Meteora Interview 04/07/20
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and whos your biggest influences
Meteora (Noémi): The band was founded in 2010. From the original members only Máté Fülöp (bass, growls) and Atilla Király (ex-guitar, synth) remained, the current lineup consists of Csaba Solymosi (lead guitar) and Gábor Kása (drums) and me besides them. I joined the band in September 2015. It would be hard for us to tell exactly what kind of music we make, but the well-known symphonic metal bands, such as Epica, Nightwish or Sirenia always had a great impact on us, and I think it’s noticeable in our songs aswell. We try to play with the contrast between the voice of mine and the harsh growls of Máté, and mix it with power, gothic and symphonic metal elements. We released our first EP called 'Price of Salvation' in 2014 with previous members and in 2017 our first album 'Our Paradise'. Our second LP was released this year, in March, and it’s called “Tragedy of Delusion”.
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from
Meteora (Noémi): As for me as a singer, I listen to a lot of kind of music and bands, and it’s really inspiring for me that if we just look at the genre of metal, it’s also full of more than just great singers and personalities we can learn from, both women and men. Of the latter, I would highlight Tony Kakko from Sonata Arctica and Russel Allen from Symphony X. They have a really big impact on me to this day. When I was a teenager, I listened to a lot of progressive metal besides symphonic and female fronted metal bands, for example Devin Townsend’s projects, and I was highly impressed by Anneke van Giersbergen. Today my favorite singer and role model is Vibeke Stene, former lead singer of Tristania. As for the lyrics, the state of the world and human nature always give something for us to write about.
MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song?
Meteora (Noémi): It’s a hard question to answer. Although we’ve just released our second LP, and we have improved a lot since our first album, I still think that our “signature song” is “Our Paradise”, title song of our very first LP. I think, this is the song that describes our style most properly.
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2020
Meteora (Noémi): In this situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s difficult to predict the future accurately, and as all the other bands, sadly, we also had to cancel our concerts because of it. We, and the whole Hungarian underground scene try to find a way to fix this situation. Fortunately, we could reschedule our album release show, it was postponed to 22nd August and it’ll take place in Budapest. In general, we all wish to help people in Hungary to know, understand and love the symphonic metal genre, and our dream is to make Meteora more known in Europe.
MM: What can we expect from Meteora live
Meteora (Noémi): We strive to create a classical symphonic metal atmosphere at our shows, so if you would like to have some nostalgic experience or just enjoy this kind of music, you should definitely come to our concerts.
MM: What do you like best and worst about touring
Meteora (Noémi): The best thing for me is singing face to face for our fans, for the people who came to have us. I always have the feeling on the stage, that I’m there to give them something valuable, something beautiful that they can take with themselves. The worst thing for me is maybe if I can’t sleep enough after the show.
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies
Meteora (Noémi): I could mention three Hungarian metal bands: Subcortic, Adrya and Esperfall. We have known each other for a very long time.
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why
Meteora (Noémi): If I should highlight only one concert experience, I think it would be Sonata Arctica’s show back in 2016 at Rockmaraton Festival in Hungary. We went there with the band for one day, especially because of Epica’s concert. I remember that I was in a bad mood that day, but I’ve never been to a Sonata show before, so I decided to go a bit closer to the stage so I can watch it well. The beauty, power and kindness of their music totally impressed me. I think I’ll always remember this show.
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with
Meteora (Noémi): I remember that after one of our shows in Budapest we received a message on Facebook from a lady in the audience. She said thank you for the concert, and told us, that Carlo Regadas (ex-guitarist and composer of the extreme metal band Carcass, his current band is Monstrance) listened to our concert aswell and sends us his huge congratulations. I feel, this is an incredibly great honour for us as a band, I think the greatest we have ever had before so far.
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time
Meteora (Noémi): I think on the first place I should mention “The Phantom Agony” of Epica. This is an all-time classic album for me, and in my opinion, it is the same for the symphonic metal genre aswell. My other eternal favourite is Dream Theater’s “Awake”. These two genres, symphonic and progressive metal are the closest to me in the world of rock and metal.
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
Meteora (Noémi): Oh yeah, definitely. At the beginning, I didn’t really like it, because I’m not the type of person who likes to be in the centre of attention. I was very, very excited and stressed, I couldn’t be as relaxed as on rehearsals when we practiced specifically to concerts. Fortunately, I could slowly overcome it with consciousness, and of course with help and support of my bandmates.
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall.
Meteora (Noémi): Back in the days when I was about 13 years old and I got to know symphonic metal, and the genre of metal in general, I only had some Nightwish posters. Later in high school I got some about Dream Theater aswell.
MM - Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person
Meteora (Noémi): I’m not sure if there is a good answer for this question, because the birth of rock and metal is a result of many social, historical and musicial factors. It may sound like a cliché, but I think that here in Europe we still do not have a greater composer than Johann Sebastian Bach. Without him the European music we know and enjoy nowadays would not exist, neither the European metal musical language.
MM - What's the most important thing to the band right now?
Meteora (Noémi): We are working on organizing concerts, which is quite difficult in the current situation, but we’re doing our best to seize the opportunities and offers.
MM:If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
Meteora (Noémi): Actually, we already recorded a cover for Linkin Park’s “Numb” as a bonus track on our second LP “Tragedy of Delusion”. At first sight, without listening to our music, people often think we’re a Linkin Park tribute or a nu metal band because of our name, which sounds the same as the title of Linkin Park’s album “Meteora”, that contains this well-known song. We decided to try to reinterpret it in our own musical language.
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band
Meteora (Noémi): If, in the midst of trendy musical tendencies these days, you feel like you miss some classical metal with symphonic elements, female voice, choirs and powerful growls, we’ve written our songs for you.
MM: Four words to describe Meteora
Meteora (Noémi): The future is symphonic!
Final Words for your fans and our readers
Meteora (Noémi): The most important thing is to always be yourself. Music is for the joy of yourself, and all of us. Don’t forget that you always must train yourself. Show some progress every day.