26.Counterparts-The Difference Between Hell and Home
Melodic hardcore act Counterparts is Canada's answer to The Ghost Inside. The music is really emotional and heavy on melodic riffing and features many crushing breakdowns (The Ghost Inside definitely has more breakdowns than Counterparts though). For my money, Counterparts is the more complete band with some truly beautiful passages and occasional journeys into straight hardcore that serve as whirlwinds blasts of energy and fury to break up the melodic tone of the rest of the album. "Slave" especially hits like a freight train before the album's longest and most atmospheric track in "Soil". The Difference Between Hell and Home
is loaded with genuine emotion and excellent melodic riffing. One of the more pleasant surprises of 2013 for sure.