Comeback Kid
Broadcasting


1.5
very poor

Review

by withALMONDS USER (12 Reviews)
May 18th, 2009 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Victory Records, way to take another band and screw them even harder than they had themselves. Seriously, that was a great idea.

After losing a vocalist, one of two things happens. One, you find a new one and go on to continue being successful, or two, you get whatever happened here. Broadcasting... is without a doubt, Comeback Kid's worst release to date. Since their first release, Turn It Around, Comeback Kid has gotten exponentially worse with each release. Their debut was a great album, very few people would disagree with that. Wake The Dead is a bit of a mixed album in that about half of the fans see it as an improvement, and the other half see it as a step down from Turn It Around. Some time after Wake The Dead was released, Scott Wade, the vocalist at the time decided to call it quits. This was a huge blow to the career of the band, and should have been the end. However when a group has an ego as big as the one these guys have, they're not going to be interested in ending their career so soon. Andrew Neufeld stepped up to the plate and took Wade's place, needless to say, he failed horribly.

Broadcasting... starts things off with Defeated, a 3 minute long track showing just how far CBK have fallen without Scott fronting the hardcore outfit. Neufeld's vocals are mixed louder than any of the instruments for the entire album, and as a result forces us to listen to a scratchy, nasally, annoying noise that he refers to as a scream for a seemingly endless 33 minutes. Now, while the album as a whole is incredibly stale and seems like a chore to listen to for the most part, it manages to not be entirely boring by having a few occasional riffs and beats come into audibility above the jumble of noise and screeches. Hailing On Me gives Kyle Profeta a whole 6 seconds at the beginning of the track to show off a somewhat lackluster drum solo before being tossed back into the horribly mixed mess. Even with the short solo at the beginning of the track, nothing manages to separate this from the other song that had the pleasure of being renamed 10 times and put into an album. It all follows the same verse, chorus, verse, gang vocals pattern and manages to become stale as soon as you press play.

But wait! The Blackstone starts up with some noticeably metal inspired riffs, maybe things will start to pick up? Nope. Neufeld drags the song right back down and makes it almost impossible to listen without spacing out, or tuning it out as you focus on other things. On top of all the noise however, Profeta stands out by being the only member to not be making static or imitating a parrot with a smoking problem.

The next few tracks have Neufeld screaing with a more melodic approach than he should even think about attempting. He elongates any word that happens to be the last in the sentence, occasionally doing more for seemingly no reason. It would work had he tried to sync up the longer screams with the instruments, but apparently even singing with the same rhythm as the rest of the band members is too much of a challenge for someone like him. When In Case Of Fire starts, you think they may finally be attempting to slow down. Wrong again, 20 seconds in and the ear bleeding begins. This may have been an attempt at a more chaotic or math inspired song, but any influences are unnoticeable over the abusive chugging and repetitive beats filling nearly every second of the song that isn't a completely out of place ballad-like guitar solo. Tracks 10 and 11 seemed to come and go without any notification. If I hadn't been staring at the time on iTunes as I was waiting for everything to finish so i could go listen to more bad music that I could actually stand, I wouldn't have noticed that In Case Of Fire had ended.

Now, unless you're a hardcore fan of Comeback Kid, and have a fangasm during every track they've ever made, passing this up is the best thing you can do for your ears. It's a chore to listen to, and not one track stands out from the others.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
marksellsuswallets
May 18th 2009


4848 Comments


New vocalist sounds insanely similar to the old one...insanelyThis Message Edited On 05.18.09

TheNewWhack
May 18th 2009


1472 Comments


I told you this album sucked.

withALMONDS
May 18th 2009


214 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I know, I'm regretting not listening to you now

burnafterbreeding
May 18th 2009


1466 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I hated this album at first, but upon more plays it became decent. Still the worst CBK album by far.

shindip
May 19th 2009


3536 Comments


i was thinking about giving this a listen, but now my mind is changed

YouAreMySilence
May 19th 2009


3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

K what? I must be missing something.

DaveBum69
May 19th 2009


699 Comments


i thought this was there best album there old stuff was pretty boring,

TheNewWhack
May 19th 2009


1472 Comments


Voted btw

AlexTM510
May 19th 2009


1401 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's written well but yea I completely completely disagree with you on this.

To be honest I found the new sense of melodic touch in the vocals and deeper lyrics made this album a good evolution for the band. Their instrumentation was always really solid on top of that.

and tbh I wasn't a huge fan of Turn It Around-I think they've gotten better over the course of the albums

AlexTM510
May 19th 2009


1401 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think they have this unique old school hardcore punk sound so it makes an occasional fun listen.

AlexTM510
May 19th 2009


1401 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hmm are there other bands you think I should check out, CBK is the only band I basically listen to in terms of the style/genre (old school hardcore punk with melodic flavor)?

burnafterbreeding
May 19th 2009


1466 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Don't be knockin' no Have Heart.

YouAreMySilence
May 19th 2009


3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Idk I've rarely gotten bored with this since it's release date.

Burnyourface
June 22nd 2009


223 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This Band Has really gone down the crapper, Turn it Around was a kick in the ass record and both the ones following it are so toned down it sucks, they lost all they're energy and seem like they don't want to be a hardcore band anymore but they'd rather be a slightly faster green day. i still haven't been able to get through all the tracks since i bought this.

supertouchox2
October 5th 2009


1062 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

for sure its their worst, when i first heard it, i would of put it at 2, but it grows on you despite the drastic change in style.
some parts are very boring though.



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