A CD Review of Bella Morte's - The Quiet.
Bella Morte - The Quiet (2002 Metropolis Records)by WaThe Quiet, an interesting hybrid of Goth, Synth-Pop, Punk and Darkwave, marks the 3rd full length release from the Charlottesville, Virginia act Bella Morte. It is an introspective, intimate album that probes those delicate spaces in the hearts of all of us. Loss, longing, anxiety and fear...all are are embraced and explored on The Quiet.Tony Lechmanski and Bn provide excellent guitar work throughout the album, exhibited particularly on "Logic" and "Echoes". The vocals of Andy Deane flow like sonic molasses over a guitar, bass, and inspired keyboard/synth foundation. Sweet and drawn out, each syllable seems treasured. Unfortunately while the lyrics of The Quiet are often poetic, evoking an abstract sense of emotion, they often lose much of their initial punch from a lack in rhythmic definition that diminishes their memorability. Even after more than a few listens it can be difficult to recall a vocal progression simply from memory. "Logic", "Echoes", "Hope Again", "Always" and the title track "The Quiet" rise above the pack as the most album's most compelling songs. After a few more listens, new avenues are revealed, after a hundred listens I could easily envision this becoming a favorite record in the collection of any discriminating goth fan. While remaining primarily a true goth band, they have begun to make forays into punk with the "Living Dead" and "Christina".Gopal Metro and Andy Deane do a masterful job of programming on The Quiet. Each synth phrase adds tasteful depth to an ever expanding canvas of sound. Refreshing keyboard introductions and voicing can be found in tracks such as "Echoes", "Whispers", "Ember", and "Wires".The Quiet is as an excellent introduction to the strengths of Bella Morte. Stirring, romantic, reminiscent of the classic 80s feel while carefully avoiding the most common cliches, The Quiet is an excellent purchase.