About IGNEA: Short Biography

IGNEA was started in Kiev, Ukraine, under the name Parallax. Intentionally, it was the first Ukrainian band to play oriental metal, a subgenre of folk metal. The band, however, didn't limit itself to strict boundaries of oriental metal, and included elements from symphonic, industrial, modern, progressive and other modern subgenres of metal. The activity of the band started in 2013 when the band entered Morton Studio, well-known rock and metal studio in Ukraine, to record its debut EP, titled Sputnik

In 2013, the band prepared a follow-up single titled Petrichor, featuring bouzoukitara playing and a guitar solo from Yossi Sassi, at that moment the guitarist of oriental metal fathers band, Orphaned Land. 

In 2015, the band finally changed its name to IGNEA and released a new work called Alga, named after a war call of Crimean Tatar people. This song is contributed to Crimeans who are defending their land. 

Alga is the first-ever original song from a Ukrainian band, recorded with a full symphonic orchestra. The video was shot unintentionally and on a low budget as the band wanted to use orchestra sessions footage in something bigger, than video diary. So far, the video gathered over 3 million views on YouTube. 

Late 2016, IGNEA opened the show of Orphaned Land, fathers of oriental metal, in Kiev, Ukraine.

February 16th, 2017, the band releases its first full-length album called The Sign of Faith, consisting of 10 songs. The album has heavier sound, with lots of growls and authentic middle-eastern melodies, common for the oriental metal genre. However, the music keeps melodic fundamentals and OST feeling. 

IGNEA also released an anti-terrorism video for Şeytanu Akbar from the new album. Despite provocative title of the song, the band’s intention is to carry the idea of peace. According to the band’s words: “What we want to say is that there is no reasonable cause to kill other people, be it the regime, faith or moral principles. We mainly speak about Islamic terrorism in this song, as one of the social plagues of the 21st century, taking lots of innocent lives. However, this applies to every human on Earth, regardless of their religion.”

Over 2017, IGNEA has been promoting the new album through solo shows and festivals in Ukraine within ‘The Tour of Faith’. The band has released 4 live videos in summer.  In December, IGNEA has been nominated for The Best Ukrainian Metal Act awards and has entered the top 3 best metal bands in the country. January 2018, IGNEA has released an official live experience video for Şeytanu Akbar recorded at the BUMA awards and has signed a management & booking deal with The Flaming Arts Agency.

In May 2018, IGNEA has toured in Germany, Austria, Belgium, and the Netherlands, together with Illdisposed, Shade Empire, and Soulline, as well as performed in Slovakia, Czech Republic, and at the RockMetalCampFest in France. In summer 2018 IGNEA has performed at Kilkim Žaibu (LT) and Faine Misto (UA) festivals. Currently, the band is preparing for the Female Metal Voices Tour 2018 featuring Butcher Babies, Kobra and the Lotus, Skarlett Riot, Asphodelia, and Martyrium, for October 2018.

So far, IGNEA has gained over 5 million views and 30,000 subscribers on YouTube, more than 20,000 followers on Facebook, and over 18,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.

 

 

Band Members

HELLE BOGDANOVA

vocals

EQUIPMENT

Shure PSM 200 IEM system, Ambient Acoustics AM2 VocalEdition IEMs

FAVORITE VOCALISTS

Karyn Crisis, Christina Aguilera, Serj Tankian, Thom Yorke, Asphodel Asphö, Otep Shamaya

FAVORITE READING

Amanda Palmer, Shantaram, Vogue, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Andy Warhol

HOBBIES

Handmade stuff, travelling, fireshow

FAVORITE DRINKS

Wine, Red Bull Blue, Jägermeister

FAVORITE BRANDS

Rick Owens, Vetements, All Saints, H&M, IKEA

FAVORITE MUSIC LABELS

Nuclear Blast, Century Media, Napalm Records, Roadrunner Records

HELLE BOGDANOVA

vocals

EQUIPMENT

Shure PSM 200 IEM system, Ambient Acoustics AM2 VocalEdition IEMs

FAVORITE VOCALISTS

Karyn Crisis, Christina Aguilera, Serj Tankian, Thom Yorke, Asphodel Asphö, Otep Shamaya

FAVORITE READING

Amanda Palmer, Shantaram, Vogue, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Andy Warhol

HOBBIES

Handmade stuff, travelling, fireshow

FAVORITE DRINKS

Wine, Red Bull Blue, Jägermeister

FAVORITE BRANDS

Rick Owens, Vetements, All Saints, H&M, IKEA

FAVORITE MUSIC LABELS

Nuclear Blast, Century Media, Napalm Records, Roadrunner Records

EVGENY ZHYTNYUK

EQUIPMENT 

MacBook Pro, Logic Pro X, Miditech keyboards 

INFLUENCES 

Istanbul, Red Bull, red semi-sec wine, vag gap, meat 

FAVORITE BANDS 

Amorphis, Orphaned Land, Nightwish, Gojira, Toska, Dorje 

PEOPLE WHO INSPIRE 

Elon Musk, Adam Darski, Rob Chapman, Rabea Massaad 

BAND HIGHLIGHTS 

Touring, studio work with Max Morton 

BAND WISHLIST 

Tourbus, simple rack for whole band 

FAVORITE BOOZE 

Espolón, Jägerbomb, Bloody Mary, Craft beers

EVGENY ZHYTNYUK

EQUIPMENT

MacBook Pro, Logic Pro X, Miditech keyboards

INFLUENCES

Istanbul, Red Bull, red semi-sec wine, vag gap, meat

FAVORITE BANDS

Amorphis, Orphaned Land, Nightwish, Gojira, Toska, Dorje

PEOPLE WHO INSPIRE

Elon Musk, Adam Darski, Rob Chapman, Rabea Massaad

BAND HIGHLIGHTS

Touring, studio work with Max Morton

BAND WISHLIST

Tourbus, simple rack for whole band

FAVORITE BOOZE

Espolón, Jägerbomb, Bloody Mary, Craft beers

DMITRI VINNICHENKO

EQUIPMENT

B.C. Rich Warlock guitars, Ernie Ball strings, Dunlop Ultex Jazz III picks, Egnater amps, T.C. Electronic Polytune

FAVORITE COMPOSERS

Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, John Williams 

FAVORITE FOOD & DRINK

Long island ice tea & pizza

PEOPLE WHO INSPIRE ME

My network

FAVORITE INSTRUMENTS

My guitar

FAVORITE COUNTRY

Austria

DREAM

Travel around the whole world

DMITRI VINNICHENKO

EQUIPMENT

B.C. Rich Warlock guitars, Ernie Ball strings, Dunlop Ultex Jazz III picks, Egnater amps, T.C. Electronic Polytune

FAVORITE COMPOSERS

Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, John Williams

FAVORITE FOOD & DRINK

Long island ice tea & pizza

PEOPLE WHO INSPIRE ME

My network

FAVORITE INSTRUMENTS

My guitar

FAVORITE COUNTRY

Austria

DREAM

Travel around the whole world

XANDER KAMYSHIN

EQUIPMENT

Custom Iceman bass, D'Addario strings, Planet Waves cables & furniture, Dunlop Tortex picks, variety of BOSS and MXR stomps, T.C. Electronic Polytune

WEAKNESS

Fine drinks, good company, pretty girls

FAVOURITE BOOZE

Beer, Bloody Mary, Whiskey Cola

HOBBIES

Gaming, LARP

FAVOURITE BOOKS

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams, “1984” by George Orwell, Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

INTERESTING FACT

My favourite time is 4:20 AM

GOALS WITH THE BAND

Worldwide fame and our brand beer

XANDER KAMYSHIN

EQUIPMENT

Custom Iceman bass, D'Addario strings, Planet Waves cables & furniture, Dunlop Tortex picks, variety of BOSS and MXR stomps, T.C. Electronic Polytune

WEAKNESS

Fine drinks, good company, pretty girls

FAVOURITE BOOZE

Beer, Bloody Mary, Whiskey Cola

HOBBIES

Gaming, LARP

FAVOURITE BOOKS

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams, “1984” by George Orwell, Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

INTERESTING FACT

My favourite time is 4:20 AM

GOALS WITH THE BAND

Worldwide fame and our brand beer

IVAN KHOLMOGOROV

EQUIPMENT

Paiste PST5 series cymbals, Pearl Eliminator Demon Drive double bass pedal, StarSticks HornBeam 5B sticks

3 FAVOURITE BANDS

Adept, Betraying The Martyrs and We Butter The Bread With Butter

STARTED PLAYING DRUMS

November 2013

BEST COLOR

Darker than the darkest dark of eternity, meaning black

ABOUT SATANISM

I just like creepy merch, it frightens ordinary people, and it’s fun

FAVOURITE IGNEA TRACK

Cannot name one, I love tracks from EP “Sputnik” and new ones: Alexandria, Halves Rupture and Last Chosen by You

STAGE OF MY DREAM

Hellfest

IVAN KHOLMOGOROV

EQUIPMENT

Paiste PST5 series cymbals, Pearl Eliminator Demon Drive double bass pedal, StarSticks HornBeam 5B sticks

3 FAVOURITE BANDS

Adept, Betraying The Martyrs and We Butter The Bread With Butter

STARTED PLAYING DRUMS

November 2013

BEST COLOR

Darker than the darkest dark of eternity, meaning black

ABOUT SATANISM

I just like creepy merch, it frightens ordinary people, and it’s fun

FAVOURITE IGNEA TRACK

Cannot name one, I love tracks from EP “Sputnik” and new ones: Alexandria, Halves Rupture and Last Chosen by You

STAGE OF MY DREAM

Hellfest