"They've created a mysterious, romantic, erotic world"- Rolling Stone.
Belladonna is a rock band formed by songwriters Luana Caraffa and Dani Macchi.
Belladonna’s self-produced debut Metaphysical Attraction not only turns the band overnight into one of the most loved unsigned bands on MySpace, but it also bestows upon them the honor of 2 Grammy Awards 2008 ballot nominations, unprecedented for a DIY band.
Over 1.000.000 views on MySpace, magazines like Rolling Stone and GQ hailing them as the "next big thing”, shows with Dita Von Teese at Erotica 07 in London, gigs with Scars On Broadway and Siouxsie & the Banshees, performances at the Dubai International Film Festival, all in the first 3 years of being together as a band.
"the noir album"
Invited by alt-rock producer Sylvia Massy (Tool, System of a Down) to record their sophomore album in her all-analog studio in California, USA, Belladonna commit to tape the 11 songs of The Noir Album. The record comes out in March 2009, entering the Italian iTunes chart and getting very positive reviews all over the world.
Belladonna premiere The Noir Album live in the USA at L.A.'s Key Club and as official representatives of Italy at SXSW in March 2009.
Back in Italy, the band plays shows with Nine Inch Nails, The Mars Volta, Staind and Korn, on the strenght of the first single off The Noir Album – Till Death Do Us Part – being Single Of The Week on Italy’s biggest rock radio, Virgin Radio.
In October they go back to L.A. for a showcase at the Fonda Theater, and then to the UK - where Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson champions the band by broadcasting Till Death Do Us Part on his BBC radio show - for a headline show at The Garage in London.
2010 sees Belladonna hit the road again, with a European tour in March and a UK tour in April and in July.
collaboration with Michael Nyman
In December 2010 Belladonna release Let There Be Light, a single written in collaboration with legendary English composer Michael Nyman and based on his The Heart Asks Pleasure First from the soundtrack of the Oscar-winning movie The Piano. Michael Nyman himself plays piano on the track.
"and there was light"
In May 2011 Belladonna release their third album, recorded in November in L.A., with the help of Grammy-nominated producer Alex Elena and of Metallica's The Black Album engineer Mike Tacci and titled And There Was Light. The album enters the Italian iTunes Top 100 and garners great reviews from all over the world.
And while the album hit the shops, Belladonna find themselves (alongside Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson) mentioned in Motley Crue's frontman Vince Neil's autobiography Tattoos and Tequila as one of the acts that have been influenced by Motley Crue in recent years.
on tour all over europe
Belladonna spends most of 2012 on tour all over Europe (Germany, Austria, United Kingdom, Italy, Luxembourg, Blegium, Netherlands, Czech Republic) and writing new songs and recording them for their fourth album.
"shooting dice with god"
Belladonna release the new album - titled Shooting Dice With God in April 2013, and Rolling Stone premieres the video of the first single Karma Warrior on its website. The band follows up the release with a European tour.
"undress your soul"
On 10 June 2015 Belladonna release Undress Your Soul, a song written and produced in collaboration with Italian film composer Pasquale Catalano, based on his music of Italian cult TV series Romanzo Criminale. The track's video is premiered on Italy's best-selling newspaper La Repubblica's website.
the "minions" tv spot
In July 2015 the Belladonna song The God Below is used in the Fifty Shades Of Yellow international TV spot of the movie Minions. On the 23rd of October 2015 the TV Spot wins the Clio Key Art Award - the Oscar of movie advertising - for Best TV Spot of the Year.
"the orchestral album"
The 23rd of March 2016 the band releases The Orchestral Album, 10 songs from their catalogue completely re-arranged and recorded with a concert orchestra featuring many of Ennio Morricone's regular orchestral players and conducted by Kazakh arranger/conductor Angelina Yershova, who co-produced the album with Belladonna's guitarist and producer Dani Macchi.
the "belladonna soundscape collection vol.1"
In 2017 Belladonna release The Belladonna Soundscape Collection Vol.1, a movie-industry-only release of over 200 instrumental tracks all recorded using exclusively original elements from their albums. During the course of the same year tracks from this collection are used in the trailers of big-budget Hollywood movies such as Split, My Cousin Rachel, and Stephen King's The Dark Tower. In October 2017 the band gets commissioned to write music for the award-winning trailer of the Marvel movie Black Panther.
"spiders of gomorrah" in a netflix trailer
In December the band releases the one/off single Spiders of Gomorrah. In the same month the song is licensed in the trailer of the Netflix tv series Godless.
dani macchi at The Voice and more trailer synchs
In early 2018 Belladonna's guitarist and producer Dani Macchi is personally invited by Lacuna Coil's frontwoman Cristina Scabbia to act as 'vocal coach' of her team on the tv programme The Voice Of Italy, where she is one of 2018's 4 coaches. In the meantime more Belladonna tracks are synched in the Hollywood trailers of the movies Acrimony and The Equalizer 2, and of the videogames Shadow Of War and DeadRising4, cementing their position as one of Hollywood's most synched bands.
in Michael Moore's "fahrenheit 11/9"
In September 2018 the Michael Moore's movie Fahrenheit 11/9 is released and features in its soundtrack the Belladonna track Damn Your Love (taken from The Orchestral Album). Belladonna's Dani Macchi guitar performance of The Star Spangled Banner is included in the trailer of the same movie.
"no star is ever too far"
In January 2019 the band releases its sixth album No Star Is Ever Too Far. Three of its songs have been licensed in international movies and trailers: The Turing Sniper is featured in Remember Me, My Love, the Gabriele Muccino drama featuring Monica Bellucci, Black Beauty is featured in the Michael Moore documentary movie Fahrenheit 11/9, and We Belong To Hell is included in the international tv spot of the thriller My Cousin Rachel.