Code Orange
Forever


3.5
great

Review

by Chamberbelain USER (154 Reviews)
January 15th, 2017 | 185 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dark and urgent hardcore with borderless limitations.

There’s no such thing as bad publicity. In the metal community, there are ample amounts of bands that never would have reached their sky-scraping popularity if the media had not broadcast the negative reflection of them. It is one way of making your name, and your band, known to the world. However, the underlying risk is that most people will avoid your music altogether, while those that do bother to listen to it will judge it on the member’s character; rather than the musical content itself.

Pittsburgh’s Code Orange, formerly Code Orange Kids, are the band that fits this definition. Aside from their unfazed outspoken charisma, the band is known for their swift ascension in the hardcore sector. Leasing between punk, melodic hardcore, death metal and an array of other genres, their second album “I Am King” signified that Code Orange’s bark was as bad as their bite. After constant touring and signing to RoadRunner Records, Code Orange are, once again, ready to rattle someone’s cage with “Forever”.

Overall, the genre that Code Orange resonates most is with hardcore. The songs on “Forever” are urgent, unapologetic and affronting: all go-to characteristics of the genre. Nevertheless, Code Orange branch off in so many directions that makes “Forever” sound genuinely unique. ‘Ugly’ is a slow, grungy song with some bending Nine Inch Nails electronics stirred in, and the band’s best shot at being radio friendly is ‘Bleeding In The Blur’, which commences with guitarist/joint singer Reba Meyers’ clean vocals that lead gambolling rhythms and spiralling riffs which somehow still manages to replicate the painful mood “Forever” exhibits.

The song structures on “Forever” are a double-edged sword. The majority of the album features discordant song structures that snap from genre to genre, or suddenly stops in silence, only to continue again, or signifies that a different vocalist is coming into play. The pure jaggedness represents the band’s unsubtle nature, but on the other hand, it makes “Forever” a jarring album to listen to as a whole since the aforementioned breaks in the structures are volatile. Despite some angst lyricism scattered around the album, where Code Orange truly excel is in the more driven songs, like ‘Bleeding in the Blur’, where the dynamics exhibit controlled chaos rather than sounding simply erratic.

Kurt Ballou’s predictably masterful production captures, and propels, the brutal rawness of Code Orange’s music on their third album. The opening title track displays the core sound to Code Orange, which acts as a backbone for the rest of the album. Initially, it sounds like an amp and a cymbal falling down a staircase, but a few guitar slides later and the band kick into gear through filthy breakdowns, isolated bass lines and dark growls. ‘The New Reality’ sounds like it’s straight off a Nails and Meshuggah collaboration due to disharmonious riffs and outright ferocity. ‘Spy’ is a highlight on the album for production where Ballou’s signature clenching, compressed sound makes Eric Balderose’s guitars sound like nails scratching on a chalkboard, evoking all feelings of discomfort.

Isn’t it ironic that one of the first metal albums to be released in 2017 comes from a band whose statements, regarding the artificial conviction behind the music other bands play, ignites so much controversy in the scene that their popularity is boosted with every quote; which is the same technique that the bands they expose utilize? What sets Code Orange apart from the bands they exploit: there is a genuine candid, coarse conviction behind their music.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
FullOfSounds
January 15th 2017


15523 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Great review

KingOzma
January 15th 2017


8 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Such a step down from their early stuff imo, good review tho

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2017


10799 Comments


Great review [2]

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Spluger
January 15th 2017


1725 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hurt Goes On and dream2 are such a lackluster way to end the album.

craigtotheposta
January 15th 2017


40 Comments


Still seeing how I feel about this album but review def deserves a pos. I think in this bands journey to be different they lost certain aspects of themselves. Maybe that is just me though.

SteveOffProbation
January 15th 2017


1445 Comments


see I love hurt goes on

FearThyEvil
January 15th 2017


15343 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This band does not know how to do transitions if their life depended on it.

rc239
January 15th 2017


182 Comments


spy rips

FearThyEvil
January 15th 2017


15343 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Steaming turd of an album.

PumpBoffBag
January 15th 2017


880 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love these guys, the varied reaction to the release intrigues me... will probs spin this tonight.

Sterling review laddie

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2017


13225 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"This band does not know how to do transitions if their life depended on it."



yeah hit the nail on the head there



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FearThyEvil
January 15th 2017


15343 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Band has so much potential but with each new release they squander it more and more.

ultimatethrasher
January 15th 2017


599 Comments


Saw a review of this album where they show clips of the songs and boy it sucked balls


botb
January 15th 2017


11014 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I would say wow dude don't judge an album based on clips of songs that is stupid but you really aren't missing much

Balerion
January 15th 2017


1020 Comments


I apparently enjoyed this a lot more than a lot of you guys. I think this is super fun

Wildcardbitchesss
January 15th 2017


167 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Good review, the same cannot be said for the music, however.



Reba's the guitarist btw. Only mistake I found in the review.

FullOfSounds
January 15th 2017


15523 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"I apparently enjoyed this a lot more than a lot of you guys. I think this is super fun"

Weird way to look at it when the whole album is trying to be the opposite

MillionDead
January 15th 2017


770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Pos'd. Much better put together review than mine. lol But yeah this album just gets worse the more I listen to it.

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2017


15747 Comments


"borderless limitations."

this sounds funny

Pajolero
January 16th 2017


890 Comments


Pretty sure Reba is their guitar player, and Joe Goldman does bass.

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