METALWINGS are not new to us here at Battle Helm but since they are so bloody good and since it was so long ago I interviewed them the first time I wanted to check in with them. Answering musicians: Stela Atanasova – Lead Vocals, Electric Viola, Keyboards;
Krastyo Jordanov – Guitars, Irish Flute, Backing Vocals. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

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.

I get the feeling that the way you promote your band today is all down to how serious you take it. You can just settle for all the different social platforms or you can take it one step further. What does a PR agency do that you cannot do yourself?
Stela Atanasova: One PR agency is very useful because a band shouldn’t tell for itself how good is it and how beautiful is its music. We need a PR agency to spread our thoughts and dreams.

Has anything changed in the Bulgarian metal scene since 2016 that makes it easier to be a band? Has any band gained enough international success to pave the way for other bands to make it outside of the borders?
Stela Atanasova: Unfortunately since our last interview that we made with you the situation for metal music in Bulgaria hasn’t changed so much. We haven’t still a band with an international success but really hope some of our bands to have this chance because there are lots and very good metal bands and all of them deserve their place on the world’s scene.

I like going out and see bands play live. What is the live scene like for you guys? Do you play live a lot?
Stela Atanasova: To play live is very important for us. We love to play live and to make concerts for our fans. But in the last year we didn’t have lots of gigs because of the recordings of our full length album. We’ve decided to focus only on the preparation of the songs. We’ve rearranged some of them and spent lots of time in the recording studio. In some weeks we’ve just started to prepare for our promotion in Sofia and we plan to make a really remarkable show.

I am old school. I have embraced digital but I still collect physical. There is something to holding a physical product. Do you feel that because of digital format some of the fun of music will be lost when you can discard of the “record” so easily and you don’t have to work to get your hands on it? Is there a risk that music becomes a wear and tear kind of thing?
Stela Atanasova: Music will be always around us. It doesn’t matter if it will be digital or physical. Music will last forever. I like physical albums. Definitely there is a charm to hold a CD in your hands. But we can’t ignore the new technologies – we have to get use to them and to keep the good aspects of the past as long as we can. Music is the memory of our lives and the bridge between the past and future.

I remember back in the 80s how hard it was for bands to find the right place to record. How hard is it to find the right studio and people to work with today?
Stela Atanasova: Actually I think it’s the same now and even better. Maybe because of Internet you can find very quick lots of information for studios, for good sound engineers, to get some opinions about them and to contact with the studio at the moment. It’s so easy to mix and master your album somewhere abroad. And always the desire to make something is the power which guides you through your choices. We are very grateful to Alexander Nakov from Studio “Villata” where we’ve recorded the tracks and of course to the great Max Morton from Morton Studio who is our mixing and mastering engineer.

If you had a choice what bands would you like to tour with to spread the word of METALWINGS to the world?
Stela Atanasova: We’d love to make a world tour with Nightwish.

What does the future hold?
Stela Atanasova: Our dreams

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