Short and to the point: that’s the best way to describe Counterparts’ new album You’re Not You Anymore. Clocking in at just 28 minutes, the album is intense from the get go and doesn’t let go. Following up their fantastic 2015 album Tragedy Will Find Us, these guys had a lot of expectations to live up to in the metalcore scene and I think they exceeded them.
From the start of lead single and opening track “Bouquet” you’re introduced to exactly what you’re going to get from this album: melody, heaviness, breakdowns; all of the standards in metalcore. But there’s something about the way these Canadians put their songs together that makes them wholly unique in the modern scene. They seem to have a lot more in common with Converge than, say, Bullet for My Valentine. They don’t sound a lot like their peers in the scene but I think that’s one of their biggest strengths as a band.
These songs are short, simple, but so powerful. They don’t fuck around; they get straight to the point without compromising any emotion. I think my favorite track on an album full of great tracks has to be “You Haunt Me.” “You haunt me, you haunt me like an empty home.” I just love that chorus. So good.
If I have any qualms with this release it’s that it feels more like a collection of individual songs than a complete piece. Maybe I’m just being picky in that regard, but I’ve always been partial to albums that feel like a whole piece, and that’s always been a weak point in metalcore for me. They can never write whole albums, just individual songs. It’s a shame.
I really enjoy this album, though. I’m not sure if it’s superior to Tragedy Will Find Us but it’s undoubtedly the best album from the metalcore scene this year. I was beginning to think the whole genre was just about creatively bankrupt, but Counterparts aren’t giving up on it yet.
I give You’re Not You Anymore a 3.5/5
Check out lead single “Bouquet” here