Canadian five-piece, Counterparts are practically metalcore royalty having made such a big splash in the scene.
Their last album You’re Not You Anymore released in 2017 and it was well-received by fans and critics alike. Anticipation has been high for their most recent release Nothing Left To Love and many will be relieved it has finally landed.
The first track ‘Love Me’ opens the album with a kick; the track is short and sweet… well, a little less sweet and a little more heavy. We then slide into track two, ‘Wings of Nightmares’. The track is the first of three singles for the album and it gives a great taster of what to expect. Straight away we head into another of the record’s singles, ‘Paradise and Plagues’, and again it’s very heavy and hits of the stuff anthems are made of.
Nothing Left To Love is not just heavy in terms of music but also the concepts and themes behind the songs. This album takes a deep dive into the mind of vocalist Brendon Murphy and the subjects of his own troubled back story. It deals with the dark self-destructive tendencies which are obvious from the onset with the opening lyric, “will you love me when there’s nothing left to love”.
The album carries on after the first few tracks in true style, solidifying Counterparts place in the metalcore scene. If you were hoping for something new and different this is not that record, but if you wanted more of what made them great then you have it here. All 10 tracks are spectacular pulling at the heartstrings or more precisely grabbing you by the gut.
The final, titular track on the album starts very slow and melodic and has a hushed vocal that does not take away from the music. The lyric, “love me when there nothing left to love,” is repeated and it gives a nice circular feel to the album where the start and end are adjoined.
This album is a must-listen for any metalcore fans out there and definitely one to add to the collection.
Release Date: 1 November 2019