The five pieces-band, Anthenora, was founded by Luigi, Fabio and Pooma (they were schoolmates) in 1989 in Saluzzo, a small town near Turin, Italy. This three guys were deeply influenced by Iron Maiden, Saxon, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Accept, Grave Digger and Helloween.
The moniker of the band has been inspired by Dante Aligheri’s “Divina Commedia” (Inferno ch. XXXII), Anthenora is a frozen lake in Inferno (hell), where the betrayers of the homeland are punished. In the nineties the band has released three demo-tapes: Bring me to Hell (1991), Heretical Symphonies (1994) and Demo’ns (1998).
From 1998 to 2002 Anthenora has been one of the most known Italian Iron Maiden tribute band, playing all around the country, from North to South, increasing considerably the number of fans with powerful shows.
In November 2002 the band was chosen by Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden’s drummer) to join his “Total McBrain Damage” tours and to play with him. The great success and the deep feeling instituted with Anthenora led Nicko to repeat the tour in April 2003 and June 2004. A new one was repeated in November 2004 in Italy and Greece.
The strong belief in the chance of the band and the support of the estimators, led Anthenora to create new original songs. In autumn 2002 the band released a new self-produced promo EP titled “The General’s awakening” The EP was recorded at Remaster Studio Vicenza and produced by Tony “Mad” Fontò, leader of the well known Italian metal band White Skull. The “General’s EP” aroused positives comments by important magazines and web ” ines. Anthenora has been awarded by Neropaco.it (Italy) and Metal Kingdom.cl.(Chile) as the best demo in 2002.
Planet Jail, the first track of the EP has been included in the compilation “Metal Underground” by the Canadian label MeatHead records.
During the “General’s tour” the band supported Paul Di Anno, Mesmerize and Domine.
On 2004 the Malaysian label Hard Music printed the “General’s Awakening” in Malaysia and Singapore.
In september 2003 Anthenora come back to Remaster Studio to record their first full-lenght album “The Last Command” Produced by Tony Mad Fontò (from White Skull) and mastered by Luigi Stefanini at the New Sin Studio in Loria (Treviso), the album contains 10 songs of rough, classic heavy metal. “The last command” has been released the 22nd march 2004 by the spanish-german label Locomotive Records (www.locomotiverecords.com). “The Last Command” is a concept album based on a story set between a darkened near future and the bleeding Europe of the second world war. The EP “The General’s Awakening” represents the prologue of this tale.
During the “Last Command Tour” on 2004 the band played at the Valpolicella Metal Fest (Verona-Italy) supporting Udo, Vader, Thunderstorm and White Skull.
In 2005 the band recorded the 2nd full-lenght album titled “Soul Grinder” that has been released on 2006 by the Italian label My Grave Yard Productions (www.mygraveyardproductions.com).
During the “Soulgrinder tour” on August 2006 the band played at the Armageddon Metal festival with the german band Majesty.
In 2008 Steeve Balocco and Meko Borra left the band to dedicade to other musical projects. Marco Kaste, as new bass player, and Danilo Bar from White Skull, (www.whiteskull.it, www.myspace.com/danilobar), as guitar player, joined the band.
In 2009 while the band started the recording session of the 3rd album: The Ghosts of Iwo Jima, composed by 12 songs: The Old Guard, Machine-Gunner, Poseidon, The Ghosts of Iwo Jima, Leningrad, The War Of The Rats, Pathfinders, Her Eyes, The sniper, A Bridge Too Far, Valkiria, Enigma, released on 2010 by the Italian label My Grave Yard Productions.
In 2013 Gabry (guitar player from 1999-2005) rejoined the band and with him the band recreate on stage the power and the adrenaline of the first years performing several gigs.
In 2018, Peyo, a new friend joined the band as bass player taking the place of Kaste, and with him the band started to work on the new album, that will be released on 2020.
Luigi “Gigi” Bonansea- Vocals
Stefano “Pooma” Pomero- Guitar
Gabriele “Gabri” Bruni- Guitar
Samuele “Peyo” Peirano- Bass
Fabio “Smaro” Smareglia- Drums