Review Summary: Positive hardcore for the masses
Counterparts are a melodic metalcore/hardcore band from Hamilton, Ontario. They are known for their use of dissonant chords, well-executed breakdowns all being fronted by a very passionate vocalist who writes personal and inspirational lyrics that appeal to all people.
“The Current Will Carry Us” starts off with a guitar strumming some dissonant chords, which explodes into the overall feel of the album: hardcore. They are masters at writing songs, they have got the “never-too-heavy, never-too-soft” formula down pat. Right when you start getting a little overwhelmed with how heavy it is, they burst into a melodic passage or chorus to bring you back to sanity. “The Disconnect” (first song) easily shows you what these guys have in store for you: beautiful, yet brutal masterpieces wrapped up in one.
The musicianship on this record as well as “Prophets” (first album) is (to no surprise) spectacular. A particular stand-out is Chris Needham; the man behind the kit. At a glance it seems very chaotic and spastic, but should you pay close attention to him; his playing is very precise and intricate. In fact, that applies to every instrument associated with Counterparts. But one member stands out the most: the vocalist. His passion is so easily seen by anyone, it is unparalleled and impressive to say the least.
It’s not just his vocals that are incredible, he has very heartfelt lyricism that many can identify with: “While I may die poor, at least my life had meaning…there’s more to life than living, and I truly feel alive” That is an excerpt from “The Constant” one of the more popular songs on the album. Those lyrics set the stage for what counterparts is: a POSITIVE hardcore band.
The production on this album is a minor step down, it’s not as crisp and clear but upon hearing the first song it seems as though that’s the sound they were going for. The guitars are more…twangy, and distorted vs. “Prophets”. That’s honestly its only flaw.
Rate: 4/5 this album is a great, positive masterpiece with a fantastic message. Definitely worth checking out. Recommended songs: The Disconnect, The Constant, and Jumping Ship.