Album Reviews

Comeback Kid - Outsider
Monday, September 18, 2017 - 18:10
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Comeback Kid started seventeen years ago as a side-project for the band Figure Four. Since then the band has rapidly worked its way to the top of the hardcore scene. And deservedly so. Not only does Comeback Kid’s melodic take on hardcore offer everything you could ask possibly ask for, the band’s relentless touring ethic is downright impressive as is the way they get the crowd going at every single show.


“Outsider” is already the band’s sixth album, but their particular brand of melodic hardcore still sounds as fresh as ever. You’ve got your blistering tunes like “Surrender Control” and “I’ll Be That” alongside the pummeling “Somewhere, Somehow,” which comes with one of the band’s most melodic choruses to date. The Flatliners’ Chris Cresswell jumps in on “Consumed The Vision,” which switches seamlessly from a punk rock song to a merciless hardcore banger. “Hell Of A Scene” is as short as it is fast and boasts a downright poppy chorus. And that’s just the first half of the album.


From there on it’s a no-holds-barred flurry of razor-sharp riffs, big breakdowns, even bigger melodic hooks, groovy rhythms, gang vocals and of course, Andrew Neufeld’s commanding bark right up until the album’s closer “Moment In Time,” featuring Matt Gould (aka Northcote).


With thirteen new hardcore anthems and a couple of small surprises along the way, “Outsider” is yet another solid addition to Comeback Kid’s discography.


Track listing:

  1. Outsider
  2. Surrender Control
  3. Absolute (ft. Devin Townsend)
  4. Hell Of A Scene
  5. Somewhere, Somehow
  6. Consumed The Vision (ft. Chris Cresswell of The Flatliners)
  7. I'll Be That
  8. Outrage (Fresh Face, Stale Cause)
  9. Blindspot
  10. Livid, I'm Prime
  11. Recover
  12. Throw That Stone
  13. Moment in Time (ft. Northcote)
Tom Dumarey
Tom Dumarey

Lacking the talent to actually play in a band, Tom decided he would write about bands instead. Turns out his writing skills are mediocre at best as well.