Canadian hardcore heavyweights COMEBACK KID have released their anticipated seventh studio album, ‘Heavy Steps’ via Nuclear Blast Records.
“We are over the moon to finally put out Heavy Steps,” shares lead vocalist Andrew Neufeld. “This album’s journey started 2 years ago when the pandemic hit and has brought us here today as one of the most collaborative efforts we have had the privilege to be involved in. From writing the album from across country to meeting Winnipeg to jam and eventually record. Having a mixer like Will Putney get involved and bringing the sonic elements to life. It has truly been an honour.”
Alongside the album release, COMEBACK KID have unveiled a high energy live performance video directed by Dylan Gould for focus track Face the Fire.
Neufeld had this to say about their latest video, “We were finally able to operate as a band again and tour over the last 5 months and this new video Face The Fire is a collection of footage and photos that I collected over that time. It is an accurate reflection of what our live shows encompass and that specific energy that we have missed so much.”
Featuring the riff-heavy first single No Easy Way Out, the tone-setting dynamic title track with punishing bass lines, masterful drumming and an infectious singalong chorus (Heavy Steps), and the no frills metallic hardcore banger Crossed, ‘Heavy Steps’ embodies all the things that make COMEBACK KID so revered in their genre. The record is fast, fun, beautifully crafted melodic hardcore. ‘Heavy Steps’, which follows the hardcore veteran’s 2017’s critically acclaimed full-length ‘Outsider’, sees the band returning to their roots both geographically and musically. Although the members of the band are currently residing across Canada in Winnipeg, Toronto and Vancouver, the band decided to write and record their latest effort in the band’s originating city of Winnipeg, Manitoba at Private Ear Recording Studio and once again enlisted the services of producer John Paul Peters (Cancer Bats, Propagandhi) who recorded the band’s debut album ‘Turn It Around’. In addition to co-production by Peters, on ‘Heavy Steps’, COMEBACK KID collaborated with prominent Grammy award-winning mixer and long-time fan of the band Will Putney (Knocked Loose, Every Time I Die). Featuring guest appearances by Gojira’s Joe Duplantier, ‘Heavy Steps’ is no longer a prerequisite to realizing COMEBACK KID’s influence on modern punk, but a delivery of pure anthemic chaos, sheer speed and force. It is a statement of intent.
“It’s about hitting the ground running, not knowing when or where the ground could break from underneath you.” summarizes Neufeld. “It’s heavy steps on thin ice. Heavy steps on hollow ground.”
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