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Anno Mundi is a Heavy Rock band hailing from Rome, Italy, formed during summer of 2009 by Alessio Secondini Morelli (guitar) and Gianluca Livi (drums).
They changed their first name Machine Messiah to Anno Mundi (two latin words translating into "Year of the World", referring to a calendar era counting from the Biblical Creation of the World), to symbolize toughness and stoney musical coherence and inexorability.
Difficult was the research of a bassist and a vocalist for a permanent line-up. Several musicians took the first role for a while as disrupting soon after a short time (between them, ex-Virus Stefano Renni and ex-Morgana's Kiss Franz Eissenberger), while Anglo-Italian Luca Jason Serafini (previously of the acoustic duo Street Corner, with virtuoso guitarist Giuseppe De Blasio) was hired on vocals in December 2009 as Anno Mundi's “interim” singer (he never really took part in the project, still helping the fellows for the first couple of shows).
Despite line-up changes, AM succeeded in making some granitic live appearances during the years 2010 in Rome, starting on January 31th at Funnel Pub and on May 10th at Sinister Noise, and soon after, recruiting new stable singer Federico Magagnini (singer and rhythm guitarist, formerly in the "Mr. Brownstone" Guns & Roses cover band), whose rusty and sparkling voice includes heavy influences by Axl Rose and the best Bon Scott. With the new singer AM succeeded in shooting two earth-quaking open-air performances on 25 and 31 of July 2010, during the “Brother Park Woodstock Festival” held at the Calahorra Park of Montecompatri (Castelli Romani - Rome).
In August 2010, AM started recording their self-produced debut album “Cloister Graveyard In the Snow”, at Ezra Winston's “3Fates Recording Studios”. Line-up problems led Alessio and Gianluca to the choice of getting helped by several special guests such as Luigi Ranieri (a friend of Gianluca) and Michele Raspanti (actually a member of Graal), both as bass-players (Ranieri also plays some guitar notes), Ezra Winston’s Paolo Lucini (who, besides mixing/editing the album and helping Alessio and Gianluca in arranging and producing, also appeared on flute, piano and keyboards), Graal’s Andrea Ciccomartino on additional vocals, the friend Luca Jason Serafini (who contributed singing "Timelord" as a guest), Alessandro Papotto (Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso, Periferia del Mondo) on tenor sax, and Rondò Veneziano’s Manuela Tiberi on flute. Federico Magagnini performed lead vocals on almost all the songs as main singer.
For some months since April 2011, AM added new bassist Fabio Breccia, also in Following The Fool. This line-up only played one show, at the Alkatraz Pub of Fiumicino (Rome), on June 25, opening act for prog-jazz giants Vu-Meters (featuring members of Ezra Winston and Mathilda Mother). Breccia also appears as bass-player on one track of the album as being added into the line-up in the last days of recording.
After more than one year of hard work including arrangements, recording, mixing and editing, the first Anno Mundi album "Cloister Graveyard In The Snow" came out towards the last months of 2011, self-produced on vinyl (100 numbered copies).
After a further live appearence in Alvarado Pub in Rome on 21st of July 2012 with Focus Indulgens and Misantropus (the provisory line-up of AM in this show still includes Luca Jason and another friend, Rick Cecchini on bass, with past experiences in assorted acts of the Roman underground such as Arimonium Rex and P38 Punk), it's finally out on Friday, 13 September 2013, the "Window In Time" CD, for the great EarShock/AMS (distribution BTF), one of the best record labels specializing in Prog/NewProg on Italian soil.
The CD collects all the material already released on the 2011 self-produced vinyl, plus two previously unreleased tracks ("Dawn" and "Venus Fight") and two songs in a new extended and improved version ("Scarlet Queen" and the "Gallifreyan's Suite"), with new artwork and in digipack format.
Meanwhile, a new self-produced vinyl has been published (always 100 numbered copies). This is the "Window In Time" 12'' EP, containing the two previously unreleased tracks and the two extended and improved songs already contained in the CD album.
The two vinyls are collectible items and are directly available from the band (firstname.lastname@example.org), the CD album is available on AMS/BTF label (http://www.btf.it/window-in-time.html).
Since November 2013, Federico "Freddy" Giuntoli (vocals) and Emiliano "Eme" Laglia (bass) are integral part of ANNO MUNDI project.
Freddy is active in the Roman metal scene since the beginning of the 1980's (i.e. with the band Acting Out), collaborated with renowned artists and groups, among which Titta Tani (formerly with Goblins and Daemonia), Martiria (whose organic was later enriched by drummer Vinnie Appice), by which he was chosen in 2012 to replace Rick Martin Anderson (of Warlord-fame), and actually the "Bible Black" Dio-tribute band.
"Eme" Laglia is a bassist (and a valid singer) in possession of an equally excellent curriculum developed among the ranks of doomsters Aibhil Striga, the gothic-progsters Archangel, the Compagnia Vega (participating in musicals such as "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show") as well as tribute bands for Metallica ("Blackened"), Iron Maiden ("Invaders") and Black Sabbath ("Headless Cross/Heaven In Black").
The new earthquaking line-up has already been experimented on an incendiary show on 14th of april 2014 at Traffic Club in Rome, Italy, together with Otehi and Riti Occulti, supporting 70's hardrock/blues-inspired Swedish/Norwegian super-act BRUTUS.
Anno Mundi’s individualistic style drew from many sources and transcends any genre. The band's monstrous sound includes a rock-ignited interpretation of the seventies, incorporating Hard & Heavy Rock (particularly a Black Sabbath mood and 80's British Metal influences), Prog Rock and some wild Psychedelia.