Hailing from New Jersey, Counterfeit Culture is a young, budding metalcore band with serious potential. From their blend of brutal and melodic, they are able to stand out amongst the crowd of bands that flood into the scene. Dropping an impressive EP last week confirms that they are set to make waves as they progress as a band in the future.
Not many young, new bands can say that they have opened up for big acts like The Plot In You, Erra, and The Black Dahlia Murder. This proves that Counterfeit Culture really is a band with serious potential that any metal lover should keep on their radar.
Counterfeit Culture’s Deathwish EP dropped last week, and it’s been in rotation since. With three songs that truly encapsulate the band’s sound, Deathwish is a striking introduction to Counterfeit Culture and everything they stand for. Easily obvious is how well-put this EP is. Thanks to the likes of producer / engineer Ricky Armellino, Counterfeit Culture dropped a cohesive and polished EP (highwiredaze.com). The solid production highlights the talented musicianship of each member of the quartet. With sick riffs and brutal breakdowns, Counterfeit Culture can get a crowd thrashing and head banging. Contrasting their heavy-hitting nature is their softer, more atmospheric side. Most evident on their track “X”, the balance between melody and brutality is top-notch and executed well. Many bands fail to cohesively mix soft and heavy and end up sounding forced. Counterfeit Culture, however, succeeding in coalescing the two facets of their sound.
The most intriguing part about Counterfeit Culture is their lyrical content. They masterfully touch upon serious subjects such as domestic abuse (“Apothecary”), identity (“Second Soul”), and drug addiction (“X”). Emotion is felt in each note vocalist Nick Broglio belts out. The guitar, bass, and drums, handled by Patrick Robertson, Elijah Pagan, and Chris Smith respectively, accentuate the relevant subject found in the band’s lyrics.
Overall, Deathwish is a fantastic EP that appropriately welcomes the world to Counterfeit Culture. My only problem with the EP was that it was only three songs long, but hey it leaves me wanting more as it should for anyone who stumbles upon the young band. Real lyrics, filthy riffs and breakdowns, and a mature blend of soft and heavy is what separates Counterfeit Culture from other bands and makes them an artist to watch.
Cop the band’s EP and merch at Big Cartel, and play their EP on Apple Music, Spotify, iTunes and more.
Top vybes: “Apothecary”, “X”
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