Interview with Forsakken

Interview with Meteora

Bio (Taken from Bands Facebook page)

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 Noémi Holló (vocals), and Csaba Solymosi (lead guitar) besides them. It would be hard for us to tell exactly what kind of music we make, we try to play with the contrast between the beautiful voice of Noémi and the harsh growls of Máté, and mix it with power, gothic and symphonic elements. We released our first Ep called Price of Salvation in 2014 with previous members, and shot a music video for the song called Scarlet Moon. We play regularly in the clubs of Budapest, and keep working on the preparations of an Lp.

Band Members

Holló Noémi - vocal,
Király Atilla - keyboard, composing,
Fülöp Máté - bass and growls,
Solymosi Csaba - lead guitar

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N. A. Foy: How old were you when you decided to pursue a career in music and were there any particular musicians or singers that inspired you?

Atilla: I got an acoustic guitar from my godparents when I was 12. I didn't do much with it though until I finished the first year in high school. That’s when my girlfriend at that time got me into metal music. My cousin Máté (our bass player) had been playing the bass for some time then and thought it would be cool to jam along with him. 🙂 At that time, and through my guitarist years I really looked up to Jani Limitainen if I remember well. Nowadays with switching to the keyboard and composing it changed of course. 😀

Máté Fülöp: I was 14 years old when I played the guitar for the first time in my life and I also tried to sing from that moment. I immediately imagined myself on a big stage or something, surrounded by fans. By that time, I had a total crush on Nightwish, I listened to them like... all the time, even when I went to school, fell asleep, had a shower, or whatever. I loved the whole band, but my favorite was Marco Hietala. Later I tried to follow the style of Mark Jansen (Epica), Matt Barlow (Iced Earth), Chester Bennington (Linkin Park), Peter Tägtgren (Pain) and right now my favorite is Troy Sanders from Mastodon.

Noémi Holló: I grew up in a classical musician family, so I started to learn to play the piano when I was 7 years old. I took vocal classes later, and during the high school years, I was a member of the choir of the school, and I learned Hungarian folk music as well, which I think had a great impact on me. I first met with the metal genre when I was in primary school, because my best friend was a huge fan of Epica, and we listened to their first album The Phantom Agony day and night. Simone Simons is still a great inspiration to me today. When I was a teenager, I listened to a lot of progressive rock/metal, for example Devin Townsend or Anathema and my favourite singers were Anneke van Giersbergen and Lee Douglas. Right now, my idol is Vibeke Stene, former lead singer of Tristania.

Csaba Solymosi: I was 9 years old when I started to play the guitar. As I grew up in a musical family, my father and my brother were also playing the guitar and they were addicted to rock and metal music. It was not a big surprise that I always wanted to became a good musician who plays with passion and joy. My first idols were Manowar, Blind Guardian and Helloween. When I was 10 years old I went to my first Manowar concert in Budapest, and this experience had a great impact on me later as well. I joined my first band when I was 16 years old and playing on the stage and floating with the music became the part of my life.

N. A. Foy: How would you describe the sound on your album "Our Paradise?"

Atilla:  I don't think I can speak of only one sound on that album. The songs on it were written through a rather long period of time, Heritage being our very first song dating back to early 2011 and End of Eternity being the most recent with its 2015 'birthdate'. Through that time, we had a few lineup changes, and every musician we played with influenced the structure and the sound of the songs of course. For example, after showing Scarlet Moon to our drummer at that time (in 2011), he said it was too simple, so after that came Mind Sanctuary with its rather, well, unique structure. By covering so many years of the band we feel ’Our Paradise’ came to be pretty diverse, with the symphonic metal feel connecting them all, mixed with power, gothic, death, and sometimes prog elements. We heard people say we sounded like After Forever, Epica, Lacuna Coil, Delain, and so on, so I guess we didn’t invent anything new…:D If we want to speak about the literal ’sound’ of the album I must mention the studio we worked with. Denevér Sound Studio is one of the best recording and mix/master studio in Hungary, and we were really fortunate that we could make our album with them. They made the songs as we imagined them a reality. And of course, the girls/guys in the choir helped the majestic feel in some of the songs, so a high five to them as well!

N. A. Foy: Am I correct to say the album will be released on the 18th of June? I want to make sure I have the correct date.

Atilla:  Yes it will. 🙂

N. A. Foy: Out of the lyrics you perform so far, is there a particular one that you like best? Is there a story behind it?

Atilla:  That's a hard one. I wrote about half of the lyrics on the album, and to be honest I don't write lyrics easily. I usually spend weeks with just one, while Máté is a natural, he writes one in an afternoon when he has an idea. But this amount of time I spend with each one makes them all feel really personal. My favourite though would have to be Aversum. It is about losing your beloved one, and after not being able to get over it, you choose to follow him/her to the Other Side. I wrote it after a really long relationship ended, she didn't die thank God, but got so far away all of a sudden that it felt like that. Wrote the music of Aversum, lyrics for it, and tried to win her back with a serenade but failed miserably. 😀 After that I kept the music and wrote the one you can hear now.

N. A. Foy: What are some things you like to do for enjoyment when you are not doing music?

Atilla:  I'm studying dentistry and that needs a lot of time, I kinda spend the free time I have with band related stuff, occasionally watch series or read something not to go totally nuts.

Máté: I am an unprofessional actor. I can't deny, it takes away my free time pretty much, but I love doing that.

Noémi: I'm studying biochemical engineering, so in my free time I practice as much as I can. I also like searching for new bands and music styles to get to know.

Csaba: I'm interested in DIY web-programming, and all of my free time I spend with my family

N. A. Foy: If you were stuck on an island and somehow were able to listen to music, what 3 CDs would you want with you? 

Atilla:  Epica – “The Holographic Principle,” Sirenia – “At Sixes and Sevens,” Alestorm – “Black Sails at Midnight” (just in case pirates come to my rescue).

Csaba: Iced Earth –“ Something Wicked This Way Comes,” Blind Guardian – “Nightfall in Middle-Earth,” Sonata Arctica – “Ecliptica.”

Noémi: Epica – “The Phantom Agony” - Tristania – “Beyond The Veil,” Dream Theater – “Awake.”

Máté: Mastodon – “Once More Round the Sun” -  Linkin Park – “Hybrid Theory” - Nightwish – “End of an Era.”

N. A. Foy: Is there a story behind the band name "Meteora?"

Atilla:  Máté is an architect, he came up with this name while at the university studying some artist thing. We were organizing our first concert at that time, and still had no name so we needed to decide fast. I remember Avalon and End of the Line were in the pool of names as well, but luckily Meteora got most votes. 😀 It represents a quiet place for us, where we can get away from the world and look down on it. We all study and work so spending time with the band really is an escape. Fun facts: there was a girl once who thought meteora was the name for female meteors, and in the beginning some people came to our shows hoping for a Linkin Park tribute. 😀

N. A. Foy: Us fans always like to know things about the band members. How about some favorites. What is your favorite color? Number? Foods? Movie(s)? Book(s)? Or any other favorites you want to mention?

Atilla: Seven Black Spaghetti Bolognese, my new gastrocore bands name. For movies, I love comedy and fantasy, my favourite would have to be Scary Movie 3 though, have seen it a few dozen times and it is still hilarious. From books it's Harry Potter, Song of Ice and Fire series, and Dexter.

Noémi: To be honest, I've never wondered if I had a favourite number or food or colour... If I should mention a colour I think I would choose green. 🙂 Among the movies I like thrillers and comedies as well, my favourites are Inception and Tropic Thunder. My favourite book is "Around the World in Eighty Days" by Jules Verne, I read it a hundred times.

Máté: My favorite colors are definitely orange, black, and grey, they look cool together. I like prim numbers like 7, 29 and 37. I am a big fan of junk foods, I like burgers and hot dogs, and I can eat pizza anytime, with anything on it! Although I can't eat much at a time, it seems my stomach has a really small capacity. There are vast amounts of good movies and good books, just like good music. It is hard to decide. My favorite movies perhaps are the followings: Big Fish, Stardust, and the original The Magnificent Seven from 1960. I really like the actor Eli Wallach, who died just a few years ago. I also dig cartoons, I found of the Total Drama Seasons. My favorite books are The Hunger Games trilogy.

Csaba: My favorite color is what’s Batmans favorite 😉 , I like lasagna as Garfield. I have no favorite number. I like TV series like Family Guy, Game of Trones and Big Bang Theory and I often read IT, news, DIY, and other magazines as well.

N. A. Foy: What is the message that you want to give your fans as an example as a person? Is there anything else you’d like to add before we finish?

Atilla:  With this album we mainly focused on the topic of being aware of what's going on around us, not to let others tell us what to think, but rather use our heads and work for the betterment of our lives. It's convenient to have readymade opinions, but that will make neither the person nor the world progress. Not to mention many organizations abusing this behavior of people.

As last words, I would just like to make a little advertisement if that's okay. 😀 As you know “Our Paradise” came out on the 18th June, you can check out the whole album on Youtube for free, and if you liked it and would like to listen to it on the road as well it's available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and a bunch of other dealers. Hope to see you guys at concerts soon!:)