Counterparts
Private Room


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jake E. USER (1 Reviews)
September 14th, 2018 | 59 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Short, but sweet.

B-Sides are often scrapped material that an artist deems unworthy of making the final cut of an album. Or, alternatively, B-Sides can also be a form of fan service. An extra taste of what could have been. Well, as no surpise to anyone, I can safely say that Private Room is the ultimate form of the latter. Offering three new songs and clocking in at less than eight minutes, Counterparts’ new EP is a ferociously heavy, yet radiant experience that ends almost as quickly as it begins. The band has seemingly perfected their blend of melodic hardcore mixed with early-2000’s esque tributes to metalcore fathers such as Misery Signals and Poison the Well. The fierce, driving melodic chord progressions utilized by Blake Hardman, primal energy behind the drum kit courtesy of Kyle Brownlee, as well as the scathing vocals of Brendan Murphy all coalesce into an absolute force to be reckoned with. Counterparts have proven to be a class act in the world of melodic hardcore since their debut effort Prophets back in 2010, and this EP is no different.

Private Room is a series of cuts that were made for their 2017 release You’re Not You Anymore, (except for Monument, which was originally supposed to be on Tragedy Will Find Us) but were ultimately put on the back burner until the band decided they should “see the light of day.” And holy hell, am I glad they decided to make that decision. From the crushing crowdkiller “Monument”, which has the absolute heaviest breakdown/lyrics I’ve heard from the band in a long time, “Put a ***ing bullet in my head, and dig your feet into my back before you leave” to the beautifully soaring leads of “We Forgive” this EP has everything a Counterparts fan loves, and more. A quick, engaging listen that will provide newcomers a taste of what the band has to offer, and help tide over diehard fans until the next full length record.


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JayEnder
September 14th 2018


11343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Short review for a very short EP. Also, It’s my first one! So try not to bash me too hard m8s :]

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Snake.
September 14th 2018


23576 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

cool

calmrose
September 14th 2018


5669 Comments


nice

Shoegazefan9789
September 14th 2018


1038 Comments


Good work, dude!

Scoot
September 14th 2018


20776 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

they are the chevelle of hardcore

JayEnder
September 14th 2018


11343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the kind words guys!

SteakByrnes
September 14th 2018


25057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell yea Jay :] I still gotta peep this

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Spec
September 14th 2018


36326 Comments


Good shit boys.

cloakanddagger
September 15th 2018


480 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah at this point Counterparts are to hardcore what Chevelle are for alt rock/alt metal, and ABR are to metalcore and Amon Amarth are to melodeath.



Their material isn't exactly groundbreaking but you can pretty much guarantee it's gonna be great.

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
September 15th 2018


58172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Abr have been average at best for years now tho

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outliers
September 16th 2018


2854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

selfishly i sinks's breakdown fucks

Slex
September 16th 2018


12253 Comments


I should probably check this, Selfishly I Sink is mind-blowing

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outliers
September 17th 2018


2854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

PUT A FUCKING BULLET IN MY HEAD

JayEnder
September 17th 2018


11343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I know I didn’t talk about Selfishly I Sink, but that one beats cheeks too

NeurOHMancer
September 17th 2018


53 Comments


PUT A FUCKING BULLET IN MY HEAD [2]

- enter bass -

Manqaness24
September 18th 2018


159 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Counterparts B sides material still kicks ass. I honestly love ths band so damn much.

kingjulian
September 18th 2018


1753 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn, I feel like all three of these songs could easily replace a few tracks on their latest album. Not that any of them are bad but these songs hit me harder than a few of the previously released ones.

SymbolicInTime
September 20th 2018


7380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These guys are so remarkably consistent



@Trebor what?? Rescue & Restore and Found In Far Away Places is some of their best work

Project
September 21st 2018


5193 Comments


I'd consider R&R the last great ABR album and technically that was years ago so treb is correct

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SymbolicInTime
September 21st 2018


7380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought Found in Far Away Place was just a better version of R&R but each their own



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