Label: Victory Records
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Reviewed by: Mike Hubbard
At the risk of losing any shred of credibility at the onset of writing this review, I have to confess that prior to listening to the latest offering from Comeback Kid (CBK), I was not familiar with them. Man am I glad I got introduced to them with the opportunity to write this review. Their new disk, Die Knowing, is set for release in the US on March 4, 2014. It will be their fifth full length, and based on what I hear in Die Knowing I definitely need to check out their back catalog.
Die Knowing is 12 songs and 33 minutes of hardcore punk, full of all the angst and energy you would expect, but with some added musical depth to the songs that sets the disc apart. It has been four years since the Canadian quintet’s last album, Symptoms + Cures, and CBK have spent most of the time in between continuously touring. Frontman Andrew Neufeld has described the goal of the album “to really capture the best parts of our live show and put those elements into the album”. I have never caught them live, but I can definitely envision these songs being played live while listening to them. The album builds from the opening number, the title track Die Knowing, all the way through to the last song, Sink In. There are no holes in the set, every one stands on its own.
CBK is known for featuring gang vocals in their songs, and the gang vocals are present through the album. They are featured prominently in their first single, Should Know Better. A highlight of the disk is the tune Full Swing, which features their original singer, Scott Wade. Scott spent much of 2013 on tour with the band, and it’s pretty cool that they included him on the new release.
Another highlight on the disk is Beyond. It’s a fast paced driving tune, with drummer Kyle Profeta setting the pace in the opening, and bassist Matt Keil getting a brief turn leading the way during the bridge. The track Unconditional also stands out, providing a change of pace with a slower tempo, a more serious tone, and song structure more complex that most of the other tracks on the disk.
Overall, Die Knowing is an infectious listen. If your have even a slight interest in straight-forward hardcore punk, I highly recommend checking it out. I doubt it will change your life, but it will definitely get your head banging.