Review Summary: nothing new here, move along.
It starts well. I Am King
is probably the beast the kids of Orange were afraid to acknowledge under their bed. The downfall, however, started when they focused on that one subject. Let’s congratulate the band for evolving. They are no longer those “kids” their name implied when they first began but they are still children in learning how to sludge. Off the bat, this is a sludge album, which can’t be denied, but it’s a baby’s first step. This is pretty obvious by none of the tracks trying to be different. Every trick, I’m sorry did I say “every”? I meant, the “one” trick they understand about heavy music is used in each song. Songs start loudly
, cool, but then nothing else happens, and they try to undercut the issue by having most tracks score a ninety second length. And length seems to be the biggest issue.
Surprisingly, Code Orange excel in trying their hand at longevity. Their lengthier tracks suit them most now as they get to try different sounds in a three minute period, “Starve”, versus the chugging for fifty seconds - every fucking
song but three (seriously). However what Code Orange is trying here isn’t despicable. They are in fact trying
to be more than what they were, and what they were was typical hardcore for kids in high school. Today’s Orange Kids is more focused on brutality that relishes on dissonance and hammer downs that you’ve already heard before. This is the problem.
You’ve heard this type of sludge before. It’s nothing new. It’s new for the band trying to branch out, yes, but anyone experienced taking this bands new “passion” for the first time will be bored after two songs. Most tracks, “Unclean” until “Starve”, will sound like every heavy-ish song you’ve ever heard before. Which is unfortunate. You can hear the passion. You can feel the need for change, but it’s not up to par with bands that made you listen to the genre in the first place. That may be the biggest crime.
It’s kind of unclear the potential of this band. There are moments of brilliance, but damn, are those moments sparse. “Your Body Is Ready” is the best thing this band has ever done by far, but it takes too long to get there, and in between is nothing but forgetfulness to play interesting music. It’s difficult to determine the potential. Especially if they think this is what sludge is supposed to be. If this was their debut then no faults should be lobbied against ‘em, per se, but it’s undeniable how little they understand the genre they’re trying to tread now.