Comeback Kid - Turn It Around (Cover Artwork)

Comeback Kid

Comeback Kid: Turn It AroundTurn It Around (2003)
Facedown Records

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Just when you start to think hardcore will never be what it used to be - perhaps permanently transformed from a positive youth movement into another trend for label execs to feast on and for hot topic kids to listen to in order to scare their parents - you hear an album like Turn it Around. 13 wond.
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Just when you start to think hardcore will never be what it used to be - perhaps permanently transformed from a positive youth movement into another trend for label execs to feast on and for hot topic kids to listen to in order to scare their parents - you hear an album like Turn it Around. 13 wonderful songs in a span of something like 28 minutes, and best of all, released just this March.

This band is from Canada and is apparently the side project of some members of Figure Four, who I haven't had the oppurtunity to hear, but who I know just got signed to SolidState. Hopefully this won't limit CBK's touring ability too much, because these songs need to be heard. Imagine a mixture of Kid Dynamite and Can We Start Again?-era Bane and maybe a little Stretch Armstrong - fast, melodic, positive, and heavy. Lyrics that are meant to be yelled along to, with guitar riffs that will make you want to get out of your car at red lights and dance in circles in between traffic. I honestly couldn't find one thing to complain about on this album.

It avoids all the pitfalls of hardcore; no predictable breakdowns or song structures; no two songs sound identical, and yet the album flows very well. The lead guitar manages to be catchy and rough at the same time; the rhythm is respectable, the bass lines are great, and the drums keep the time. The vocals are intense, pointed yells, not contrived screams; from the almost sing along quality in "Die Tonight" (highlight track in my opinion) to the gang vocals and occasional guest vocalists, there really isn't a weak point. There is no hidden acoustic track.

The songs are not all about the many different ways the lead singer has had his heart broken, although the cover art is a bit misleading. From what I can tell, most of them are about not selling yourself short and standing by the values you believe in - can't get much more hardcore than that, eh? The production is to the level where it doesn't sound too slick, but it doesn't sound like it was recorded in a public bathroom. All in all, the sound is aggressive without being abrasive.

I can't recommend this album enough.


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Ponch (December 12, 2007)

The only CD that can top this is Give Blood.

Hardcore punk at its very best.

rehds109 (December 12, 2005)

this album is phenomenal...im not even a fan of most bands of this hardcore genre.....but this band blows every other hardcore band out of the water including bane....yes i said it including bane....if you dont like this band u are a close minded hawthorne heights fan who has no balls most likely

feeeding5000 (November 18, 2005)

This isn't a christian band, but they're "christains-in-a-band". Since when did hardcore and Christ become best buds? Don't want to exclude Christians, b/c thats just more stupid fighting and intolerance, but this kinda makes me scared. Christian punk and HC is no different from Skrewdriver, or even Crass, for that matter. I want to hate this band, but can't. Kinda like Gorilla Biscuits playing Bane songs. Good crap.

Sally_Field (March 28, 2005)

You know you're a hardcore band on Victory Records when they sell your tshirt at Hot Topic.


joeg (February 6, 2005)

decent. something about all the gang background vocals annoys the hell out of me though.

Anonymous (January 28, 2005)

orgazmic CD. fucking, fucking, fucking great.

Anonymous (December 27, 2004)

Hardcore how it has to be! cool

Anonymous (September 17, 2004)

This album is awesome and they tore it up at hellfest 2004

Anonymous (June 8, 2004)

I can't believe I got suckered into buying this CD. That's $11.99 down the fuckin drain. How many people does it take to sing backups, a hundred? If anything, this is worse than SAS or Figure Four.

I can remember it now, "Dude, you like hardcore? Seriously, you'll love this band!" says the friend with the Bane t-shirt and Shai Hulud cd in his player. Ugh, I feel dirty just handling this CD. Another letdown for hardcore.

UnunitedSA (October 29, 2003)

This cd is so powerful. Their music is so intense and aggressive it has to grab you. It stand out above a lot of other stale hardcore bands today. It's just awesome, finally they're starting to get some recognition for their work.

Anonymous (September 22, 2003)

Hell, this is some of the best traditional hardcore, since In My Eyes "Nothing To Hide"! Absolutely unique and for all the melodies stick out (and i can see the Kid Dynamite influence here)! I love this record and all those who're into Champion, Bane, Count Me Out or Stay Gold will be stunned!

I really ask myself what all those lousy crapps listen to, that give this a score of 1/10. Maybe you should pick up St. Anger ...

Anonymous (June 5, 2003)

Hey kid, dont ever come back again because your music totaly sucks and is typical of everything everbody else is doing. Be fukin original and write music.... Not audial defication. Negative 3 billion stars

Anonymous (June 3, 2003)

I downloaded some songs by these guys. Nothing overly special. Basic hardcore. Better then some, but nowhere near as good as others. And I'm not seeing the Kid Dynamite influence in it. But on a more positive note:FAMILY GUY SHOULD MAKE A MOVIE!!!!

-Bing Crosby

Anonymous (June 2, 2003)

damnnn, i read this review, but went to the store to buy the new None More Black which doesn't come out until tomorrow. So i took a chance, picked this album up and wasn't dissapointed at all. A perfect purchase (and I almost had the nerve to ask the store what their return policy was, just in case i didn't like it.)

Anonymous (June 2, 2003)

Oh my goodness!!!! This band is comprised of Christians and is on an outspoken Christian label.. We must boycott it becuase of this!!! I mean, you know hardcore is all about being open minded to other ideas, but not these ideas!!!

Whatever... this band is amazing, the album is amazing, it is just straight-up hardcore about hardcore values and principles. Get over it and yourself!

Anonymous (June 1, 2003)

ahh yes, hardcore for the god fearing homophobe in all of us.

blow me.

CallingLondon (June 1, 2003)

and btw, that is some sick cover art. i love the style of drawing, and the concept. i'd pick it up just for that if i saw it in a store. this score is for the cover.

CallingLondon (June 1, 2003)

i'm in the middle of downloading a few tracks. so far, i like.

geetarchick (May 31, 2003)

i am such a fan.

BITTER (May 31, 2003)

whoa, someone knows IN TIME? cool dude. A PERFECT MURDER still takes it all in terms of Canadian hardcore, not to take away from CBK... those albums should be in my top 5 for this year.

Anonymous (May 31, 2003)

along with haymaher cursed,no warning, at the mercy of inspiration and in time, canada has been producing some good tunes of late.

Anonymous (May 31, 2003)

i like the cover art. kind of looks like them 4th grade fights I use to have.


inagreendase (May 30, 2003)

i'm seeing the word "melodic" in a review about a hardcore band, and when this rings true it produces some extremely quality music. So i'd like an honest answer from some people - is this "melodic" like rise against or snapcase?

Anonymous (May 30, 2003)

MY Roommate's band Cutter opened for these dudes in Nashville, TN and it was fuckin awesome, man. These dudes are tight as hell.

Anonymous (May 30, 2003)

Damn dudes, this better be good. I saw this at the store the other day but didn't buy it, I wish I woulda listened to it! I did pick up the new killing tree ep though and it's awesome.

FortyMinutesWest (May 30, 2003)

If you're into hardcore music and you dont have this, you'd better be dead, or in jail..and you're in jail, break out!

Anonymous (May 30, 2003)

This cd owns. Buy it.


Anonymous (May 30, 2003)

This is THE break out hardcore band of 2003. What a record.

Anonymous (May 30, 2003)

The tracks that were re-recorded from the demo are 100 times better. This is such a great record.

FortyMinutesWest (May 30, 2003)

Great stuff

melvyl (May 30, 2003)

yeah, i bought this cd today and god damn it's tits.

this cd makes me want to run into a coffeeshop screaming and kicking all the furniture down.

This cd is going to be in some peoples top 10 for 2003, atleast people who like kid dynamite, strike anywhere, bane and stretch armstrong

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