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 and San Marino
Years active2003-present
WebsiteOfficial Nanowar Website
MembersMohammed Abdul
Uinona Raider
Mr. Baffo

Nanowar is a comedy heavy metal band from Rome, Italy and San Marino. Their name is a pun on the metal band Manowar, 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]


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 two 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. The song combines hard rock and reggaeton. The group performed Norwegian Reggaeton at Spanish television show Got Talent España, where two of the four judges said "no". 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, with scrambled lyrics.[8]


  • 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


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

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)


Title Date Label Album
The Call Of Cthulhu[9] July 2018 Audioglobe Stairway To Valhalla
And Then I Noticed That She Was A Gargoyle[10] May 2019 Audioglobe Stairway To Valhalla
Norwegian Reggaeton[11] July 2019 Napalm Records TBA
Valhallelujah[12] December 2019 Napalm Records TBA
Sneeztem of a Yawn [13] May 2020 Napalm Records TBA
Uranus [14] October 2020 Napalm Records Stairway to Valhalla

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nanowar of Steel, Encyclopaedia Metallum, 29 July 2014.
  2. ^ (in French) NANOWAR - Into gay pride ride review,, 29 July 2014
  3. ^ Other Bands Play, Nanowar Gay!,, 29 July 2014
  4. ^ Into Gay Pride Ride,, 29 July 2014
  5. ^ "Band - Nanowar Of Steel Official Site". 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". YouTube. 13 December 2019. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Nanowar Of Steel - The Call Of Cthulhu". YouTube. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Nanowar of Steel - And Then I Noticed That She Was a Gargoyle". YouTube. 20 May 2019. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Nanowar Of Steel - Norwegian Reggaeton (feat. Charly Glamour & Gigatron)". YouTube. 2 July 2019. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  12. ^ "NANOWAR OF STEEL - Valhalleluja (ft. Angus McFife from Gloryhammer) | Napalm Records". YouTube. 13 December 2019. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
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