of this great Italian band mixing gothic rock/darkwave
and synth soundscapes...
The Beata Beatrix was born in 2000 from an idea of
the current bassist, Crowley.
After several lineup changes, the official
line-up is as follows:
Hatria (Voice and text)
Ricy (guitars and programming)
Crowley (Bass and Sampler)
The band's name refers to the famous
picture painted by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (the Beata
Beatrix, in fact).
The band will have their first official album by Wave
Records, they recorded three self-produced demo (Elisheba
(2003), Delirum & Love (2006), Malinconica Autunno
(2008)) who have all received critical acclaim.
"In the garden of ecstasy", the debut album
by the band is musically a mix between gothic rock
Anglo-80s, the 90 years of darkwave and ebm array
The album comprises 16 tracks (including some demo
version), the lyrics are using the more traditional
gothic themes (the heavenly visions, delirium, the
imaginary post-mortem) and the figure of Elizabeth
(wife and muse of Rossetti, who committed suicide
with the essence of the flower of laudanum).
Another exception is made for the song "My mother
is like a stereo" which speaks of sexual violence
The historic Italian magazine "Ver Sacrum"
wrote about last demo of Beata Beatrix:
“Really a wonderful confirmation, Beata Beatrix.
After nearly two years we find them with this Malinconica
Autunno, a mini cd consists of four tracks that draw
a further evolution sought in the sound of the band
They had left, having abandoned the initial attitude
gothic rock, exploring the territories of the goth
and post punk array Britain, where they returned with
a good supply of electro and ebm sounds, have adjusted
arrangements paying close attention to cleanliness
sound and the search for catchy melodies and insightful
..... and have produced four pearls.”
The song "Love Must Die" almost
natural continuation of the spirit of the previous
"Delirium & Love", sounds scratchy and
eighties, rhythmic and tribal, batcave Hatria very
good in reviving siouxiane not only sound, but bring
an aggressiveness and a whole irreverence (post) punk.
In "In the garden of ecstasy" these are
the electronic sounds and dance-matrix and cleaner
Teutonic maybe a little conventional, but very much
enriched by the performance of Hatria, varied and
"My Mother is like a stereo"
which addresses the issue of violence on children,
and instead a masterpiece, rhythmic electro and EBM,
but for nothing granted, very free and experimental,
yet allow me to say much aptitude punk, enter a scaffolding
that is almost reggae.
And a beautiful vocal score, histrionic
and theatrical desperate and sarcastic tones that
alternated with moments of virtuoso classical.