FALLEN ANGEL IN THE HELL [EP]
Bulgarian symphonic metal band Metalwings are about to release their debut album, “For All Beyond” in April, and I thought it would be a good idea to review the band’s 2016 EP, “Fallen Angel in the Hell”, in preparation for the aforementioned album. The band was formed in the autumn of 2010 by the classically trained vocalist and songwriter Stela Atanasova, and is described as being a unique combination of powerful guitars, magical Irish flutes, angelic vocals and the gentle sound of viola. In 2015 the band released the music video for “Crying of the Sun”, which managed to draw the attention of over 12 million music fans. In April 2017, Metalwings released the second music video for the title track of the EP, “Fallen Angel in the Hell”.
Fallen Angel in the Hell
Slaves of the Night
Ship of Shadows
Immortal Metal Wings
Crying of the Sun (bonus)
In this EP the band presents 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, though a bit high-pitched for my liking, 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, which is more than evident on “Immortal Metal Wings”. The songs are pretty straight-up symphonic metal with the guitars and bass balancing off each other, the drums and piano offering an extra layer of harmonies and rhythms that go well with the vocal lines. Unfortunately, there is not much variety in this EP, the choruses are not as catchy as I would have liked, and as such, the songs seem to blend into one longer song. The only ones that actually stand out are “Fallen Angel in the Hell”, where the guitars and drums are a bit more up-front, and “Crying of the Sun”, mainly because of the male vocals and the electric viola. Actually, I would have loved to hear more duets, but maybe I’ll get my wish on the album.
Nonetheless, I have to admit that adding an electric viola to the music, is a very interesting move on their part, thus assuring that their music stands out a bit from the rest. Also the potential is there, it just needs to get a bit more polished to really shine. I rate “Fallen Angel in the Hell” [EP] with a 3 / 5.
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Stela Atanasova – Operatic Vocals, Electric Viola, Keyboards
Grigor Kostadinov – Guitars
Krastyo Jordanov – Guitars, Backing Vocals, Irish Flute
Milen Mavrov – Bass
Angel Kitanov – Keyboards
Nikola "Blackie" Ivanov – Drums