10 / 10
"If I had to describe this album in one word it would be 'epic' … very clear musical concept … combines the majesty of Symphonic Metal with more classical elements such as baroque and still risks playing with other variations of Metal … well achieved … like Nightwish, Haggard, Therion and Rhapsody …"
(La Magia Absalón)
97 / 100
"… will mark future times in terms of Symphonic Metal … light years away from the falsehood that is often heard … a dazzling and rarely found level … imagine how a crossing between Therion, Haggard, Molllust, Nightwish, Epica and Rhapsody Of Fire/Luca Turilli would result? It's like Vivaldi, Verdi, Mozart and Bethoveen have become metalheads! Simply brilliant and masterful!"
9,5 / 10
"… a band with 8 elements, including a soprano female vocalist, violin, piano, viola da gamba (kind of cello) and french horn … full of orchestrations and pompous songs … among the majestic orchestrations of Vinnie Atanasov (also all guitars) are the portentous vocals of Kremena Nikolova … a symphonic masterpiece …"
(Sounds From Apocalypse)
9 / 10
"… Bulgarian originals … Symphonic Metal full of class and neo-classical virtuosity … appeals more to sensitivity than to savagery and is of a surprising quality."
(World Of Metal)
9 / 10
"A majestic and operatic album! Opera Metal would be the best concept and classification …"
9 / 10
"BENDIDA's new work will enchant and fascinate you … it will take you on a musical journey through unreal worlds … it will take you away from the gray everyday life, leaving you pleasantly dizzy from the polyphony of instruments and voices … heavy guitars, violins, pianos, folk instruments, various vocal and choral performances, all this will fall on you, but somehow gently, in portions, so that it can be perceived and you will want more …"
(We Rock BG)
8 / 10
"The music pushes, the hard moments burst through the speakers and the softer passages sound from fragile to evocative hypnotic, depending on the required dynamics, absolutely perfectly controlled. Sometimes you subjectively reach your limits in describing the feelings music can trigger. In this case I have no words to say how big and epic, how successful and rousing, how accurate and without any failures, how beautiful and unique this album is."
8 / 10
"… above all a band that dares to step outside its comfort zone, and literally goes on an adventure … a fairytale world opens up for you, which stimulates the imagination to infinity … from every page you turn, you are confronted with another exciting chapter that ends in a 'new world' … a colorful and very varied disc, which is also so addictive to your mind, so you'll never get tired of the film that appears in front of your mind and that you want to relive to infinity."
8 / 10
"Certainly BENDIDA is one of the most interesting metal bands currently not only from Sofia but from all of Bulgaria. They also got a lot musically up from the previous album. 'First Of The Heroes' is a monolith, refined, thoughtful and combines the world of opera, Power Metal, fantasy and mythology into a whole."
15 / 20
"… heartbreakers … atmospheric … operatic … gliding along a radiant melodic river, dressed in silk by the spellbinding lyrical flights of the mistress of Ceremonies, which neither Mattsson nor Nightwish would have rejected."
(Spirit Of Metal)
75 / 100
"… mix of Power Metal, Symphonic Metal, Folk and classical music … orchestral ornaments are frequently used, creating a bombastic whole … a memorable album …"
7,5 / 10
"... varied and epic, well played and arranged ... I feel reminded of Italian bands like Rhapsody, Luca Turilli, Kaledon, but also Glory Hammer from England or Dark Moor from Spain ... sounds like all of a piece ... complex arranged ... cleanly played and produced ... fans of the above mentioned bands, but also of similarly polarized combos like Nightwish, Leaves' Eyes or Visions Of Atlantis, get their money's worth."
"… it is obvious the huge amount of work, sincerity and professionalism invested in it … definitely a step in the right direction and gives hope for the future of the native Symphonic / Power Metal."
(Metal World INFO)
Sofia • Bulgaria
First Of The Heroes
March 6ᵗʰ, 2020
Since July 30th, this unique gathering of passionated musicians presents their new, elaborately produced music video for the album hymn
"Civilization". Produced by Boyan Karamfilov, the video shows the visionary face of the musicians involved also visually in lovingly created perfection:
Over the last years BENDIDA captured the audience’s attention by regular concerts and as an result, the popularity of the Bulgarian FANTASY METAL formation keeps growing.
The eight-headed ensemble creates an unique magical sound - the base is Metal, enhanced by Classical and Folk elements. The atmosphere of BENDIDA's sound gets completed with an ancient Baroque instrument - Viola da gamba.
[ Pic: Jordan Chapkanov ]
The lyrical themes in the band's music are in the spheres of mythology, fantasy and fiction. BENDIDA interprets mythology from the ancient myths and legends – Sumer, Slavic, Thracian and others. The highly motivated group draws inspiration mainly from Classical music, Metal and Folklore.
Besides the traditional Rock music instruments and the mentioned Viola da gamba, the line-up also includes violin, flute and French horn, which sound has been part of BENDIDA's appearance for several years. The epic sound of the compositions includes uplifting choir parts, opulent orchestrations, dreamy-playful flutes, rounded up by an overwhelming string section.
Also included is even an traditional Bulgarian instrument, the Tambura, which adds the characteristic Folklore shots to the demanding art of BENDIDA.
[ Pic: Mihail Tsveov ]
The first EP has been released at the beginning of 2012, entitled "The Farthest Shore". In 2014 the band released the single "Prince Of Ice", together with an official video clip. At the end of 2014, BENDIDA released their second official music video for the song "The Witch And The Devil".
April 2015 saw them taking part in the competition "Kavarna Battle Of The Bands", and in May the same year BENDIDA became the first finalist in "Wacken Open Air Metal Battle Bulgaria 2015".
In 2017 the band released two video clips: "Land Of Perun" and "Whispers In The Dark". At the that year, they released their debut album, mystically entitled "Goddess Of The Moon". Beside all their creative activities, these Bulgarian hopefuls shared the stages with established names as Nightwish, Apocalyptica, Kamelot etc.
[ Artwork: Kremena Nikolova ]
In the beginning of 2020, BENDIDA published the 2nd album, "The First Of The Heroes". As guest musician appears Janika Groß - gifted German singer of Haggard and Molllust - in the song "Vampires' Ball".
BENDIDA • Online:
01. Enter The Sanctuary 02:08
02. Legend Of Gilgamesh 05:37
03. Hunt The Hunter 03:55
04. Vampires' Ball 04:36
v5. Beast And Man 06:27
06. Desolated Sea 04:32
07. Music Of The Spheres 04:34
08. The Fern Flower 05:22
09. Lady Of Eternal Winter 04:01
10. Dawn Of Man 01:12
11. Civilization 04:33
12. Middle Ages 02:59
13. Apogee 01:10
14. Demolition 02:31
15. The New World 03:06
2017 • Goddess Of The Moon (Full-length)
2020 • First Of The Heroes (Full-length)
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