Although ‘Tragedy Will Find Us’ is an aptly titled slice of bellicose hardcore misery from Ontario five-piece Counterparts, this typically bleak affair boasts a healthy amount of the melodic sensibilities and uncompromising aggression essential of the band’s upward ascent. Couple this with some nods towards an emerging anthemic streak and some deft songwriting touch ups, and this fourth full-length missive is a more than convincing step in the right direction.
Indeed, it’s certainly fair to say that ‘Tragedy…’ is a record steeped in emotional turmoil; the turbulent likes of rampaging nailbomb ‘Choke’ and ‘Strangers’ sledgehammer blows espousing some rhythmic turn-abouts and lyrical bile, which are as startling intense as anything we have yet seen from contemporary hardcore.
It’s not all stage dives and push-ups, however, and between this sonic violence Counterparts flex their melodic muscle with a display of frequently joyous finesse, some wide-screen guitar leads (‘Tragedy’, ‘Thread’) impressing with that light through the darkness effect, and the anthemic desperation of closing track ‘Solace’ comes as an enriching addition which the band would do well to explore further.
For all its traditional hardcore belligerence and bloody-nosed aesthetic, ‘Tragedy Will Find Us’ screams ambition, and what is perhaps most admirable about what Counterparts do is a refusal to disengage with the true heart of heavy music, whilst embracing its expanding vocabulary. Hauntingly honest and thrillingly savage, whilst consistently nudging at genre boundaries, this Canadian quintet are an affirmed scene treasure.
Written by Tony Bliss (@TBliss88)