For Metropolis recording artists BELLA MORTE, having a self-titled release called Beautiful Death (albeit the Italian to English translation of the name of the band) doesn't signify a "return to its origins" as it would for some bands. Instead, they named their album Beautiful Death (release date: October 7, 2008) to symbolize the band coming into their own and becoming the band that they have been striving to be.
"This record takes all the different styles we’ve created in the past and glues them together into one cohesive sound," explains vocalist Andy Deane. "There are elements of what we’ve done before on this record, but we’re more concerned with moving forward than looking back. Bella Morte fans, old and new are gonna love this one."
Bella Morte has built a very loyal and devoted underground following with their brand of dark alternative rock, blended with equal parts metal and goth. With Beautiful Death, the band's growth over the last twelve years makes itself more apparent in the album's cohesiveness and strength in songwriting.
"We consider it the definitive Bella Morte album," Andy says. "It’s less schizophrenic than our other releases. We’ve created something completely new here by combining elements of what we’ve done in the past."
From the thundering rhythm section of the opening track and first single/video "Find Forever Gone" to the epic, soaring chorus of "Fades Like a Song" to the chugging guitarwork in "Burn the Sky" to the beautiful piano elegy of the closing track "Nine Hours", Beautiful Death continues Bella Morte's much adored and revered legacy, of which bands like AFI and My Chemical Romance has popularized as of late. Beautiful Death retains the band's signature sound while expanding its breadth.
"I’ve really opened myself up on this album, pushed myself harder than ever before," he replies about the freshness of the new tracks. "I listened to so many different genres of music, everything from Metal to Goth, Hip Hop to Indie, so I’ve gathered a diverse collection of influences along the way. And I’ve matured as a vocalist and a lyricist quite a lot over the years."
Aug 23 Pomona, CA The Glass House
Aug 24 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
Aug 26 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
Aug 27 Seattle, WA El Corazon
Aug 29 Denver, CO Oriental Theater
Aug 30 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
Aug 31 Munster, IN Three Floyd's
Sep 1 Sauget, IL Pops Nightclub
Sep 2 Chicago, IL The Buzzbomb Club
Sep 3 Detroit, MI I-Rock Nightclub
Sep 4 Cleveland, OH Peabody's
Sep 5 Phila., PA New Alhambra Arena
Sep 6 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
Sep 7 New York, NY BB King's Blues Club
Sep 9 Montreal, QUE Foufounes Electriques
Sep 10 Toronto, ONT Opera House
More dates to be announced!!
A very prominent fixture in the underground alternative and goth scenes, Bella Morte's fluid influence has materialized in appearances in Ross Campbell's graphic novels (The Abandoned and Wet Moon), in the autobiography My Pet Virus by Shawn Decker, and in videogames (Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines).
Beautiful Death will continue to expand on the band's popularity. With their strongest record to date just about to be released, the band has big hopes of breaking into the mainsteam with their album and their soon-to-be-announced tour... and the first step begins at home.
"We would like our publicist, Rey, to make us very, very wealthy. Then we will take him out for a nice dinner. Maybe two nice dinners," Andy laughs. "Honestly, fans should expect the best damned show on the planet."