By Conquest Or Consent + Defyed + Spittin’ Teeth – Limelight 2, Belfast – 22 February 2014

Billed as a special showcase gig, highlighting the best in established and up-and-coming Northern Irish hardcore talent, this triple bill certainly lived up to its advance promotion.

Spittin' Teeth
Spittin’ Teeth

Openers Spittin’ Teeth are one of the few bands in the genre, at least in this part of the world, to employ a twin guitar attack, which helps to add an extra depth and feel to their melodic but thrashy dirtcore sound.  Their performance is solid, energetic and confident, with a sound characterized by tight melodies and visceral vocals from Corin Gillespie, who certainly whips the early comers into shape with the first throwdowns of the evening.


Despite having only a handful of gigs under their collective belts, newcomers Defyed hit hard and confident, and with an assurity which grows with every gig.  With vocalist Wayne dominating the stage, and bassist Steve grinding out bottom-end of the sound, leaving Trev to shred out his metal-edged melodies, their performance is passionate and proficient in equal measures.  This definitely is a band which is developing apace and seems set to make an indelible hole in the NI scene in the very near future.

By Conquest Or Consent
By Conquest Or Consent

With bassist Dom pulling double duty, By Conquest Or Consent deliver another heavy and aggressive set, a heady mix of hardcore and progressive death metal, with just the right blend of harmony and beatdown, all delivered with nerve-shredding and pure, naked energy.  Vocalist Pete Crenshaw has a very Anselmo quality, both in terms of delivery and attitude, while (despite some early technical problems with his stool) drummer Andrew is simply astounding:  in fact, this evening is characterized by three great drummers, each with their own style and equally impressive in their collective and individual abilities.  The quality of BCOC’s performance is summed in a nailed-dead version of Chimaira’s ‘Nothing Remains’ and the nuanced aggression of originals such as ‘The Truth’ and ‘Revelations’.

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