"They've created a mysterious, romantic, erotic world"
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 has enraptured and inspired countless fans, 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.
BELLADONNA’s 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”, 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 remained unfazed.
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 committed to tape 11 astounding rock noir Luana/Dani-penned songs that erupt from the speakers with sheer sensual energy.
"The Noir Album" came out in March 2009, entering the Italian iTunes chart and getting rave reviews all over the world.
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 played as Special Guests to major acts like Nine Inch Nails, The Mars Volta, Staind, Duff McKagan's Loaded and Korn, on the strenght of the first single off “The Noir Album” – the relentless rock noir tale of love/hate “Till Death Do Us Part” – being chosen as Single Of The Week by Italy’s biggest rock radio, Virgin Radio.
In October they went back to L.A. to play a showcase at the Fonda Theater, and then to the UK - where Iron Maiden superstar Bruce Dickinson had championed the band by broadcasting “Till Death Do Us Part” on his BBC radio show - a sold-out headline show at The Garage in London on November the 26th.
2010 saw BELLADONNA hit the road again, with a European tour in March and a UK club tour in April and in July.
collaboration with michael nyman
In December 2010 BELLADONNA shook the indie rock music world by releasing "Let There Be Light", a single written in collaboration with legendary English composer Michael Nyman and based on his "The Heart Asks Pleasure First" from the soundtrack of the Oscar-winning movie “The Piano”. Michael Nyman himself plays piano on the track. A truly exceptional event, especially in the light of belladonna still being a totally self-produced and unsigned band.
and there was light
In May 2011 BELLADONNA released their much-awaited third album, recorded in November in L.A., with the help of Grammy-nominated producer Alex Elena and of Metallica's "The Black Album" engineer Mike Tacci and titled "And There Was Light". The album immediately entered the Italian iTunes Top 100 and garnered ecstatic reviews from all over the world, hailing it as one of the best true rock albums released in recent years.
And while the album hit the shops, and the hearts of rock fans all over the world, BELLADONNA found themselves mentioned (alongside Nine Inch Nails, Moby and Marilyb Manson) in Motley Crue's frontman Vince Neil's autobiography "Tattoos and Tequila" as one of the acts that have been influenced by the mighty Crue in recent years.
A true honor, and another amazing accolade that once again highlights the absolute uniqueness of the path trodden by this very special band.
Luana Caraffa - vox
Dani Macchi - gtr
Licia Missori - piano
Tam Scacciati - bass
Mattia Mari - drums
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