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It was back in 1994 that four young musicians in their early 20’s formed a band under the name of DHAMM (the name was made up by the initials of every member’s name plus an H).

In that very same year, they took part in the Sanremo Giovani festival (newcomers section) with the song “Irene”; thanks to this, they took part in the Sanremo Festival * again in 1995 with the song “Ho bisogno di te” (“I need you”)  reaching the 5th position.

The very first DHAMM line-up featured: Alessio Ventura (vocals), Dario Benedetti (guitars), Mauro Munzi (drums) and Massimo Conti (bass). With this line-up the band released two albums: “Dhamm” (1995) and “Tra Cielo e Terra” (1996) (“between heaven and earth”); the title song of the album was used as main theme song for the Italian version of the Japanese anime “Street Fighter II”,too.

After a while though, the band split-up and Alessio and Dario added two new members to replace the ones who left: Ernesto Osci (bass) and  Bruno Valente (drums) and with them they released the album “Disorient Express” (1997), with the lyrics written by Simona Orlando (talented writer) who worked on the following album’s lyrics too.

Sadly though, things for them didn’t work out well and Bruno left the band (at this time the band’s name was SAUTIVA and not Dhamm anymore) to let the new drummer Roberto Perrone join in.

The “Sautiva” album wasn’t advertised too much and it didn’t gain the expected success; due to this, the band decided to take their separate ways. 


– Dhamm [1995]
– Tra Cielo E Terra [1996]
– Disorient Express [1997]

(* the Saneremo Song Festival is a famous Italian song contest, held every year in the city of Sanremo, Italy, and consisting of a competition among previously unreleased songs. It’s divided into two sections: the big section (of the very well known and famous Italian artists) and the newcomers section (usually very young talents who gets on stage for the first time) )


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