When guitarist Dario Bortot teamed up with bassist Fabrizio Zilio in 1998 to form ALTHEA, the two initiators clearly envisioned a very special PROGRESSIVE ROCK/METAL project, which should have its own unique sound. And deviating from the standards it should be.
Immediately the two Milanese brought Marco Zambardi to the keyboard. Various demo tapes were produced, accompanied by the first live shows, which subsequently extended to many stages in Northern Italy.
Drummer Sergio Sampietro and vocalist Alessio Accardo entered, completing and stabilizing the cast of the group. Concert activities were intensified. February 2014 finally saw the release of the first EP “Eleven,” which produced enthusiastic reactions.
In 2016, ALTHEA expanded its studio activities and worked on 16 new songs, which became the concept album “Memories Have No Name,” released in 2017 by Sliptrick Records.
Both the listeners and the music media confirmed the high quality of the exceptionally tasteful material and the increased maturity of the soulful band in the Art Rock area.
Along with the release of the album, Andrea Trapani joined as bass guitarist to replace Fabrizio Zilio, who, like keyboarder Marco Zambardi, left the line-up to pursue new paths.
ALTHEA subsequently began on Italian and European stages to present the songs of “Memories Have No Name” to a wider audience.
And the resonances on it were not only extensive, but also fully pleasing and confirming. ALTHEA played with well-known bands like Breath Of Nibiru, Kaledon, Vulture Industries, Overtures and many more.
Without interrupting their heartfelt live activities, ALTHEA finally started recording the new and third album with the intriguing title “The Art Of Trees.”
Ten new tracks with amazing arrangements and an impressive sound vision are presented artfully. “The Art Of Trees” is characterized by a really unique-sounding, very personal tone.
With all the lyrics and atmospheres, ALTHEA evoke a multitude of imaginative pictures that can be far away in space, yet which are clear and touching in the life of each one of us.
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