Meteora – Interview

Meteora – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

M: Hy Pete! 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.


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

M: The band was founded in the summer of 2010, but from the Founding Fathers only Máté and myself remain. We had a few line-up changes which made progression harder, but in 2013-14 we had a group which with we could record our first ever songs on our first 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.


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

M: From musical influences I would have to name Epica as the greatest one. Their compositions,  energy and majesticity 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
Non-musical influences come from everywhere to be honest. I had rhytm ideas just from riding the tram or the subway, get a melody start playing in my head while reading a book or watching a movie. 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 great 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.:)


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

M: Playing at Wacken Open Air would be my dream as far as concerts go. It would be great to have a tour as support or co-headline acts for Epica, or any other band I listen to daily. As for shorter term goals, we have just released our second album ‘Tragedy of Delusion’ in March, so promoting it online is our number one priority now, and if the venues start opening again we want to organize a tour for it in Hungary and the neighbouring countries next Spring.


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

M: I am the main composer of the band, I usually write the main structure of a song first with a few detailed part, and then send it to the others. They write their own parts, or rebuild what I wrote for them, then we put everything we have together at rehearsal and see if it works or not. It usually still needs a few changes, but most of the time the song is 90% the same as we wrote it at home.  Then if we agreed on the song structure I can fill it with all the instruments I can find in my libraries.:) Before we hit the studio the songs are reviewed again and get spiced up with even more melodies to make our sound big and the record interesting. The lyrics are written by Máté and me, they are mostly about the problems of our modern world and the depths of the human soul.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

M: We mostly use Facebook and YouTube, as most other bands. We could improve in that for sure, as sadly none of us are experts in this area. We were given a great promotional opportunity by our label, as ‘Tragedy of Delusion’ got to be the bonus CD for Hammerworld Magazin in March, and with it our record reached more than 5000 people directly. We can also be found on Instagram and Twitter, so you can follow us there aswell with some photos/videos having an Instagram premier first before we share it on Facebook.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

M: I guess you are curious about the illegal downloads. It is part of the music industry now, no one likes it but we can’t do much about it. With the streaming services you can listen to music for technically free aswell, so I’m not sure they are as bad as they were before Spotify. Our new album for example was on a Russian torrent site before it was even released, I have no idea how it got there to be honest, but I don’t think it had any impact on actual album sales. Nowadays mostly collectors buy physical CDs, and illegal downloads doesn’t really affect that. More and more artists make their new material be listenable totally free through YouTube for example because they know it would be available for free in a few clicks anyway.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written abd why?

M: Never really thought about that. I love a lot of bands and songs, but it wouldn’t be the same if I wrote them. If I had to choose one though it would have to be the ‘A Chorus of Wieners’ from South Park. I just wish I could write so meaningful lyrics.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

M: People walking or driving really slowly without a reason in front of me when I can’t overtake them.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

M: We had the former guitarist of Carcass visit a show of ours with one of our fans (they knew eachother from somewhere), and he really liked us. It was surprising as their music was kinda far away in style from what we do.


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

M: We recorded a video during the lockdown, waiting for the final edit of it right now. I also started writing ideas for a new album, and finished a whole song this week. It has a bit different vibe then our previous songs, but still has a Meteora feel to it.


PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from? 

M: Both ‘Our Paradise’ and ‘Tragedy of Delusion’ are available on the biggest digital retailers and streaming platforms. We have five lyric and music videos on YouTube, so you can check those out aswell to get a hang of what we do. We almost ran out of ‘Our Paradise’ copies, but we have an almost infinite supply of ‘Tragedy of Delusion’.

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