Nanowar of Steel

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Nanowar of Steel
Nanowar of Steel at Rockharz Open Air 2018
Nanowar of Steel at Rockharz Open Air 2018
Background information
OriginItaly
Genres
Years active2003–present
WebsiteOfficial Nanowar Website
MembersMohammed Abdul
Gattopanceri666
Uinona Raider
Potowotominimak
Mr. Baffo

Nanowar of Steel is a comedy heavy metal band from Rome, Italy. Their name is a pun on the metal bands Manowar and Rhapsody of Fire, and represents their tendency to satirize True Metal, the primary focus of their music. Their work mainly aims to make humorous references to and jokes about the genre, often parodying the way in which power metal bands are perceived to take themselves very seriously.

In 2006 the band changed their name from Nanowar to Nanowar of Steel,[1] as a parody of the Italian power metal band Rhapsody changing their name to Rhapsody of Fire after a legal dispute.[2]

History[edit]

The 2005 album Other Bands Play, Nanowar Gay! was published on Jamendo under the Creative Commons-BY-NC-SA licence.[3] The 2010 album Into Gay Pride Ride was published on the same platform under the Creative Commons-BY licence.[4]

In April 2012 they released the videoclip for a new single entitled Giorgio Mastrota, which reached over 100,000 views on YouTube in just two weeks (currently over three and a half million). The song became extremely popular in Italy, being broadcast by several radio stations and also appearing on national television on several occasions. In 2013 they started cooperating with Feudalesimo e Liberta’, a well known Italian pseudo-parody political movement which advocates the return of the Empire and Feudal Rights in Europe. They released a music video in August of the same year, which was covered by mainstream newspapers (such as La Repubblica) and echoed through the whole Italian peninsula.[5]

In July 2019 they released the song Norwegian Reggaeton. The video received 800,000 views on YouTube within the first 5 days, and 2.8 million views within the first month and is currently (July 2021) at over 8.6 million views, marking it their most popular song to date. The song combines hard rock and reggaeton. The group performed Norwegian Reggaeton at Spanish television show Got Talent España; two of the four judges said "no", one of them before the band even started playing, after hearing the words "metal" and "reggaeton". Later the band announced their intention to represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest.[6]

In December 2019, they released the song Valhallelujah, a Christmas song combining heavy metal and gospel, dedicated to Odin and IKEA. Angus McFife of Gloryhammer plays the part of Odin.[7]

In May 2020, they released Sneeztem of a Yawn, a song about their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic in South Italy, with scrambled lyrics.[8]

In early 2021, they announced a new album Italian Folk Metal, which was released on July 2, 2021.[9] As the name suggests, the album combines folk music with metal music. Also, while they have released songs in Italian before, this is their first full-length album in the Italian language.

Members[edit]

  • Potowotominimak (Carlo Alberto Fiaschi) - vocals
  • Mr. Baffo (Raffaello Venditti) - vocals, miscellaneous sound effects, DJ
  • Mohammed Abdul (Valerio Storch) - guitar and keyboards, vocals,
  • Gattopanceri666 (Edoardo Carlesi) - guitar and bass
  • Uinona Raider (Alessandro Milone) - drums, guitars, vocals

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Triumph of True Metal of Steel
  • Released: July 2003
  • Label: none (self-produced)
Other Bands Play, Nanowar Gay!
  • Released: June 2005
  • Label: none (self-produced)
Into Gay Pride Ride
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: none (self-produced)
A Knight At The Opera
  • Released: 2014 (album and DVD)
  • Label: none (self-produced)
Stairway to Valhalla
Italian Folk Metal

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details
Promotional Compilation 2007
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: none (self-produced)

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details
Made In Naples
  • Released: January 2007 (Limited Edition Double CD)
  • Label: none (self-produced)

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
True Metal Of The World
  • Released: 2003 (demo)
  • Label: none (self-produced)
Tour-Mentone Vol.1
  • Released: January 2016
  • Label: none (self-produced)

Singles[edit]

Title Date Label Album
Metal La La La April 2009 Self Released Other Bands Play, Nanowar Gay
Giorgio Mastrota (The keeper of inox steel) April 2012 Self Released A Knight At The Opera
Nanowar June 2012 Self Released Into Gay Pride Ride
RAP-sody November 2012 Self Released Into Gay Pride Ride - Rhapsody of Fire parody
I'm Heavy October 2014 Self Released Non-album single - Parody of Happy by Pharrell Williams
Bestie di Seitan[11] October 2017 Self Released Non-album single
The Call Of Cthulhu[12] July 2018 Self Released Stairway To Valhalla
Heavy Metal Kibbles December 2018 Self Released Stairway To Valhella
Vegan Velociraptor April 2019 Self Released Stairway To Valhella
And Then I Noticed That She Was A Gargoyle[13] May 2019 Self Released Stairway To Valhalla
Norwegian Reggaeton[14] July 2019 Self Released Stairway To Valhalla (2020 reprint)
Valhalleluja[15] December 2019 Napalm Records Stairway To Valhalla (2020 reprint)
Sneeztem of a Yawn [16] May 2020 Napalm Records Stairway To Valhalla (2020 reprint)
Uranus [17] October 2020 Napalm Records Stairway to Valhalla
In The Sky [18] December 2020 Napalm Records Stairway to Valhalla
Formia February 2021 Napalm Records Non-album single
Biancodolce March 2021 Napalm Records Non-album single
La Maledizione di Capitan Findus/Der Fluch des Kapt’n Iglo April 2021 Napalm Records Italian Folk Metal
Gabonzo Robot [19] May 2021 Napalm Records Italian Folk Metal
La Polenta Taragnarock [20] (feat. Giorgio Mastrota) June 2021 Napalm Records Italian Folk Metal

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nanowar of Steel, Encyclopaedia Metallum, 29 July 2014.
  2. ^ (in French) NANOWAR - Into gay pride ride review, metal-integral.com, 29 July 2014
  3. ^ Other Bands Play, Nanowar Gay!, Jamendo.com, 29 July 2014
  4. ^ Into Gay Pride Ride, Jamendo.com, 29 July 2014
  5. ^ "Band - Nanowar Of Steel Official Site". Nanowar.it. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  6. ^ Nanowar of Steel la lía en Got Talent y se proponen como candidatos de España para Eurovisión - Tock FM, 2 October 2019
  7. ^ NANOWAR OF STEEL - Valhalleluja (ft. Angus McFife from Gloryhammer) | Napalm Records. Napalm Records. 13 December 2019. Archived from the original on 18 August 2021. Retrieved 24 August 2021 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ NANOWAR OF STEEL - Sneeztem of a Yawn (Official Video) | Napalm Records. Napalm Records. 15 May 2020. Archived from the original on 28 December 2020. Retrieved 24 August 2021 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ "Italian Folk Metal, by Nanowar of Steel".
  10. ^ "Italian Folk Metal, by Nanowar of Steel".
  11. ^ Nanowar Of Steel - Bestie Di Seitan ft. Maurizio Merluzzo. nanowarVEVO. 31 October 2017. Archived from the original on 3 October 2020. Retrieved 24 August 2021 – via YouTube.
  12. ^ Nanowar Of Steel - The Call Of Cthulhu. nanowarVEVO. 29 June 2018. Archived from the original on 23 February 2021. Retrieved 24 August 2021 – via YouTube.
  13. ^ Nanowar of Steel - And Then I Noticed That She Was a Gargoyle. nanowarVEVO. 20 May 2019. Archived from the original on 4 November 2020. Retrieved 24 August 2021 – via YouTube.
  14. ^ Nanowar Of Steel - Norwegian Reggaeton (feat. Charly Glamour & Gigatron). nanowarVEVO. 2 July 2019. Retrieved 24 August 2021 – via YouTube.
  15. ^ NANOWAR OF STEEL - Valhalleluja (ft. Angus McFife from Gloryhammer) | Napalm Records. Napalm Records. 13 December 2019. Archived from the original on 18 August 2021. Retrieved 24 August 2021 – via YouTube.
  16. ^ NANOWAR OF STEEL - Sneeztem of a Yawn (Official Video) | Napalm Records. Napalm Records. 15 May 2020. Archived from the original on 28 December 2020. Retrieved 24 August 2021 – via YouTube.
  17. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: NANOWAR OF STEEL - Uranus feat. Michael Starr (Steel Panther) | Napalm Records. YouTube.
  18. ^ NANOWAR OF STEEL - In The Sky (Official Video) | Napalm Records. Napalm Records. 1 December 2020. Archived from the original on 23 January 2021. Retrieved 24 August 2021 – via YouTube.
  19. ^ NANOWAR OF STEEL - Gabonzo Robot ft. Dr. Pira (Official Video) | Napalm Records. Napalm Records. 25 May 2021. Archived from the original on 26 May 2021. Retrieved 24 August 2021 – via YouTube.
  20. ^ Nanowar Of Steel - La Polenta Taragnarock (Official Video) feat. Giorgio Mastrota. nanowarVEVO. 29 June 2021. Archived from the original on 12 July 2021. Retrieved 24 August 2021 – via YouTube.

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