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COUNTERPARTS
THE CURRENT WILL CARRY US
VICTORY

Canadian unit Counterparts does an admirable job of maintaining the right balance of modern touches and standard nuances in their brand of spirited hardcore on THE CURRENT WILL CARRY US. While comparisons to fellow Canucks Comeback Kid wouldn’t be too far off-base, this quintet’s 11-track offering reveals a wide array of stylistic switch-ups throughout this crew’s jagged journey, led by a prevalent lead guitar liveliness (“Pedestal”) to include moments of mega-melodic brooding fragility (“Reflection”) within the stream of slash and burn hardcore (“MMVII”), making Counterpart’s music easily familiar but hard to pin down to solely one influence. Intense and infectious, Counterparts mixes their predominant batch of speedy rhythms, chugging guitars and scratchy vocal screams with surprising emotional depth and a handful of mature musical approaches to give this album an edge over many of their contemporaries.
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- Mike SOS