Comeback Kid - 'Outsider'
Originality 7.3
Lyrics 7.4
Replay Value7.6
Instrumentation 8.2
Overall Impact7.5
What We Liked
  • Classic Hardcore Riffs
  • Awesome Choruses
7.6Overall Score

Canadian hardcore mainstays sixth album ‘Outsider’ boasts a wealth of classic riffs and shout along choruses that at times connect with glorious results. A somewhat dependable beast, Comeback Kid branch out of their comfort zone, adding some huge melodic choruses and weird weldings of conflicting styles.

The velocity of ‘Surrender Control’ and the fist pumping chants of opener ‘Outsider’ begins the record in sterling form. ‘Hell Of A Scene’ throws a curveball with its old school blast of classic hardcore extremity being countered by brilliant alt rock hooks. ‘Blindspot’ is a similar mix of brutish riffs with softer choruses; perhaps they’ve been influenced by Turnstile’s more melodic take on the style. The break neck speed of ‘Somewhere Somehow’s guitars crushes the listener before its huge vocal lines take centre stage in a sure fire live favourite. The centrifuging bass rumble of ‘I’ll Be That’ and gnarly riffs that litter tracks like ‘Livid, I’m Prime’ are perfect examples of the bands impressive punk rock song craft.

At its best, the album is a straight forward catchy hardcore jukebox that relentlessly throws up great moments. Its 13 song length feels rather unnecessary however, no tracks are particularly bad they just become an indistinct rhetoric of classic hardcore tropes. Proving why they’re still considered one of the best in the game, album number six is an exhilarating listen.

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