REVIEW: Counterparts reach new dynamic with 'Nothing Left to Love"

Credit: Wyatt Clough

Counterparts have recently released their sixth full-length record, Nothing Left to Love, via Pure Noise Records.

The record pulls no punches with their opening track, "Love Me," introducing itself with gradual build-up resulting in roaring guitars and pounding drums. The majority of vocals being screams, hypes listeners up for what this record has in store.

The Introduction track slides directly into "Wings of Nightmares," showcasing thrilling screams and bold instrumentals. The track stays stagnant until reaching the chorus, which shines a light on the bands ability of writing ear pleasing melodies to play alongside the distressed vocals.

"Paradise and Plague," is a song that carries out a familiar sound that's met with deep drums, and slight clean vocals, creating a new sound.

Next comes "The Hands That Used to Hold Me," the track follows the same pattern of previous tracks, although as it carries out, listeners are greeted with lyrics that are poetically delivered in a talking format. As the song closes out the screaming intensifies making the track feel whole.

As listeners make their way down the record they'll find "Your Own Knife," which is fast-paced and exudes thrilling sounds. The song is full of head-banging breakdowns and clear screaming vocals. The track is complete with guitar solos to create an overall harder aura.

"Imprints" truly shows what Counterparts is capable of. Starting off with quick music that slightly transitions into a slower sound, but not to shy away from picking it right back up. The music embraces melodies while still displaying an immense amount of harder sounds. As the song comes to an end the drums create a rolling sensation paired with vocals that are distant, creating the perfect match.

The album closes out on the albums title track, "Nothing Left to Love," the track enters with a cinematically serene sound and slowly emphasizes drums. Clean vocals soon make their way in. The track continues this theme for most of the track. The vocals move into talking vocals then transitions into screamo, that plays alongside choir voices, creating a unique dynamic between it all. This track is different from the other tracks on the record, leaving fans wanting more from Counterparts.

Check out the full record below.

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