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Comeback Kid Wake The Dead

01. False Idols Fall 02. My Other Side 03. Wake The Dead 04. The Trouble I Love 05. Talk Is Cheap 06. Partners In Crime 07. Our Distance 08. Bright Lights Keep Shining 09. Falling Apart 10. Losing Patience 11. Final Goodbye
2005 Victory Records
Our score 6

by Cory

Upon listening to the latest offering from Comeback Kid, I was a bit surprised. I had heard the title track and was prepared for a catchier brand of hook-driven hardcore, but I heard quite a bit more in the full album. I listened once through in my car to get warmed up and my initial thought was that this harkened back to mid-90's So-Cal punk rock. There were moments on the disc reminiscent of various innovators of the day including NOFX and Strung Out, but the most obvious comparison to me was Good Riddance. (Keep in mind that I've said there are "elements" of these bands at work here, not that Comeback Kid sounds exactly like any of these.) It was little surprise then, when I got home and perused the liner notes that I saw the disc featured guest vocals from Russ Rankin (of Good Riddance, Creep Division and Only Crime) and that it was produced by Bill Stevenson (of the Descendents, All and Only Crime). Things began falling into place. Comeback Kid's new brand of music is to hardcore what all these bands' music was to punk rock at the time: somewhere between "authentic" and pop. It follows then, that the things I like about Comeback Kid are largely the things that I continute to appreciate about the aforementioned bands. Unfortunately, many of the same gripes and complaints apply as well. The performance and production of this disc are both untouchable. The sound is huge, rich and clear. The drumming switches back and forth between lines as quick as NOFX's "Linoleum" and mosh-ready hardcore breakdowns seamlessly. The guitars really help anchor this record firmly in the realm of hardcore, sounding intensely thick and an awful lot like the Victory of old and heavy-hitters like Integrity and Strife. The bass is solid, if unimpressive. (Honestly, I don't ever expect the bass-playing to stand out on a hardcore or metal record.) The vocals could go either way for me. Scott Wade's monotone fits with the hardcore elements of this record, but the melodic nature of the songs seems to demand a bit more range and variation. The guest vocals from Russ Rankin suggest what Comeback Kid might sound like if they tried something a little different, but it doesn't necessarily seem like it would mesh with their "core" sound. I'm still a little unsure. The lyrics of the disc also seem intent on proving that Comeback Kid have their feet firmly planted in hardcore. They've managed to recycle some of the standard cliches into fresh sounding material, but true hardcore fans can rest assured there won't be anything remotely new or challenging found here. Most of the disc's musical content can be described the same way. While they have found a relatively new and interesting combination of styles, they do more borrowing than actual creating. Highlights of the disc include the instant MTV2 classic "Wake The Dead," "Our Distance" and the one-two punch of the gang vocals and breakdowns in "Falling Apart." Bottom Line: This disc has got its memorable sing-alongs, solid performances and stand-out moments, but there's just not enough original thought evident here. There's also something a bit unsettling about hearing a self-proclaimed "hardcore" band that would seem as comfortable on a bill with Internal Affairs and Donnybrook as they might on a bill with Sum 41. Much in the way that Stretch Armstrong or Ignite found a way to successfully marry hardcore punk and melody, Comeback Kid have produced a noteworthy album that's bound to turn heads, but until they step out from behind their influences, whatever they may be, Comeback Kid will remain a band that I can take or leave.


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anonymous_ 2/26/2005 10:20:33 PM

In my opinion CBK lost their hardcore edge. This cd was a piece of shit with only two good songs. Pretty soon their going to be another band on MTV singing about how they miss their girlfriends.

tim_ 3/4/2005 9:22:06 PM

good riddance is super sweet

derrik_ 3/4/2005 10:26:33 PM

good review. i'm sick of hearing about how great this disc is. i think the disc and band are both really boring.

littlemac_ 3/4/2005 10:36:57 PM

well i know melody is the enemy of lambgoat but i thought they used it sparingly and i was impressed with this album, i didn't expect much from it. i don't think it's amazing, but i think it's solid.

horseheadxbookends_ 3/4/2005 11:40:54 PM

ok i've finally got the memo...its not cool to like Comeback Kid anymore...thanx for the reminder

ageofoceans_ 3/5/2005 12:53:30 AM

is it just me or does this have some of the worst cover art in recent memory?

Ben_ 3/5/2005 1:04:49 AM

This is why lambgoat shouldn't be reviewing hardcore at all. Hardcore is a sub-genre of punk, so that's why Comeback Kid sounds like those bands. Good Riddance whether you dipshits think so or not is a hardcore band. Quit listening to gaygy bands like As I Lay Dying and find out what hardcore really is about. So what? They got a little more melodic, just about every band does. BTW, new Paint It Black and the new Cursed CD are better than this one.

anonymous 3/5/2005 1:07:50 AM

this cd is a 6 out of 10, its not great but tis not bad either.

marching_band_rules_ 3/5/2005 1:31:45 AM

Definitely a good review. Cory, you know how to write brah. My own opinion: this disc is not a "piece of shit" like that guy up top said, and they won't be on MTV whining about lost love. My own rating would be a 7/10, but for sure Cory made good points. I had fun listening to it. That's my two cents.

rob_mcfeters_ 3/5/2005 1:42:45 AM

6/10 is too nice. I'd give it a 4. Cory's so sweet!

me_ 3/5/2005 2:59:24 AM

awesome review *sucks cory's dck clean off*

you_in_hawk_country_now_ 3/5/2005 4:00:10 AM

this deserves better than a 6. the guitar work is great. catchy harmonizing without being too flashy or too plain. i'm surprised this is getting such a mediocre response. it's a great punk rock record, start to finish.

buckwheat_ 3/5/2005 4:31:50 AM

I agree with what was said here, except that I really f*cking like it. Great disc and I'm glad they're losing meathead fans like the first poster.

j dawg_ 3/5/2005 4:58:13 AM

finally someone who gives less than a 9/10, the cover art alone should make it an 8/10 at best, that shit sucks. it's true though, the cd is pretty mediocre, all kind of runs together into one boring, generic hardocre-with punk influences song

paul estevan _ 3/5/2005 8:51:13 AM

this is music for 15 year olds. its cool if you guys like it, but you should be honest enough with yourselves to know that this will pass through you like too many beers.

DROPDEAD_ 3/5/2005 12:28:30 PM

i love "turn it around" but this shit is pretty bad. the cover art looks like one of my doodles from 9th grade.

SUPERPUMPTRUCK_ 3/5/2005 12:55:13 PM


thealcoholic_ 3/5/2005 2:17:12 PM

solid record, no fresh ground broken but its not like turn it around was either. i definetly agree with the westcoast punk influence but dont see this band ever going mr lover and mtv status as speculated with future work. siked to see cbk in april. mosh

anonymous 3/5/2005 7:13:18 PM

can't you like good riddance & as i lay dying

joehardcore_ 3/5/2005 10:56:37 PM

despite the hype, they were never the hardcore stalwarts that people assumed, instead they are out for a big piece of the pie, and by the numbers hardcore don't get you paid. i imagine they will follow whatever they need to in that search.

tylerxiowa_ 3/6/2005 12:29:12 AM

this review struck me a bit by surprise. i see the parallels cory draws to 90's melodic punk, i see that this record falls short of perfecting a sound and i see the shortcomings in the artwork but in the guitars alone i see something that pushes this record beyond mediocrity. the harmonies throughout this record are incredibly thought out and executed. give them another full length and rather than seeing an mtv2 cross over i think we will see a perfected sound and real progression in this sub ge

xscottx_ 3/6/2005 12:33:41 AM

This cd is boring. I listened to the whole thing and none of it caught me. Boring. Good review though.

xdaretoscreamx_ 3/7/2005 6:41:47 AM

anyone posting here is clueless about hardcore.

dumptruck_ 3/7/2005 11:16:05 AM

Decent band, but I have the same problem with these guys as I do with bands like Rise Against-they try to do everything right. It sounds like it's supposed to, it's catchy as hell but predictable. Better than most who try this style I guess.

xcorruptx_ 3/7/2005 12:53:55 PM

You've all got to be joking. I don't know why suddenly its become the cool thing in hardcore to hate on CBK. But this is a really good disc from a really great group of guys with an awesome live show. But then again, It's probably better that most of you don't like it, since hardcore is for the real underground, not the johnny come latelys that just hopped in from the nu metal scene.

xscottx_ 3/7/2005 2:45:05 PM

I don't think everyone is as much hating on CBK as much as this record is not what I thought it would be like. I still love the band, but the record was just boring. I still got love for CBK.

yourcityliesindust_ 3/7/2005 7:50:52 PM

Really good CD. God forbid a band write a catchy song or two.

Cory_ 3/7/2005 8:08:25 PM

I'd like to refer you all to the comments section of the Imperial cd review. Reviews are reviews OF A CD, not the band's personality, their live show or their credibility.

dan_ 3/7/2005 10:07:18 PM

this cd is f*cking awesome haha, people just can't accept change..bands don't stay the same forever, get over it. "YOU LOST YOUR HARDCORE EDGE WAAAAA" cry about it reets

joehardcore_ 3/8/2005 5:25:13 AM

to cory (well said) hardcore reviews are often maligned by the game of " great guys" and such. they are nice kids just like 99 percent of the scene. their new record leaves alot to be desired.

Ernesto_ 3/9/2005 5:38:46 AM

f*ck this band i listen to numetal, and im impotent

anonymous 3/10/2005 4:25:56 PM

a band based on words with no sustenance beyond a melody

anonymous 3/11/2005 11:27:19 AM

Turn it Around was pretty rad so i was expecting a lot out of CBK until i heard they signed onto Victory. I tried to suppress any bias i have towards Victory and decided to give a cd a fair shot. Needless to say i was a little dissappointed. Although it is not "a piece of shit" it's definitely different, and more melodic than their debut album. Some people may like that, but its just not my cup of tea. Although i happen to like bands like Good Riddance, this record wasnt something i was expectin

anonymous 3/13/2005 5:45:01 AM

just listen to cursed II. its alot better.

destroyyourself_ 3/15/2005 5:29:28 PM

i freakin loved this album. all the redundant power chord riffs and lame vox really help me get my kung-fu moves down in the pit. HARDCORE BABY

totakecomfort_ 3/18/2005 10:21:07 AM

great review of a boring cd. this is a cd full of crowd-pleasers and that's it. you can only have so many sing alongs before singing becomes yawning. everyone that's so impressed by this cd and says that it's true hardcore should just stick to listening to black flag and minor threat

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Mike Harvey _ 9/12/2006 1:50:39 PM

This album has hit the hearts of many, but my heart has been hit harder than most, a solid album straight from the heart and soul of an emotional wreck! Very strong emotional review and a rating that makes tears dip down my chin. May god heart and soul look after you all.. god bless

VishxBlood_ 11/24/2008 3:22:17 PM

If anyone thinks this album sucks or if its not hardcore, two words......... f*ck OFF

VishxBlood_ 11/24/2008 3:23:03 PM