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Comeback Kid

Comeback Kid: Wake The DeadWake The Dead (2005)
Victory Records

Reviewer Rating: 5
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It's a beautiful thing when a good band turns to great; when they put out an album that ends all skepticism concerning the band and turns everyone's head. Such is the case with Comeback Kid's spectacular sophomore effort, Wake The Dead. The band's passion-filled debut, Turn It Around, put this ba.
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It's a beautiful thing when a good band turns to great; when they put out an album that ends all skepticism concerning the band and turns everyone's head. Such is the case with Comeback Kid's spectacular sophomore effort, Wake The Dead.

The band's passion-filled debut, Turn It Around, put this band near the forefront of the straight edge hardcore movement, with its breakneck speeds and heart-stomping breakdowns. Still, people argued that it was a bit too generic for comfort, and that the album's songs blended into one another after five songs, making for a rather boring listen after ten minutes. Now, I don't know if the band took those comments to heart, but Wake The Dead has remedied any problems the band has had in the past and has turned out to be a flawless effort from a band who will no doubt be name-dropped as one of the most elite bands in hardcore after this release.

Where Turn It Around failed, Wake The Deaad excels; each song is rather distinct, not in the fact that there are a lot of "departures" to be found, but that each song has its own identity and its own parts that are unique to the song. Also, the length of the album has been cut short by four tracks, from fifteen to eleven, making for a more concise (but no less intense) listen. Lastly, the production is as in-your-face as a hardcore album could sound, making the move to Victory Records (I know, we all groaned when we heard it) a seemingly helpful move. Simply put, Wake The Dead sounds as amazing as the music is. The vocals are cleaner, the drums are more effective, and the gang vocals sound fuller. Check the end of the title track for proof; it's the best sing-along since Bane's "Can We Start Again."

Comeback Kid's music has also taken a turn towards the more punk rock-influenced hardcore spectrum, exchanging breakdowns for sheer speed and surprisingly more melodic (but no less hard-hitting) riffs. In fact, there's almost nary a breakdown to be found here; you've got your typical slower-paced rhythms to get the kids stomping, but nothing as earth-shattering as the end of, say, "All In A Year," the opener from the band's debut. The most amazing part is that you will not even notice; the songs are that good. Besides, you can still get all of the breakdown mayhem found on their debut if you see them live, which I highly consider, for they're currently on the straight edge hardcore tour of a lifetime, opening for Bane and With Honor.

There's also nothing like listening to an album for the first time and being ripped in half by an amazing album opener; "False Idols Fall" is the quintessential hardcore anthem. It's got speed, power, gang vocals, and a powerful closing, and all you can do after the song is over is smile because it was just so absolutely perfect. I can't remember the last hardcore song that made me smile. From the opening, to the insane gang vocals of "Wake The Dead," to the anthemic and soon-to-be crowd favorite "Partners In Crime," to the technicality of "Bright Lights Keep Shining," you're left in awe at how good this band sounds. Scott Wade's vocals are top-notch and unbelievably charismatic, and the guitar work is spectacular, not for its technicality and hard-to-play parts, but just for making some of the best hardcore riffs I've ever heard. Every song is excellent, and, as stated before, each has its own identity, something that is hard to come by in recent years with hardcore music.

This is a hands down ten out of ten. I've heard very few albums that have knocked me on my ass past a month's worth of listening, but Wake The Dead has done it. This is one hell of musical accomplishment, and is 100% deserving of a perfect rating. Pick this up TODAY.

Standout Tracks:
"False Idols Fall"
"Wake The Dead"
"Partners In Crime"
"Our Distance"
"Bright Lights Keep Shining"

 

 
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literamaniac (October 14, 2010)

Pretty damn good, definitely the last good album they did. But pales next to "Turn It Around" in my opinion.

patberg12 (December 28, 2009)

fucking awesome cd.
great vocals
great rhythm
brilliance

nick_s (September 30, 2009)

Re listened to this the other day it'sstill an amwesome record.

thomas7155 (January 27, 2008)

"Our Distance" is incredible!

77jordan (October 18, 2007)

Great album.

Does anyone else's vinyl skip like .5 seconds of the chorus in Partners in Crime near the end. he's like "noth-esle matters" I bought another LP because i thought there was something wrong with mine but the same thing happened.

crazytoledo (February 16, 2007)

"Wake the Dead" is an amazing song. One of the bests ever. "Partners In Crime," "False Idols Fall," and "The Trouble I Love" are all really, really good.

Too bad there's the occasional meat-head hardcore part on some of the songs. It's the only thing keeping this album from being as amazing as it could be.

bloofy (September 27, 2006)

I thought this album was pretty amazing until I finally heard Turn it Around. I'd guess its only about as half as good as TiA, although its still great. I'm worried signing to Victory may've been a mistake.

Anonymous (January 21, 2006)

Awesome cd. Not as hard as their first but still relentless fast-paced hardcore. I think its better than the first which is also very good

Anonymous (January 5, 2006)

your band rocks i have all ur cd's ...another thing nice guitar

Anonymous (December 7, 2005)

Absolutely nothing original on this. To call this great is an absolute to all the great hardcore bands throughout history. I heard SO FREAKING MUCH about this band that I can't even describe how bewildered I am. It's just generic hardcore, with some truly awful lyrics, that has been done a million times before, and a million times better.
Do you all like this because you're supposed to? I hate to tell you, the emperor wears no clothes.

where_is_the_muffin (October 7, 2005)

This cd is amazing. Go buy it if you haven't...seriously.

Angel-Jin (September 22, 2005)

veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery good cd. that's pretty much all I have to say on the subject.

Anonymous (August 14, 2005)

album's good, but turn it around is much better

Anonymous (July 27, 2005)

More like punk (Rise Against) than hardcore (Bane) In my eyes.

Score is for everything I have mentioned, plus the album.

Anonymous (July 20, 2005)

I didnt think id like this album, boy was I wrong. great stuff....some of the tracks kick my ass...

Anonymous (July 6, 2005)

An amazing hardcore album!!! CBK has done it again!! Their debt Turn it Around was perhaps the most well rounded, high energy, fast, agressive album I have heard in a while. Every single song was good, not one weak link and on Wake the Dead is no different. Guest vocals from Good Riddance was cool. Only problem I have was that it was not as heavy as their last, and this album almost leaves me to think that these guys will become like Alexisonfire and become mainstream in the next few years. God I hope they don';t become the new trend in "mainstream hardcore"....all that said leaves me to give wake the dead an 8

Anonymous (July 2, 2005)

I like Combeback Kid but on "Wake Up The Dead," they completely ripp off the beggining of Zeke's "Chinatown"

The beginning Zeke riff makes that entire CBK song for the most part...

Scores for that..

Anonymous (June 21, 2005)

ohhh i love the ass holes on here who think they know everything about bands and labels. especially a few comments down where they say that victory turned CBK into shit. I know the CBK guys and heard that whole album before they even signed with victory. So go practice your guru status somewhere else mother fuckers. the album is awesome. the band is awesome

Anonymous (June 7, 2005)

the site www.xsisterhoodx.com is giving away this album as well as a limited edition CBK vinyl , t-shirt and hoodie.

Anonymous (June 7, 2005)

Hey well gosh.. you know i always wanted to become an alterantive singer. cause when i sing i dont stutter at all. u know... but any ways if you guys can help me out that would be great...... But the thing i dont even know if i can sing.. N i buy almost evr new record that comes from you guys. You know the bands that oyu sponser

Anonymous (May 18, 2005)

awesome album love the band and i cant wait to go see them

Anonymous (May 3, 2005)

never so positive surprised of a oldschool HC record, yes, buy it NOW

Anonymous (May 2, 2005)

i hated it. there was no MUSIC!

Anonymous (March 10, 2005)

wake the dead sucked. victory records took one of the best new school hardcore bands and turned it to shit complete and uder shit. i love turn it around it was one of my favorite top 10 hardcore cds. then they went on to the music killer labal aka victory record and turn to crap. all you kids that say your hardcore your basically wrong. true hardcore is bands like Black Flag and Slapshot not this new age stuff although i love it its not true hardcore. One more thing when i bought wake the dead there was this sticker that said mammoth breakdowns......where the fuck where they?

prankish (March 6, 2005)

I just don't get it. Admittedly, I'm pretty picky when it comes to hardcore. In fact, I hate almost every hardcare band I've ever heard with very few exceptions.

However: the hardcore bands that do it RIGHT (bands like Bane and Avail) are some of my all time favorites.

After all the raving about the first CD, and subsequently the second... I decided this must be one such hardcore band. I decided wrong. This shit is cookie cutter. The breakdowns are weak and I must have misunderstood their interpretation of what a "singalong" is supposed to be. I had to listen to the CD 7 times just to be able to tell the songs apart.

CorpseOfMyMotivation (February 27, 2005)

Then you'd better start revoking my opinions.

Anonymous (February 27, 2005)

anybody that says none more black is better should have thier opinion immediately revoked.

Anonymous (February 26, 2005)

I'll probably get a lot of shit for taking this, but I can't take the vox in Paint it Black. Other than that, I guess they're pretty good though. None More Black is still ten times better.

Anonymous (February 26, 2005)

FYI, I just got "Paradise" and its far from a 10. It sits safely in the 8-8.5 range. CVA hands down was a better CD.

corpseofmymotivation (February 26, 2005)

By the way, that was me logged out below.

Anonymous (February 26, 2005)

I take back my perfect score. It'd be perfect with just a little more Russ.

Anonymous (February 26, 2005)

"Is that cover by Ryan Sook?"

layout/art by jeremy wabiszczewicz at monstes in disguise.

what a name, eh?

Crookedsuperhero (February 26, 2005)

Wow, you can not give a score. never noticed that. However, this is an 8.

Anonymous (February 25, 2005)

If you buy it in Canada its on Smallman not Victory. Interesting eh?

On another note I just bought this an hour ago and it fucking slays...buy this album...

moneenerd (February 25, 2005)

However.... saying:
"Check the end of the title track for proof; itâ??s the best sing-along since Baneâ??s 'Can We Start Again.'"
is a little much. No one can match that chorus!

moneenerd (February 25, 2005)

Yeah its pretty rare to come across ANY modern hardcore band that can write a decent lyric that doesn't sound too much like a fucking Dashboard song. But this album is definately crucial. Whoever said Underoath was a melodic hardcore band obviously has never heard this album. This is THE melodic hardcore. No screaming bitches here! Just all balls!

Anonymous (February 25, 2005)

wait what sticker? (not scoring it because it hasn't came from interpunk yet)

Anonymous (February 24, 2005)

The lyrics on this album are pretty weak. Us against them. You're wrong, I'm Right. blah blah blah. But the songs are pretty catchy, so that's alright. Definitly not a 10, though.

Anonymous (February 24, 2005)

I was going to buy this today but I couldn't get past the huge-ass sticker on the front. I can't believe hardcore has come to this.

Anonymous (February 24, 2005)

Awesome album.
Defiently recomended for fans off

Good Riddance - Operation Phoneix
Strike Anywhere - Change Is A Sound

This disc is gonna be spinning for a fucking long time

prankish (February 24, 2005)

Purchasing an album buys you rights to the music contained therein. You can't resell the music or use it in a movie without permission, but you can put the music in any format you wish under pretty much any circumstance.

Anonymous (February 24, 2005)

"something originally recorded onto analog tape sounds better on vinyl than cd. Truth. and if you buy the vinyl, aren't you entitled to download the music and burn it onto a cd as a "backup?" I hope this is legal cause that's what I do."

Yeah me too...but usually in reverse.

punxtar (February 24, 2005)

you can buy something to connect your record player to your computer too, and just transfer the songs onto your hard drive... i dont know what the thing is called or how to do it though, my computer has the clap.

Crookedsuperhero (February 24, 2005)

something originally recorded onto analog tape sounds better on vinyl than cd. Truth. and if you buy the vinyl, aren't you entitled to download the music and burn it onto a cd as a "backup?" I hope this is legal cause that's what I do.

I do that a lot. Some albums i do buy both just cause i like them so much.

kenjamin (February 24, 2005)

something originally recorded onto analog tape sounds better on vinyl than cd. Truth. and if you buy the vinyl, aren't you entitled to download the music and burn it onto a cd as a "backup?" I hope this is legal cause that's what I do.

Crookedsuperhero (February 24, 2005)

I wasn't talking about panhandlers. I was talking about homeless people...

And if you have it on vinyl, then tape it. Most modern turntables have tape decks, as well as most cars.. Buying it twice is just fucking stupid. The difference in sound quality between a new LP and a new CD is so small that the fact that you have it on both is ridiculous...

Shit, not just the rampant materialism... What about the fact that with that ten bucks, you could have bought an entire other LP/CD?

-BSD

Oh, so you use a tape player do you? Yeah, didn't think so.

Anonymous (February 24, 2005)

my car doesn't have a tape deck. most NEW cars DON'T. the cassette is dead. My turntable doesn't either, however it is hooked up to my stereo, which does. But, vinyl itself is, sorry vinylheads, of poorer sound quality than cds, and transferring THAT to tape is only adding to the flaws. i would much rather pay the same, or 1-2 dollars more for a cd that i can easily rip, put on my ipod, and take everywhere.

fuck the homeless.

Anonymous (February 24, 2005)

scores for the 'artwork'

Anonymous (February 24, 2005)

"A lot of shit I have on vinyl I also get on CD because, guess what junior, vinyl doesn't play in the car. Additionally, who the fuck are you to condemn someone for how they choose to spend their money? You come off as a very arrogant prick in that statement, my friend.

Furthermore, as far as charity goes, I give to homeless shelters and homes for battered women/families because I know how that helps, unlike giving money to your lazy, panhandling friends."

I wasn't talking about panhandlers. I was talking about homeless people...

And if you have it on vinyl, then tape it. Most modern turntables have tape decks, as well as most cars.. Buying it twice is just fucking stupid. The difference in sound quality between a new LP and a new CD is so small that the fact that you have it on both is ridiculous...

Shit, not just the rampant materialism... What about the fact that with that ten bucks, you could have bought an entire other LP/CD?

-BSD

punxtar (February 24, 2005)

i own quite a few albums on both vinyl and cd... most of them i bought the cd first though, and my collection is limited to rarer stuff & albums that bought after i decided that hearing them on cd was just not good enough....

these days i dont have enough extra cash floating around to make that kind of purchase. i hate it though i literally have a list going of albums that i have to buy, but cant see myself doing so in the near future.... at least not until i get my tax return.

but if youre a huge comeback kid fan than buying both is awesome.... wish i could afford it *sob*

corpseofmymotivation (February 24, 2005)

Sorry to interrupt all this arguing and what not, but I just picked up this album, and it fucking rips.

thirtyseconds (February 24, 2005)

Personally, I barely have the cash to buy all the records I do want, so I wouldn't want to use any cash on buying an album twice. I can see both sides of the argument though.

Oh yeah I was so wrong about this band... this CD is fantastic. And the ten is justified. If a CD "knocks someone off their ass for a month" why not give it a ten? It's his opinion. Good review.

sickboi (February 24, 2005)

"Wow way to be a materialist! Yey for owning more shit than you need/hopefully can afford! Yey for the 8 or ten bucks that could have been given to a homeless guy but instead went into boosting your cred by having the new PiB on LP! Yey!

-BSD"

(I gotta comment too)

A lot of shit I have on vinyl I also get on CD because, guess what junior, vinyl doesn't play in the car. Additionally, who the fuck are you to condemn someone for how they choose to spend their money? You come off as a very arrogant prick in that statement, my friend.

Furthermore, as far as charity goes, I give to homeless shelters and homes for battered women/families because I know how that helps, unlike giving money to your lazy, panhandling friends.

Anonymous (February 24, 2005)

" Wow way to be a materialist! Yey for owning more shit than you need/hopefully can afford! Yey for the 8 or ten bucks that could have been given to a homeless guy but instead went into boosting your cred by having the new PiB on LP! Yey! "

Says a man on a computer. What a fucking douche.

Regardless, this album kicks, but I do prefer Turn it Around. And apparently these guys aren't on the last couple of dates of the Bane tour.

Anonymous (February 24, 2005)

i used to work for victory. i quit right around the time that hatebreed really broke - like 1999.

i know firsthand what a prick tony is. i know that part of him is all about selling records and making tons of money. he treats people poorly. he is extremely paranoid. he is antisocial.

but i also know him as a one-time friend. and i also know that he LOVES hardcore. his idea of "punk rock" and "hardcore" may have been skewed from the average 18 yr old who buys his records, but dont think for one instant that he doesn"t LOVE hardcore.

i have never seen a person go so apeshit in a pit than tony did when Shutdown played the fireside bowl in chicago around 1997. he didn't sign those guys to make tons of money...he signed them because to him, they embodied the spirit of hardcore that established his label.

i guess it's just cool to see a guy, who started this label in his basement 15 years ago, still supporting bands like this....who give kids that *feeling*. that feeling that you don't understand unless you truly love hardcore. that's it. score is for the *real* tony victory.

theundergroundscene (February 24, 2005)

daryl's voice is much more metallic-sounding and, frankly, more annoying

but it's not a ridiculous comparison

tristan (February 24, 2005)

Might Scott Wade be the new Daryl Taberski? Is anybody else hearing this?

Anonymous (February 23, 2005)

A victory records sampler is like getting jizzed in the face by 20 guys.

Victory Records = Bukkake

theundergroundscene (February 23, 2005)

and i'm sorry but bsd, you are so full of shit

punkcorekid (February 23, 2005)

mmm this album is awesome. and to the guy who said he doesn't like hardcore because of scenesters...that's a bit...stupid....for lack of a better word. 'scenesters' don't generally listen to hardcore music such as Comeback Kid, they usually listen to metalcore or screamo or something along those lines. While there is good metalcore and one good screamo band (You And I)...most 'scenesters' listen to shitty music and proclaim to like hardcore when they know nothing of it. You should definitely check Comeback Kid out, this album and Turn It Around are amazing listens.

Anonymous (February 23, 2005)

it's great that i ordered this from Interpunk and have yet to receive it.

i could have saved myself the fucking hassle and bought it for the same price yesterday at any local record store.

dazed (February 23, 2005)

Also if you're trying to take that stand you could argue that any musical purchase is unnecessary; me I'd rather support independent artists and labels than the vast majority of the career panhandlers who live here.

dazed (February 23, 2005)

" Wow way to be a materialist! Yey for owning more shit than you need/hopefully can afford! Yey for the 8 or ten bucks that could have been given to a homeless guy but instead went into boosting your cred by having the new PiB on LP! Yey! "

I did buy it. I listen to it on vinyl here but I can't take vinyl with me in the car or to friend's places. I could have just downloaded the album and burned the CD but, ya got me, I decided to buy it. And why not? I've given 5 or so bucks to homeless people before and talked to them a little on 2 or 3 occasions a couple years back and every time the next time I saw the person they said the same exact thing they say to everyone. It's one of those things that sounds great in practice and ends up being (in my experience) a real bummer in execution. I put the money into the punk scene, something I believe in. The money's not gone, I just personally didn't choose to put it toward altruism. I don't see how it's your position to judge how altruistic or materialistic I am anyway. Make your own choices and I'll make my own choices.

Yay for self-righteousness! Yay for assuming the money has disappeared off the face of the earth or that punk record labels aren't as worthy of support as charity!

PS - If you really care about that kind of issue get involved with local politics. I'm about to change my voter's registration to this county so I can vote for some more progressive candidates in the election this year. It does better than the change and even talk I give most homeless people I encounter, sadly.

corpseofmymotivation (February 23, 2005)

"So if I like Good Riddance, will I like this? I like faster stuff, but am not neccesarily a hardcore fan. (blame the scenesters for that)"

Yeah man, I'd give it a try if I were you. It's quality music.

Anonymous (February 23, 2005)

So if I like Good Riddance, will I like this? I like faster stuff, but am not neccesarily a hardcore fan. (blame the scenesters for that)

LiberationFreak (February 23, 2005)

"Wow way to be a materialist! Yey for owning more shit than you need/hopefully can afford! Yey for the 8 or ten bucks that could have been given to a homeless guy but instead went into boosting your cred by having the new PiB on LP! Yey!"

doesnt "jade tree package" imply that it was promo shit sent out from the label? not that i disagree with you or anything BSD, but when i read it i figured it was free.

corpseofmymotivation (February 23, 2005)

"Wow way to be a materialist! Yey for owning more shit than you need/hopefully can afford! Yey for the 8 or ten bucks that could have been given to a homeless guy but instead went into boosting your cred by having the new PiB on LP! Yey!

-BSD"

Yay for spelling "yay" incorrectly, jerkoff.

theundergroundscene (February 23, 2005)

how in the world do you fail to see an objective approach?

the entire review was spent talking about why it gets a ten with zero explanation as to my opinion

my opinion as to why it got a ten came much after the review itself

you're just looking for reasons to nitpick dude

slippy (February 23, 2005)

BSD how could you possibly live up to your own logic?

Anonymous (February 23, 2005)

I thought it was a perfectly fine review.

Anonymous (February 23, 2005)

"PS - I just got my Jade Tree package, new Paint it Black on CD & LP! Hooray!"

Wow way to be a materialist! Yey for owning more shit than you need/hopefully can afford! Yey for the 8 or ten bucks that could have been given to a homeless guy but instead went into boosting your cred by having the new PiB on LP! Yey!

-BSD

Anonymous (February 23, 2005)

This score is for Full Blown Chaos.

"This song's about killin fuckin terrorists! We're from NYC!"

Gimme a break.

-BSD

ElVaquero (February 23, 2005)

Here's how I figure: the inability to have any sort of objective approach to reviewing music weakens the argument for the quality of the album. You might as well boil it down to "the new album is sweet" for all journalitic intents.

Oh, and just cause I don't review stuff here doesn't mean I'm not a reviewer. I did that one review as a community service after the horridness of the first review. I review at Keikaku under the pen name Taylor Morris.

punxtar (February 23, 2005)

good review, good album.... i also agree with sickboi that the new 7 seconds is better.

at the record release party they covered young 'til i die, it was fucking awesome.

also, only 2 of them christian, and they don't really like to be refered to as a chrstian band.

theundergroundscene (February 23, 2005)

how exactly do you figure, vaquero?

especially when the only review you have done is a third-grade track by track review, nonetheless of something that had been reviewed before you...

i don't really think you're in much place to talk

ElVaquero (February 23, 2005)

I don't, you still come off as a poor reviewer.

punkcanada (February 23, 2005)

theundergroundscene:
what you guys fail to understand is that a rating of ten is not just because of music alone. these reviews are opinions; how much you really really like it comes into play in the rating as well as just how good it sounds. there are albums that are amazing musically, but will never get a ten from me because i can't fully get into it and enjoy it every time i listen to it. radiohead is an example of this. but there are also albums that are not only awesome musically, but they make you want to listen to them ALL THE TIME. that's what this album is making me feel like. i can't put it down. yes, it's not the most musically ambitious endeavor out there, but it is done extremely well and better than 99% of the bands that do the same thing. pitchfork wouldn't give this a ten, but i sure as fuck would.

this is what you guys fail to understand, and hopefully you see this more clearly now. this isn't an overzealous rating. i seriously fucking love this album.

AMEN to that. i know exactly how you feel.

Anonymous (February 23, 2005)

I heard the new Qotsa and this. The new Qotsa ain't exactly ripping my brain outta my head like their shit did two years ago-this is to be expected after listening to Cave in for two years straight-nothing can stand up againt the Cave

Barkley

Anonymous (February 23, 2005)

why is somebody talking about QOTSA? and Figure Four is not their alter ego. And if they are Jesus Lovers....they don't preach about it, so you have nothing to complain about.

Anonymous (February 23, 2005)

listening to it right now

not as bad as i was expecting.

decent record, but i get the feeling that the new paint it black is going to hose it mightily.

bizzlebrizzle (February 23, 2005)

LAME. These dudes are for sure Jesus Lovers, so is Figure Four, their alter ego. They'll try and hide it now, but that's what got them their built-in crowd. Nothing new, you'll forget about this by next month when the new QOTSA comes out.

QOTSA?

FAG!

Anonymous (February 23, 2005)

Ten!? Are you fucking kidding me!?

I'd much rather go down on Neve Campbell

Anonymous (February 23, 2005)

LAME. These dudes are for sure Jesus Lovers, so is Figure Four, their alter ego. They'll try and hide it now, but that's what got them their built-in crowd. Nothing new, you'll forget about this by next month when the new QOTSA comes out.

theundergroundscene (February 23, 2005)

what you guys fail to understand is that a rating of ten is not just because of music alone. these reviews are opinions; how much you really really like it comes into play in the rating as well as just how good it sounds. there are albums that are amazing musically, but will never get a ten from me because i can't fully get into it and enjoy it every time i listen to it. radiohead is an example of this. but there are also albums that are not only awesome musically, but they make you want to listen to them ALL THE TIME. that's what this album is making me feel like. i can't put it down. yes, it's not the most musically ambitious endeavor out there, but it is done extremely well and better than 99% of the bands that do the same thing. pitchfork wouldn't give this a ten, but i sure as fuck would.

this is what you guys fail to understand, and hopefully you see this more clearly now. this isn't an overzealous rating. i seriously fucking love this album.

theundergroundscene (February 22, 2005)

uhhh

i didn't call this album of the year

and you guys are all funny

corpseofmymotivation (February 22, 2005)

I second that. I've loved Good Riddance for the past 4 years (yeah, I know, that's not too long, but I'm only 16) and haven't seen them once. In fact, I don't think they've even been here in at least three years.

bizzlebrizzle (February 22, 2005)

Good Riddance better at least do a farewell tour or something.

corpseofmymotivation (February 22, 2005)

"- No... not really. The closest they came to this sound was on a handful of tracks on Ballards From the Revolution, and that was really just "Choices Made," and "Ten Years From Now."

"Waste" kind of came close too, but other than that, I don't know what the other guy is talking about. GR might as well just break up already and quit prolonging the inevitable, because Russ clearly isn't doing anything with them these days.

pastepunk (February 22, 2005)

"I mean Good Riddance has been doing the same shit for years."

- No... not really. The closest they came to this sound was on a handful of tracks on Ballards From the Revolution, and that was really just "Choices Made," and "Ten Years From Now."

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

I think this album is excellent but not a 10 out of 10. It's nothing new. I mean Good Riddance has been doing the same shit for years.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

While this is pretty good for what it is, I agree with the last poster, this is no way deserves a perfect score. It's not original or going to last, it's just not that good. I understand everyone has an opinion but this is a real stretch.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

Another perfect score for a good, but not perfect album. Reviewers on this site are over zelous a little too much. People who submit a perfect score should have it automatically scaled back to an 8 and then at the end of the year we can all vote on which ones get the extra two points.
I mean seriously, very few albums deserve this high of a score and when the hype dies down or you get a little older those albums you loved so much when you were 16 don't really stand the test of time. Do you seriously think that this latest Comeback Kid album (although good) is going to be as influential as the Ramones' first album? As memorable as the Clash's London Calling? As ground breaking as Refused's The Shape of Punk to Come? No, most likely not. In fact, indefinitly not.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

1) CBK is not a straightedge band.
2) This album is good and has some incredibly catchy parts (title track) but it is FEBRUARY man, how the hell can you call this the hardcore album of the year?
3) Some of the guitar lines sound like they were taken straight from the Figure Four book of riffs, even down to the guitar tone.
4) CBK is NOT a straightedge band.

dazed (February 22, 2005)

That was me.

PS - I just got my Jade Tree package, new Paint it Black on CD & LP! Hooray!

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

I thought this band's old stuff was pretty monotonous and really never understood the hype but the songs they're streaming from this one are pretty solid and memorable for this style of hardcore. I can't say it's very high on my to-get list but I might pick this up if the whim strikes me.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

Good. A 10? Ehhhh.... Thats for perfection. PERFECTION. Not Victory.

Benjasaurus (February 22, 2005)

No metalcore album deserves a 10.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

hellboy

vocalyouth (February 22, 2005)

i'm pretty sure this band isn't straight edge, you may wanna fix that.

pwfanatic (February 22, 2005)

"Am I wrong but are these guys a Christian hardcore band?"

"Turn It Around" was out on Facedown Records which is sort of a Christian label but the band definitely isn't.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

"Is that cover by Ryan Sook?"

Who ever it is, they are aping Mike Mignola big time!

CorpseOfMyMotivation (February 22, 2005)

If they are, they're not blatantly Christian. I can handle Christian bands as long as they're not preaching.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

Am I wrong but are these guys a Christian hardcore band?

porkpie (February 22, 2005)

"Besides, you can still get all of the breakdown mayhem found on their debut if you see them live, which I highly consider, for theyâ??re currently on the straight edge hardcore tour of a lifetime, opening for Bane and With Honor."

hahahahhahahahahaahahahahahahahaha

aaronetc (February 22, 2005)

Is that cover by Ryan Sook?

theundergroundscene (February 22, 2005)

Write a ton of reviews. But hey, is it worth the effort? Most of the new staffers seem to end up with all the shitty albums. I think Hein is the one who always gets the Fat Wreck stuff.

-Chinatown

you can actually review whatever the hell you want (like i just did) but you get a pile of shit to review that should be first on your list of priorities

and the shit i got sent was definitely not shitty

you all remember how much everyone hated my shit for getting the rumbleseat album

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

Holy shit! Someone like one of our releases!

-Victory Records

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

"The bandâ??s passion-filled debut, Turn It Around, put this band near the forefront of the straight edge hardcore movement,"

dudes aren't straight edge. duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

Write a ton of reviews. But hey, is it worth the effort? Most of the new staffers seem to end up with all the shitty albums. I think Hein is the one who always gets the Fat Wreck stuff.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

'Org question:

How does one become staff? There seems to be a larger staff population now than in years before. Someone want to fill me in? Adam? Aubin? wussemorock?

-duped

Crookedsuperhero (February 22, 2005)

This CD IS Fucking Amazing.

Russ Rankin Guest Vocals are what make it a fucking 10.

On the better side, I got Paradise in the mail today, and it's a mother fucking 20!

Preach it brotha.

TheMarc (February 22, 2005)

I don't even like hardcore that much and I am really into this.

Jesse (February 22, 2005)

It's definitely better than I thought it was going to be, but it's not that good.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

this shit is good. turn it around was amazing. you dudes don't know what you're talking about.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

I like breakdowns.......................but they SLOW DOWN SONGS!!!!

bizzlebrizzle (February 22, 2005)

This CD IS Fucking Amazing.

Russ Rankin Guest Vocals are what make it a fucking 10.

On the better side, I got Paradise in the mail today, and it's a mother fucking 20!

vocalyouth (February 22, 2005)

This album is really good, but I honestly dont see how anyone can like this more than Turn It Around. The production is better, but that is about it. Needless to say, Turn It Around is my favorite hardcore album of the last 2-3 years and this album does come close, so I am not disappointed.

ncarlber (February 22, 2005)

Definetly the album of the year thus far....

They take what bands like Stretch Armstrong have been trying to do for years and just blow it up.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

I still say this singer sounds like the dude from Sum41. I also say this is the most generic hardcore they could possibly make. The only redeeming factor is they do it pretty well and its not meathead hardcore. Regardless, it is far from being a 10/10 and Hardcore Albumn of the Year.

I also agree with sickboi thus far based on the streams of "Paradise" i think CVA is a better CD for the refreshing fury the CD had. Tons of bands do hardcore with traces of melody and added song structure, PIB was one of the only bands doing one minute songs beating the piss out of you will no frills. I should just buy Paradise already. Jade Tree is shipping the CDs out now right?

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

let's just say it doesn't suck cock.

CorpseOfMyMotivation (February 22, 2005)

Yeah, Russ does some vocals. I love that man, but I wish he'd drop Only Crime and start doing more with Good Riddance again. I know Only Crime has an all-star lineup, but they're just not that good.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

dosnt russ rankin do guest vocals on this??

if you ever get the chance to see these guys, do it. so much fun. the ground goes insane.

canada rules.

CorpseOfMyMotivation (February 22, 2005)

"This band has nothing on F-Minus."

That is, without a doubt, the stupidest comment anybody could make on this review.

lobsterboy (February 22, 2005)

record of the year!

theundergroundscene (February 22, 2005)

i firmly stand behind my 5 star rating 100%

jamespastepunk (February 22, 2005)

Until Bane's new one shows up, nobody has a lock on the hardcore album of the year.

Crookedsuperhero (February 22, 2005)

Nah, Paradise is just better. 'Angel' tips it.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

I still think "CVA" is better than "Paradise".

The new 7 Seconds is still hardcore album of the year.

-sickboi

Crookedsuperhero (February 22, 2005)

The new PIB is better than this, so this isn't the best hardcore album of this year.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

Hardcore album of the year

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

its definately better than their previous effort which was a tad boring.

ElVaquero (February 22, 2005)

Oh, shit. I just realized the dude is staff. Whoops.

ElVaquero (February 22, 2005)

Come on, a 10? I bet you won't be saying that in a few months. This is just ridiculous, maybe an 8 at best. It's good, but it's not the best hardcore record of the last 5 years, let alone the first three months of THIS year.

I'm starting to understand the reasoning behind the bold staff review thing...

TheOneTrueBill (February 22, 2005)

F-Minus rules. Easily the best album of 2003.

This, I don't know. I like the two songs I heard.

joeg (February 22, 2005)

"This band has nothing on F-Minus."
-Jesse

Comeback Kid is alright but Jesse speaks the truth.

TahoeJeff (February 22, 2005)

I like what I've heard so far. I really liked Turn it Around. I;m going to have to go out and buy this...and a 12 pack

Jesse (February 22, 2005)

This band has nothing on F-Minus.

Psychoos231 (February 22, 2005)

Nice review, i'm going to go download this right now

pwfanatic (February 22, 2005)

best album of the year so far. i can easily see this as being the best hardcore album to come out this year too.

inagreendase (February 22, 2005)

A bit uneven but a solid album. I could see this growing on me and resulting in a higher score, though...

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