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Belvedere Hindsight and Sixth Sense Review

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Canadian legends of the skate punk scene Belvedere have come back swinging after a five-year hiatus to create a stellar sixth studio record ‘Hindsight Is The Sixth Sense coming out of the Thousand Island and Lockjaw records respectively in May earlier this year.

The old school punkers have upped their game to whole a new level with bone-crunching riffs
displayed by newest members Dan Wollach on Guitar and Ryan Mumby on Bass being added to line up ultimately taking the group in a new direction since their last full-length feature ‘Revenge Of The Fifth’. but all the while still managing to keep that familiar fast-paced Belvedere Esque trademark sound, we all know and love with Steve Rawles the lead vocalist and founder of the group crediting drummer Casey Lewis for its addictive songs.

On this record, Belvedere takes a more insightful and in-depth perspective of the world dipping into the political realm whilst taking aim at the corporate whores of the planet who are slowly letting things decay to have a few extra quid in their pockets, undoubtedly screwing us all in the end. It’s ever-present from the single ‘Elephant March’ with lyrics that read ‘The burning begins, there ’s a need for it’, ‘There’s nothing for us and they’re full of shit’ clearly not happy with the way the world is slowly becoming… Are we all going to eventually believe the blood spilt is justified for the progress of capital gains??

Another highlight of the record is ‘Camera Obscura’ where the band tackles spirituality and the price of selling your soul with some very choice words ‘A culture of abusing life’, ‘Based upon someone else’s eyes’ which is something some people in the western world should take a minute to think about and digest. Towards the end of the jam, it features guests on the tunes ‘Comrade’ with Less Than Jakes Roger Lima stepping in for bass duties whilst Dylan Toews (Wolfrik) featuring on Memento Mori and also Rody Walker (Protest The her o) lend a hand for the thrashing ‘Automate’. ​

Hindsight Is The Sixth Sense comes in at just over thirty-four minutes in total stacked with guitars and resilience. It’s a retrospective to the way the band sees itself in this world, perhaps in a more experienced way and trying to make the good people aware of the changing landscapes, the shapeshifters and the important global issues that will forever impact us for generations to come. In a nutshell, Belvedere has nailed it. It’s a fucking rad record with its combination of skate rock harmonies and sing-along choruses I reckon it will have the youth of today galvanised and ready to stand beside them as they revolt against the machine.

BELVEDERE MEMBERS:

Steve Rawles – Lead Vocals, Guitar

Ryan Mumby – Bass

Dan Wollach – Rhythm Guitar

Casey Lewis – Drums

BELVEDERE CONTACT: Belvederepunkrock.com

Written by: Michael Dickson

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