Nanowar of Steel (formerly known as Nanowar or NanowaRnote but later changed their name for copyright issues) is an Italian "parody-fun-gay-metal" band — in fact, they are the truest metal band in existence, standing head-and-shoulders above all the posers (or at least, that's what they claim). As the genre implies, their songs are mainly humorous Affectionate Parodies of various tropes and genres of metal in general.
Debuting in 2003 with the demo "Triumph of True Metal of Steel", their first full-length album was 2005's "Other Bands Play, Nanowar Gay!". They followed with "Made in Naples" in 2007, and "Into Gay Pride Ride" in 2010. In the meanwhile, they went on a couple of tours around Europe. They would release "A Knight at the Opera" in 2014 and "Stairway to Valhalla" in 2018.
True tropes of steel found in their work include:
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: The song "Barbie, MILF princess of the Twilight" explicitly mentions the parts Barbie doesn't have.
- Cat Folk: "Heavy Metal Kibbles" has people becoming these due to eating a new type of cat food.
- Compound Title: The songs "Burger"note and "King".
- Double Entendre: "Surprise Love" is initially filled with barely concealed Ho Yay innuendo. Then it stops pretending it's about anything but gay sex.
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: The album "A Knight at the Opera" features four tracks with the same melody about fictional towns or countries full of gay men: "Schwanzwald" sung entirely in German, "Campo de Nabos" in Spanish, "Kitograd" in Serbo-Croatian and "Hujzbekistan" in Russian.
- Heavy Meta: Fulfills this trope with songs like "True Metal Of The World (Ah-Ah)" and "Metal-La-La-La". And uses via Literal-Minded approach, so they got songs about, uh, the True Metal — such as "Outrue" (Cuprum! Yttrium! Plutonium!). Even their website's title is "Nanowar Of Steel Website of Nickel".
- Heävy Mëtal Ümlaut: The titles of "Intrue" and "Outrue" ("ue" being a way to represent the German "ü").
- Heavy Mithril:
To listen to their songs
- Some of the songs, such as "Look at Two Reels".
You need to know a lot of things
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"The Lord of the Rings"
- The Immodest Orgasm: Women moaning suggestively appear throughout, most noticeably in "RAP-Sody".
- Japanese Ranguage: Used and parodied in "L'Opelatole Ecologico" (more or less, "The Stleet Sweepel"), full of untranslatable puns on Japanese terms. The song is about a ninja street sweeper who uses his mystical techniques to clean more efficiently and to punish whoever is littering the city... or just mistakes him for a Chinese person.
- List Song: "Intrue" and "Outrue" lists metals (probably parodying "The Elements" by Tom Lehrer among other things).
- Mad Lib Metal Lyrics: Sometimes parodied with weakly linked, but strongly screamed lines.
- Manly Gay: A general recurring theme.
- Metal Scream: The scream (just after the spoken part) in "Metal-la-la-la" is probably the funniest use of Metal Scream.
- Miniscule Rocking: "Power Of The Power Of The Power (Of The Great Sword)", which is 5 seconds long.
- Money Song: "Tooth Fairy" starts with Mario Draghi (the director of the European Central Bank) saying that they'll do anything to preserve the Euro. The reason? The tooth fairy is destabilizing the economy by giving money freely.
- Mundane Made Awesome: A lot of their songs, such as "King", which makes a huge deal of eating a Happy Meal at McDonald's.
- Neo Classical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly:
- They mostly aim their arrows at either Manowar or Rhapsody, but in "Odino & Valhalla" they manage to parody Ennio Morricone, the lambada, Pink Floyd and System of a Down, all in the same song. They made a shorter but intense version of this again in "Tooth Fairy" by mixing from Yankee Doodle to russian music.
- "Norwegian Reggaeton" (featuring Charly Glamour and Gigatron) is a parody of Black Metal and Latin chart-topper hits, with plenty of references to either, both in the lyrics and the video (plus a part spoofing Cranberries' "Zombie" for good measure). There's also a scene where they burn an effigy of Varg Vikernes... to replace him with Daddy Yankee.
- Number of the Beast: One member of the band is known as "Gatto Panceri 666". The additional joke is that "Gatto Panceri" is an actual person, an Italian melodic pop singer, basically the extreme opposite of what Nanowar stand for.
- Pun-Based Title: "Look At Two Reels" is a pun on the name of Luca Turilli, Rhapsody Of Fire's frontman.
- In the music video for their song "Uranus", the female backup dancers are dressed as Sailor Uranus from Sailor Moon. It also adds a Visual Pun to the Hurricane of Puns the track is made out of.
- One member of the band is known as "Uinona Raider", that is, Winona Ryder's name pronounced with an Italian accent. Why? Just because.
- Sudden Downer Ending: "Vegan Velociraptor" ends with the titular hero defeating the Carnivorous Cows and being celebrated for his victory. Then the entire song cuts out as the meteorite hits.
- Take That!: They occasionally take direct shots at other bands:
- Testosterone Poisoning: This is some manly metal they have ready for ya.