For a time in the 1990s, Electro-Goth was the THING. Before EBM/Futurepop completely colonized the Goth/Industrial club scene, bands like Switchblade Symphony, London After Midnight, and The Cruxshadows packed dance floors for the darkly-clad set. These bands were joined in the mid-1990s by Bella Morte, who originally were very much in the Cruxshadows mold, but would later incorporate punk/deathrock elements.
"It’s time to catch our breath and celebrate the first 17 years of Bella Morte’s dark, diverse catalogue of sounds. Formed in 1996, these beloved goth rockers have released seven albums and 2 EPs, and played a major role in the revival of Gothic Rock in the late 90’s. This collection features tracks from the earliest inception of the band to their most recent album, Before The Flood. Included on this album is a re-recorded version of “Evensong” from the bands’ debut album, and the track “Flatlined” which was only available for a short while on a Metropolis/Hot Topic sampler CD."
I’ve seen Bella Morte live a couple times in the distant past, and they always played hugely energetic sets. Like The Cruxshadows they made their reputation through constant gigging and are still out there today. This compilation is an excellent introduction to the band, featuring most of their best songs, and probably all a casual fan would need.
I’ll admit that after the first three or four albums I fell away from bands like Belle Morte and The Cruxshadows, finding other kinds of dark music more interesting. But I think these bands, Belle Morte included, played an important role in keeping the Goth scene vital as the transition between the 1980s and 1990s called many to ask if Goth could still be vital. Now, turn off the lights, and sing along to "The Rain Within Her Hands." You know you want to.
01. Fall No More
02. Find Forever Gone
03. The Rain Within Her Hands
04. Here With Me
05. Another Way
07. The Quiet
08. One Winter’s Night
09. On The Edge
10. Many Miles
11. Black Seas Collide
12. The Coffin Don’t Want Me And She Don’t Either
16. Evensong (2012)
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