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Vanexa To Release "Too Heavy To Fly"

Italy's Vanexa is set to make its return with the first new full length release in 22 years. On October 25th, the band will issue the new album "Too Heavy To Fly" via Punishment 18 Records.

Vanexa was one of the most prominent Italian metal bands from the late '70s and early '80s. The band was formed in Savona in 1979 with a typical British sound in the wake of the NWOBHM with the debut album "Vanexa."

The second album "Back From The Ruins" (recorded in the legendary Carimate Studios) was released in 1988 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 with the new album “Against The Sun," in which the vocal duties were assumed by Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth, Wonderworld).

After extensive touring to promote "Against the Sun," the band members took an extended break to launch new musical projects. After the departure of original guitarist and founding member Roberto Merlone, Vanexa re-formed in 2009 with a new line-up featuring two guitarists: Artan Selishta and Alex Graziano.

From 2010 to 2015 the band temporarily quit making music, however some members kept working in various concerts around Italy until the F.I.M. Festival of Genoa in the August of 2015. There, the band reformed to play with new guitarist Pier Gonella and were introduced to who would become the band's new singer Andrea ‘Ranfa’ Ranfagni. More...

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Vanexa Begins Work On New Album

Italian band Vanexa has begun writing material for the band's fourth full-length release and first in seventeen years. The forthcoming release already has a title, "Too Heavy to Fly", and according to bassist Sergio Pagnacco (Labyrinth), the album is "dedicated to all those who have always been committed to play metal in Italy."

Pagnacco explains further: "The vast majority of metal musicians in Italy already know from the outset that the hard way to go will never give a chance to become real professionals in the music business, despite this uncompromising, not to betray their true passion. Let it be clear that the same holds true for journalists, speakers, DJ etc.. all those who gravitate metal in the world. 'Too Heavy to Fly' is the title for yet another example of Italian Metal albums that will be too heavy to be able to take off for the Italian music business [which] is tired and lacking in courage. "

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