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Counterparts // Nothing Left To Love
Released: November 1, 2019
Genre: Melodic Hardcore, Metalcore
Writer: Andrew Pecoraro
For fans of: Napoleon, Defeater, The Ghost Inside, END
Is it good? It’s a continuation of what they do best, so yes, very good.

As 2020 approaches and I prepare my list of favorite albums from the last decade, it’s impossible to ignore how absolutely outstanding Counterparts has been for the last ten years. During that time, they’ve released six albums, an incredible number on it’s own, and even more impressive is that every single one has been so good.

Although they have slowly evolved over time, ‘Nothing Left To Love’ sees the band continuing their masterful combination of melodic hardcore and metalcore. In fact, Counterparts is so consistent that some people may wonder if their albums are too similar. What those people fail to realize is that there is very little Counterparts could do to improve their sound. I’m not saying they’re perfect, but they know that they can’t branch out too far without compromising their core style.

If you’ve heard Counterparts before, you should know exactly what to expect. Passionate screams with melodic sections sprinkled throughout. Lyrics that tug on your heart strings. Surprisingly fast, upbeat instruments reminiscent of pop punk that drop into deep breakdowns. That kind of stuff.

The thing about Counterparts is that even though their albums are so similar, their fans seem to connect to each one differently. I think it has to do with where people are in their lives when they hear each one.

For me, Tragedy Will Find Us will always be my favorite. I fully acknowledge my bias and that’s why I don’t hold their new ones to that standard. I’m just not in the same place in my life as I was when I heard TWFU so the new ones don’t resonate with me in the same way. And that’s ok! It’s awesome seeing other people connect with ‘Nothing Left To Love’ the way I did with TWFU in 2015. Those feelings, those connections, it’s so rare to feel them. They are the reason Counterparts has so many lifelong fans.

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