2010 was huge year for Belligerence, the Portsmouth based heavy rockers! Appearances at Hammerfest II and HRH IV are among the many highlights but the modest 4-piece don’t go around shouting about what they have done and achieved, they let their no nonsense, stripped down, raw music do all the talking. The year wasn’t all plain sailing though, 2010 saw the departure of drummer Brett Shalfer who was replaced behind the drums by Lee Barrett. 2010 also saw the release of Belligerence’s second EP, “Remember Who Put You There”. Take a slice of Down, add a nugget of Clutch and season it with a sprinkle of Crowbar and you’ll be on your way to discovering the raw heavy sound that Belligerence unleash.
The 4-track EP, “Remember Who Put You There”, kicks off with the instrumental introduction, ‘Sexual Chocolate’… a sleazy, slow paced, dirty rock entrance into the world of Belligerence. As quickly as ‘Sexual Chocolate’ begins it is over and the second track from the EP, ‘Six Weeks’ is bursting from the speakers. ‘Six Weeks’ is dirty, heavy, fast and as catchy as hell. You cannot fail to be drawn into its groove. The inspiration taken from Down is heavily evident but with a clear and heavy original Belligerence stamp across it! Tim Brocks’s vocals roll seamlessly over David Harvey’s immense guitars with the back line of Craig Copland’s bass and Brett Shalfer’s drums providing the bedrock of heavy sound.
‘A breaking Dawn’ takes over where ‘Six Weeks’ left off, a fast paced rolling dirty groove rock track. Again, Brock’s vocals go hand in hand with Harvey’s monster riffing! As the track progresses each member of the band get the opportunity to highlight their considerable talents, managing to keep it all well within the context of the track
The final and title track of the EP, ‘Remember Who Put You There,’ begins with a mellow bluesy vibe before the rest of the band kicks in and rips your face off with the pace and intensity that you now know and love from Belligerence! The four-piece create a huge wall of sound, a raw natural sound without any bells and whistles. The lyrics too are powerful, raising questions and pointing fingers at the establishment.
Belligerence are one of the new wave of huge talented unsigned bands that by all rights should have a deal in place, their live intensity matches the raw power of their recordings. It can only be a matter of time before they get snapped up!
Competition Time! **NOW CLOSED**
The boys in Belligerence have a New Year treat for you! They have given us a T-shirt and a copy of each of their two EPs to give away to one lucky reader. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning all of this booty is leave a comment below with the name of their latest EP.
The winner will be drawn at random from the correct entries on Sunday 16th January 2011. The winner will be contacted by email.