Belladonna – “And There Was Light” (2011)


Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Italian purveyors of Rock Noir, Belladonna returns with their 3rd album of ‘emotionally charged rock-n-roll melodrama’ titled “And There Was Light”. Belladonna are a pretty unique band and their music, I am sure will not appeal to everyone, but should still find its niche amongst rock and metal fans who like their music to be somewhat adventurous. The 1 hour’s worth of eclectic music begins with the intro “Last Night I Died” which segues nicely into “Morning Star Blues”, which gets things off to a solid start. “Stiletto” is next and has an almost heavy pop vibe to it. This song is helped out by a great chorus and melody. This is definitely one of my favorites. The 7-minute heavy ballad “I Feel Life” is next and is definitely one of the biggest highlights for me and features lead vocalist Luana Caraffa turning in an absolutely stunning vocal performance. Other highlights include: “My Sweet Nepenthe”, “Ballerina”, “You and I Are One“, “Be My Star” and “Spirit Dancer”. Personally, after listening to this album a few times, I found myself liking it more and more. Make no mistake about it, Belladonna is an acquired taste and some may find their brand of avant-garde, eclectic music tiresome to listen to in one sitting. Others will surely come to love and admire the chances that this band is willing to take in their music. One thing you can never accuse Belladonna of being is ‘run-of-the-mill’ and that holds true on “And There Was Light”.

Rating – 85/100



  1. Last Night I Died
  2. Morning Star Blues
  3. Stiletto
  4. I Feel Life
  5. The Origin of All Evil
  6. My Sweet Nepenthe
  7. You and I Are One
  8. Song For Tania
  9. Ballerina
  10. Be My Star
  11. Icarus Blues
  12. My Forlorn Flight
  13. Spirit Dancer
  14. Let There Be Light
  15. Sirens
  16. Violet the Light
  17. A Pyromantic S…


Line Up

  • Luana Caraffa – Vocals
  • Dani Macchi – Guitar
  • Alice Pelle – Piano
  • Tam Scacciati – Bass
  • Alex Giuliani – Drums



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