10 / 10
"… a really promising genius work … 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."
95 / 100
"… critics will claim that there is no revolutionary to experience, but as far as I am concerned they can go 'in' and they can be flushed. I fully support this band. The picture is correct for me. Do not ask for names of outliers; everything shoots out. I am completely carried away with the music and vocals of Stela. Top. Top. Top."
4,5 / 5
"… all the songs are extremely enjoyable and engaging, full of different atmospheres and even tending to melodramatic … it amazes me how METALWINGS do not have a label behind them … with 'For All Beyond' I have heard, in my opinion, the best record of 2018 in the field of female fronted Symphonic Metal and it is simply outrageous that this band is forced to self-production!"
(All Around Metal)
4,3 / 5
"Stela’s vocal interpretation in 'Immortal Metal Wings' is similar to Tarya Turunen, if not even better … epic … emotional … strong message … truly masterpiece … powerful … elegant … don’t compare METALWINGS with Nightwish, Epica or Within Temptation! They are quite unique … strong author seal, perfectly combining of Symphonic, Gothic and Power Metal spiced with Celtic influences … Flute, viola, violin, piano, perfectly arranged … everything is perfectly balanced, nothing is over the limits … 'Nightwish of Balkans' are ready for the world stages!"
(Metal Jacket Magazine)
90 / 100
"Ten fantastic Symphonic Metal anthems, a voice of pure gold, and rich music that combines the best of symphonic and progressive music … such a fantastic album to close off my review year 2018!"
(Lords Of Metal)
90 / 100
"… greatness … dignity … formidable album … an hour of pure ecstasy …"
(Insane Voices Labirynth)
9 / 10
"… these Bulgarians take it wisely and throw some folky / celtic / gothic influences and Power Metal into the pot … hello atmosphere, welcome catchy orchestration … and hello to that wonderful singing by Stela Atanasova … a lot of beautiful music to discover …"
4 / 5
"… great Symphonic/Gothic Metal … Nightwish did set something enormous ablaze with their first album. Something that has grown universal. I for one am eternally grateful for that because I just love the combination of bigger than life vocals and cool Metal … METALWINGS are no different … this is beautiful Metal … throw in some Celtic influences and you got an album that should take the world by storm … I know that is has taken me by storm."
4 / 5
"… full of symphonic orchestrations, embellished with folk melodies and sublimated by the angelic operatic singing of a singer / composer who has received a solid classical training. Add to this the fact that the pretty Bulgarian plays divinely violin, and you will not be far from wanting to add it to the Top 10 of your favorite frontwomen."
(Music In Belgium)
89 / 100
"At a time when Symphonic Metal seems to be mostly unsurprising, a brilliant Bulgarian collective emerges, named METALWINGS, who can recover the magic of the early works of the masters Nightwish."
88 / 100
"… definitely a winner … Symphonic Metal fans will definitely enjoy it and I think the themes will also attract a lot more listeners."
(The Metal Archives)
17 / 20
"… in the manner of Nightwish (first period) … atmospheric … magic."
(Spirit Of Metal)
8,6 / 10
"… leaves an excellent impression … Symphonic Metal … fantastic sobriety and the establishment of an identity of its own … good melodies, good condensation of ideas without much exaggeration and the result is memorable … excellent surprise and a huge promise, now practically fulfilled, for the future."
(World Of Metal)
8,5 / 10
"'For All Beyond' presents us a band with enormous potential … in the field of Symphonic Metal one of the surprises of this first half of the year … an hour of wonderful Symphonic Metal music between folk atmospheres, gothic nuances and power metal power …"
8,5 / 10
"… a majestic stroll through Power Metal and Symphonic Metal territory … METALWINGS manage to offer a measured balance to please fans of both genres."
8,5 / 10
"Fans of female-fronted symphonic, operatic, and progressive Metal will enjoy METALWINGS … a well-formed sound that should appeal to many … plenty of technicality and talent here …"
(Dutch Progressive Rock Page)
8 / 10
"… like to refer to Epica, Nightwish … sound is a bit mysterious and next to the slightly bombastic orchestration … we also hear a lot of guitars in the more Metal parts … catchy … easy on the ear … a great album for all the Symphonic and Gothic Metal fans out there."
7,9 / 10
"… in a classic pattern of Symphonic Metal, where even Nightwish or Within Temptation fans can come in ... a new star in the subgenre!"
(Time For Metal)
7,5 / 10
"Fans of Within Temptation, Nightwish, After Forever or Epica can sit and listen!"
7,5 / 10
"… a good Symphonic Metal work … fronted by Stela Atanasova, an excellent opera vocalist that also plays electric viola (a kind of violin) … vocals and viola capabilities are highlighted and well escorted by keyboards and the other instruments … with some Irish flute adding a Celtic touch … without weak songs … my favorite is 'Secret Town' … also quite nice and original is 'Tujni Serza', a slow sung in Bulgarian."
(Sounds From Apocalypse)
7,5 / 10
"… 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."
7,5 / 10
"… very catchy … memorable melodies … above all, a pleasant voice that sounds so natural and civilized …"
15 / 20
"… good emotional riffs coupled with good symphonic voices … songs are catchy in general, the production is more than correct … the sad and icy moods that can be found on some songs like 'Secret Town' and 'For All Beyond' are worthy of attention … touches of Gothic spirit are interesting … with sincerity."
7 / 10
"… accessible ... various chic choruses ... atmospheric ... also in terms of variety knows 'For All Beyond' to please ... from ballads to quite lively pieces everything is there ... cleanly implemented and well audible Symphonic Metal album."
"… great … there is certainly some of that Nightwish-like atmosphere, combining Symphonic Metal with operatic vocals and many changes in tempo and style … METALWINGS … have now built a solid foundation for a promising future."
"A truly exquisite work for gourmets, connoisseurs and visionaries that shines with elegance. And if it'll be just fair for METALWINGS, then their name will be named in one with populars such as Nightwish, Within Temptation, Xandria, and Sirenia!"
"Taking influences from the likes of Sonata Arctica, Nightwish and Lacuna Coil, METALWINGS take you on an epic journey filled with vigor and emotion … a magnificent album that I can warmly recommend to people looking for some great escapist Symphonic Metal entertainment. The songs are diverse, but they all maintain a consistent feel of optimism and energy."
(Belgian Metal Shredder)
"METALWINGS’ greatest work lies in the way they structure the compositions; picking in the essence of symphonic music they added characteristics from the several Rock/Metal melodic subgenres, yet without pushing to much for one side nor the other."
(Metal Em Portugal)
"'For All Beyond' has a permanent-loop character … a record you can not only celebrate live, but one can also listen to pretty good at home while cuddling. Music for heart and soul!"
(Bad Black Unicorn)
"METALWINGS create a rich and rousing sound; a blend of operatic drama and classical elegance driven by the raw force of Symphonic and harsher essences of Metal."
(The RingMaster Review)
"Bulgarian's 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."
"… Symphonic Metal tidbit ... phenomenal debut album ... highly talented newcomers ... Stela Atanasova is not only a gifted singer who, with her great voice, but also with her incredibly sympathetic and charming accent, knows how to thrill her fans - no, she is also a fantastic violinist, keyboarder and of course composer."
(Undercover Rock And Metal)
"… in that clientele, which feels mainly addressed by the romantic-pompous appearance of various Nightwish-Elaborate and their epigones, METALWINGS should also be welcomed with open arms and ears …"
"… expressed really naturally … refreshing your mind and makes you think about things from your dreams or beyond our world … 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 …"
"Enchanting Symphonic Metal from Bulgaria ... carefully crafted debut work ... which will please especially fans of classical Symphonic Metal."
"'For All Beyond' is a beautiful palette of a hymn-melodic and epically uplifting classic Symphonic Metal. It’s an unique combination of angelic vocals, powerful guitars, magical Irish flutes and the gentle sound of electric viola."
(International Radio Deutschland)
"One of the best albums 2018."
"… offers exactly what one would expect from a Symphonic Metal album ... 12 songs, full of epic, wonderful guitar solos and crashing drums in combination with the powerful vocals ... METALWINGS prove with 'For All Beyond' that they can not be overlooked in Symphonic Metal and impress all along the line."
"Just when I thought that the Symphonic Metal genre is now at a standstill, a band from Bulgaria surprises me and teaches me a better ... refreshing riffs are paired with classical opera elements and combined into sensitive and powerful songs ... 'For All Beyond 'is an album you always like to listen to without boredom."
"… Symphonic Metal, Folk Metal, Power Metal and Gothic Metal … elegance and style … METALWINGS is a fantastic world in which to immerse ourselves … truly enchanting …"
"… atmospheric … punchy … Celtic influence that is a heavy METALWINGS trait … energetic and lively … gives me goose bumps … like a breath of fresh air … delivering equal quantities of Power and Symphonic Metal."
"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."
"… strong musical themes as well as fairy vocals … breaks out in wonderful but nostalgic paths … it leaves you a sweet feeling … the album is in the best for the past year … METALWINGS have what it takes to win you …"
►► Fallen Angel In The Hell - EP ◄◄
9.5 / 10
"The EP took me back to the best days and the very essence of the genre. A top three in my all time favorite list, together with Nightwish's 'Oceanborn' and Within Temptation's 'The Silent Force'. The electric viola and Stela's vocal performance and range, mixed with a powerful band sound makes listening to METALWINGS a must for Metal fans. 'Fallen Angel In The Hell' is certainly one of the most beautiful songs of Symphonic Metal ever made. I loved 'Slaves O The Night', 'Ship Of Shadows' and 'Crying Of The Sun' as well."
90 / 100
"Comparisons to names like NIGHTWISH, LEAVE'S EYES and others will be obvious, since METALWINGS shares with them the same sound influences, but without being a copy … METALWINGS has a great future …"
4 / 5 - great
"... 'Crying Of The Sun' has - not least because of the superficial violin - a dreamy, catchy melody that just will not let you go. METALWINGS surprise with their debut EP quite ... all songs ... are very melodic and at least three titles reveal real earwig potential ... an excellent base to reach many listeners with their music so one can look forward to the album, which is scheduled for 2018."
80 / 100
"… nicely composed songs where elements from Classical Music, Power Metal and Folk are brought together to a whole … in the spotlight on the crystal clear beautiful voice of Stela. This does not mean, however, that other instruments do not claim their share."
80 / 100
"… Symphonic Gothic Metal … so well done … beautiful … with the hope of hearing more about them, I leave a more than positive judgment."
(Insane Voices Labirynth)
8 / 10
"... the fantastic singing of Stela Atanasova ... the Bulgarians celebrate their typical style ... a symphonic masterpiece of the very first kind ... METALWINGS have created a powerful EP, that lets melodies flow from all pores and which is heavy at the same time. All the songs with their hot melodies and arrangements ... bring tears of joy in the eyes."
8 / 10
"… a tremendously talented band that you need to watch!!!"
(Cry Of The Wolf)
8 / 10
"To be honest, I do not associate much with Bulgaria, but that will change now, because with METALWINGS I am left with an acoustic rough diamond from just that Balkan state ... METALWINGS begin from a promising starting position and it is to be hoped that they will continue with the upcoming album exactly where they left off and establish itself among an even bigger audience."
8 / 10
"… METALWINGS offer up a lighter, fresh and new slant on the traditional offering … infectious Power Metal with symphonic vocals … addictiveness … top drawer … a magical feel."
16 / 20
"… really well produced … very radiant melodies … simple but effective Symphonic Metal …"
(Radio Metal Sound)
70 / 100
"Stela Atanasova is a quite potent classically trained singer with an angelic, beautiful and natural voice … occasional Irish flute sounds and especially a prominent use of the viola add an elegant touch … promising band …"
(The Metal Archives)
7 / 10
"… electric viola … produces a melancholic and even nostalgic dark sound gives to the band the element that makes them stand out, but that is not all … compositions are very interesting … without diverging from the forms of the Symphonic Metal sound … very pleasant to listen to … have the necessary freshness … comparisons … are with known bands like EPICA, KAMELOT, NIGHTWISH and even LEAVES’ EYES … METALWINGS surely do a very good work … easily recommend this to friends of the genre."
(Behind The Veil)
68 / 100
"… Gothic Metal with Celtic and Power/Symphonic colors … I like the female vocals of Stela Atanasova, but what really sent me into ecstasy, in addition to the beautiful solo-rugs that weave the album during the songs, was the Irish flute dancing with electric violin … good luck METALWINGS: make Bulgaria and the whole world dream!"
3 / 5
"… four masterly composed songs, with “Crying Of The Sun” set as a bonus track. From the get-go it is clear that the magic of METALWINGS music are the classical instruments (flute, viola, piano) which combine well with the drums, bass and guitars. Stela’s voice … is so delicate and sweet, that the contrast between her vocals (operatic or not) and the rest of the instrumental gives the music a certain feeling of fragility and tenderness …"
"In the case of Stela Atanasova, one can certainly attest that the lady is quite capable of singing ... a bright, pleasant, soulful, almost fragile seeming voice, to which the band's sound is clearly aligned ... as highlights, I would mention the Youtube hit "Crying In The Sun", in which guitarist Krasto Jordanov contributes clean vocals, as well as the very successful title track."
"… Stela Atanasova, a voice full of grace and sentiment, almost angelic … theatrical interpretation … brilliant … magical atmosphere … amazing … instrumentally well-structured … pleasant with their delightful notes and chorus, brilliant presentation for METALWINGS … will fall in love with this EP."
(Rockers And Other Animals)
"… four masterful compositions … the quality of the METALWINGS compositions is indisputable … they manage to catch us from the first second … sensational combination of instruments without forgetting the melodic voice of Stela Atanasova."
(La Caja Del Rock)
"… classic Symphonic Metal that partly borders on Epic and Folk Metal ... the clear, charming crystal voice of the front woman dances with the melodic notes of the keyboard, the violin and the flute on the dance floor of the deep, dark, classic Metal background ... magical atmosphere ... could be the perfect soundtrack of a fantasy movie ... the work is classically classifiable and will certainly delight fans of Symphonic Metal."
(Jazz And Rock)
"… fulfills satisfactorily the classical part with a bonus. And the bonus is vocalist Stela Atanasova … the contrast between female voices with distorted guitars is a killer. Female voices and Metal sonance are a perfect marriage. Not to mention the beauty of Stela Atanasova’s voice … the combination between the hard and rispid guitars and the whispering and absolutely correct voice does magic."
"The sweet, elfin opera vocals of frontwoman Stela Atanasova are enthroned above all ... soft and sensitive ... fans of Within Temptation, Xandria, Epica, After Forever, Leaves' Eyes or Visions Of Atlantis will definitely like this Bulgarian band!"
"It is clear that a large audience will continue to gravitate toward METALWINGS, who exceed all expectations in the Symphonic Power Metal stakes. They have certainly begun their careers with a bang."
"… showed the world that music that is highly appreciated by millions of people all over the world can be produced in Bulgaria …"
(Eat This Metal)
"This women not just being good behind her vocal works, but behind the use of an instrumental as well. Her violin in fact, as her soulful vocals tends to conjure the magical moments … creating an in-depth feel of emotion … the music just becomes so enchanting … METALWINGS style is much like other Symphonic Metal acts, like Nightwish, Within Temptation, and even some of Leave's Eyes works. If alluring is what you take hold, then surely this Metal act will do you well."
"… fans of this genre will surely appreciate the sound of METALWINGS … these Bulgarians have good potential."
(All Around Metal)
"… superb Symphonic Power Metal, blended perfectly with keyboards and electric viola. Singer Stela has a magnificent voice, soaring to heights that even some operatic singers fail to achieve … a superb introduction to the METALWINGS sound …"
Sofia • Bulgaria
Classic Symphonic Metal
For All Beyond
April 19th, 2018
On the first of November 2018 METALWINGS released their third official music video - this time for the moving title song of the debut album "For All Beyond".
Peter Tomov and his company 359 Degrees served as production manager, editor and producer for the video clip. He was assisted by Ivailo Stanchev, who also made the aerial filming, working for Seagull Flying, a high-level drone service provider.
Tomov and Kalin Iliev from WonderSwamp worked behind the cameras. Maya Borisova was responsible for the make-up, costumes were created by Ivo Velinov.
The unique presence of creation is implied in the song through the connection between all human beings who come and go, building their lives through the roots of their family and ancestors.
Around a gorgeous Century-old tree the band deepened themselves into the tremendous creation of Mother Nature and they turned it literally into artistic flesh and blood to tell about all the joy she brings - and also the giant sorrow Nature has to bear unfortunately.
Redemptive hike of the soul
The dark shadowman shown in the clip is the eerie embodiment of a lost soul. That's why he has no face, no flesh. This soul is desperate and completely shut up in its own prison of fear. On the other hand, the child embodies the hope of life and challenges this lost soul to find its way to the light.
The presence of the child causes the shadow to go in search of salvation. Reaching the sea is the end of lost hope and the beginning of light. To finally find hope, the shadow goes beyond itself ... beyond its life. Finally, the shadow breaks its own limits and proves that there is always a will to fight against the dark.
METALWINGS once again prove their exceptional musical size and exquisite artistic taste with the new music video.
The fact that the enthusiastic music of these Bulgarian big-hearts wanders directly into the soul, is due to several strengths of the exceptionally artistic minds.
METALWINGS with the classically trained frontwoman Stela Atanasova have an exquisite singer whose bell-light and beguilingly feminine, operetta-like voice stands out high from the mass of the genre. With her violin, the soulful vocalist also conjures magical moments of sound.
The hymn-melodic and epically uplifting CLASSIC SYMPHONIC METAL of the Sofia based formation combines the finest elements of classical music and the timeless world of opera.
The fact that such music can be extremely powerful, without going into excessive degrees of hardness, the Bulgarians prove with absolute artistic bravura. Crisply added, sovereignly played rock nuances also provide for extensive listening pleasure.
Founded by allrounder Stela in 2010, she had a clear musical vision in mind from the start, making the catchy songs so compact, homogenous, compositionally perfect and altogether masterful.
After very successful concerts and a lot of popularity at home, METALWINGS produced the also visually deeply moving music video for the song "Crying Of The Sun", which got nearly 12 million views from all parts of the world on Youtube.
On May 12th, 2016, METALWINGS released their debut EP "Fallen Angel In The Hell" after several single releases, whereupon they convincingly show off their own definition of romantic Metal beauty with four excellent compositions.
On April 19th 2018 was the release of the much-anticipated debut album "For All Beyond", for which METALWINGS have been very busy since last year's autumn.
A solemn, inspiring Symphonic Metal highlight, which will be able to compete with the greats of the profession! (Markus Eck)
01: End Of The War 4:51
02: Secret Town 4:15
03: Immortal Metal Wings 5:18
04: When We Pray 4:16
05: A Wish 5:52
06: There’s No Time 4:22
07: For All Beyond 5:33
08: Realm Of Dreams 4:26
09: Tujni Serza 4:09
10: For All Beyond (Orchestral Version) 5:33
11: Fallen Angel In The Hell 6:06
12: Fallen Angel In The Hell (Instrumental Version) 6:08
2016: Fallen Angel In The Hell (EP)
2018: For All Beyond (full-length)
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