IGNEA was started in Kiev, Ukraine in 2011 under the name Parallax.
Intentionally, it was the first Ukrainian band to play oriental 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.
In 2013, the band entered Morton Studio, well-known rock and metal studio in Ukraine, to record its debut EP, titled Sputnik.
Cover of Sputnik EP (2013)
In 2014, 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.
Cover of Petrichor single (2014)
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.
The cover of Alga single (2015)
Alga is the first ever original song from a Ukrainian band, recorded with a full symphonic orchestra.
The video was shot unintentionally and on low budget as the band wanted to use orchestra sessions footage in something bigger, than video diary.
Over the years, the video gathered over 4 million views on YouTube.
Recently, IGNEA opened the show of Orphaned Land, fathers of oriental metal, in Kiev, Ukraine.
February 16th, 2017, IGNEA released its first full-length album “The Sign of Faith”.
Cover of the new album (2017)
The album is has a considerably heavier sound, with lots of growls and authentic middle-eastern melodies, common for oriental metal genre.
However, the music keeps melodic fundamentals and OST feeling.
IGNEA also released a video for the first song of the album called “Şeytanu Akbar”.
Despite provocative title of the song, IGNEA carries the idea of peace:
“What we want to say is that there is no reasonable cause to kill other people, be it regime, faith or moral principles. We mainly speak about islamic terrorism in this song, as one of the social plagues of 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: “Alexandria” studio video and 3 live videos from The Black Sea Metal Festival.
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.
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.
So far, IGNEA has gained almost 5 million views and 30,000 subscribers on YouTube, more than 19,000 followers on Facebook, and over 18,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.
Currently, the band is preparing for the shows at Kilkim Žaibu (LT) and Faine Misto (UA).
The band has announced joining the Female Metal Voices Tour 2018 featuring Butcher Babies, Kobra and the Lotus, Skarlett Riot, Asphodelia, and Martyrium, for October 2018.
On September 13, Ignea released its new music video for the song “Queen Dies”.
This song is available in the major digital stores.
Watch the video below: