For that reason alone, Bellusira's 'The Healing' got lost of the massive pile of albums to be reviewed. However, quality always shines through. So today, this piece of work suddenly popped-up and gained my interest. Now, I'm listening to this with a big smile on my face. There is still hope for the female fronted metal scene. Fans of everything between Lacuna Coil, Halestorm and Flyleaf should start paying attention now.
Originally, Bellusira was formed in Australia but relocated to Los Angeles to further expand their career. Their 2013 debut 'Connection' gained a lot of attention, something they wish to secure and confirm with this follower. I haven't heard their debut but judging from what I hear on 'The Healing', these guys and girl are well on their way to rock stardom. This is very modern sounding alternative rock, enhanced with the strong and varied vocals of Crystal Ignite.
Crystal's voice can handle a lot of different approaches, including gentle clean singing which reminds me of people like Anouk or even Alanis Morissette, but just as effortlessly she can put a lot of power and anger behind her voice, coming close to frontwomen like Skin (Skunk Anansie) or Otep Shamaya (Otep). Whatever she decides to do with her voice, it seems to fit in perfectly with whatever the guys behind her do.
The music seems to balance on the line between rock and metal, often reminding me of bands like Deftones, Static-X or Korn. As expected, that results in dynamic and energetic rock songs, highlighting in strong rockers 'Dance With Me', 'How Far' and 'Redemption Queen' and nice ballads like 'Sister', 'Pieces' and closer 'The Healing'. I also really dig the electronics in some of these songs, including the brilliant 'Sever'.
Suddenly, there is also this notion that some of these songs could be perfect for WWE themes. I've always regarded the wrestling world as a decent source for modern rock music. I wouldn't be surprised if a song like 'How Far' accompanies some new superstar to the ring. However, most of all, I see this band easily take over the big stages on the upcoming summer festivals. They do have the talent, the songwriting skills and a charismatic frontwoman.