Code Orange
Love Is Love // Return To Dust


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sunn177 USER (10 Reviews)
November 16th, 2012 | 192 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With Code Orange Kid's debut the band breathes a breath of fresh air into a genre that has needed a new young band to lead the way for a new wave of hardcore/metal bands to come.

The debut album can always be a real tricky thing for any band and there are two possible outcomes of the release;The debut is a landmark record and overshadows all the other releases the band produces in the future or its a flop.With Code Orange Kid's first full length it's a case of the first outcome but also shows a very young band seeking and coming very close to finding their own sound in a hard genre of extreme music to find your own voice as a band because so many bands of this genre stick to what works, straightforward, in your face, hard hitting hardcore mix of metal.Lucky that's not so much the case with Code Orange Kid's debut where the band finds a middle ground showing that not only can they kick you in the face but can also create a breathy atmosphere with a handful of tracks on this LP slowing things down and letting the listener know that they're not a one trick pony.

The album kicks off tremendously with the opener "Flowermouth (The Leech)" where it explodes with all the instruments working seamlessly together with guitarist/singer Reba Meyer's throat wrenching vocals and a great breakdown-ish part and then switches to drummer Jami Morgan's vocals which sounds great in the mix.The next few songs continue the cycle of being very in your face but do change things up quite a bit with "Around My Neck//On my head" being even faster and more aggressive then it's predecessor.The track "Sleep (I've Been Slipping Lately)", although still being very heavy, the band brings out their sludgy metal side of their sound slowing things down and trudge along with the song being very bass heavy and the drums sounding great as they syncopate and pound.This sludgy sound turns up quite often on this album and where it all comes together at its best is on the closing track "Bloom (Return to Dust)" where it starts out almost droney with the guitar and then it explodes with bass,drums and vocals and slowly builds until the track crashes to an end.

Although a majority of this record is heavy and abrasive their is also a sense of reprieve with a few of the tracks on here letting you up for air after the band has been holding your head under water.A good a example of this is on the track "Liars//Trudges" where the song starts off very fast but slowly slows down until it is just guitar and vocals gently, but somewhat uncomfortably (in a good way), going along.The song "Colors (Into Nothing) is really where the less abrasive side of this band shines with the song starting off very airy and as it goes on the other instruments come in subtly and creates an atmosphere that's very pretty.

Overall this is a great record hands down with Code Orange Kids streamlining their sound and finding a middle ground between the abrasive and the atmospheric.It's very surprising how a bunch of eighteen-to-nineteen year old kids can come up with a record that sounds like a band that has been playing for well over a decade.While not everything on this album is perfect it comes very close to sounding like band who have found their sound in a short amount of time and are on the verge of making something very stellar in the foreseeable future.



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Sunn177
November 16th 2012


288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty Great record!I didn't like it at first but it has grown on me tremendously.Check this album out for sure!Constructive criticism (Which I am sure you all will have for me) is very much appreciated.

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OysterizerInsomniac
November 16th 2012


420 Comments


nice review, I'll check this out. pos'd

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2012


10310 Comments


Singer Reba MciMeyer

XingKing
November 16th 2012


10882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn. I meant to write a review for this the other night and I completely spaced. You have a few odd sentences here and there, but overall a nice write up.

Funeralopolis
November 16th 2012


11621 Comments


this band is really blowing up

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eternium
November 16th 2012


16338 Comments


This band is really overrated.

taxidermist
November 16th 2012


7211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Solid album. Might go up to a 3.5 'cause it kinda grew on me, but no higher than that sadly.

Sunn177
November 16th 2012


288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I didn't like this all too much at first but after listening to it a ton I started to really like it.

pmmets07
November 16th 2012


5905 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

love the first line of this album I'VE NEVER FELT AS EMPTY AS I FEEL TODAY

there are definitely parts that drag though

Hep Kat
November 16th 2012


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

album's messy. has some great ideas and some bad ones, and the glossy production doesn't help either

InFiction
November 16th 2012


3695 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

@eternium
Completely agree. Album is repetitive and stale.

marksellsuswallets
November 16th 2012


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

It bothers me that just because this sound hasn't been done in a while people consider it "fresh". There's nothing wrong with the album but it really is a total retread of pretty much every late 90s crust/doom/hardcore band's output.

XingKing
November 16th 2012


10882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This definitely isn't fresh, but it's enjoyable and shows a lot of potential.

Balerion
November 16th 2012


554 Comments


Saw em last night with Full of Hell. Band rips

marksellsuswallets
November 16th 2012


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Full of Hell are a thousand times better.

KSK1
November 16th 2012


4090 Comments


This band is pretty cool but I don't see this having much replay value for me.

Nikkolae
November 16th 2012


4862 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Full of Hell are a thousand times better."

yes, this is good too, Flowermouth is definitely the best track here.

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Balerion
November 16th 2012


554 Comments


Full of Hell was definitely amazing

XingKing
November 16th 2012


10882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

How was Gaza? I'm gonna see the tour in three weeks or so.

Balerion
November 16th 2012


554 Comments


Gaza was great as well! the opening band Cauterrot(sp?) was suprisingly decent as well. I feel as though FoH was the most enjoyable band there. So much energy. The amount of reverb they used was unreal... a lot of noisy sections during their set as well definitely a band i would love to see again. Im expecting big things from their album early next year



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