Asphodelia is a dark symphonic metal act founded in 2016 in Foggia, Italy, by Samuela ‘Samah’ Fuiani (vocals and keyboards) and Ruggero ‘Lordian’ Doronzo (guitar), and currently including Davide Ricciardi (bass), Carlo Di Pinto (guitar) and Francesco Savino (drums). Their sound blends symphonic and choral sonorities, electronics and Mediterranean echoes into a solid metal frame with a strongly dark mood. Their lyrics are usually centered on the theme of the afterlife, on the life and death dichotomy, the fleetingness of time and the misery of the human condition.
The band is named after the asphodel, typical Mediterranean flower connected to the ancient Greek Underworld: in the ancient Greek mythology, the Asphodel Meadows is a place where the indifferent souls, who lived a life of neither good or evil, are sent to live after death.
The band released a promo EP entitled ‘Vengeance’ on 26 May 2016, receiving enthusiastic response from their fanbase. In May 2017 they joined the prestigious roster of The Flaming Arts Agency, leading them to important stage experiences such as the Female Metal Voices Tour Russia 2017 as main support to Sirenia, The Agonist and Cellar Darling.
With the release of their debut album ‘Welcome Apocalypse’ through Mighty Music on 20 April 2018, the band makes its official entry into the international metal scene, gathering the attention of the specialized press and receiving flattering reviews from magazines and media like Rock Hard (DE), Sweden Rock (SE), Powerplay (UK), Rock Tribune (BE), Scream Magazine (NO), Burrn (JP), We Rock (JP), Lords of Metal (NL), Pure Grain Audio (CA) and many others. The videoclip for their first single ‘Cassandra’ was premiered on three international media: Legacy (DE), Sweden Rock (SE) and Metalized (DK).
The release is supported by a promotional tour in UK, Spain, Italy and many summer festival appearances, leading the band to perform in several countries and share the stage with acts like Sabaton, Moonspell, Septicflesh, Udo Dirkschneider, Arkona, Caliban, Moonsorrow, We Butter The Bread With Butter, H.e.a.t., Avalanch, Saratoga, Carach Angren, Skyforger, Metsatöll, Cruachan, Necronomicon, Illdisposed and many others. In October of the same year, the band has taken part in the Female Metal Voices Tour 2018 with Butcher Babies and Kobra And The Lotus. They are also confirmed for the 2019 edition with Leaves’ Eyes and Sirenia.
In 2020 the band announces new festival appearances and headlining dates in the UK.
Meanwhile they are working on new music for their sophomore album.
Samuela “Samah” Fuiani – Vocals
Ruggero “Lordian” Doronzo – Guitar
Carlo Di Pinto – Guitar
Davide Ricciardi – Bass
Francesco Savino – Drums
Asphodelia – Cassandra
Asphodelia – Welcome Apocalypse