UPON WINGS reviews:
“Hypnotic gothic rock that flits between symphonic and operatic metal while showcasing Anne Autumn Erickson’s dramatic vocals. Less bombastic than Tarja and not quite as flowery as early Within Temptation, but with a charm that is all its own.” – Metal Hammer magazine
“Musically there is a lot to like about this band, but it was the enthralling vocals of Anne Autumn Erickson along with the thoughtful, introspective lyrics that drew me in. Anne Autumn Erickson does have an operatic vocal style but it is not over-the-top.” – Femme Metal Webzine
“An excellent EP that will appeal to a lot of fans of female fronted metal, in particular those who like the more operatic style of vocals.” – Anthony May, FestivalPhoto.net
“Vocalist Anne (Autumn) Erickson doesn’t push her voice or try to overpower the instruments that accompany her. This track is what I imagine someone like Sarah Brightman would sound like if you threw some metal underneath her vocals.” – Todd Starr, 100% Rock Magazine
“There is a touch of Leaves’ Eyes about Upon Wings, at least vocally. This is modern metal combined with operatic vocals. There is a touch of goth about it as well but it is a bit heavier than most. Still, Afterlife is a curious EP and one that sets up the listener quite well for an eventual album…” – Marty Dodge, BlogCritics.org
“This stuff could be huge in Europe amongst fans of Nightwish, the Gathering, and Epica.” – Pop Matters
“Exceptional release from an equally exceptional band… the vocals of Anne Autumn Erickson shine through like the brightest star. I have been very impressed by this E.P. both in terms of its song writing quality and its extremely professional production and delivery.” – Planet Mosh
“Upon Wings is a solid symphonic metal sound with a vocal that comes pretty close to the top femme metal operatic sounds from Western Europe.” – Sonic Cathedral
“Erickson is a mezzo-soprano and she has a wonderful voice… A band to watch.” Metal-Rules.com
“’The Dream’ is absolutely brilliant. I love when you hear a good female-fronted act… I can’t wait to hear more of their stuff!” Nick J. Townsend, U.K.’s Metal Time
“Upon Wings … mixes very beautiful operatic style vocals (courtesy of mezzo-soprano Anne Erickson) with a hypnotic atmospheric vibe. The vocal layering is quite interesting and we can’t wait to hear what else this band can come up with in the future.” Dark Emperor, Infernal Masquerade Webzine
“The Dream” is everything Symphonic Metal should be; powerful, yet classy, makes you want to listen. Anne has an AMAZING voice.” – Jayson Shell, host of the Women in Metal Radio Show
“Growing as the track progresses, the vocals seem to echo around the speakers, forming into a sound which is both haunting and accessible at the same time, almost like a dark but happy dream.” Dave Nicholls, Loud-Stuff.com
UPON WINGS in the press
ETERNAL WAY CYCLE:
Big thanks to the following radio stations and publications for supporting Upon Wings’ new single, “Eternal Way!” Check out the cool coverage below!
Huge thanks to active and mainstream rock stations KGRR the Rock (Dubuque, Iowa), WIIL (Chicago) and WKQZ (Saginaw, Michigan) for spinning “Eternal Way,” as well as WJCU (Cleveland, Ohio) and WYCE (Grand Rapids, Michigan)!
Also, major thanks to the mighty Knotfest for including “Eternal Way” on their “New Flesh” playlist on Spotify, Apple Music and more!
WILL Rock in Chicago: https://www.95wiilrock.com/420-hit-of-the-day-upon-wings-eternal-way/
Metal Express Radio: https://www.metalexpressradio.com/2021/04/10/anne-autumn-upon-wings-i-just-discovered-ralf-scheepers-this-year-i-had-never-heard-a-better-singer/
Heavy New York: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYKZOAli_mo
Craank and That Metal Station: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1nTkYRncbLnHaiY0nwuS9Z?si=7YDdOMK0Tfy8RUAthCyqsw
Metal Insider (13 videos to check out this week): https://metalinsider.net/video/thirteen-music-videos-to-check-out-4-2-21
Metal Godz Radio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcbQA-G4zzo
Metal Protocol (Metal tracks of the week): https://themetalprotocol.com/metal-track-of-the-week-can-gojira-reign-again/
Sonic Perspectives: https://www.sonicperspectives.com/news/upon-wings-to-release-eternal-way-single-feat-primal-fears-ralf-scheepers/
Loud Unity roundup: https://loud-unity.com/2021/04/08/listen-to-new-music-from-illumishade-thundermother-veile-upon-wings-dark-empathy-aetherea-aventh-kaelan-mikla-and-inherit-death/
That Metal Interview with James: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1tFpzVYsFs7utHZZTrKaCE?si=lw7z9eUhQP2TAbYppmtrnw
The Rocker Diaries: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eExmOvc_n4
Brutal Planet Magazine: https://brutalplanetmag.com/upon-wings-release-video-for-eternal-way-ft-ralf-scheepers/
AFTERLIFE ALBUM CYCLE:
Thanks to these great publications for featuring UPON WINGS:
Revolver Magazine: Exclusive: Upon Wings Premiere “You Are My Weapon” Music Video
Metal Hammer: Upon Wings “Afterlife” EP review (print magazine)
Revolver Magazine: Exclusive: Upon Wings Premiere “Afterlife” Music Video
AOL Noisecreep: Upon Wings Weave an Anthem for the ‘Afterlife’
Blabbermouth: Upon Wings to Release ‘Afterlife’ EP
Brave Words: Upon Wings to Release Afterlife EP
Metal Underground: Upon Wings to Release New EP
Pure Gain Audio: Gear Review: Upon Wings guitarist Kevin Jardine talks about his ESP Guitars
ChiL Live Shows: Upon Wings to Release Afterlife EP
100% Rock Magazine: Interview with Anne Autumn Erickson of Upon Wings
Femme Metal Webzine: US Operatic Metal Band Upon Wings to Release New EP
Blabbermouth: UPON WINGS: ‘Afterlife’ Track Listing, Cover Artwork Revealed
Brave Words: UPON WINGS – Afterlife EP Artwork, Track Listing Revealed
Metal Underground: Upon Wings Reveals New EP ‘Afterlife’ Details
Pure Grain Audio: UPON WINGS Unveil Artwork and Track Listing for New ‘Afterlife’ EP
Axis of Metal: UPON WINGS Unveil Artwork and Tracklisting for Afterlife EP
The Rocktologist: Interview with Anne Autumn Erickson from Upon Wings
Infernal Masquerade: REVIEW: Upon Wings – The Dream (2012). Powerful single from this new American band.
Women of Metal: Interview with Anne Autumn Erickson from Upon Wings
Brave Words: Operatic Metal Project UPON WINGS Release ‘The Dream’ Video
Metal-Rules.com: UPON WINGS RELEASES DEBUT MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘THE DREAM’
Metal Underground: Upon Wings Releases New Music Video For “The Dream”
Blabbermouth.net: UPON WINGS Releases ‘The Dream’ Debut Single
The Metal Review: UPON WINGS RELEASES DEBUT MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘THE DREAM’
Loud-Stuff.com: REVIEW: Upon Wings, “The Dream,” Gothic Operatic Vocals
The Metal Resource: INTERVIEW with Upon Wings
The Metal Resource: ‘Upon Wings’ Releases Debut Music Video For ‘The Dream’
Underground Video Television: Upon Wings | ‘The Dream’
Metal Underground: Upon Wings Offering New Single “The Dream” As Free Download
Metal Underground: Upon Wings Releases New Single ‘The Dream’
Brave Words: Symphonic Metal Project UPON WINGS Unites Grammy-Nominated Glenn Brown And Anne Erickson; Debut Single Out Now
Blast Beat: UPON WINGS Releases ‘The Dream’
Frogbox Radio: UPON WINGS Releases ‘The Dream’ Single
UPON WINGS is the winner of Women of Metal’s November 2012 Band of the Month.
UPON WINGS on air
Thanks to these great stations for spinning UPON WINGS:
WIIL, Chicago, Ill./Kenoshia, Wis.
KGRR the Rock, Dubuque, Iowa
KXXR 93X, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
KTCL, Denver, Colo.
KRDJ, Lafayette, Ind.
WART 95.9, Point Pleasant, New Jersey
WRKZ 99.7 “The Blitz,” Columbus, Ohio
KQXR 100.3 the X, Boise, Idaho
KTUM 107.1 The Nerve, Tatum, New Mexico
WKRL, Syracuse, N.Y.
WCPR, Biloxi, Miss.
100.7 The Zone, Toledo, Ohio
Faster for the Master 101x (KROX) HD
Mod’s Metal Mayhem on Rock Stars Glued
Rock Addict Radio’s Keep It Metal Show
Rock Radio’s Symphonic Metal Station
Nick J. Townsend’s Podcast/Metal Time
Germany’s HaZZard of Darkness Radio