Counterparts
Nothing Left to Love


4.5
superb

Review

by Winsomniac USER (26 Reviews)
November 1st, 2019 | 770 replies


Release Date: 11/01/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I hate it here and never want to leave.

For a long time now, Counterparts have felt to me like a band dancing impeccably to someone else’s tune. A collective of monstrously skilled artists, Counterparts were never shy to wear their influences in their sound. Since their impressive debut on Prophets, the band has made a career out of minor changes. Like a statue painstakingly chipped and shaped to form, only to be smashed to the ground in discontent, this has felt like an ongoing process that never quite fully took shape.

In this sense, Nothing Left to Love is Counterparts in their final form. All iterations of their sound through their albums seem to be represented and refined upon. Clean singing is even featured on several songs, but it feels neither forced nor disingenuous when it’s next to some of the most beautiful melodies and devastating breakdowns the band has ever written.

The album smashes any remaining doubt that Counterparts are here to continue down the path that genre legends like Misery Signals or Shai Hulud cleared for future generations. For some time now, the band has melded the polyrhythmic chaos that became Misery Signals’ trademark to the melodic leads that Matt Fox has carried an entire career on top of. In a way, Counterparts feel like the complete antithesis of a band that wanted to evolve. They knew what they wanted to sound like from day one, but that vision never fully coalesced until now.

Lyricist Brendan Murphy’s signature one-liners punctuate the ripest moments on tracks like “Cherished” as if perched on the knife edge between melody and chaos that the band has claimed as home. Front to back, Nothing Left to Love teems with memorable tidbits that haunt listeners when they fade. The eponymous album closer brings a sense of inevitability to the work, reverberating themes first screamed out in the opening track. Not a single moment on the record feels lazy or phoned in.

Nothing Left to Love rails against every bitter reality of the human condition. And yet oddly, in fully giving voice all the negative emotions that wear on us, Counterparts have made something profoundly beautiful. The very fact that Nothing Left to Love is heart-wrenching and raw in a way that the band never fully was before shows the depth of passion on display here. Throughout these songs, we peer into the devastating fact of our own impermanence. No fond reminiscing here; this is a brutally honest and inconsolable eulogy for the passing of time itself.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
Winsomniac
November 1st 2019


8766 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oof, still trying to shake off the rust. Just felt inspired to write after hearing this one. As always, constructive criticism is appreciated!

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2019


12767 Comments


This is a nice little write up, feels like there's more to be said but you seem to have covered your points well.

Pos'd

Spec
November 1st 2019


35970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Brendan really downplayed this. It’s like a grow up version of Prophets.

joshieboy
November 1st 2019


7566 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice, bit short but straight to the point. Can appreciate that.

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Lender
November 1st 2019


159 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fantastic record. So many standout tracks to choose from.

dangerousdarrin
November 1st 2019


173 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm getting this album today. Very excited! Could be AOTY

outliers
November 1st 2019


1548 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

about to go balls deep in this

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2019


32292 Comments


but it feels neither forced nor disingenuous when it’s next to some of the most gratuitous melodies and devastating breakdowns the band has ever written.


Is gratuitous really the word you wanted there?

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2019


12767 Comments


That Av brings back some memories.

Pikazilla
November 1st 2019


11473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best Counterparts - what an album.

MELONADE13
November 1st 2019


830 Comments


"Brendan really downplayed this"

lol dude's been calling this album of the year for a while now, WAY before album came out

JeetJeet
November 1st 2019


8349 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This review...*chef's kiss*. Take a pos.

9Hammer
November 1st 2019


319 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice, concise review. Another addition to the group's consistent discography.

bloc
November 1st 2019


62183 Comments


This album is so damn good, I was pretty shocked. Maybe I was in a good mood or something because I typically never latched onto these guys

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Project
November 1st 2019


4307 Comments


ugh, I really didn't like this band's last effort but I feel like the hype is gonna draw me back into this one

Durrzo
November 1st 2019


2212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's extremely similar to the previous album.

AsleepInTheBack
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2019


6542 Comments


Great review, nothing else needed to be said imo. Better to be concise and to the point and to get the essence of the record into a modest chunk of text than to ramble on

sspedding
November 1st 2019


5296 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

that opener wow - hevi

alamo
November 1st 2019


3023 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hevi metal men

iChuckles
November 1st 2019


353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

They somehow stepped up their game even further. This is like the perfect marriage of all their previous work; "Cherised", "Imprints" & "Ocean of Another" are god-tier CP tracks.

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