Counterparts
The Current Will Carry Us


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Review

by Scott Krasman USER (30 Reviews)
October 25th, 2011 | 17 replies | 3,582 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Current Will Carry Us represents a transitional point in the band's style that further separates them from their peers.

8 of 8 thought this review was well written

Counterparts have been dealing with expectations for the better part of a year now. After exploding onto the underground metalcore scene with the release of 2010’s Prophets, the band has gathered a vocal following and speculation ran rampant over the expected sound of their sophomore effort. Prophets – to its credit – was a fantastic debut album, combining technically impressive sections with soaring melodic passages and hardcore-esque vocal patterns. Perhaps the biggest shining point was the album’s originality, which is something that dozens of other bands their age are struggling to find. However, Counterparts were only beginning to find their true sound, and changes were expected in their overall style going forward. The Current Will Carry Us contains clear evidence of those changes, sacrificing the harder riffs and breakdowns found in Prophets for more of a hardcore approach. The result is a superb set of eleven songs that push Counterparts further towards the cusp of stardom.

Right from the opening track “The Disconnect”, it’s not hard to notice the deviations from Prophets. The most noticeable change is in the production, where a grittier sound makes for a rawer product than their more polished previous work. The melodies are also different, but they aren’t being restrained as much as reshaped to better fit the songs. Instead of being used to constantly change pacing and flow, the band uses them as complements to the riffs and lets the tracks progress naturally. The outcome is a more controlled and mature attitude that really shines through in the music. It’s also clear that the vocals were slightly forced in Prophets, having to stand out using a hardcore style among the chaotic metalcore song structures. Here, the vocals take a step forward and they are far more effective in the grand scheme of things.

Counterparts have always had a theme of individualism and self-improvement in their lyrics, and there is more of the same to be found on this album. However, instead of taking an uplifting approach twice in a row, the band has focused instead on more negative subject matter. Lines like “All my heroes have failed me, but I will never fail myself” and “I want to thank you for never being there; your absence has forced me to find my own way” dismiss the need for depending on others and call for a requirement to rise above the failings of others. This content shift goes hand-in-hand with the transition in the sound, making for a darker and more desperate atmosphere.

It’s impossible to speculate the future for a band that has already played two different styles on their only two albums. Though it would be asinine to suggest that the band has already peaked and will start the slow-but-steady downward spiral into mediocrity, it’s not out of the question to do so. After all, how many bands have been unable to continue promising starts and end up fading into the background? Still, the band looks poised to break out in a big way and this album will only add fuel to that fire. As long as Counterparts remain self-aware of their ability to stand out among the majority of their bland peers, they will likely go as far as they want to take themselves.



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Scoot
October 25th 2011



17493 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

had to let mixtape get his in first ;)

loveisamixtape
October 25th 2011



5784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

great review dudeeeeee
i agree with pretty much all of it.

pospospospospos

Zorak
October 25th 2011



3188 Comments


good review. I like the brevity of it. pos.

Winsomniac
October 25th 2011



7941 Comments


O RRY?

dixoncocks
October 25th 2011



2380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album rules so hard.

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Winsomniac
October 25th 2011



7941 Comments


Y so screamious

Yuma310
October 25th 2011



1656 Comments


lol someone went through and neg'd all these reviews

Eko
October 25th 2011



2119 Comments


someone has been troll negging a lot lately, lots of excellent write ups are getting ghost negs

taxidermist
October 25th 2011



7175 Comments


Pos'd.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2011



8961 Comments


There's no way this is as good as everyone says

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Scoot
October 26th 2011



17493 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

fuck approval ratings

Samshine
October 26th 2011



1035 Comments


Great Review Scoot, keep it up. pos'd

InFiction
October 26th 2011



3591 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Listened to this again today. At first I thought Prophets was better, but now it's on par with it. Before long, I think it'll surpass it. Reflection is a fucking amazing song.

Scoot
October 26th 2011



17493 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

^basically this

AlexanDerp
February 16th 2012



391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This should be the default review.

pmmets07
February 16th 2012



5790 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this needs a middle ground review. i'll do one this week.

AlexanDerp
February 16th 2012



391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yea it's missing a 3.5 or 4 review.



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