Comeback Kid and A Day to Remember…Posted on Monday, March 5th, 2007 @ 9:11am » permalink
Upon my first few listens to "Broadcasting…", the latest from Canada's Comeback Kid (again on Victory Records), I couldn't quite decide what I thought of it. I liked it just fine, that was never an issue, I just couldn't really make up my mind about much of anything beyond that. As the tone of the killer layout would suggest, it's a little darker than the band's past efforts – musically and lyrically – which brings with it a more aggressive approach. Don't get me wrong, it's still super melodic and bursting with fast-paced riffing and energetic arrangements complete with loads of octave chords and huge gang vocals – hell, there are even some hints at "singing" here and there (it's really more of a "yelled singing", to be honest) – but there's definitely a slightly heavier bent happening in there this time around, though it may escape cursory listens. As with other hardcore acts that have taken this more artistic and developed approach in recent years, some of the catchiness of the band's prior work is lost, but Comeback Kid have definitely retained more of those characteristics than many of their contemporaries – so their foray towards more creative avenues (which I always respect in full regardless) has actually been among the more successful of such pursuits within the genre. There are some totally raging basslines present, and I love the more discordant and technical riffing with lots of dual guitar interaction that's starting to present itself. I think that from a listener's perspective some of the "uncertainties" of the album are probably stemming from the fact that it seems to be the first step towards something even grander… and that's what I'm really looking forward to experiencing. This is good stuff, though.
This one's definitely growing on me with time. The more I listen to it the more the little badass intricacies start to jump out. Certainly recommended: