Bella Morte

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Intro

A Gothic band that formed in '96 out of Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. They incorporate elements of Heavy Metal, Darkwave, Industrial, Deathrock, and Synthpop.

Name & Releases

Their name means "beautiful death" in Italian.

According to Andy Deane, the name was chosen to "suggest that beauty can be found in tragedy", which is a theme occurring in every Bella Morte album, which, as of 2015, are signed to Metropolis Records. Bella Morte previously released albums through their own label, Some Wear Leather, and through Cleopatra Records. In early fall 2006, Metropolis Records announced that Bella Morte had reached number one on the company's pre-order sales list with their new album, Bleed the Grey Sky Black, which was released on October 10, 2006.

Changing Line Up

The bass guitarist and co-founder Gopal Metro decided to leave the band, playing his last show on March 10, 2007, in Charlottesville. At the same show, the vocalist Andy Deane announced that Tony Pugh would replace Metro. At the beginning of summer 2008 it was announced that Jordan Marchini would not be touring with the band any longer, although he returned in 2011.

Their Following

Bella Morte has gained a strong following in the underground music scene via word-of-mouth and their still-growing street team, lovingly called "The Fallen".

Members Name Check

Current

  • Andy Deane - vocals
  • Tony Lechmanski - guitar
  • Branden Shores - drums
  • Marshall Camden - bass guitar

Former

  • Gopal Metro - bass guitar
  • Tony Pugh - bass guitar
  • Jordan Marchini - drums
  • New Jordan - stand in for Jordan Marchini
  • Scotty Derrico - drums
  • Clay Caricofe - drums
  • Chris "Frizzle" - guitars
  • Bn Whitlow - guitars
  • Micah Consylman - synthesizers (mainly the keytar during live performance)
  • James Warnock - synthesizers and lighting

Discography

Full Releases List

  1. Remorse (cassette only, demo) (1996)
  2. Remains (1997)
  3. Where Shadows Lie (2000)
  4. The Death Rock EP (Vinyl - limited to 300) (2001)
  5. The Quiet (2002)
  6. The Death Rock EP (CD w/ bonus tracks) (2002)
  7. Remains (Remastered Version) (2002)
  8. As the Reasons Die (2004)
  9. Songs for the Dead (2004)
  10. Bleed The Grey Sky Black (2006)
  11. Beautiful Death (October 7, 2008)
  12. Before the Flood (June 14, 2011)
  13. Rare and Unreleased, volume 1 (February 14, 2012)
  14. The Best of Bella Morte 1996-2012 (June 25, 2013)

Side Project

  1. Andy Deane released a solo album as "The Rain Within", a reference to the Bella Morte song "The Rain Within Her Hands", in 2010.

Compilations List

  1. The Pink and The Black (1998) (Delinquent Records) - "One Winter's Night"
  2. The Unquiet Grave Vol 1 (1998) (Cleopatra Records) - "Funeral Night"
  3. Music from the Succubus Club - Vampire: The Masquerade (2000) (Dancing Ferret Discs) - "Fall No More"
  4. The Darkest Millennium (2000) (Cleopatra Records) - "The Rain Within Her Hands"
  5. A Gothic-Industrial Tribute to The Smashing Pumpkins (2001) (Cleopatra Records) - "Soma"

Music Videos List

  1. "In The Dirt" directed by Lloyd Kaufman was filmed on February 20, 2010, at Con Nooga in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  2. "Find Forever Gone" directed by Eric Thomas Craven. Released on September 30, 2008
  3. "On the Edge" directed by Eric Thomas Craven. Released on February 14, 2008
  4. "Earth Angel" directed by Eric Thomas Craven. Released on February 14, 2007
  5. "Another Way" directed by Wendy Shuey (2004)

Moments in the Media

  1. Bella Morte appears as zombies in the graphic novel "The Abandoned" by Sophie Campbell, published by TokyoPop.
  2. Andy Deane appeared on The Montel Williams Show in June 1999, in an episode concerning the Gothic scene.
  3. Bella Morte are mentioned in Shawn Decker's autobiography My Pet Virus.
  4. Posters advertising a Bella Morte concert with the 'As the Reasons Die' artwork appear in the Asylum club scenes of the computer game Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines.
  5. Bella Morte lyrics appear in the "Wet Moon" graphic novels by Ross Campbell, published by Oni Press. In volume 3 of the series, the characters attend a live Bella Morte show.
  6. Members of the band appear in the documentary Why You Do This, directed by Michael Dafferner of Car Bomb. Footage is taken from Bella Morte's 2008 tour with Car Bomb.