Meteora are a symphonic metal band with an operatic gothic heart and roots set firmly in Hungarian folk.
How would you describe your music?
We are a symphonic metal band from Budapest, Hungary. We blend power, gothic and death metal sound with big orchestrations and choirs.
We have a three singer setup, with Noémi Holló doing lead, Máté Fülöp growling, and me with clean male vocals.
We have been compared to After Forever and Epica most often, but also an aggressive Nightwish and even Lacuna Coil once.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
The band was founded in the summer of 2010, but from the Founding Fathers only Máté and myself remain. We’ve had a few line-up changes which made progression harder, but in 2013-14 we had a group with which we could record our first ever songs on EP Price of Salvation.
Nowadays we rather look at it as a demo, as all of the songs on it were re-recorded for our first LP Our Paradise to give them the treatment of a professional studio.
Noémi joined us in 2015, and with that we could really focus on writing songs for the album, Csaba came in 2016 right before the recordings started, and we found Gábor in 2017, a few months after the release.
The line-up has been constant since then, and it really allowed us to go to the next level as a band. We hit the studio again in 2019, and released our second album Tragedy of Delusion in March 2020 through Nail Records as the bonus CD for that months Hammerworld Magazine.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
From musical influences I would have to name Epica as the greatest one. Their compositions, energy and majesty is just above everything else I have ever heard. I also draw thoughts from the early works of Sirenia, those albums had a really interesting atmosphere and can get you in a special mood quite fast.
Apart from these I listen to a few other bands that have great ideas in their music, like Therion, After Forever, Lord of the Lost and so on. As for idols, Mark Janssen from Epica, Jens Johansson from Stratovarius and Falk Maria Schlegel from Powerwolf are my Gods.
What inspires you?
Listening to music of is my greatest inspiration of course, but I get ideas from a lot of different places. A rhythm from the subway, a melody after a walk outside, reading a book and instruments start playing in my head for that mood.
I read that the most creative phase of people is when they do something automatic, that keeps their minds just a little bit busy but lets it wander around without a real goal. For me personally good ideas tend to occur to me while showering. The hard part in this is that I need to keep it playing in my head until I can get to my computer to write it down.:)
Inspiration for the lyrics come from all around. My personal life, global issues happening at the time, or reading something interesting. When we were writing the songs for Tragedy of Delusion I was still studying at university, and the lyrical concept of Memento Mori came to my mind after a class I had about basically death and dying, and how different cultures respond to it.
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Neither to be honest. Our music is kinda complex, with a lot of instruments doing a lot of different things, so I need to think through every single note I write down very carefully. On our latest album the average instruments playing simultaneously is about 10 or more. I compose the base of the songs at home, and then send these ideas to the others, so they can polish their parts, or write completely new melodies. Then when we agreed on the structure and the base melodical progression I start to fill it up with the orchestra.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
That is a tough one. Memento Mori, has the big choirs sound which is really great live and Tag the Truth, because musically it’s a bit more lighthearted then our other songs. Our Paradise is the winner from our first album, that was our first really monumental song and shows people what we can do.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
A european tour would be great with Epica and Lord of the Lost. Both look like being great people and would love to get to know them better, and would also be able to learn from them a lot in that time.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
It’s in a really hard position thanks to the COVID-19 situation. Tours cancelled, venues going broke, I fear only the big ones will be able to survive this, especially if the second wave hits.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Máté used to take his shirt off in the heat of the shows. Once when he started getting it off after a song, a guy screamed “Strip, b*tch!”.
What are your future plans?
We are going to release a video for our cover of Linkin Park’s Numb shortly.
We’ve already started working on new materials, so we hope we will be able to live up to the love and expectations of people who liked Tragedy of Delusion.
Sadly we won’t be able to do a lot of shows this year, but we are planning a tour next Spring. And last but not least we want to spread symphonic metal, strengthen the genre in Hungary, and tell people that The Future is Symphonic.