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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(Autoproduzione) Con l’allargarsi del mercato, arrivano in redazione anche dischi provenienti da paesi della cui scena sappiamo pochissimo: i Metalwings, ad esempio, esordiscono dalla Bulgaria con questo interessante “For all beyond”, gothic/symphonic metal abbastanza nei canoni ma non per questo poco stimolante. Dodici i brani in scaletta, due di essi sono in doppia versione. “A Wish” è classica nell’esecuzione, ma incorpora qualche passaggio vagamente prog; “End of the War” è un potente episodio sinfonico, mentre la titletrack insiste sul lato emozionale, con archi e un refrain indovinato. La band si esibisce anche in una raffinata ballad acustica cantata nella propria lingua, “Tujni Serza”. Da segnalare anche “When we pray”, costruita su un crescendo ricco di pathos e buone orchestrazioni; e la boombastica “Fallen Angel in the Hell”, che vanta forse il miglior refrain (almeno il più catchy) di tutto il disco. Per coloro che non si stancano mai di esplorare il mondo del metal…

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If there is any metal scene in Bulgaria at all then Metalwings has to belong to those very few unique bands that try to reach out to people with their music. I really do not remember any Bulgarian band I could have known from the past and do not ask me how it`s even possible because I do not know the answer.

If Metalwings is the only band I am destined to know from there, then let it be. They deserve all your ears and attention for this 10+2 songs effort.

For All Beyond is really good produced symphonic and melodic metal album. You can hear viola, keyboards, Irish flute that help them to create a mysteries of music, surrounded by dark romanticism and gothic atmospherics. They use the keys a lot in songs and almost as good as Nightwish, Cradle Of Filth on some of their releases… They are female fronted and I honestly can send my appreciations to all vocals of Stela who has done great job with her-all clean vocal parts that sound  sweet but mature , like a singing of Elfs in tales. The heavy metal guitars and drumming are perfectly tuned to sharp the tone of music and give it metal sound but they do not go for anything that could disturb the beauty of symphonic and orchestrated elements. It`s rare that metal and bombastic music can go in such great symbiosis as it is in this album. Hard to think about it otherwise, especially when you hear such excellent composed songs. The music has been expressed really naturally here, it`s refreshing your mind and makes you think about things from your dreams or beyond our world.

It`s super performed album in every aspect. The music in most of the songs is like a secret access to many moods that cheer up my spirit and brighten my world.

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Un album come For All Beyond ci presenta una band dalle potenzialità enormi, nel campo del metal sinfonico una delle sorprese di questa prima metà dell’anno.

Il gruppo proveniente da Sofia, capitale della Bulgaria, paese non proprio al centro del mappamondo metallico e capitanato dalla cantante, tastierista e songwriter Stela Atanasova, dopo il mini cd Fallen Angel in the Hell, uscito nel 2016, trova la chiave per aprire lo scrigno dove il custode delle sinfonie tiene celato il segreto per suonare il genere e crea questa opera fuori dal tempo.
Un’ora di splendida musica symphonic metal tra atmosfere folk, sfumature gotiche e potenza power metal: il debutto sulla lunga distanza dei Metalwings procurerà non pochi brividi sulla pelle dei fans di queste sonorità, che vengono  nobilitate da un album che profuma di colline e foreste dell’est, di villaggi d’argilla sorti sulle rive di ruscelli incantati o castelli dimenticati dal tempo.
In questo contesto la band bulgara alterna le varie atmosfere con grande sagacia e For All Beyond ne trova giovamento acquistando appeal ad ogni passaggio.
L’attenzione è tutta per la cantante, davvero brava nel saper dosare toni operistici ed altri più personali, sempre sottolineati da una raffinata ed elegante interpretazione, mentre gli strumenti prettamente metal creano cavalcate power e passaggi folk, sinfonie gotiche e tempeste heavy.
Lo strumentale End Of The War ci introduce all’ascolto dell’album, lungo brano che crea la giusta atmosfera lasciata esplodere con Secret Town, comandata da chitarre elettriche e viola.
Un brano power sinfonico lineare, perfetto per un singolo, mentre già dalla notevole Immortal Metal Wings la musica disegna quadri di un tempo passato che non smetteranno di colorarsi fino alla fine dell’album.
When We Pray, la title track, le bombastiche Realm Of Dreams ed il singolo Fallen Angel In The Hell (brano che dava il titolo al precedente ep) ci accompagnano alla scoperta del mondo antico dei Metalwings, per un’ora l’unico paesaggio che risplende davanti ai nostri occhi.

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