Code Orange – Forever

"A dark, twisted, unpredictable instant classic that proves this band are going places."

In the short time they’ve been active, Pittsburgh mob Code Orange have not just become one of America’s finest exports in recent years, but one of the countries most important bands. Forever is the follow up to 2014’s brutal and intense I Am King and is without a doubt a very special album. It’s another great stepping stone which could onto something great. In my review for I Am King I wrote “watch this space, the hype is real!” One listen to Forever proved I was right.

From the get go, Forever is a relentless album but it’s not 100% aggression. There are many ‘softer’ moments on the record that are special and set the album apart from the pack. Opening trio ‘Forever,’ ‘Kill the Creator’ and battle cry ‘Real’ are all monster songs perfect for stomping round a venue and punching your mates after a successful stage dive. But then the album takes an exciting twist, ‘Bleeding In The Blur,’ introduces grunge influenced clean vocals courtesy of guitarist Reba Meyers and a guitar solo that wouldn’t be out of place on a hard rock album. After this I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew this album was going to baffle and amaze me.

Next song ‘Mud’ starts off like a Nine Inch Nails song before launching into a sludgey fusion that brought Crowbar, Discharge and Killing Joke to mind. ‘The New Reality’ is more hardcore mayhem while ‘Spy’ is reminiscent of an industrial Converge. Penultimate track ‘Hurt Goes On’ contains a strong Earth meets noise sound, while ‘dream2’ is full of Deftones shoegaze vibes. In short, this album will leave you on your toes anticipating the next move, but it is better for it. Code Orange really are onto something here and are going to make intelligent, destructive waves in the future if they carry on this trajectory.

If all hardcore albums in 2017 are like Forever, then this year is going to be very special. A dark, twisted, unpredictable instant classic that proves this band are going places; but whether you want to follow them down the rabbit hole is another matter.

Best Songs: Forever, Real, Bleeding in the Blur, Ugly

Track listing:
1. Forever
2. Kill the Creator
3. Real
4. Bleeding in the Blur
5. The Mud
6. The New Reality
7. Spy
8. Ugly
9. No One Is Untouchable
10. Hurt Goes On
11. dream2

Code Orange are:
Eric Balderose – Guitar/Vocals/Synthesizer
Reba Meyers – Vocals/guitar
Jami Morgan – Drums/Vocals
Joe Goldman – Bass

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About Jack (818 Articles)
I am a recent graduate from the University of Essex in Colchester where by the luck of Odin I met the editor, Dom. I first got into metal when I was 13 and now I am 22 and own an uncountable amount of band T-shirts. I also regularly attend gigs (local and in neighbouring areas) as well as festivals. My musical taste is varied; I like nu metal (my first love), thrash, black, death, doom, folk, sludge (my favourite genre), symphonic and many more of the multiple genres that metal has to offer, I even like some metalcore (I know it's a dirty word within some metal circles but some of it is outstanding). One of my most memorable metal moments was meeting Grand Magus at the Bloodstock signing tent and having the whole tent to myself, spending a few minutes talking to them.

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