Bellusira translates to beautiful anger. While there’s plenty of beauty in the current lineup powerhouse vocalist Crystal Ignite belts out the anger along with bassist Mark Dalbeth, drummer Tosha Jones and former Static-X guitarist Koichi Fukuda. Bellusira’s second helping The Healing has sing-a-longs, ballads, rockers and revenge tunes. The music is POD meets Eyes Set to Kill and Flyleaf with the delivery and range of Ignite. Originally from Melbourne, they relocated to Los Angeles and have toured with the likes of The Misfits, Hed PE and Black Stone Cherry among others.
They enjoyed early success in their country with industry recognition and publicity in numerous magazines. Their video for “Cachango” got attention from heavy hitting scene members in the US bringing them to LA in 2014. The video also showed that the old school crowd could still throw down when motivated. They have played several festivals in the south and east sharing stages with Buck Cherry, Korn and Saving Abel with a triumphant return this year down under on tours with Hell Yeah and Seether. The winter brings them an upcoming tour with Halestorm.
The Healing starts with the alternative, grungy garage feel of “The Fight.” “Dance with Me” is a poppy, high energy dance floor temptation, invitation to throw down your best moves if you can keep up as guitars breathe out a careless whisper. “Sister” gets fragile and depressed as vocals crackle like fireplace flames dragging out the agony and emotion with a guttural vocal fist. In her own style Ignite draws out the heart stringed, teary eyed emotion within the words with a delivery and impact akin to Amy Lee.
“Pieces” is redeeming, rebounding, recovering and empowering straight out of the power rock playbook while “Redemption Queen” comes in three’s going straight into Korn’s backyard. The justifying hand of karma reaches out for the solidifying bitch slap.
The bass buzzes with the soft strings on “The Fire Song.” “Tonight” basks in the ballad recording crowd cell phone glow as “The Healing” brings the emotionally simplistic power of vocals and acoustics together. You’re stronger than you think.
There’s a certain bubble gum pop quality to her voice on some tracks that she uses to her advantage while bringing out the deep, hardcore feelings and emotions she invokes on other tunes.
Check out the first video single “Black Seed” on YouTube.