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Bella Morte
Beautiful Death
Metropolis Records
www.bellamorte.com


Part operatic and part Goth rock, Bella Morte's lead singer Andy Deane has a penetrative voice that feels like it can elevate boulders from the ocean floor. Originally formed by Deane in 1996, the band has gone through a number of line-up changes, but their music has remained hardened in NIN's industrial-whipped metal and Lacuna Coil's techno-glazed dark wave. Bella Morte's latest release, Beautiful Death, from Metropolis Records is caramelized in Euro-metal's singing tresses like Nightwish and oiled in vats of electro-pop whirlpools. Deane's cavernous vocal echoes are flanked by the brawny guitar riffs of Tony Lechmanski and the tattered and twinkling synth effects of Micah Consylman. The pulverizing strikes of drummer Scotty Derrico and bassist Tony Pugh govern the metal rock roost like an imperious cyber-warhorse twining the tracks in futuristic barbarism. How Bella Morte have gone under mainstream's radar is truly unjust, and Beautiful Death should put these guys on the global map.

Bella Morte's fires are stoked by a profusion of metal-infused symphonies and heated coils of electronic effects illuminating tracks like "Find Forever Gone" and the grumbling atmospherics of "Can't Let This Die." The rabid pounding in the drumbeats along "Black Seas Collide" surge with a bestial growl, and the scorching riffs of "Buried Within" have a dark wave fluster branded in prog-rock blazes. The layering of orchestral projectiles and rough guitar shreds in "The End Of The End" are blistering, and the soft keyboard silhouettes opening "Fades Like A Song" are coiled in fiery sonic whirlpools. Tracks like "In The Dirt" and "One Thousand Days" are emblazoned in bulldozing flames and skull-crushing raptures. The operatic soars in Deane's vocals along "Burn The Sky" ream with ardor as the altar of industrial effects embedded along "Eternal" resound sharply making deep lacerations. The final track, "Nine Hours," is cobblestoned in piano keys molded from a palette of mellow dramatic hues creating a mournful suite that webs beauty in haunting sensations.

Bella Morte's latest release Beautiful Death has all the glorious Gothic metal conflagrations equated to Lacuna Coil with the soaring prog-rock whirlpools of AFI and the industrial whipping of NIN. BM's music has a granite-like toughness shrouded in cliffs of orchestral rock symphonies and talons of scintillating effects. Their music has the kind of haunting beauty that arouses hidden sensations and pushes them up to the surface.

-Susan Frances

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