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Review by Marcy Bell - Photo by Amarildo
Belladonna are back in the UK after their previous exhibitions in London as headliner at Erotica 2007 and at The Fly in 2008. Their Rock Noir takes them to the intimate venue of Upstairs at The Garage in London supported by Birdeatsbaby and Maleficent. There’s a kind of curiosity to watch live the five guys from the romantic Rome. The gig starts with Dani’s guitar intro and the opening honour goes to “Alchemical Romance”, also the first track on “The Noir Album”, Belladonna’s new work. Luana is leading the stage perfectly with her uniform and the typical red roses on her microphone. The “Pyromantic, mysterotique, visionoir” tale of Belladonna is acclaimed by the crowd, a mixed of Italian, British and European fans and friends, the well-know Belladonna Family. The power of Belladonna music is already high with Dani outstanding riffs on guitar, Alex heaviness on drums, Tam authority on bass, Alice sweetness on piano and Luana seductive voice and manners. It’s time for William Blake’s poem “The Tyger” that introduces “Love Me Till I Die” anand the dream goes on with “Beyond the Realms Reason”. Luana takes her hat off and shows all her sensuality ‘cause “Lust Never Sleeps” arouses the crowd. The beat is faster and the audience enjoys the show. The intimate moment with “My Golden Dawn” is a private affair between Luana and Alice, a duo that leave the crowd breathless and with shivers on their spines. Then Belladonna are back heavy with “Till Death Do Us a Part”, the first single out in the UK, also played by Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden singer) in his radio show.The stage is still hot and Luana drop her jacket ‘cause t’s time for four songs drawn from “Metaphysical Attraction”, Belladonna debut album. The first one entered in the Grammy Award Ballot in 2008 and it’s “Foreverland”. Luana dedicates the song to a special guest in the audience: Mr Michal Nyman, a true inspiration for the whole band. Then “Mystical Elysian Love”, “Resurrect My Soul” and the peak raises the top with “Black Swan”, the other Grammy nominated song. Belladonna leave the scene with the dreamily “Phoenix Rising”, a potential hit single contained in “The Noir Album”. The audience would like an encore and the band is back on stage with “Password to Heaven” that really closes the overwhelming Londoner gig. A special mention to the down to Hearth behaviour of the five guys form Rome that after the show enjoyed their time with fans and friends signing autographs and shooting pictures with them.
Review by Tony Cannella
In 2006, Italy’s Belladonna released the debut CD titled “Metaphysical Attraction” and coined the term ‘Rock Noir’ to describe their music. Now this five member band (featuring three females) return with their sophomore release “The Noir Album”. I must admit that this is my introduction to this band and my initial judgment was a bit reserved until giving my self a few listens to let the music seep in, now I’m pretty much on board with this impressive release. The band play a good mix of hard rock and metal with some electronic and alternative influences thrown in as well. The band is fronted by the sensual vocals of Luana Caraffa, she is a charismatic front person with a powerful, emotional and sexy voice that really sets a great vibe for the 11-songs and 42-minutes worth of music that are featured here.“Alchemical Romance” begins with just a biting guitar riff before giving way to the strong vocals of Luana Caraffa - a great way to begin things and a strong opening number. “Love Me Till I Die” picks up right where the previous song left off, it features a great sing-along type of chorus that really sticks with you long after you’ve heard it, this is a great melodic track that quickly became one of my favorites, which the band made a video for (it can be viewed at their MySpace site) Many of the songs are structured around the piano work of Alice Pelle in conjunction with the heavy featured guitar riffs, it’s a unique thing in the world of metal, that combined with the great vocals of Luana Caraffa blend together nicely. “The Best Tears Of Our Lives” is a potent mid-tempo number. The final song “Pure Belladonna”, starts off slow with a piano intro but quickly evolves into a bouncy mid-tempo track and it definitely left me wanting more. Other highlights include: “Phoenix Rising”, “Till Death Do Us Part”, the great ballad “My Golden Dawn” and “Holy Flame”. Overall, I liked “The Noir Album” a lot. It is one of those releases that must be allowed to grow on you, but if you give it a chance, you’ll be hooked. I was very pleasantly surprised by Belladonna and now I look forward to checking out their previous and future recordings. One thing is for certain, “The Noir Album” is very well done and Belladonna absolutely, without a doubt rocks!
Rating - 85/100