Counterparts
Tragedy Will Find Us


4.0
excellent

Review

by Brett Tharp STAFF
July 17th, 2015 | 355 replies


Release Date: 07/24/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Death is my birthright.

As a whole, Tragedy Will Find Us is a noticeably darker affair than Counterparts’ previous LP The Difference Between Hell And Home. While, lyrically, Brendan Murphy still wallows in self-degradation (to a slightly greater degree that TDBHAH), it’s the music that makes most of the difference. The album is laced with dashes of melancholy and moody riffs pound underneath the melodies from start to finish. There’s anger as well and plenty of it, the kind of emotion that greatly empowers the furious melodic hardcore Counterparts excel at. Tragedy Will Find Us mostly continues where The Difference Between Hell And Home left off, but there’s a little bit of all the band’s releases in it, and it’s all the better for it.

Alongside the change toward a more negative mood, Counterparts have effectively streamlined their sound to an extent. It’s not so much that they were uncoordinated before, but now a bit of unnecessary fluff has been cut (especially the tacked on clean vocals from TDBHAH’s “Outlier”). On the other hand, many of the dissonant riffs from The Difference Between Hell And Home are absent in favor of more closely entwined melodies and chords. The album feels as condensed as it could possibly be without feeling empty. Despite that, there are a few moments that seem a bit unfinished. The first two minutes of “Burn” are some of the most inspired moments of Counterparts’ career, but the rest of the track does flounder a bit in muted clean guitars. It’s just the feeling that the track was meant to go somewhere further that robs it of some bite, but for all that it’s still one of the best tracks on the album. “Thread” is a textbook example of Counterparts’ usual fare, yet succeeds by being the best incarnation of this. “Choke” is refreshing as a break from melody into vicious mosh fare, but it bears a suspiciously striking resemblance to “Slave” from The Difference Between Hell And Home. “Solace” closes the album on a strong note with mournful clean guitars that strike precisely the way they need to. Brendan Murphy’s vocals have never sounded as scathing as he does here, with his desperate screams tearing welcomingly across the entire record. In addition, he’s expanded his palette with a smattering of spoken word lines dropped haphazardly across the album’s runtime. While it’s not quite true spoken word like something out of a mewithoutYou song, it comes intriguingly close on “Burn”. His lyrics are more or less the same as they always have been, dragging the songs through mires of self-hatred and failure. Murphy’s lyrics are well written for a certainty, though it does get to be a bit much after a few LPs worth of these themes. As if in answer, songs like “Stranger” and “Solace” seem to focus more on getting past life’s pitfalls. It’s an interesting contrast to the sounds and words the rest of the record employs, but it works exceedingly well regardless.

Essentially, Tragedy Will Find Us is an album about getting past tragedy and not drowning in it. Buried within the dark soundscape there are uplifting moments to combat the desolation. In between lines about feeling lost or broken and giving up there are times when Counterparts wants you to see the silver lining instead of the dreary bodies of grey clouds. It feels like a welcome response to the changes in Counterparts’ sound as a result. By the time “Solace” strains into nothingness, it seems certain that the band has reached its musical peak by composing an album about letting tragedy find you and then becoming stronger for facing it head on.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
July 17th 2015


10121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stream here: http://noisey.vice.com/blog/counterparts-tragedy-will-find-us-full-stream



Had hoped to have a few more days to work on it before the stream came out, but whatever. I work with what I get. Matt nailed a lot of the major points in his review and did a great job but I've been planning on doing this for so long that I didn't want to just give up, even though I usually don't like reviewing things that already have a halfway decent review.



Anyway let me know how I did.

MattTD
July 17th 2015


678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

That middle paragraph is pretty meaty but otherwise good rev. Pos'd.



Cheers for the positive comments on my review btw.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
July 17th 2015


10121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea wondered if I shouldve cut it up but I didnt' think it was too big and didn't like the way it looked split



thx for dah pos boi

Hawks
July 17th 2015


50020 Comments


Pos'd bro. m/

I don't really dig this band though.

Digging: Wolves in the Throne Room - Thrice Woven

Nocturnalize
July 17th 2015


2463 Comments


Love these dudes can't wait to listen to this

T5Cx
July 17th 2015


155 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can't stand the spoken word bits.



Good review tho pos.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2015


24392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

album is sex

MattTD
July 17th 2015


678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

You the real mvp Brett

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
July 17th 2015


10121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"I don't really dig this band though."



hawks bruh i thought you'd dig since you like manners and all

TheCollectiveFacade
July 17th 2015


1268 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

ya the spoken word is shit

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ComeToDaddy
July 17th 2015


1575 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sweet review for a killer album. I hadn't even started on my review because it wasn't coming out for a while but I've had this on a loop lately.

trackbytrackreviews
July 17th 2015


3313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So another 3.9?

TooLateToGoBack
July 17th 2015


1952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

gotta bump up The Current Will Carry Us first



this is dope tho. good contender for their best

Wrinklychris
July 18th 2015


1 Comments


I didn't like the way the spoken word sounded, I liked the instrumentals more on The Difference Between Hell and Home, and I believe that Burn and Collapse were released first because they sounded the most like that album. This album is only "alright" to me.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
July 18th 2015


13073 Comments


great review man



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linkpwns
July 18th 2015


90 Comments


Does anyone else feel like the vocals are way too high in the mix on this?


Spec
July 18th 2015


34733 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Albums tight. "Burn" is the big highlight for me.

FearThyEvil
July 18th 2015


15219 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

zzzzzzz

SnakeDelilah
July 18th 2015


19746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck me, there's spoken word on this? ):

Digging: END (NJ) - From the Unforgiving Arms of God

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
July 18th 2015


10121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol yea i guess



i mean it's not hotel books type shit so you won't hate it



probably



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