Counterparts
The Current Will Carry Us


3.0
good

Review

by Mary Paultese USER (35 Reviews)
February 25th, 2012 | 19 replies | 2,332 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: No longer the "prophets" that they once claimed to be...

Let’s go back to 2011 for a bit. Coming off the success of their debut LP, Counterparts announced that they had signed to Victory Records and were set to record a second full length with Defeater’s Jay Maas at Getaway Recording Studios. Fans trembled with anticipation, despite apprehensions about Victory’s reputation as a label. The big question was, “How could Counterparts possibly top a debut album as immense as Prophets?” Unfortunately, the release of The Current Will Carry Us left that question unanswered.

With Prophets, Counterparts seemed to have really nailed down hardcore-tinged metalcore as well as one could hope. Melody, a wide variety of lyrical content, meaty vocals, and perfectly executed breakdowns made for an unforgettable debut bringing bands such as Saints Never Surrender and Misery Signals to mind. On The Current Will Carry Us, the band seems to have tried to change too much, too quickly. Reduction in the number of breakdowns and a move toward the melodic hardcore sound hinted at on their split with Exalt may seem like a good move on paper, but in actuality, Counterparts threw a lot of their appeal out the window. Don’t be too alarmed, as there is still plenty of melody on the album and the musicianship and vocals are as strong as ever; something just seems to be lacking.

The album’s first track, “The Disconnect,” is a good example of what the album succeeds at: creating very solid melodic hardcore. Brendon Murphy’s vocals are as vicious and catchy as ever, and Maas’ powerful production suits the band perfectly. Venture several tracks in, however, and the album’s monotony is revealed. With each track it becomes harder to stay attentive as Counterparts bombard the listener with a somewhat homogenous collection of songs.

Luckily, there are some gems within the otherwise par-for-the-course album that display the band’s true capabilities as musicians and songwriters. “Jumping Ship,” for example, accentuates Counterparts’ ability to write truly interesting music as the technical guitar parts range from punishing to melodic and demonstrate that the creativity is there, though not evident on every track. “Pedestal” is another highlight of the album, featuring an ambient section (similar to the ending of “The Sanctuary” off Prophets) driven by drums and bass over which Murphy screams ”All of my heroes have failed me.”

Lyrically, The Current Will Carry Us is a bit of a mess. Individual songs present interesting ideas; “The Disconnect” is about shedding negative preconceptions about the world we live in, and “The Constant” reminds listeners that there is no single correct way to live life. Ultimately, however, the album’s lyrics are contradictory and unfocused. At times it seems that Murphy has the world in the palm of his hand, but then the next track suggests that he is as helpless as the very same people he condemns in tracks like “The Disconnect” or “Jumping Ship.” Ultimately, his wavering lyrical themes compromise the authenticity of their deeply personal content.

The Current Will Carry Us may not have lived up to the ever-high expectations left behind from Counterparts previous work, but moments certainly hint that they are capable of progressing. While fans may never see the return to the lovable sound on Prophets, it is wholly possible that the band’s sound will evolve into something great once they find their niche. Despite obvious flaws, excellent and innovative (at times) musicianship make TCWCU a worthwhile listen, while leaving plenty of room for improvement on future releases.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
pmmets07
February 25th 2012


5872 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

20th review i'd like to thank my mom dad sputnik my friends family fans and all the haters too for
makeing me famous

ChuckyTruant
February 25th 2012


15715 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Lol. Really good review

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pmmets07
February 25th 2012


5872 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks man. i was probably a bit harsh and realistically this is more of a 3.5 for me based on how often i listen to it.

ChuckyTruant
February 25th 2012


15715 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well you did a great job explaining it

Spec
February 25th 2012


27167 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Summary is lame.

iFghtffyrdmns
February 25th 2012


7047 Comments


lol nice review perry

pmmets07
February 25th 2012


5872 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

my summaries are literally always lame.

thanks statrick

Adabelle
February 25th 2012


4257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pos'd, really enjoy playing this from time to time.

AfterTheBreakdown
February 25th 2012


7128 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice review pos'd.

HangEmHigh
February 25th 2012


282 Comments


I think both albums are about the same but I always find myself coming back to this one. Also not mentioning Reflection, to me, is doing this band an injustice.

saucy
February 25th 2012


342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You could expand the second to last paragraph a bit more, seems to just end. Otherwise, good.

Leatherneck
February 25th 2012


660 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i feel almost the exact same way about this album

but...

''Counterparts seemed to have really nailed down hardcore-influenced metalcore as well as one could hope''

it makes very little sense to me, i kind of get what you mean but you could explain that in a different way, it's misleading (hardcore influenced metal-hardcore?)

Spec
February 25th 2012


27167 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

metalcore?

pmmets07
February 25th 2012


5872 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i should reword that. although metalcore is, by defintion, influenced by hardcore, Prophets is
definitely more hardcore sounding (for lack of a better term) than a lot of metalcore.

and saucy you were right. i added another sentence.

chesse13
February 25th 2012


3035 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

5 fingers to this review

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pmmets07
February 25th 2012


5872 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thank you sir

chesse13
February 25th 2012


3035 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

no problem, i agree with every word

po0ty
February 26th 2012


488 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

'abandonment of almost all breakdowns'

umm there's plenty of breakdowns just not multiple ones in every track

pmmets07
February 26th 2012


5872 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah there are a few but they're not nearly as obvious or numerous

rephrased it.



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