Metalwings, band symphonic metal/folk metal/power metal/gothic metal da Sofia(Bulgaria). Abbiamo ascoltato il loro disco For All Beyond e quelle che seguono sono le nostre considerazioni a riguardo.

I Metalwings in questo disco offrono un sound tanto complesso e stratificato, sound che fonde, come detto sopra, symphonic metal, folk metal, power metal e gothic metal. Si passa da momenti più melodici dove troviamo anche il flauto, la viola o anche le tastiere a momenti in cui ci sono riff potenti heavy e cavalcate power.

Eleganza e stile contraddistinguono il sound di Metalwings che si esaltano soprattutto per il cantato della lead vocalist Stela Atanasova, artista capace di offrirci anche un cantato spesso con impostazione operistica. Fondamentali le tastiere in questa band con refrain che si insinuano nei nostri pensieri e si stampano letteralmente nella nostra mente.

La musica dei Metalwings, come vuole il genere, ci porta in paesaggi fantasy, epici. Certo l’inserto del flauto rende il sound spesso più folk come anche l’inserto della viola. Manca un po di appeal nelle canzoni ma si può appurare la presenza di tanto talento per ascoltatori dal gusto sopraffine e soprattutto amanti quasi ossessivi del genere. Inoltre, come non dirlo, rileviamo anche la presenza di sonorità celtic e impressioni sonore alquanto mistiche che rendono il tutto tanto ricercato e sofisticato.

Non manca la potenza sonora in questo disco nei passaggi power metal: tali passaggi ben si sposano con il cantato sublime di Stela Atanasova e con le orchestrazioni create dalle tastiere. Non mancano nemmeno i momenti più melanconici in questo disco dove sembra trovare di tutto della sfera metal.

Quello dei Metalwings è un mondo fantastico nel quale immergerci, un mondo davvero incantevole da ascoltare per le orecchie avide di symphonic metal e di tante altre cosette…

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Für dieses überraschend hochwertige Debütalbum wurde gewiss kollektiv sehr viel Liebe und Hingabe investiert. Mit einer buchstäblich wunderbaren und dazu auch noch vollkommen natürlich belassenen Stimme, die in vielerlei Tonlagen direkt unter die Haut zu brillieren vermag, präsentieren sich die Bulgaren. Dass Frontfrau und Violinistin Stela Atanasova ihre klassische Ausbildung in vollen Zügen genossen haben muss, hört man deutlich. Aber auch das superbe Songwriting wurde instrumentell auf allen Plätzen souverän umgesetzt. „For All Beyond“ zeigt die schwärmerisch getränkten und gefühlvoll veranlagten Sehnsuchtsnoten des hoch befähigten Sextetts von der hörenswertesten und zeitlosesten Seite. Solche prunkvollen und majestätischen Arrangements erwartet man eher nicht von Musikanten aus diesem Balkanstaat. Die voluminöse und glasklare, vorbildlich an den facettenreichen Sound angepasste Produktion unterschlägt zudem nichts, was den Reiz dieser spannenden Scheibe mitsamt dem gewissen Flair für keltische Feinheiten ausmacht. Zwei Songs der längst vergriffenen 2016er EP „Fallen Angel In The Hell“ sind vertreten, nämlich deren verführerisch schönes Titelstück und das düster beschwingte, mit ganz großer Melodie versehene „Immortal Metal Wings“. Einer der markantesten Vorzüge der Band, die Gabe zur authentischen Transformation von Empathie, zeigt sich auch im betont emotional inszenierten Titelsong. Dieser, überdies auch als reine Instrumentalversion mit dabei, überzeugt als schnell ins Ohr gehender Kunstakt, mit einer überwältigend epischen und fesselnd theatralischen Note. An Kraft und Dynamik mangelt es hier auch nicht, wie die zahlreichen Power Metal-Ausflüge dokumentieren. Ein wirklich erlesenes, vor Eleganz strahlendes Werk für Gourmets, Genießer und Visionäre. Wenn es sich nur fair für Metalwings entwickelt, dann wird man ihren Namen in einem mit Populären wie Nightwish, Within Temptation, Xandria und Sirenia nennen!

Mike Stahl

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Gerade als ich mittlerweile geglaubt hat, das sich das Symphonic Metal Genre im Stillstand befindet, überrascht mich nun eine Band aus Bulgarien und belehrt mich eines besseren. Der Name der Band METALWINGS klingt zugegeben etwas klischeehaft, was allerdings den musikalischen Ambitionen der Band jedoch keinen Abbruch macht. Natürlich müssen die bekannten finnischen quasi Begründer des Genres hier für Inspirationen Pate stehen, was der bulgarischen Band jedoch gut zu Gesicht steht. Erfrischende Riffs werden mit klassischen Opernelementen gepaart und zu feinfühligen und kraftvollen Songs zugleich vereint. Der angenehme und nicht aufdringliche Gesang der klassisch ausgebildeten Frontfrau Stela Atanasova gibt den Titeln den nötigen Esprit und Feinschliff. “For All Beyond” ist ein Album das man sich immer wieder gerne anhört ohne Langeweile aufkommen zu lassen.

Anspieltipps: „Immortal Metal Wings“, „A Wish“, „Fallen Angel in the Hell”

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Here I am to evaluate a work within a strand that rarely integrates my auditions but not for lack of quality.  The reason is totally the opposite, or the lack of custom, or because many bands sound very similar to each other. It is always a difficulty in seeing big differences, but as a good music lover I find such an album so dazzling and so deliciously immersed in Classical music and subtle cultural references that it is always phenomenal, so the challenge is accepted. Today’s talk is about Sofia METALWINGS‘s Bulgarian band and their long-awaited debut album “FOR ALL BEYOND” released independently but a really promising genius work.

 For those who do not remember, the band METALWINGS debuted with the EP “Fallen Angel In The Hell” in 2016 with the vocal profusion of the founder Stela Atanasova bringing up what would be something that would sound captivating enough for what we would see ahead, and here we are with the roar of “For All Beyond” that creates an enriched and captivating sound with a blend of theatrical drama and classical elegance driven by the raw force of symphonic essences and harsher, greedy lines of Metal, coupled with the classically trained voice and expressive vocal behavior of Atanasova are an interesting attraction to the listener as the sounds around her launch their own imagination.

With a delicate and at the same time enigmatic atmosphere, we pressed play for this album starting in “End Of The War” that brings a really subtle introduction while the instrumental grandeur slowly grows around and the hard beat of the battery divides the scene with violin.  Before that, the rest of the arsenal comes into action ending with an interesting feeling in lighter notes. It is very different from “Secret Town” that brings the first few minutes of a little more energy but that keeps the violins paired with melodies for the guitars. It is really interesting at this point to get to “Immortal Metal Wings” for it brings much of the mystical folklore into a seductive and at the same time, melancholic network, where the keyboards gain a very significant place before Stela brings the whole theatrical interpretation to the scene accompanied by the melody that revolves in around her as a key piece.

 I really like to view this work as an exquisite piece or almost a literary novel because that is exactly what this beautiful album represents in musical form for all its density and magnificence.  This is clear in tracks like “When We Pray” or “A Wish,” including the latter behind a rhythmic impasse that reminds me a bit of Arabic folklore which is actually very catchy alongside heavier Heavy Metal melodies, including a throbbing bass that pulsates throughout the created web that seems to follow up on “There’s No Time“, so we have a lot of emotion and feelings involved which can spark interesting feelings in the style lovers. And without a shadow of doubt, it is necessary to mention the outline of the guitars of Grigor and Krastyo that fit the sonority of its instruments like the travelers in this storm.

And I can only say that “Realm Of Dreams” becomes a great duel in this confrontation of the Classic with the Metal that gets sharper with the voice of Krastyo comes on the scene with beautiful waves that carry all the instrumentals and bring the latency of the guitars and Angel‘s really incredible work on keyboards. And as if you have all this great presentation in focus was not enough, then comes “Тъжни Сърца” and all the power of the traditional acoustic that represents in Bulgarian language rather than involving the roots of this promising band. Magical is the word that perfectly defines this delicate work and you still have the privilege of finding two bonus tracks with “Fallen Angel In The Hell” and the same one in totally instrumental version. Highlight for “There’s No Time” and “For All Beyond“.

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METALWINGS ist eine Band aus Sofia (Bulgarien), die bereits einige Erfahrungen im Metal-genre mitbringen und nun mit „For All Beyond“ ihren ersten Longplayer nach der 2016 veröffentlichten EP „Fallen Angel in the Hell“, veröffentlicht. Und es geht direkt nach vorne ohne Kompromisse. „For All Beyond“ bietet genau das, was man von einem Symphonic-Metal-Album erwartet. 12 Songs, durchzogen von Epik, wunderbaren Gitarrensoli und krachende Drums in Kombination mit dem kraftvollen Gesang.

Allein der Opener „End Of The War“ geht direkt runter wie Öl und macht Appetit auf das, was noch folgen mag. METALWINGS spielt auch nicht zu knapp mit den Muskeln, geht etwas vertrackter vor und hält viele klasse Details bereit. METALWINGS beweisen mit „For All Beyond“, dass sie im Symphonic Metal nicht zu übersehen sind und beeindrucken auf ganzer Linie.

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After a successful debut with the single “Crying of the Sun” in 2015, and the well-received EP “Fallen Angel in the Hell” (2016), Bulgarian symphonic metal band Metalwings have independently released their first full-length album, “For All Beyond” on April 19. Fronted by classically trained vocalist Stela Atanasova, the band’s career has been on a steady rise, being more and more popular on the European metal scene. And this album will definitely help them solidify their status as a solid up-and-coming symphonic metal band.

For those of you who have already checked out the aforementioned single and the EP, or the recently released “There’s no time”, know the band’s sounds pretty well. For the rest, let me paint a picture: imagine an angelic voice comparable to Sharon den Adel, coupled with electronic viola, Irish flutes, powerful guitars, some well-placed male vocals, plus all the charm of the genre, and you’ll get a sense of what Metalwings are all about. And this is a very unique combination that seems to work perfectly for this Bulgarian band, as it creates a mysterious, borderline gothic atmosphere to certain songs, that will definitely set them apart from the rest.

“For All Beyond” is a good addition to the symphonic metal catalogue, and Bulgarians should be very proud of Metalwings, as they have put Bulgaria on the metal map, and I really do hope that other bands will join them soon. Until then, enjoy “For All Beyond”!

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METALWINGS est l’un des derniers représentants du Symphonique Power Métal à chant féminin de l’Est de l’Europe.

Il est singulier de voir ce genre de groupe émerger quand on sait ce qui est arrivé à Nightwish ces derniers temps. Eh bien, même si les Bulgares ne sont pas vraiment originaux, au moins ils ne sont pas si mauvais et pourraient peu être devenir un bon palliatif pour tous les fans frustrés de Nightwish …

Je ne vais pas mentir et être honnête, je suis un peu ennuyé par tous ces clones de Nightwish et quand j’ai entendu la première chanson de cet album, j’ai été un peu perturbé une fois de plus. Je veux dire qu’ils ne sont pas 100% novateurs, mais au moins certaines de leurs chansons ont de bons riffs émotionnels couplés à de bonnes voix symphoniques.

Les chansons sont accrocheuses en général, la production est plus que correcte, les ambiances tristes et glacées que l’on peut trouver sur certaines chansons comme “Secret Town” et “For All Beyond” sont dignes d’attention. Bien sûr, ce n’est pas du Doom Metal mais ce n’est pas non plus un pur métal “joyeux” et ces petites touches d’esprit gothique sont intéressantes.

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