Comeback Kid
Broadcasting


3.0
good

Review

by Richard Craig USER (120 Reviews)
September 28th, 2007 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist


Usually when a band loses a singer they decide to call it a day – usually it is best to call it a day. To most people, especially casual listeners, the lead vocalist is what makes that particular band identifiable; once they are gone the band is different. However, when Comeback Kid lost vocalist Scott Wade after their second album ‘Wake the Dead’ they decided not to call it a day. This is one case where it would have been wrong to end the band – or at least change the name. After all, previous albums show that CBK already have three more than competent vocalists amongst their ranks. In the end, they settled on guitarist and ex-backup vocalist, now lead, Andrew Neufeld; and they haven’t just settled, they have settled very comfortably indeed. His is a raw, powerful voice, just what is needed for hardcore, and it fits the music perfectly. In fact, truth be told, depending on individual preferences, it could even be seen as an improvement.

What attracts many to Comeback Kid are their excellent, powerful gang vocals. When these are featured in their songs they greatly improve them, and also they are a feature of their music that makes the band immediately identifiable. It is one of their trademarks, so to speak. They feature very prominently in the slow chorus of opener ‘Defeated’. Overall ‘Defeated’ is a very promising start, with its great chorus and confident intro that starts very suddenly after some fairly distant riffing. However, it is let down by a having a very average verse, that could potentially be described as a disappointment when compared to the chorus. Nevertheless, it makes you feel very hopeful for the rest of the album. Especially when the next few tracks are as good as they are. Title track ‘Broadcasting...’ is actually the best song on the album by quite a distance. It explodes into a violent verse with some fairly average, yet still good lyrical work “A common threat sits in our house…” before leading into a superb chorus, once again making excellent use of the gang vocals. The breakdown is of an equally high standard with a great chugging, ascending guitar riff. It is easily the best song on the album. The next few songs are almost as good, with ‘The Blackstone’ in particular standing out. It stands not just because of its high quality but also because its tempo is different to most of the other songs on the album, in that it is more ‘relaxed’ with a mid-paced, head banging riff that continues from the intro through the verse. The tempo is raised for a frantic bridge, that changes tempo fairly abruptly and brilliantly.

However, after a very strong start to the album, the quality declines somewhat. It’s not the second half, or so, of the album is poor – it definitely isn’t, it is just at times very average. Of course there are highlights, but, excluding the aforementioned earlier tracks, these are heavily outnumbered by tracks that are disappointingly mediocre. ‘Give’r (Reprise)’ is one of those highlights, albeit a very short-lived one. Lasting just over a minute it doesn’t have time on it’s side, but due to its fast speed it manages to get through two verses, two choruses plus a short bridge section in the middle of the song. It is a furious, exciting hardcore blast featuring single-syllabic gang vocals that fit the pace of the song very well, as it would have had no time for long drawn out vocal phrases. CBK can clearly do fast hardcore songs extremely well as ‘Give’r (Reprise)’ shows, but they can also do slower paced songs just as well. Slower usually means heavier, but this is unfortunately not the case with the intro of ‘One Left Satisfied’; however, after a minute it suddenly changes from standard quavers to a fast, shuffle. It gives the song a happy disposition despite the raw, screamed vocals which makes it very different from the other tracks here, and also, makes it very enjoyable.

Apart from these two highlights in the second half of the album, good quality tracks are basically non-existent. Instead, the rest of the songs are average, leaving little impression and doing no more than you’d expect the band to do. ‘Industry Standards’ is a fast paced song, especially in the verse, with impassioned vocals, yet it fails to excite. It makes nice use of unexpected tempo changes, but aside from this unforeseen change it leaves little impression having a weaker chorus compared to some of the better songs here. Equally fast is ‘Come Around’. It slows down in the chorus, but it is a short respite from a song that’s main stand-out point is that it is faster than the other songs, yet goes so fast that it lacks the aggression that is needed in this kind of hardcore.

The next two songs come and go without leaving much impact, although there is some really good sounding guitar parts in the verses and breakdown of ‘In Case Of Fire’ and some nice drumming in ‘Market Demands’. The album ends somewhat disappointingly with ‘In/Tuition’. It starts out mid-tempo, different from most of the album, which can work really well but doesn’t here as it doesn’t sound as frantic as it could, and the rhythm section in particular is fairly lacklustre and simplified. There are some nice time changes leading into verses that keep it interesting, but as a whole it is nothing memorable, which is what a good album closer should be. At the end it fades out instead of burning out, and this gives a weird feel to the end of the album as you leave feeling that the song has ended too early, and that there should be more to come – unfortunately there isn’t.

‘Broadcasting…’ could easily have been an excellent album. There are some excellent tracks here: see (or more accurately – listen to) the title track, ‘Hailing On Me’, ‘Defeated’ and ‘the Blackstone’. Unfortunately these four songs are the first four songs on the album, and although there are other songs of a notably high standard later on, the vast majority of the albums quality is spent early on. The rest of it could possibly be classed as filler, there is nothing wrong with most of the songs here, but alternately there isn’t a whole lot right with a number of the tracks here. A lot of them seem uninspired and are disappointing, especially after such a strong start to the album. Overall, the average songs fractionally outweigh the good (really good) which is a disappointment as the good songs show just how good this album could have been.



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PhoenixRising
September 28th 2007


277 Comments


Good review. I remember hearign about these guys and thinking I would like it. I need to check it out.

Intransit
September 28th 2007


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Lame band, lame album.

BallsToTheWall
September 28th 2007


44786 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Lame album compared to Wake The Dead. Good review though.

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PhoenixRising
September 28th 2007


277 Comments


Now I'm confused. If someone who like Wilhelm Scream hates these guys. thats not a good sign for me...
Cant wait for AWS's new album.

Intransit
September 28th 2007


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

New AWS album leaked. It's sick. probably album of the year so far.

This sounds nothing like AWS. It's just a shitty band that is too soft to be Bane, and too edgy to be Rise Against, and has far too many predictable breakdowns for it's own good.

fathergoat
September 28th 2007


55 Comments


Intransit is dead on about comeback kid.

BallsToTheWall
September 28th 2007


44786 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Just get Wake The Dead, it's a much better album.

ToWhatEnd
September 28th 2007


3172 Comments


This band has some good tracks but just can't put together a complete album.

DaveBum69
September 28th 2007


699 Comments


I only heard one song off this and it sounded better than anything I heard off wake the dead

DWittisarockstar
January 4th 2008


1501 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is good, but none of the songs are really standouts, excluding The Blackstone.

WhiteTieBlackJacket
February 16th 2009


793 Comments


This record is pretty sub-par. I found it hard to listen to it the whole way through, and I definitely gave up on it after a dozen or
so listens.

Maybe their newest release is good?...Or maybe I'll just look into Architect's "Hollow Crown". This Message Edited On 02.16.09

armsraised
March 24th 2009


8 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

enjoyable album. not as good as wake the dead.
like the new vocalist's voice. pretty all out.

Deathcar
January 12th 2010


1534 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Tbh, the only CBK I could ever get into it, I think it's really underrated.

Vocals are soo much better, and whilst it's not as "hardcore" I actually think the slight change in sound is better, makes them stand out a bit more from other straight hardcore punk bands.

Album would be awesome if everything was the quality of the first 7 tracks, sadly the last 4 really trail off (although the ending of In/Tuition is pretty good.)

Still, 7 great songs, and 4 which are good on their own, but bleed together in the album is pretty solid.

YouAreMySilence
February 17th 2010


3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I still dont understand how this record does anything but fucking pwn ..

ThePalaceOfWisdom
February 17th 2010


1134 Comments


lol album is average.

YouAreMySilence
February 17th 2010


3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

See I completely disagree, one of my favorite hardcore albums.
I mean its no Witness but still, I find it to be an incredible record, even now when I have heard a good chunk of the genre.

ThePalaceOfWisdom
February 17th 2010


1134 Comments


I dunno maybe you're just really easily pleased or something. Comeback Kid's first album is good. It get progressivley worse each time they release something.

TheOceanInside
December 17th 2010


439 Comments


love the FUBAR reference with the track Give'r

Spec
January 19th 2011


27269 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Can't lie, this is growing on me the more I listen to it.

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Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2011


8019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Title track and Hailing On Me are the only good songs on this massive disappointment



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