Metalwings is a band from Bulgaria who has just released a new album entitled ‘A Whole New Land’. We had the pleasure of interviewing Stela Atanasova, vocalist, keyboard and viola player, to ask her about the new album and other things. Enjoy this interview with Stela Atanasova.
Hello Stela! How are you and the rest of Metalwings doing?
Hello. I feel great, as do the rest of the band. It is already a hot summer here and we all dream of a vacation.
You released a new album, ‘A Whole New Land’, last month. How are you feeling about the reception the album got from the fans so far?
I think that the fans are the biggest corrective for any artist and we managed to surprise them once again with something new and different from our previous albums. We receive a lot of positive comments, reviews, and the feedback from our fans is absolutely positive.
What would you tell our readers who haven’t heard the new album yet to expect if they go check it out right now?
Let them expect the unexpected. This is not just another album created in the style of symphonic metal. This is an epic album where you can hear the whole palette of sound, emotion, passion, anger and tenderness of the times we live in, combined in one album. This album is an epic journey to ourselves – if they hear the album at least a few times and feel its depth, then their journey will be unforgettable. Just give yourself these 67 minutes of pure, emotional, epic and powerful metal on the wings of our dreams.
To get our readers more excited for the album, how about we play a game? I will give you a certain scenario and you have to pick one song from the album to match it. Ready?
Which song on ‘A Whole New Land’ would you use to introduce someone to your music?
I See Your Power
Which song on ‘A Whole New Land’ would you use to lift the morale of a friend going through some hard times?
Still Believe In Us
If all the songs on ‘A Whole New Land’ came to life, which one would be your best friend?
A Whole New Land
Aliens from another planet invaded Earth and are trying to destroy humanity. It was found out that their only weakness is heavy music vocals hitting high notes. Which song on ‘A Whole New Land’ would you charge with to fight the aliens?
Killer of the Angel’s Love
A thousand years from now, an archaeologist discovers a working CD of ‘A Whole New Land’ under the remains of a building. He manages to play the CD and listen to the album. Which song would he enjoy most?
Thank you for playing, Stela!
What is one music-related memory from your childhood that you treasure?
My fondest childhood memory is how my mother taught piano to her students while I played on the floor with toys, but I listen to every single note and admire the music they play.
Have you ever been treated in a sexist way? How would you face sexism and what advice would you give to young people who face any kind of discrimination?
I have not encountered such an attitude. I did not feel discriminated because I’m a woman. I’m probably lucky or I just didn’t let anyone treat me like that. I want women to be more women and not try to be like men in every way. We are definitely the better one and we don’t have to behave like men to be respected. We just need to respect ourselves and not let anyone take away our strength, confidence and dreams.
How did the pandemic influence the writing process and release of your new album?
The pandemic in no way prevented the recording and release of the album. It slowed us down a bit because we had plans to release it earlier, but I don’t think that’s a problem. We just waited for the better year – I mean 2021 – and did things in the best possible way.
That’s good. Thank you for the interview Stela! It has been a pleasure!
Thank you for the great interview too! Best wishes from Bulgaria ☺