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Vanexa - "Armless" (video)

Ο δίσκος των Vanexa "The Last in Black"
Οι Vanexa είναι από τα παλαιότερα heavy metal σχήματα της Ιταλίας. Σχηματίσθηκαν το μακρινό 1979 (ως Vanessa το πρώτο έτος) συνεχίζοντας μέχρι τις ημέρες μας (με ένα μεγάλο διάλειμμα στο ενδιάμεσο).

Έχουν κυκλοφορήσει πέντε "ολοκληρωμένους" δίσκους (συν ισάριθμα demos, τρία singles, μία συλλογή και ένα live album). Η πιο πρόσφατη κυκλοφορία τους φέρει τον τίτλο "The Last in Black" και "βγήκε" προ μηνός. Από την αρχική "φρουρά" έχουν μείνει ο μπασίστας (Sergio Pagnacco) και ο drummer (Silvano Bottari).

Παρακολουθούμε το βίντεο του τραγουδιού "Armless", για το οποίο η Ιταλική μπάντα μας λέει:

«Armless written, composed and arranged by Artan Selishta, Silvano Bottari, Gianmarco Cabras, Sergio Pagnacco, Pier Gonella, Andrea Ranfagni. Filmed by Daniele Farina between the first and second week of May. Daniele and Vanexa visited istanbul and did a series of video shots of local people. Concept, texts and video editing by Sergio Pagnacco. The song Armless is dedicated to all the good people who faced the ultimate sacrifice in order to reach a nw peace frontier. Thanks to our mentor: Salih Karagöz.»

Bio: «Here’s the most prominent Italian Heavy Metal band out of the Metal Rock wave born in late 70s and early 80s. The band was formed in Savona in 1979 with a typical British sound in the wake of the NWOBHM and their debut album "Vanexa" was deemed by the national press, back in '83, as the first Heavy Metal album ever released in Italy and even rocketed to the top of the Heavy Metal charts in the Netherlands.

The first real and important live performance of the band had taken place in 1980 in Belluno supporting the punk-rock act Skiantos and received an enthusiastic outcome. A remarkable occurrance, which will have led to a certain further exposure, happened in the 80s when the band got in touch with the Saxon at one of their shows.

They tendered them a demo with the aim of being possibly recruited one day as the opening act for them in tour. Unfortunately, the release of the next Saxon’s album saw an evident plagiarism of a song in the demo of Vanexa and this was confirmed by some journalists who had previously listened to the Vaxexa’s demo.

Vanexa was the headliner at the first Italian Heavy Metal festival in Certaldo (Florenece) May 21, 1983. The band also was inserted in Metal compilations, such as “A Mountain of Metal”, released in the US, with the song "Hanged Man" and in “Metallo Italiano” with the song It's Over al including video clips.

The second album "Back From The Ruins" (recorded in the legendary Carimate Studios where also recorded historical groups like Yes, Eugenio Finardi and others) was released in 88 and was received as a Metal milestone.

Following the first two albums there was a break of a few years after which the band was back in the record market with the new album "Against The Sun" in which the vocal dudies were taken by Roberto Tiranti (later frontman with New Trolls, Labyrinth, Wonderworld etc.).

After having extensively toured to promote the album, Vanexa took a long break also launching new musical projects among which there was the 404 NOT FOUND group (a more 70s Hard-rock oriented offering) which included Sergio Pagnacco on bass, Silvano Bottari on drums, a new guitarist Artan Selishta from Albania and Marco Cabras on vocals.

After the departure of Roberto Merlone, original guitarist and founding member, Vanexa re-formed in 2009 with a new line-up featuring two guitarists: Artan Selishta (who already played in the 404 Not Found album) and Alex Graziano.

That same year the band attended two importan events: the Play It Loud III, Metal Festival in Bologna (documented by the live CD Metal City Live; released in 2011) where they played alongside with Exciter and Jaguar (historical British Metal bands) while, In October, they were in Turin where they shared the stage with the ‘Special Guest’ Dennis Stratton (Iron Maiden).

From 2010 to 2015 the band temporarily quits the music business but keeps working live in various concerts around Italy until the F.I.M. Festival of Genoa in the August of 2015. Right there they played with the new guitarist Pier Gonella and got in touch with the man who will become the current singer in Vanexa: Andrea Ranfa Ranfagni, in the same night performing with Joe Lynn Turner in a tribute to Rainbow.»

Band: Vanexa
Country of origin: Italy
Location: Savona, Ligury
Formed in: 1979
Genre: Heavy Metal
Lyrical themes: Life, Rock, Emotions, Society, War
Years active: 1979-1980 (as Vanessa), 1980-1995, 2009-present

Video: "Armless"
Album: "The Last in Black"
Type: Full length
Release date: July 10th, 2021
Label: Black Widow Records
Format: CD, 12" vinyl

Track listing:
01. The Last in Black 03:58
02. My Grave 04:40
03. Earthquake [a) Earthquake, b) Ashes and Ruins] 05:26
04. No Salvation 04:40
05. Perfect! 05:36
06. Armless 08:38
07. Dr. Strange 04:09
08. Dead Man Walking 04:46
09. Like a Mirage 04:04
10. I Don’t Care 03:39
11. Hiroshima 03:46

Band members:
Sergio "Dr. Schafausen" Pagnacco - Bass
Silvano "Syl" Bottari - Drums
Artan "Tani" Selishta - Guitars
Pier Gonella - Guitars
Andrea “Ranfa” Ranfagni - Vocals

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