Belladonna

Belladonna

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Belladonna are a rock noir band. Moody, dramatic, intense, Belladonna's songs dwell on madness and magic, revenge and reincarnation, sex and excess, with a massively powerful and passionate sound that's both deeply erotic and unbearably romantic.

Biography

“Inner demons
I don’t fight them
I am on their side”

How many artists can claim to have single-handedly originated a musical genre? Italian quintet Belladonna are amongst that rare breed of bands whose absolute uniqueness enraptures and inspires countless followers and imitators all over the world.

Rock noir, that Belladonna extraordinary brand of emotionally-charged rock’n’roll melodrama utterly seduced those beautiful hordes of Music lovers sick’n’tired of being force-fed today’s computer-driven, fake-angst-ridden pseudo-rock down their ears.

Metaphysical Attraction

Belladonna’s now-legendary self-produced debut “Metaphysical Attraction” resounded so deeply in rock fans’ collective consciousness that it not only turned the band almost overnight into one of the most loved unsigned bands in the world, but it even bestowed upon them the honor of 2 Grammy Awards 2008 ballot nominations, an unprecedented event for a DIY band.

Over 1.000.000 views on MySpace, magazines like Rolling Stone, Glamour, and GQ hailing them as the "next big thing” – one critic going as far as saying “If Belladonna was the band that kept playing as the Titanic sank, nobody would have left the damn ship” -, shows with Dita Von Teese at Erotica 07 in London, gigs with major acts like Scars On Broadway and Siouxsie & the Banshees, performances at the Dubai International Film Festival, - but Belladonna remain unfazed.

“All that matters to us is the Music” explains Luana, the sultry, sensual, sonic-seducin’ Belladonna singer. “That magical moment when a song sends shivers down your spine, that’s what Belladonna is all about… that’s what we believe Music should be all about” adds guitarist Dani.

And their phenomenally spine-tingling follow-up album is indeed all about the Music.

The Noir Album

Personally invited by alt-rock producer supreme Sylvia Massy (Tool, System of a Down) to record their sophomore album in her awesome all-analog studio in California, USA, in a few weeks of incendiary sessions Belladonna have commited on tape 11 astounding rock noir Luana/Dani-penned songs that erupt from the speakers with sheer sensual energy.

The record’s title itself - “The Noir Album” - betrays the classic status this record has gained even before having been released: regal yet raging, with a rawness and honesty that perversely suits the heart-stirring beauty of the melodies and the metaphysical suggestions of the lyrics, “The Noir Album” will challenge Belladonna’s attempts to stay cult-size.

"Pyromantic, mysterotique, visionoir" are the words Luana coins to describe it and, paraphrasing the smashing album opener "Alchemical Romance", she adds: "One day we stopped fighting our inner demons, and went on their side. And this Music just poured out."

"The Noir Album" is out now on iTunes.

On Tour

Belladonna premiered "The Noir Album" live in the USA at L.A.'s legendary Key Club and as official representatives of Italy at Austin's SXSW in March 2009.

Back in Italy, the band has played several guerrilla shows as Special Guests to major acts like Nine Inch Nails, The Mars Volta, Staind, Duff McKagan's Loaded and Korn.

In October they are back in L.A. to play at music event Hitweek with shows at the Fonda Theater and The Standard, then they’ll fly to the UK for an headline show at Upstairs At The Garage in London on November the 26th, a show that has already received the seal of approval of Iron Maiden superstar singer Bruce Dickinson, who has programmed Belladonna in his weekly BBC radio show.

Lyrics

Till Death Do Us Part

Written By: Luana Caraffa/Daniele Macchi

I’m in hate - I am darkness
Homicidal I predate
She the prey – She the prayer
I the Evil incarnate

And her God - He will save her
Only when it’ll be too late
I’m in hate - I am Herod
And the innocent awaits

She looks at me
A sneer of sheer contempt
She looks like me
And a sudden shiver chills my heart
We’re forever - Till Death Do Us Part
Till Death Do Us Part
Till Death Do Us Part

I’m insane - torn asunder
Suicidal my checkmate
Am I her doppelganger
Or is she my duplicate?
Or is she my duplicate?

She looks at me
I wait for her to blink
She laughs at me
And a sudden shot bolts through my heart
We are One - Till Death Do Us Part
Till Death Do Us Part
Till Death Do Us Part

Love Me Till I Die

Written By: Luana Caraffa/Daniele Macchi

Tyger Tyger burning bright
In the forests of my night
Infamous insight - and I am crawlin’

Tyger Tyger burning bright
Fill my soul of sweet delight
Instigate my vice - and I am comin’

The Road of Excess leads to a Palace that I know
If others had not been foolish, then we should be so

Love me till I die - Eros Supernova
Love me till I die - My Greek God gone wrong
What immortal hand or eye dare frame thy symmetry?
Love me till I die - And come with me

Tyger Tyger burning bright
Luscious anthropofagite
Insolent your bite - and I am crawlin’

Never seek to tell thy love
Tyger Tyger – scream me yours
Interstellar sight – And I am comin’

If others had not been foolish, then we should be so

Love me till I die - Eros Supernova
Love me till I die – My Blake Song gone wrong
What immortal hand or eye dare frame thy symmetry?
Love me till I die - And come with me

Just one thought fills immensity
Just one thought - You are one with me
And my mind is melting away – melting away
As they say, I’m in love – Never to return

Love me till I die - Eros Supernova
Love me till I die – My Greek God gone wrong
What immortal hand or eye dare frame thy symmetry?
Love me till I die - And come with me
Never to return – ‘cause I’ll dream on.

Phoenix Rising

Written By: Manuela Rosa/Daniele Macchi

Last night I was daydreamin’
I was a bird in flight
And everything just looked so fine and bright

The air was fresh and lovely
The wind kept me so high
It’s funny how things seemed so right last night – From above

And then I started glidin’
The city within sight
I saw my house in such a different light

My window panes wide open
My bedroom light still on
I recognized it but it wasn’t home – Anymore

Will I save my soul
Will my spirit soar
Will I learn to fly on my own
Will my Phoenix rise

I landed by the window
To take a peek inside
I saw my mother crying by my side

Such a peculiar vision
To see me there unseen
It was my body but I wasn’t in – I was gone

Will I save my soul
Will my spirit soar
Will I learn to fly on my own
Will my Phoenix rise

Today I was daydreamin’
I had a previous life
I was that girl that I had seen last night

Then I just laughed about it
As I flew to new heights
A previous life seems such a fancy flight – For a bird.

Discography

ALBUMS:
"Metaphysical Attraction"
"The Noir Album"

SINGLES:
"Mystical Elysian Love"
"Black Swan"
"Foreverland" (included in the Grammy Awards 2008 ballot as Best Rock Song)
"Till Death Do Us Part"