The new Counterparts album reminds me of being a teenager. When I was 16 I graduated from nu-metal to metalcore. I read a review of Alive of Just Breathing by Killswitch Engage in Kerrang! Magazine and subsequently purchased the record from a record store in Glasgow’s Savoy Centre that specialised in metal music. That record store no longer exists, and it could also be argued that neither do that version of KsE either.
My flatmate has been banging on about Counterparts for ages, and given his particular music taste, I was surprised that they were a metalcore band. Now, I know that they haven’t always been this kind of band, but as a new fan it was not at all what I expected.
As Brendan explains, this metalcore sound is not especially cool anymore, and whilst it may not have always been where the band wanted to go, for him it seemed like the most natural evolution, taking the information learned from past records and applying it to the new album. Stripping everything down to the component parts, refining and making sure it's the leanest, meanest, most direct Counterparts album yet. Unlike a lot of metalcore bands though, there is not an ounce of fat on You’re Not You Anymore – its' 27 solid minutes of tune after tune. Almost as if they’ve taken that hardcore punk sensibility from the older records, keeping things short, sweet and technical, and added in all the old early 00s metalcore these guys love in order to create something absolutely to the point.
Brendan is a super nice guy who still seems to be continually stunned that he’s doing this full time. Being able to make a living doing something you love is something that most of us strive for, so to see the smile on his face as he speaks about his fortunes, is wonderful.
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