Ontario-based metalcore heavyweights, Counterparts, recently returned with the announcement of their upcoming full-length, “A Eulogy For Those Still Here”, due out October 7th from Pure Noise Records. The record finds Counterparts tapping into a deep sense of dread that pushes their visceral sound to even greater extremes. It’s an album that revolves around uncertainty but results in the group’s most definitive statement to date.
Today Counterparts have shared the album’s second single, “Whispers of Your Death” a towering blast of intricate riffs and crushing drums that wastes no time in introducing many of the harrowing themes of “A Eulogy For Those Still Here”. The track follows lead single “Unwavering Vow” (which garnered attention from the likes of Stereogum, Revolver, BrooklynVegan, Exclaim, and more), and continues to tease an even darker and more aggressive Counterparts than ever before.
Vocalist Brendan Murphy discussed the new song saying: “I feel like anyone who has been following the band/me pre-pandemic knew this was coming, but this song is about my cat Kuma. My ex and I rescued him just under 2 years ago and he is hands down the sole reason I stuck around long enough to even make this record. Shortly after he was rescued, we developed a special bond and now I can’t imagine my life without him. Unfortunately in the first few months we had him, he became very sick and almost died due to complications of a blood parasite while being FIV positive. Nobody believed he would make it… but luckily he is still here with us and currently doing great. Being his dad is hands down the most important thing I’ve ever done in my life and also what I am most proud of. I love him more than anything in the world and this song is my tribute to him for quite literally giving me a reason to live. 07/26/2020”.
Since forming in 2007, Counterparts – made up of Murphy, guitarists Alex Re and Jesse Doreen, bassist Tyler Williams, and drummer Kyle Brownlee – have gone from underdogs to a globetrotting powerhouse in the world of aggressive music. Engineered/produced by Will Putney (Knocked Loose, Every Time I Die, Vein.fm), “A Eulogy For Those Still Here” finds Murphy at a crossroads, preoccupied with the inevitability of change and endings. “I think I deal with things by preparing myself for the end,” he explains. “With so much of this record I’m mourning the loss of someone that’s still alive or saying goodbye to something that hasn’t left yet”. The result is a high stakes record written as a true statement of intent–a mix of crushing heaviness and stark atmospherics that draws on everything Counterparts have been honing for the past 15 years. “All of these things I have are still a big part of my life but one day they won’t be, and I don’t want to be focusing on that instead of enjoying the time I have with them”, says Murphy. “Maybe I’m saying goodbye preemptively but I think it’s important to say goodbye while you can”.
Counterpartswill bring their new album to Europe this very October, with the support of The Amity Affliction, Gideon and Seeyouspacecowboy. For tickets and more information, please visit http://counterparts905.com
COUNTERPARTS EU TOUR 2022
w/The Amity Affliction, Gideon, Seeyouspacecowboy
October 7th – Köln, Germany @ Carlswerk Victoria
October 8th – Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Effenaar
October 13th – Paris, France @ Le Cabaret Sauvage
October 14th – Hasselt, Belgium @ Muziekodroom
October 16th – Wiesbaden, Germany @ Schlachthof
October 17th – Pratteln, Switzerland @ Z7
October 18th – Milan, Italy @ Circolo Magnolia
October 20th – München, Germany @ Backstage Werk
October 21st – Wien, Austria @ Simm City
October 22nd – Prague, Czech Republic @ Akropolis
October 23rd – Wrocław, Poland @ Zaklęte Rewiry
October 24th – Berlin, Germany @ Huxleys
October 26th – Hamburg, Germany @ Gruenspan
October 27th – Nürnberg, Germany @ Z-Bau
October 28th – Leipzig, Germany @ Felsenkeller
October 29th – Hannover, Germany @ Pavillon