Code Orange Kids
Love Is Love // Return To Dust


2.5
average

Review

by BroManCaptainGuySirDylan USER (19 Reviews)
November 22nd, 2012 | 24 replies | 1,982 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Heavy, Sludgy // Repetitive, Disjointed

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

“I’ve never felt as empty as I do today” screeches Reba Meyers at the very beginning of Code Orange Kids' debut album; Love Is Love // Return To Dust. Sludgy guitars and bass riffs back Meyers vocals, whilst Jami Morgan lets loose behind his kit, reinforcing an already tight-knit sound. Morgan then adds in some screams of his own, crafting a similar sounding, albeit nicely contrasted vocal technique to Meyers before the song comes to a soft strumming conclusion. Album opener, ‘Flowermouth (The Leech)’ is a commendable piece of work from such a young band of musicians and an excellent first impression for a debut album.

Unfortunately, the rest of the album doesn’t follow as a strong a suit. Most of the tracks are entirely forgettable, and due to their similar structure and short runtimes, one song tends to flow into another without any noticeable change in sound. ‘Around My Neck // On My Head’ bleeds into ‘Sleep (I’ve Been Slipping)’ so subtlety, that it begs the question of why they’re separated into two tracks at all. Moreover, the succinct runtime of fifty-seconds on ‘Roots Are Certain // Sky Is Empty’ means the track just flies by, without much chance for the listener to acknowledge its existence.

All the members are quite proficient with their instruments. Alongside Meyers, Eric Balderose both lead the way on guitars. Joe Goldman is quite audible on his bass and the previously mentioned work of Morgan strengthens their thick wall of sound. The problem is present not in their competency as musicians, but their songwriting abilities. Therein lies the main pitfall of the album; the heavy and sludgy sound that appears throughout the majority of the ten tracks, while initially quite appealing, soon grows stale, and the album spirals into a cacophony of repetition.

However, album centerpiece ‘Colors (Into Nothing)’ acts as a moments reprieve for the listener, breaking up the plethora of thick, monotonous guitar riffs and repetitive drumming. As impressive as Meyers vocals are, her range is extremely limited, making her lasting affect wear thin very quickly and despite the occasional appearance of both Morgan and Balderose thrown into the mix, the difference in vocals is very subtle, so the record both lacks variety as well as a sense of identity. It’s a shame really, as a greater difference in vocal abilities could have really brought a dynamic edge to the record.

Recorded by Kurt Ballou, most notable of Converge fame, the influence shines through on Love Is Love... albeit in a less proficient manner than could be performed by Ballou himself. ‘Nothing (The Rat)’ is the most Converge inspired, with its chunky, short-lived riffs echoing throughout the close to three minute runtime. Unfortunately, because of this, it feels less like a band putting one of their main influences on a pedestal, and more like a cut-copy of said band, but performed decidedly inferior.

Love Is Love... is a decent first effort for a full-length album, especially for musicians in their late teens, but they still have a long way to go when it comes to learning about songwriting. It is to be hoped that they can build on the strengths found in the aforementioned ‘Flowermouth (The Leech)’ and ‘Colors (Into Nothing)’ and write a record with a bit more depth and substance rather than a deceptively simple album, covered up with overconfident song titles.



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InFiction
November 21st 2012



3587 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Will probably cop a lot of hate for this, but I thought I needed to share my thoughts. Feedback would be great. Thanks.

eternium
November 21st 2012



16209 Comments


Band is not good.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 21st 2012



48551 Comments


Reba Mcentire is my favorite hardcore vocalist


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BallsToTheWall
November 21st 2012



44164 Comments


These guys are coming to my are on friday, thinking about seein them.

MichaelSnoxall
November 21st 2012



12163 Comments


Great review, man. It's well written and you expressed your points eloquently. I'm gonna check this out, as I'm in a hardcore mood recently.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 21st 2012



48551 Comments


Not my style at all

taxidermist
November 21st 2012



7175 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review brother. Pos. I agree with a lot of what you said though I enjoyed it slightly better.

MMX
November 22nd 2012



4646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pos'd nice review

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2012



3016 Comments


Good review, gonna pos on the assumption that you'll fix some grammar errors later (like in the second line Code Orange
Kids should be Code Orange Kids'.)

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InFiction
November 22nd 2012



3587 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Ah yeah, must've missed that. Thanks.

XingKing
November 23rd 2012



9058 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

While I do agree with everything you said, I obviously think the music is stronger than a 2.5. Great review regardless. Pos'd.

InFiction
November 23rd 2012



3587 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Thanks Xing!

MichaelSnoxall
November 23rd 2012



12163 Comments


Yeah, pos'd again just for good measure.

InFiction
November 24th 2012



3587 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

That's why I love you, Snox.

MichaelSnoxall
November 24th 2012



12163 Comments


I'd pos on my back-up accounts too, but I don't wanna troll pos.

Spluger
November 25th 2012



1004 Comments


Solid review dude, pos. Still wondering whether or not this is worth checking out.

pmmets07
November 25th 2012



5784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album is way better than this site lets on

cmon guise. dat riff in the rat

Spluger
November 25th 2012



1004 Comments


oops, weird double post.

XingKing
November 25th 2012



9058 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just check out Flowermouth. If you like that, you'll like the album.

Spluger
November 25th 2012



1004 Comments


I've heard it before, and thought it was just good it's just that I've seen/heard a lot of negative input about this album. I'm just gunna have to look into it for myself lol.



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