Code Orange
The Hurt Will Go On


2.5
average

Review

by Chamberbelain CONTRIBUTOR (187 Reviews)
June 24th, 2018 | 61 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mutated.

If I say that a band releases a single prior to an album’s release, or that the band streams their full album a week or two in advance, no one panics; because it’s all part of the plan... But, when a band releases a collection of songs with no warning then everyone loses their minds!

And that’s exactly what reception has met Code Orange’s surprise EP, The Hurt Will Go On”. Emphasised by the fact that they are now a hugely popular band, the premise of this release, and its content, only underlines the fact that Code Orange resides in the grey area between chaos and confusion. That’s not to say that the world of metal was not primed for an act such as this. Back in February, Code Orange released a new song called “Only One Way” less than a year after their highly successful album “Forever” was unleashed quoting that: “[they planned] to release material on a more regular basis in an attempt to break down rock and metal’s formulaic pattern of long breaks between outputs”.

And so, Code Orange has surprised nearly everyone with a new 3-track EP, one that is equally a continuation of “Forever” as it is a clue to what the future holds over the course of just two new songs, “3 Knives” and “The Hunt”. The former explodes into action with an urgent, confrontational deathcore riff, however, almost immediately after Code Orange exhibit their own contorted take on heavy music. Glitched effects and erratic electronics bombard the beefy riffs at uncalculated moments making it sounds like a deep scratch on a disc. Afterwards, clean vocals crop up at the end of the track, clashing the song’s appearance further with industrial shade of bleak grey and shiny neon. Alternately, the latter track starts with industrial effects and then bombards the electronics with jagged riffing and hostile vocals. Here, the electronics are more accurately dotted around, emphasising breakdowns, twisting riffs to sound even more chaotic and simply dismantling everyone’s preconception of what “okay, too much” actually constitutes as. Finally, remember how on “Forever” there were random clips of daunting industrial clips cut into a number of songs" Well, the title track of this EP sounds essentially like all those snippets put together with incomprehensibly dark, echoed vocals. This isn’t genre-blending, this is a mutation.

Overall, this EP contains moments of greatness but is jarring to listen to. Nonetheless, a fitting statement to just how hugely popular Code Orange has become-and will continue to be- is that a high-profile artist such as Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour can casually make an appearance on “The Hunt” and no one bats an eye at the prospect or pointlessness of it. The background concerning The Hurt Will Go On” is its greatest strength of it: announces that Code Orange are hell-bent on breaking any unwritten rules in heavy music from what the music actually sounds like to when they release it. How much of ‘A Big Deal’ Code Orange can be is appears to be limitless.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Evrimen
June 24th 2018


27 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like how they find these great ideas and fuck them up, like holding a middle finger on your face. Though I have to say they went off the rails with this one.

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
June 24th 2018


14443 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

One of the more interesting metal bands at the minute. I always love their production choices; the bass is so damn crunchy and compressed.

SomeGuyDude
June 24th 2018


333 Comments


Calling this an EP is weird to me. It's just a single with a B-side and then a remix.

TundraL5Z
June 24th 2018


1484 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I am really glad this site doesn't ride this bands dick, and think they are saviors of metal music < 3

Digging: Covet - effloresce

Darius
June 24th 2018


16120 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this isnt metal music

NonApplicable
June 24th 2018


2574 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The two original tracks are 5/5s for me. Love what these guys are doing on this release.

Doctuses
June 24th 2018


1547 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Band is hellbent on getting gayer with each release. Excited to see how far they’ll go.

bloc
June 24th 2018


50795 Comments


2.5 is generous

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JayEnder
June 24th 2018


1893 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Bromie metal

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CakeWithCream
June 24th 2018


1063 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol the Duran Duran sample at the end of 3 Knives

zaruyache
June 24th 2018


19198 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

... is rly bad







Duran Duran deserve better than that.

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GringoSuave89
June 24th 2018


1125 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Why do they feel the need to add random electronic samples and shit? Really takes away from some decent tunes.

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Darius
June 24th 2018


16120 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

cause they suck

bloc
June 24th 2018


50795 Comments


Didn't even notice the DD sample on this thing. What track did they take it from?

SomeGuyDude
June 24th 2018


333 Comments


I think my favorite thing about CO is that their popularity rises in direct proportion with the hilarious amount of angry neckbeard hate.

RIPGemmy
June 25th 2018


3 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

To put simply, this EP has a song that kind of hurts your head, an actually catchy and amazing song (The Hunt), and a pretty boring song.

Sniff
June 25th 2018


4716 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Imagine a world where these guys never made music. Such an utopia

auberginedreams
June 25th 2018


6115 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I guess this band isn’t cool anymore but I think this is good aside from some of the poorly implemented tryhard electronic aspects.

NonApplicable
June 25th 2018


2574 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So far this thread has seen "gay" used as an insult and fluff users critique at a 14 year old level. Sputnik never changes.

Casavir
June 25th 2018


1060 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Still better than liking August Burns Red.



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