Sound — 9
04's "Wake The Dead" was hailed by many as the best hardcore album of the decade. though after hearing "Symptoms And Cures" many critics and fans alike would have to reconsider. Comeback Kid returned in 2010 with their most stunning album to date. It carries that "emotional hardcore revival" feel that "Broadcasting..." and has that speed of earlier releases. Gun to my head its their best record to date! "Symptoms..." comes in just as the decade and the year is closing down and not a moment too soon. From explosive opener "Do Yourself A Favor" to the crushing closer "Pull Back The Reins" you are left bewildered, out of breath and above all amazed. Also, Sam Carter of UK hardcore outfit, Architects lends his voice to "Pull Back The Reins".
Lyrics — 9
Vocalist Andrew Neufeld leaves ex-front-man Scott Wade a forgotten memory. With songs like "The Concept Says" and "Because Of All" he reaches a range not previously seen and he still is as loud as ever. And when Andrew's loud screams are coupled with the dark, brooding vocals of Liam Cormier (Cancer Bats) on "Balance" you know the rest of the album is gonna be a real treat. And as good as he ever was, drummer Kyle Profeta is as fast as ever, perhaps even a little polished and crazier? In any case he keeps a strong presence through out the album, and proves why he is one of hardcore's best drummer! One track in particular, "GM Vincent & I" has a tale to it, which explains the songs name and lyrics. A few years back, Andrew (I), his mate Matthew Vincent (Vincent) and a friend who he nicknamed Grave Maker, (GM) were driving along through Canada's countryside when their car went off the road, Matthew was trapped under the car, until the ambulance arrived, all three survived without serious injuries, thankfully.
Overall Impression — 10
It is a beast of an album. It is an album that would get you pumped enough to take on the school bully, pumped enough that if anyone tried to mug you, you would respond by asking them to wait a couple minutes as you listen to a few of these tracks. Speaking of tracks, the gems on this album are as followed: "Do Yourself A Favor" "Crooked Floors" "Balance" "The Concept Says" "GM Vincent & I" "Get Alone" This is the album that inprints Comeback Kid into hardcore stardom and acclaim. This is not only the soul succesoor to "Wake The Dead" but one of the best albums of 2010, and the decade! 10 out of 10.