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.
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