Aurelio Voltaire is often described as a modern day renaissance man. He is a singer/ performer, creator of comic books, animation and toys.
An internationally touring musician, he is at the forefront of the Gothic, Steampunk and Dark Cabaret genres headlining some of the biggest horror, sci-fi and comic book conventions as well as Gothic and Steampunk festivals for nearly two decades. His music can best be described as a collection of murder ballads, tongue-in-cheek exercises in the macabre, with just enough bawdy songs about Star Trek and Star Wars to keep a convention audience rolling in the aisles. Many know him for his songs "Brains!" and "Land of the Dead" from the Cartoon Network show "The Grim Adventures of Billy And Mandy".
Voltaire's live shows, whether solo or with his skeletal orchestra, are full of stories and games. Many describe his shows as sitting around a fire while an old friend regales you with tales, presuming that old friend drinks a liter of rum a night, dates zombie prostitutes and wrestles Krakens.
Voltaire has been recording and touring for over 20 years. He's released 11 full length CDs.
Most recently, Aurelio Voltaire can be seen in his informative and hilarious Youtube series, Gothic Homemaking. In this show, that can best be described as Pee Wee’s Playhouse for spooky kids, he demonstrates how to turn your boring apartment into a Gothic lair with the help of a desiccated co-host, Orville Deadenbacher and a bunch of other recurring monster characters.
Gothic Homemaking can be seen at: www.youtube.com/voltairemusicpage
By combining electronics, graveyard ballads, emotive storytelling and unique guitar riffs, Bella Morte have developed a style that is solely their own, which is aided by the talents of Andy Deane, who studied opera for five years to strengthen his vocal capabilities. Andy is also a published author, his debut horror novel "The Sticks" released by Delirium Books in 2009. His second novel is slated for a 2011 release. As the band continues to tour and write new material, they remain eternally thankful to have been able to make a living doing what they love: singing songs about the dead and winning over the hearts of the living along the way.
Early in their career, Bella Morte entered the Virginia Battle of the Bands, where their dark sound bested a host of rock bands for first place. The cash prize funded their first album, "Remains". After self-releasing their second release, "Where Shadows Lie", the band got a major boost when Cleopatra Records re-released it. After selling thousands of copies of "Shadows", Bella Morte caught the attention of a larger label, Metropolis Records, who signed them in 2002 and has since released four full-length CDs and one EP to great success. Bella Morte were instrumental in reviving Gothic music in the US, and continue to forge a path for dark music in the underground.
Bella Morte have been a sought-after opener for KMFDM, The Misfits, The 69 Eyes, and Mindless Self Indulgence and have performed on the Vans Warped Tour. They have also toured Europe, the UK, Canada and the US extensively. As a best-kept secret on the underground music scene, Bella Morte have gained respect as one of the most powerful live acts going today.