Code Orange
Cycles


4.0
excellent

Review

by Alabaster Jones USER (17 Reviews)
February 17th, 2014 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hardcore punk and sludge metal combine nicely in just over 9 minutes.

Recently, a lot of bands have been combining hardcore punk with extreme metal genres to make a distorted and distinct sound. Nails went ahead and blended hardcore punk and grindcore, and with Full Of Hell, noise rock and even black metal were added to the concoction. But for Code Orange Kids, the genre they chose to marry with hardcore punk was sludge metal, and what a wedding it turned out to be.

Code Orange Kids trudge and yell their way through five songs, four of which clock in at just over a minute long. What surprises me is how much variation they can fit in a minute. A lot of the time is spent with really muddy riffs, but they can also play frenzied hardcore licks, and even manage to fit in a couple of blast beats. That is what is so interesting about Code Orange Kids, how they can seamlessly flow from one extremity to the next, from fast-paced hardcore punk to murky sludge metal. They also find time to put in a nice melodic interlude on the EP in the form of "Salvage Fold".

The vocalists, who all play their own instruments as well, are extremely emotional and engaging, and the lyrics are mournful while retaining their anger as well. Take these lines from album closer "Take (The Soil Is Calling)" for instance:

"Surrender to the air. Let the sky bare this soul free and bright, like a lodestar leading to the sun. Warming from both sides, nothing like these killing arms that suffocate true desire."

"The endless cycle of give and take, the careful words we have the guts to say. The unfulfillment that has numbed my insides and sealed my fate."

It's hard to ignore how much substance they manage to fit into such a small running time, but the albums length prevents it from being as gripping as a full length album would be. But that does not mean you should pass this album over. It is a great sampler, something you should hear to acquaint yourself with the bands' style before moving on to a longer album in their discography.

It is evident that Code Orange Kids carve their own niche on this EP, and with a digestible 9-minute length, it shouldn't be overlooked by those who want an interesting spin on hardcore punk.



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RoundOnEndHiInMiddle
February 16th 2014


634 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that's awesome! what town?

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YakNips
February 16th 2014


17158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dude this EP rocks

RoundOnEndHiInMiddle
February 16th 2014


634 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i know man. i need to listen to their full-length soon.

YakNips
February 16th 2014


17158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

In my opinion it blows this out of the water. I reviewed it.

RoundOnEndHiInMiddle
February 16th 2014


634 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'll definitely take a look at it. thanks!

RoundOnEndHiInMiddle
February 16th 2014


634 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i've never been to pittsburgh, but i'm a browns fan so it's understandable lol

RoundOnEndHiInMiddle
February 16th 2014


634 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i think even raiders fans feel bad for us lol

XingKing
February 17th 2014


11130 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I prefer the LP as an overall record but these songs jam harder

titanslayer
February 17th 2014


2666 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Nails went ahead and blended hardcore punk and grindcore"



Isn't grindCORE alreadly hardcore?

Evreaia
February 17th 2014


4278 Comments


I used to like this band.

than I took a live performance to the experience, these guys fucking suck live.

Slut
February 17th 2014


4032 Comments


hahah i watched a live video of them and i ddn't enjoy either

XingKing
February 17th 2014


11130 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've never heard anyone say they weren't awesome live

treeqt.
February 17th 2014


14869 Comments


they weren't awesome live

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Evreaia
February 19th 2014


4278 Comments


they fucking suck live and that's still giving them to much credit.

Hopelust
February 19th 2014


1629 Comments


I've seen them live and they're a bunch of fucking 19 year olds rocking out. Not too sure what else you'd expect from a group of teenagers. They sounded great and looked like they had fun doing it. I'd definitely see 'em again, especially since the shows they play here cost next to nothing to get into.

CrimsonLies
April 20th 2014


2161 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Short and sweet.

titanslayer
April 21st 2014


2666 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Way to short

MMX
April 21st 2014


4964 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nah

TheMoreira
May 5th 2014


7189 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Band's best effort imo



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