Die Knowing review by Comeback Kid

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  • Released: Mar 4, 2014
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.6 (8 votes)
Comeback Kid: Die Knowing

Sound — 9
Comeback Kid, as many people in the hardcore crowd already know started out initially as a side project formed by Andrew Neufeld and Jeremy Hiebert who were both members of the band Figure Four. Their friends Scott Wade and Kyle Profeta got them to join the band, and as we all know, their initial popularity came mainly due to from word of mouth within the hardcore scene. Their first two albums featured Scott, while Andrew was in as backing vocals and guitar. In 2007, Scott left, while Andrew was left to do the frontman duties, while still playing guitar. The only thing that had really changed since their last album came out (2010), is that their guitarist Casey Hjelmberg had left the band (early 2012). Stu Ross of Misery Signals/Living With Lions then joined the band. The guitar riffs are on this album are heavy, drawing in much influence from old school hardcore punk bands, while staying true to the CbK format. Andrew sounds better than ever on this album as well. The vocals are in your face as usual, the song structure is quick, but getting to the point.

Lyrics — 8
The album starts off with a few crushing riffs, soon to be led to Andrew's face melting vocals.

"Die knowing that you lived to find
Die knowing where your friendships lie
Die knowing you gave nothing less
Die knowing it was imminent
Die knowing what your failures find
Die knowing where your friendships lie
Die knowing you gave nothing less
Die knowing it was imminent."

This song surely would make a great intro for future tours. Songs like "Wasted Arrows" and "Should Know Better" feature some of the catchiest choruses to date in CbK history. The gang vocals roar. Especially, in "Wasted Arrows." "Wasted arrows! Wasted arrows!" are repeated a few times. The song would make for a huge mosh pit. Especially with the help of Jeremy Hiebert on lead guitar, and Stu Ross on rhythm guitar. This crew makes riffs that no other hardcore today really does. Beyond is an interesting track that almost seems to reminisce a Reverend Horton Heat sound in a way. The lyrics are seemingly about life, and how you shouldn't let it get to you.

"Life's got a funny way of showing the hardest part is knowing when to give up, when to go.
Life's got a funny way of showing, now you have to choose between your heart and what you know."

The 10th track, "Didn't Even Mind" may be one of the most different songs in Comeback Kid's catalogue. In a good way, this song is a bit softer, but still in CbK's natural formula.

"Silence - Maybe it'll seem like it's gone
Vacant - Knowing what you want when you can't
Balance - I could never stress it enough:
Of all the right choices, I start with the wrong ones."

"Full Swing," gets you thinking with those lyrics. And not only that, but just basically the end of the album, Scott Wade (ex-lead vocalist of the band), makes an appearance almost as if he was never gone to begin with.

Overall Impression — 9
This album most definitely would make hardcore bands of the '80s era proud. Bands such as Agnostic Front, Madball, and who knows, maybe even Terror. CbK will rake in a fair amount of sales for Victory Records, but unfortunately, Emmure is their cash grabber. But as always, the cash cows are usually not the bands to look out for. Comeback Kid has always stayed true to themselves and haven't strayed away from being that band that grew up in Canada. As http://alreadyheard.com mentioned in their review, "Compare them to say, Rise Against, who happily lost their edge when the majors came calling." "Didn't Even Mind" would most likely be my favorite track. This album will be one of 2014's aforementioned when looking back on what the genre has to offer. Comeback Kid has definitely defined themselves in this hardcore scene.

6 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Wow, surprisingly fresh and angry hardcore record! Cool!
    And yes, thank you for the review, vppark2 - I really enjoy this album!
    Sleeping in
    Maybe it's just me; but I definitely prefer the old days when Comeback Kid's lyrics were all positive and their videos weren't overly filled with beer. They've never really been edge or anything but it just seems a bit empty compared to the old stuff.