Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
IGNEA band was founded in 2011 by Evgeny Zhytnyuk, the keyboardist and composer. Band’s active history, however, starts in 2013 with “Sputnik” EP release. Back then, the band was called Parallax. We were the first Ukrainian band to play oriental metal. In 2015 we had a boost in our career with the release of “Alga” single and changed our name to IGNEA. The lineup has now been steady for a year so far and we hope it’s not going to change.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
We play oriental metal (subgenre of folk metal), which is a mix of heavy music with middle eastern elements. We, however, do not limit ourselves to strict boundaries of this genre and include elements from symphonic, industrial, progressive and other modern subgenres of metal. We’d rather speak about inspiration, not influences. Those are Orphaned Land, Aeternam, Amorphis, Epica, Nightwish, Moonspell, John Williams, Hans Zimmer, and many other bands.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Because we make original and high-quality music that is appealing to people of different taste. We have extreme and clean vocals, both female and male, heavy guitar riffs, bass solos, symphonic arrangements, exotic oriental instruments, djent, breakdowns. Our music is like a perfect salad, with lots of various components, sometimes controversial, but tasting extremely delicious.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
Our releases are:
“Sputnik” EP (2013) with space themes, that was the start of our band. The EP was perceived very well but had a pretty small coverage
“Petrichor” single (2014) featuring ex-Orphaned Land guitarist Yossi Sassi. This collaboration was absolutely great, and many metalheads still dance on our shows along with this song.
“Alga” single (2015) recorded with a full symphonic orchestra. The video for this song gathered over 1.5 million views so far, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KOXbzMRQHs, and many fans discover us exactly through this song.
“The Sign of Faith” LP (2016). We have released it just a few months ago, but the ratings and feedbacks are just awesome.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Yes, we do play live, but in fact, we had just 10 gigs so far. However, we now have 8 Ukrainian show dates coming up, and we signed a contract with a German booking agency, so we’re can’t wait to announce EU dates as well.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
They should know that although we’re young and unsigned, they wouldn’t believe that if they just listened to the music. As said, our songs and originality are our main advantages, as well as the quality of our recordings. We do not play in a garage and are aiming at the big stage. And yes, how many young bands do you know that have played with a full symphonic orchestra?
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
We are planning to start touring, shooting a couple videos more for current songs, and we already have songs for our next release. Stay tuned!
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You can listen to our stuff pretty much everyone. Our music is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play. And all the songs are uploaded on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/igneaband.
You can also buy our merch and CDs directly from the website: https://ignea.band/s-h-o-p