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Album Review: Belvedere – “Revenge of the Fifth”

Reunion albums are a tough sell. On the one hand, who doesn’t love the idea of new music from a beloved band? But on the other hand, and this part mostly pertains to reunited bands whose legacies have already been cemented in music history, new material has a lot to live up to and runs the risk of “tainting” a band’s past work. From the get-go, even the concept of a reunion album is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Fortunately for Belvedere, as well as their fans, that’s not the case. The band’s fifth album, appropriately titled Revenge of the Fifth, and first record in twelve years, easily fits in with the rest of the band’s discography.

For those living under a rock, Belvedere reunited for a string of shows in 2012 and have continued ever since. It seems as taking a few years playing the old stuff has helped immensely when it came time to recording a new album, because now they’re at a point when it’s less of a reunion album and more the next logical step for an active band to take. Revenge of the Fifth, picks up right where 2004’s Fast Forward Eats the Tape left off without missing a beat. Literally: it sounds as if Belvedere never broke up in the first place. Whether that’s a good or a bad thing largely depends on how much you enjoy the band’s first four LPs.

Skate punk’s greatest strength is also its greatest weakness: it’s a genre that doesn’t want or need to change. The shouted vocals, the harmonized choruses, the shredding guitars, and the pounding drums are always there for listeners when they need them, whether to act as a soundtrack to a bored day in the suburbs or as an escape for the hellish reality that is high school. In true skate punk tradition, Belvedere doesn’t break from this mold at any point during Revenge of the Fifth– there’s just no need and to do so would mess with the formula. You could tell an unsuspecting youngster that only a year or two had passed between the releases of Fast Forward and Revenge of the Fifth and they’d believe you.

Anyone who can remember the band’s earliest days, or those who joined the party during the band’s downtime will be happy to hear these new tunes. They blaze through energetic song after energetic song, much like everything they’ve ever done. Revenge of the Fifth is a fine album, but it’s also one you’ve heard before.

3 / 5

RIYL: NOFX, Bigwig, Mute



Belvedere stream new song “Achilles”

Canadian skate punk veterans Belvedere are streaming a new song titled “Achilles,” which is taken from their upcoming album The Revenge of the Fifth. You can give the track a listen below.

The Revenge of the Fifth releases on May 5th through Bird Attack (US), Effervescence (FR), Funtime (BE), and Lockjaw Records (UK). Pre-orders are available here.



Belvedere streaming new song “Hairline”

Canadian skate punk act Belvedere are streaming a new song called “Hairline” off their upcoming album ‘The Revenge of The Fifth.”

You check it out below.

‘The Revenge of The Fifth” will be released on May 5th, 2016 via Bird Attack(US), Effervescence (FR), Funtime (BE) and Lockjaw Records (UK). further details of the new album and live dates, will be revealed over the coming months. “The Revenge Of The Fifth” will be the band’s first release in twelve years, their last being 2004′s Fast Forward Eats the Tape.



Castoff premiere music video for “Certain As The Sun”

Today we’re stoked to premiere a brand new music video from San Diego melodic punks Castoff. It’s for their song “Certain As The Sun” off the band’s new album First Step to Recovery, and you can check it out below.

First Step To Recovery was released by Bird Attack Records and Morning Wood Records. You can order the album here.



Kill The President! releases tour video from Spain and Portugal

5-piece Spanish melodic hardcore band Kill the President! has just released a little video documenting their recent tour of Spain and Portugal, which you can watch below.

The video features footage of the band’s travels and tour life, with “Song One” serving as soundtrack, which appeared on their latest album “Citizens”, released in 2013.

You can also watch a video for their new song “Parable of the Modern Cave”, which comes off of their upcoming album “Believe”, here.

“Believe” is scheduled to be released sometime this year and we will keep you updated as the story develops.



Local Resident Failure re-releasing debut album – “A Breath of Stale Air”

Australian skate punks Local Resident Failure are re-releasing their debut album, A Breath of Stale Air, this time on vinyl for the first time ever. The re-release follows the band’s highly-acclaimed sophomore album, This Here’s The Hard Part, which came out in March 2015.

The re-release is being put out by Australia’s Pee Records (pre-orders Monday here), with the UK/EU release being handled by Disconnect Disconnect Records (pre-orders Monday here), and the fine dudes at Oxford Records will be putting out the US release (pre-orders Monday here).



DS Exclusive: Castoff stream new album ‘First Step to Recovery’

San Diego melodic punks Castoff just released their brand new album, First Step to Recovery, but if you haven’t had the time to hear it yet, don’t fret because we’ve got your back. We’re bringing you a full stream of the album, and you can listen to it below!

First Step To Recovery was released by Bird Attack Records and Morning Wood Records. You can order the album here



Kill the President release video for “Parable of the Modern Cave” off upcoming album “Believe”

5-piece Spanish melodic hardcore band Kill the President! has released a video for their new song “Parable of the Modern Cave” which comes off of their upcoming album “Believe” and you can check it out below.

The album scheduled to be released sometime this year and we will keep you updated as the story develops.

Their last release was an EP dropped in 2013 called “Citizens”.



Main Line 10 (skate punk) stream new album

Spain’s skate punks Main Line 10 are streaming their brand new album, and you can check it out below.  The 7-track album, Sharks, is also available for download here.

The band’s last release was 2012’s Stick ‘Em Up.



88 Fingers Louie announce 3 Florida shows

88 Fingers Louie have teamed up with Bird Attack Records to book three shows in Florida this spring. Joining the band for these shows will be Allout Helter and Flag on Fire. More info can be found below.

88 Fingers Louie last released a live CD/DVD titled 88 Fingers Louie LIVES back in 2009 and their last full-length Back On The Streets in 1998.



Belvedere announce new album “The Revenge Of The Fifth”

Canadian skate punk act Belvedere will released their fifth studio album, ‘The Revenge of The Fifth” on May 5th, 2016 via Bird Attack (US), Effervescence (FR), Funtime (BE) and Lockjaw Records (UK).

The album was recorded at Echo Base Studio in Calgary and was mixed and mastered at the Blasting Room in Colorado. Keeping further details under wraps for now, front man Steve Rawles teases on the new material; “The record has 12 new tracks that sound very Belvedere: fast, melodic and furious.”

Belvedere broke up in late 2005 and after seven years apart finally came back together for a reunion tour in 2012, after which they began work on the new record. New music, as well as further details of the new album and live dates, will be revealed over the coming months.

“The Revenge Of The Fifth” will be the band’s first release in twelve years, their last being 2004′s Fast Forward Eats the Tape.



Almeida releases video for “Payday”

UK metal/punk act Almeida has a new video out for the song “Payday,” and you can check it out below.

The song appears on the band’s latest album, Social Media Circus, which was released July 25th of last year through Lockjaw Records.



Castoff announce release date for “First Step To Recovery” and tour dates

San Diego melodic punks Castoff have announced a February 10th release date for their next effort, “First Step To Recovery” to be put out by Bird Attack Records and Morning Wood Records. They last released “Lines and Passages” in 2015, and are heading out on tour with Flag On Fire.

You can check the dates below.



Pouzza Fest adds Belvedere to 2016 lineup

Canadian skate punk veterans Belvedere are the latest band to be added to Pouzza Fest’s 2016 lineup. Other bands playing the Montreal punk festival include names like Less Than Jake, Suicide Machines, Dead To Me, Flatfoot 56, and Sick of it All.

Tickets for the 2016 edition of Pouzza Fest, which will take place May 20-22, are available here.

Belvedere recently began recording their first new album in over a decade, which will serve as a follow-up to 2004’s Fast Forward Eats the Tape. Prior to their appearance at Pouzza, the band will tour South America with Lagwagon, Mute, and Adrenalized.



Straightline release music video “Won’t Back Down”

Munich skate-punks Straightline just released a music video for their track “Won’t Back Down”. The video shows the group raising hell in an around a skate park, and you can check it out below. “Won’t Back Down” comes off the band’s album “Final Redemption” which was released back in 2013.