I’ve been following Code Orange since they were kids (get it?), and was always a fan of their particular brand of hardcore. Because while still distinctly sounding hardcore, they’ve been able to mix in all kinds of different genre’s, often in the same song. It’s what makes them interesting, and so I was a little hesitant when I read they had signed with Roadrunner, since big labels have a bad habit of making artists, well, shitty.
Luckily, that’s not the case here. From the get-go, this is vintage Code Orange. And this album is actually the perfect testament to what they do best : whatever they want. This album has such a diverse sound and feel, songs are sometimes so vastly different from each other you wouldn’t know this was the same band.
And here’s the kicker : they do it all equally good. When they go for the throat, they pull out all the stops, grinding you into oblivion seemingly effortless. Songs like Forever and Kill The Creator are testaments to their commitment to ultra aggressive hardcore, without sounding bland. But then they add some noise, put a hiphopbeat on Real (before going into a gnarly breakdown), and make a really solid alt-rock song in Bleeding In The Blur. It’s so diverse, so different, and this is just the 4 first songs of the album. Some genre elitists might not like these kind of stylistic changes, but I applaud it, since it’s executed so well.
My favourite song is No One Is Untouchable. I love the heaviness, the dissonance, the oomph it has. Vintage Code Orange.
If you like your hardcore a little different, full of surprises and no holds barred, you should definitely check this one out. Code Orange have been grinding their way to the top for some time now, and this release might just cement their status as one of the best out there. Great stuff.