ALTERIUM – Of War And Flames

ALTERIUM - Of War and Flames album cover- Giannis Nakos/Remedy Art.Design.
Art by Giannis Nakos/Remedy Art.Design.
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Label: AFM Records
Release date: March 8, 2024

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Some the best Power Metal comes from Italy, and Alterium continues that tradition with their debut album Of War And Flames on AFM Records. Led by Nicoletta Rosellini (ex. Kalidia, Walk in Darkness), the band was born in late 2022 with former bandmates Paolo Campitelli on guitar and drummer Dario Gozzi, both from Kalidia.  Soon joined by two more exceptionally talented musicians Alessandro Mammola on guitar (Draconicon) and bassist Luca Scalabrin (Altair), Alterium was complete.

Social Media Influencer Nicoletta

During her experience with Kalidia, Nicoletta achieved fame, with currently more than 50,000 followers on social media. Kalidia’s well-acclaimed second album The Frozen Throne (2018) reached more than 4 million streams on Spotify, 6 million views on YouTube and over 4,000 physical copies sold. Nicoletta is also known for being the lead singer of the band of mysterious gothic metallers: Walk in Darkness, who released 4 successful albums, boasting more than 13 million views on YouTube.

Fast forward to 2022, and Nicoletta Rosellini stepped up as a force in song writing under the guidance of producer Lars Rettkowitz (Freedom Call). The results are Of War And Flames, with it’s catchy choruses, beautiful vocal lines, and  kick ass guitar riffs. Add to that the pyrotechic leads, explosive drums, topped off with majestic choirs, and you have a fantastic debut album.

Final Notes

With 9 very strong originals right out of the gates, and a striking cover of Sabaton’s “Bismarck”, Alterium – Of War And Flames hits on all cylinders. The album is a great listen from front to back, keeping the audience captivated throughout the 42 minutes of Power Metal bliss.

Power Metal fans need to take notice, as Alterium has what it takes to go all the way to the top. Support these fabulous newcomers, and pick up a physical copy of Of War And Flames. You’ll be glad you did.

Alterium band photo from 2024 by Mattia_Gianelli.
Photo: Mattia Gianelli.


  • Nicoletta Rosellini – vocals
  • Paolo Campitelli – guitars
  • Alessandro Mammola – guitars
  • Luca Scalabrin – bass
  • Dario Gozzi – drums

Of War and Flames – Tracklist

  1. Drag Me To Hell
  2. Siren’s Call
  3. Of War And Flames
  4. Firebringer
  5. Crossroads Inn
  6. Shadowsong
  7. Crystalline
  8. Heroine Of The Sea
  9. Chasing the Sun
  10. Bismarck


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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