Comeback Kid
Die Knowing


3.5
great

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
February 28th, 2014 | 50 replies


Release Date: 03/04/2014 | Tracklist

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. On one side you have those fans whose love for their “first” hardcore band knows no bounds, well except for Broadcasting. On the other you have those fans who are still desperately holding on to Turn It Around and Wake The Dead like those before them held on to Bane and Judge. They completely dismiss all things beyond their first two records, ignoring the fact that Symptoms + Cures might just be their best record. It's an interesting dynamic to say the least.

Comeback Kid take both sides of their camp into consideration on Die Knowing. Half of the record is primed to incite plenty of push mosh violence and circle pitting at all ages venues across the continent. All one has to do is listen to the monstrous build up of title track or the blistering power chord stomp of “I Depend, I Control”.The other half of the record sees the band continue into Strike Anywhere-like territory even further, brandishing massive woah-oh sing alongs and an increasing penchant for skate punk hooks – especially on the penultimate “Didn't Even Mind”. It makes for a surprisingly fun and varied record. Yet, that's not to say that the record is without its foibles. The biggest problem is Die Knowing never comes into its own. The heavier moments on the record fall into the same hardcore tropes that were already becoming formulaic by the time Start Today was still considered fresh. The same can also be said for the “punkier” aspects of the record. While there's no doubt that the chorus in “Beyond” will be a great platform for audience participation live, on recording it can't help but draw comparisons to The Offspring before they became nothing more than a joke band. Further exasperating things, the record is horribly over produced. The polish and sheen stands in stark contrast with the grimy, sweat-soaked energy that drips from every pore of the album.

Taking this all into consideration, there is one gleaming ray of praise when talking about Die Knowing. “Unconditional” is easily the best song the band has ever written. Where most of the album is content with relying on speed and pandering to a live setting, “Unconditional” pours forth with the brooding weight and tension that made their first two records resonate after the circle pits and stage dives were only a memory of the night before.



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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 28th 2014


8010 Comments


Yes, I agree completely regarding the first paragraph

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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 28th 2014


8010 Comments


It is streaming on absolutepunk by the way

http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?p=131455081#post131455081

MotokoKusanagi
February 28th 2014


506 Comments


very nice read

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Spec
February 28th 2014


27189 Comments


Full swing is dope.

AmericnZero02
February 28th 2014


3352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good to see people are liking this. Im gonna have to go check out Unconditional right now.

Great review btw.

ASnideReturns
February 28th 2014


5241 Comments


Awesome review, awesome album.

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joshieboy12345
February 28th 2014


5371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Unconditional fucking rules yeah.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 28th 2014


50553 Comments


where is your hotelier review

Nitroadict
February 28th 2014


134 Comments


"On the other you have those fans who are still desperately holding on to Turn It Around and Wake The Dead like those before them held on to Bane and Judge."

Womp womp. It's not desperation if those two albums were superior.

XingKing
February 28th 2014


10855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Jamming this now. I would actually prefer they return to their Broadcasting era sound. It was like Wake the Dead if it was darker and had better vocals

fromtheinside
February 28th 2014


18717 Comments


i've just never dug how clean this bands hxc is i guess

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XingKing
March 1st 2014


10855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Record is so-so but goddamn, Unconditional is fantastic

unromance
March 1st 2014


86 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awwww man. Not always a fan of these guys but this album is tops.

MegaJake1024
March 1st 2014


738 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The most inconsistent 4.5 I've ever given, but when this album hits, it just hits so fucking hard. Agree that Unconditional is perhaps the best full track, but moments of other tracks hit even harder.

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pepster50
March 1st 2014


331 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

liking this so far !

DeadGuy
March 1st 2014


401 Comments


not bad not bad

thisisivy
March 1st 2014


113 Comments


I have yet to listen to this, but I'm so skeptical right now and I've really enjoyed everything this band has put out.

Spec
March 1st 2014


27189 Comments


I'll always love this band. One of my first hardcore bands as a kid.

JohnFire
March 1st 2014


200 Comments


Never understood the hate towards Broadcasting... It's one of my favorite hc albums of all time. Has the feels as well as the punch.

NeoSpaz
March 2nd 2014


4519 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

shit is jamming hard.



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