Music fans of the Pacific Northwest, hello and welcome back to our third annual year-end daily countdown, 100 Bands in 100 Days, where every day until December 31st, we’re showcasing a new band or artist you have to know about, presented by Verity Credit Union. Follow the #100Bands100Days hashtag on Twitter to stay on top of all the bands featured and make sure to follow Verity on Twitter as well. Some days the featured act could be an established and locally-adored northwest-based musician that perhaps you haven’t been turned onto yet, and other times they could be a band with a small following that just hasn’t had their deserved time in the sun yet. Either way, we’re fairly confident you can come away from this daily segment with plenty of new favorites. Today’s journey will take us to Olympia and a hard rock band that goes by the name of Hellbelly.
After spending a few days on the lighter side of music, let’s bring it up a notch. Actually let’s crank it to eleven and melt some faces with one the hardest rockers in Olympia and beyond. A peek at this band’s pedigree that includes names like Brian Sparhawk(Fitz of Depression) and a quick listen and you will know right away this isn’t your average northwest band. Take a deeper listen to their catalog and you’ll find every influence from the best in the rock/metal world. The band lives somewhere on the edge of hard rock and metal, in fact it’s pretty much the heaviest rock you can play, without going all-out metal. The music they create comes equipped with brutal guitar tones, thunderous bass, violent percussion work that lays the foundation for the powerhouse vocals of Eric Breding, who possesses one of strongest sets of rock pipes in the northwest.
Hellbelly hails from eclectic Olympia, Washington. Collectively the members have shared the stage with Melvins, Rage Against the Machine, L7, Everclear, The Presidents of The United States of America, Supersuckers, Tad, Throw Rag, and The Circle Jerks just to name a few. Live is what these four do, as veterans they command the stage with a no frills attitude often exposing the gimmick bands of today for what they are. Their new album, Run For God’s Sake, continues to evoke social commentary while punching their fans in the gut.
Hellbelly is loud and unapologetic; they take the stage with nothing to lose. Every night the audience is reminded of what high energy, organic, honest and heavy music is supposed to be. Folks become fans because they have been part of an authentic experience that has no pretentious ideas of pseudo acceptance by the masses. Case and point, if you feel like you want to impress them with top shelf liquor, hotel sweets, or any other expensive promises, they would much rather have another Marshall or Ampeg cab so they can be even louder, oh and maybe a pack of new socks.
Their new album, Run For God’s Sake, is coming on out Nov 21st on Rock Therapy Records and we would highly suggest grabbing it. Pre-order HERE.