Release Date: Mar 4, 2014
Record label: Victory Records
Comeback Kid have been haunted by the loss of former vocalist Scott Wade since his departure following 2005's Wake the Dead. The following albums weren't bad, per se, but Broadcasting was judged in the shadow of Wade's then-recent departure, while Symptoms + Cures reined in the speed and intensity fans craved. On their third album since Andrew Neufeld moved to vocals, Comeback Kid were poised to strike out, but pleasantly, they instead knock Die Knowing out of the park.
I feel that in writing a review for a new Comeback Kid album, it is paramount to address the obvious. Sometimes when people feel your first offering is always your best one, it may seem than any subsequent offerings may be made in jest and just can never measure up. For those people whatever is new is something that just doesn't capture its original glory.
Review Summary: A fun, yet flawed, hardcore record that isn't without its share of hidden gems.Comeback Kid are one of those seminal bands, not in the way that their music has had some sort of lasting impact on the scene, but in the way that for an entire generation -- those who came of age in the era of Victory Records in the first half of the 2000s' – they were that first stepping stone away from the mall kid trends and into more traditionalist forms of hardcore. At the same time, this is both their greatest strength and weakness when looking at their career. It has created a divided fanbase.