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Counterparts streams new album, “Tragedy Will Find Us”

Canadian post-hardcore band Counterparts has a new album out called Tragedy Will Find Us, and you can stream it below.  The 11-track album, which came out on Pure Noise, is the 4th from Counterparts.

Counterparts will also be touring in support of the new album, and you can also find those dates below.

 



Counterparts stream new song “Tragedy”

Alternative Press is exclusively streaming Counterparts‘ new song “Tragedy”, taken from their upcoming album Tragedy Will Find Us. You can listen to “Tragedy” here.

Tragedy Will Find Us will be released on July 24th through Pure Noise Records (US) and New Damage Records (CA). It will be Counterparts’ first full-length release in two years, serving as a follow-up to 2013’s The Difference Between Hell and Home. Pre-orders are available here.



Counterparts announce European/UK tour dates

Canadian hardcore outfit Counterparts have announced European/UK tour dates.

You can view the tour dates below.

Tragedy Will Find Us will be released on July 24th through Pure Noise Records (US) and New Damage Records (CA). It will be Counterparts’ first full-length release in two years, serving as a follow-up to 2013′s The Difference Between Hell and Home. Pre-orders are available here.



Counterparts (hardcore) release music video for new song “Collapse”

Canadian hardcore outfit Counterparts have released a music video for their new song Collapse off their upcoming album Tragedy Will Find Us.  Check it out below.

Tragedy Will Find Us will be released on July 24th through Pure Noise Records (US) and New Damage Records (CA). It will be Counterparts’ first full-length release in two years, serving as a follow-up to 2013′s The Difference Between Hell and Home. Pre-orders are availablehere.



Every Time I Die to headline Common Vision Tour 2015 with Real Friends, Counterparts, and more

New York hardcore maniacs Every Time I Die have announced that they will be headlining the 2015 Common Vision Tour, which will also include Real Friends, Counterparts, Gnarwolves, Brigades, and Gatherers.

You can check out the full list of dates and locations below.



Counterparts announce new album, release music video for lead single “Burn”

Canadian hardcore outfit Counterparts have announced their new album Tragedy Will Find Us will be released on July 24th through Pure Noise Records (US) and New Damage Records (CA). You can check out the music video for the record’s lead single “Burn” below.

Tragedy Will Find Us will be Counterparts’ first full-length release in two years, serving as a follow-up to 2013’s The Difference Between Hell and Home. Pre-orders are available here.



Counterparts sign to Pure Noise Records and New Damage Records

Canadian hardcore outfit Counterparts have announced that they have signed with both Pure Noise Records (in the US) and New Damage Records (in Canada). Counterparts vocalist Brendan Murphy had this to say about the signings:

“We’re happy to finally be able to announce that we’ve signed to Pure Noise/New Damage. In my opinion, these are two of the best current record labels in their respective territories. The decision to sign with P[ure] N[oise]/N[ew] D[amage] was an obvious one. Thank you to those who stuck by us, and anyone who actually cares about anything we do. It means more than you know.”

The band is currently supporting Defeater on a US tour, but once they get a chance, they plan to record and release their fourth studio album later this year with both of their new labels. Counterparts last released The Difference Between Hell and Home in 2013 through Victory Records.



Defeater sign with Epitaph, announce US spring headlining tour w/ Counterparts, Capsize

Massachusetts based melodic hardcore act Defeater have officially signed to Epitaph Records, with plans to release a new album later this year.

The group is also back on the road after a year away, and will be headlining a US tour this spring with CapsizeCounterparts, Hotel Books, and Better Off. You can check out the specific dates and information on the tour poster below.

Frontman Derek Archambault had this to say on the recent developments:

After a year away from touring and nearly two of immobility, I have never been happier to push forward… Signing to Epitaph and a full U.S. tour this spring has the makings of a banner year for Defeater.



Expire (hardcore) announces fall tour with Stray from the Path and Counterparts

Midwestern hardcore band Expire will tour the U.S. this October with Stray from the Path and Counterparts.  You can check out all the dates below.

Expire is currently on tour in Europe in support of their latest release, Pretty Low, which came out this year on Bridge Nine Records.



Every Time I Die announce fall Canadian tour dates

Buffalo, NY hardcore group Every Time I Die have announced a series of fall tour dates with Counterparts and Expire. You can check out the dates and locations of the tour stops below.

ETID released their new album From Parts Unknown on July 1st via Epitaph Records and you can stream it in full here.



Hundredth, Counterparts, Handguns and more announce Common Vision tour

This summer, Hundredth will be heading out on the ‘Common Vision” tour with Counterparts, Handguns, Capsize and more.

You can check out when they are coming to your town below.

The band last released the ‘Resist” EP this past year.



Terror and Counterparts to tour the US this spring

LA hardcore group Terror and Canadian hardcore outfit Counterparts are heading out on the road together around the United States this spring. The tour will also see support from Stick to Your Guns, Hundredth, and Expire.

You can check out the list of dates below.

Terror and Counterparts released Live By The Code and The Difference Between Hell and Home respectively in 2013 through Victory Records.



New England Metal & Hardcore Festival announces 2014 lineup (Slapshot, The Acacia Strain, Counterparts…)

The full lineup for the 2014 edition of the 3-day New England Metal & Hardcore Festival has been announced! Featured acts include Slapshot, Whitechapel, The Acacia Strain, Alpha & Omega, Counterparts, and many others.

Full details on exactly who’s playing and which day they’ll be playing on can be found below.

New England Metal & Hardcore Festival 2014 will be taking place on the 17th, 18th, and 19th of April at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. Tickets and 3-day passes are available for purchase right here.



Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! announce North American tour

French easycore band Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! have announced a North American tour with Counterparts.

You can check out the dates here.

The band released “Pardon My French”April 30th through Fearless Records.



Album Review: Counterparts – “The Difference Between Hell and Home”

In many ways, Counterparts is the bane of my existence. I don’t mean to cast shade on the band itself– it’s apparent that they are a very talented group– but there are enough elements of misrepresentation surrounding their music (and to be fair, missteps in the music itself) that makes the art feel all but tenuously connected to its context. Counterparts’ third album, The Difference Between Hell and Home is marketed as metalcore and melodic hardcore, the former is fairly appropriate but perhaps reaches a little further than it needs to, and the latter is a confusing misdirect. This is melodic hardcore for those who can only take the name in its most literal sense, not for devotees of Bad Religion or 90s skate punk apologists. The truth is, Counterparts play hardcore in the modern style, and while they are undoubtedly talented musicians when they want to be, the music they play is in constant danger of collapsing under the weight of its own tropes.

While this may sound like a fiery indictment, I have to temper it with the admission that The Difference Between Hell and Home isn’t a horrible album. Cynically, I could also say it’s not great either, but the thing is, when Counterparts aren’t indulging in the hardcore trends de jour, they’re actually a pretty decent band. Without the over reliance on chug-a-chug breakdowns, and perhaps a more nuanced approach to vocal melody (as it stands, the singing is used infrequently enough to beg the question, “Is this an elements of your sound, or are you just trying to write a single?”), The Difference Between Hell and Home could’ve been a classic.

One thing that Counterparts definitely does have going for it is riffs. Throughout the album, the fretwork is top notch. “Lost” is as great an example as any, opening the album with a bevy of busy, metallic riffs that make for a killer first track. “Ghost,” the follow-up, is a similarly strong song, with even heavier riffs but unfortunately lapses into a chug-a-chug breakdown a little too soon to prevent eye rolling. Sadly, this is one of the most prevalent trends on The Difference Between Hell and Home and subtracts heartily from the experience.

“Outlier” is where the album missteps to the greatest degree, by its inclusion of the understandably hated clean-sing breakdown. There’s nothing wrong with melody in hardcore, but it has to be used wisely. Nothing feels more pandering and inauthentic, especially in today’s world of Hot Topic music culture, than the forced juxtaposition of the raw and poppy. Worse still, is that it only happens once on the entire album. Admittedly, a part of me is thankful for this fact, but it unfortunately does give the album a sense of identity crisis. When coupled with the emotionally honest, practically spoken word “Decay,” The Difference Between Hell and Home feels like two completely different albums.

Counterparts are talented musicians. You have to be to write a song like “Slave.” It’s killer, and on an album of what is essentially pretty good hardcore violated by its own overabundance of cliche, it’s a fucking revelation. I can’t stress enough that Counterparts are essentially a good band. I can hear their immense talents seep through even their worst decisions, but unfortunately it’s not enough to make The Difference Between Hell and Home a good album.

2.5/5 Stars