also known in Iceland as Kolrassa Krókríδandi
Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Strange, experimental alternative over-the-top rock; later music is less experimental and more pop
Final release, it's all true (2000)
Mix Björk, Miranda Sex Garden, Kristeen Young, and Siouxsie & The Banshees and you might come somewhere near approaching Bellatrix. (Neile)
Wild, strange, as off-the-wall as their Icelandic compatriate Björk in her wilder moments, and the extravagance of the vocals are slightly reminiscent of her, but the sound is much harder rock, though the compositions are just as creative and individual. Really noisy and weird and fun rock with matching vocals and violin. A distinctive, unique, and lively rock sound. It's hard to know what to say about them except how different they are. It took me a lot of listening to really love their sound (I found it noisy at first) but now I adore it. Their newer work is much more accessible, but still edgy and wild. (Neile)
Recommended first album:
it's all true is probably the most accessible and available, but my favourite is Kynjasögur/Stranger Tales by far. (Neile)
drápa ep (Old Poem)Released as by Kolrassa Krókrídandi
Recommended if Bellatrix interests you
Even from this early a date the band's individual sound was fully developed. This is just as good as their later releases. (Neile)
Kynjasögur (released as by Kolrassa Krókrídandi): 1994—smekkleysa sm.hf—SM47CD
Highly recommended for fans of loud and strange rock
Elíza M. Geirsdóttir—vocals, violin
This album was released in Iceland as Kynjasögur by Kolrassa Krókrídandi and later rerecorded with vocals in English as Stranger Tales by Bellatrix. Same band, same sound, vocals in different languages and different band names. Not dancey at all—amazing vocal rock. This is strong stuff and takes some listening to appreciate, but I love both versions of this album. (Neile)
Köld Eru Kvennarád (Don't Trust Plotting Women)Released as by Kolrassa Krókrídandi
Recommended for fans of creative loud rock
Eliza Marí Geirsdóttir—sögur, fidla, raddir & hljómbord
Sigtryggur Baldursson—slagverk, klapp, gledigjafi
The overall sound of this one is just a little tamer than Kynjasögur/Stranger Tales but I doubt the uninitiated would notice. This is a wonderful album. (Neile)
1998—Global Warming Records—Glob cd3
U.K. and probably Iceland
Highly recommended for fans of edgy rock
Their new sound here is still driving, but more toned down yet. Listeners who weren't familiar with their previous releases wouldn't consider them toned down, but in comparison to those releases these are quite straightforward rock songs. This is most apparent in "Sleeping Beauty", a song that also appears on Kynjasögur/Stranger Tales in a much more over-the-top version. This is powerful rock, but nowhere near as powerful as the earlier versions. "Ikarus", also a repeat from Kynjasögur/Stranger Tales is better preserved because of the powerful violin line. I'm disappointed in this development, but I'm sure it will win them more fans, and they're not exactly tamed, nor have they gone pop yet. Songs like "Great Expectations" make it clear that they still can be noisy, edgy, and energetic. (Neile)
2000—fierce panda (U.K.)
See fierce panda website for availability
Recommended for fans of edgier pop
Kalli—drums, percussion, programming
Jane Pickup—string arrangement on 2 tracks, string quartet on 2 tracks
I was really disappointed when I first got this as it seemed so amazingly pop compared to their earlier efforts, and indeed there are moments when the music on this albums has an almost bubblegum pop flavour, but overall it's still very Bellatrix: edgy, raspy pop. They're not quite as weird and certainly way way more bouncy. No more wild shrieking, horrendously loud guitars, weird vocalizations and strange song structures. Since moving to England and no longer using their Icelandic name, they have smoothed their wild edges and gone more mainstream. Alas! Give me Stranger Tales, perferably in its Icelandic version, anyday. But they're Bellatrix. (Neile)
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