FLAMEKEEPER was founded by the Italian musician and spiritual agitator Marco S. Vermiglio in 2018 after his desire to write and perform music that stands as a beacon for hope in tumultuous times and as a reminder that, even in the darkest of moments, the human spirit remains unbreakable.

In 2019, Marco relocated from his hometown Rome, Italy to Stockholm, Sweden due to his interest in the city’s prosperous musical landscape, and released the inaugural EP ‘We Who Light the Fire’, where he performed all instruments.

The international mosaic that constitutes the FLAMEKEEPER’s live line-up took its form in 2022, featuring Filipe Jesus Minhava from Portugal on guitar, Davide Benincaso from Italy on bass and Axel Johansson from Sweden on drums, with Marco S. Vermiglio leading the band as the main vocalist.

The 2024 self-titled debut album established FLAMEKEEPER’s epic, life-affirming and explosive sound: anthemic choruses suitable for stadium-wide sing-alongs alternate with intimate and dramatic instrumental sections, echoing the Southern European heritage brought by Vermiglio and Minhava. While drawing inspiration from classic acts like Metallica, Dio and Manowar, FLAMEKEEPER deliberately rejects nostalgic clichés, focusing exclusively on telling the story of how finding out who you really are, living according to your nature and embracing your purpose in this world represent the only key to achieve true freedom.