Code Orange Kids
Love Is Love // Return To Dust


5.0
classic

Review

by skramz whore USER (28 Reviews)
January 12th, 2014 | 58 replies | 1,454 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Love fades against a color's change.

7 of 11 thought this review was well written

The loss shakes against the cold.

I completely understand the masses of people claiming that this band is overrated, or repetitive, or just plain boring. They are not a mature band, by any means. Hell, they're a band full of hormone-filled adolescents. But that is what makes them so magical. This band is the embodiment of angst, and they do a damn good job embodying it, while writing heavy, sludgy, and aggressive songs that get the job done as well as any hardcore band does.

Oh, but they do it so, so well.

Imagine if early Converge didn't suck, and was more heavy, more sludgy, and had fantastic lyrics filled with teenage rage. That's pretty much what you're gonna get with this band, and on their full-length debut right here, is their heaviest album yet. On their previous EPs, believe it or not, they were even more sludgy and angsty, and on this LP they abandoned that sound for a more fast-paced, and aggressive sound.

Oh yeah, and the lyrics.

"I have never felt as empty as I feel today
Even when the moment's beauty fades in and away.
That's all it is. A moment.
And the images creep back into the forefront of my brain
From picking up the pieces of unearthing devotion. Re-energizing dead feelings."

"Break me into something worth it
more than the heads of statues.
Even if the trend reconciles itself I will still wake up wishing I didn't.
So maybe instead I'll choke on these anti-anxiety pills
so I don't have to swallow the flavor of life floating away.
In your hands against his chest or my head against the bathroom floor
But every morning is a clean slate
and my back starts to break. My face starts to change.
Alignment of the way I act and the way I am,
because in my mind it's an emptiness.
An abundance of layers buried out of necessity.
A laundry list of accomplishments.
Stage the disease.
Control the crisis.
Sell your soul to words that mean nothing."

"I want to return to the water.
To drink in the sex//sleaze//mud//greed
Put a gun in the mouth of the sky and just (breathe)
or to where I can bathe in my own conscience."

Hell, I almost considered doing the same thing I did while "reviewing" I.V. and just write out all the lyrics in paragraph form. The reason I put mass amounts of lyrics in most of my reviews, is because usually the lyrics can say more about the album that I am able to as a 16 year old kid. I associate this album with rebellion, depression, angst, and everything I feel as an adolescent. This album is not made for happy people. These are not happy songs for happy people. These are artistic projections of emotion and aggression. Plus, Jacob Bannon likes them, so you have to give them some props for that.

Now, one of the main things that turns people off while listening to this band is the vocals. There are three different vocalists, mainly the drummer Jami Morgan, and the guitarist Reba Meyers, who also make fantastic music in the indie-emo band Adventures. There is also occasionally vocals from the other guitarist, Eric, and then Joe just plays bass. Anyway, the vocals are strained, yelled, and raspy. Simply put, they are angry. Code Orange Kids are very angry, and through their passionate music, they will show you just why they are angry. They will show you just why they are making music. They are making music for people like me to enjoy. As Refused once said, "new art for the real people."

Code Orange Kids is just a hardcore band, and they stay true the genre. While doing this, they incorporate new ideas not used by their predecessors, and create a new and interesting sound that is exciting, and just plain fun to listen to. It's interesting that a band that can be so enjoyable to listen to can also be so emotional, and filled with angst. I understand the hate for this band, and this album, but it is truly a wonderful creation of the hardcore genre, and one of the most passionate albums I've heard in the last few years.

Tearing pieces from my decrepit skin.
Just to try and keep you warm.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
YakNips
January 12th 2014



4872 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

We lack the motioooon

TO MOVE TO THE NEW BEAT

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Mal
January 12th 2014



351 Comments


funny, i was just listening to this yesterday, it's alright i guess

YakNips
January 12th 2014



4872 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Damn Mal I thought you'd love this

MortimusPrime
January 12th 2014



2062 Comments


nice review yak.

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YakNips
January 12th 2014



4872 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks Mort. Do you like this band?

FourthReich
January 12th 2014



15303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pretty good album yee, met em last year good group of kids

YakNips
January 12th 2014



4872 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'd love to see them live. I'll probably grow up and this won't be a 5 anymore but oh well I love it a lot right now

FourthReich
January 12th 2014



15303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

a lot of my buds who are in their early twenties/late teens love this, so maybe not dude

Calc
January 12th 2014



10856 Comments


"This band is the embodiment of angst"

looks like my decision on whether to listen to this or not was made for me

YakNips
January 12th 2014



4872 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lol go back to your teenage days Calc

itchybutthole
January 12th 2014



1551 Comments


didnt read.posĀ“d

YakNips
January 12th 2014



4872 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's really not that great I was just having a smoke and listening to it earlier and decided to review it for fun

MortimusPrime
January 12th 2014



2062 Comments


yeah man I like this. haven't checked it all out but im gonna get round to it eventually.

East Hastings
January 12th 2014



4391 Comments


Imagine if early Converge didn't suck,


noooooooooooo

LilLioness
January 12th 2014



2428 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

5in this, yakky?

YakNips
January 12th 2014



4872 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lol cmon their debut wasn't that great

YakNips
January 12th 2014



4872 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

hell yeah Lani 5in COK now gonna go eat some Indian food

#skramzlife

LilLioness
January 12th 2014



2428 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love me some curry.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 12th 2014



48540 Comments


I've never heard this all the way through

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FourthReich
January 12th 2014



15303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

damn



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