Canada’s Belvedere might have been out of action for a quarter of their existence, but they’ve done their best to make up for that six year hiatus in the middle of their career. With the arrival of their sixth album ‘Hindsight Is The Sixth Sense’ almost completely out of the blue, Belvedere have further cemented their reputation as a technically brilliant rock band.
A lot of bands have popped up recently that feel like they’ve been plucked straight from the early 2000s. With Belvedere, however, there’s no mimicry about it: these guys are the real vintage. From guitar to bass to drums, this band works together seamlessly to create intricate punk harmonies that tug on any millennial’s nostalgic heartstrings – such a collaboration of minds is a real feat too, considering the recent line-up change meaning that two of the four members are recent additions to the group.
Yet another measure of how respected this group is can be found in the number of collaborations you can cram into one record: not one, not two, but three. Folks from Protest The Hero, Less Than Jake, and Wolfrik all wanted in on some of this action, so you might say this is quite the 2000s alt family affair.
Throughout the album, each instrument is given its time to shine through their complex melodies so that none overshadows another. This subtle ebb and flow makes for a quality, easy listening experience that doesn’t diminish on repeat returns. ‘Retina’ has a hint of melodic metal strewn in their classic punk sound, with vocals ever so slightly pop’d to bring the heaviness down to a happy medium consistent with the rest of the record.
‘Chromatic’ may be short and sweet, but boy is it mighty. Its wild guitar and drum-driven tune make it one of the strongest songs, despite its brevity, and would’ve absolutely nailed the likes of the Vans Warped Tour back in the day. They might be a couple decades out to put themselves forward for an appearance on the film’s soundtrack, but ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’ has all the rapid-fire tension of a high-stakes car chase.
There may not be much in the way of broken ground with ‘Hindsight Is The Sixth Sense’, but it’ll for sure slot flawlessly into your punk collection.