I saw Knockout Kid on accident a year or two ago while seeing a friend's band but their intense live show kept me interested in them as they launched their new cd. Turns out its... honestly pretty exceptional. They grew so much as writers, they have incredibly moving parts and some awesome moshing parts. But album is still very together and cohesive.
Manic is dense at times so prepare to listen through a couple times. I really, really recommend doing so, because it is so addicting. Rock, pop punk and metal lovers - give this a shot. My AOTY so far.