Female vocals, Growl, Intimist, Low vocals, Melancholic, Punk, Screaming vocals
"Code Orange's fifth album, 'The Above', is no exception to his formula of sensitive Hardcore Punk."
ADRIANSTORK (21.11.2023)  
(0) opinions (0) comment(s) (1) Biography + (2)
Formed in 2012 on the Deathwish label, Code Orange, a band hailing from Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, had managed to breathe new life into the hardcore punk genre by revealing a little sensitivity between two howls. With their fifth album, 'The Above', the Americans offer us a glimpse of the beyond.

Listeners new to the band will appreciate 'Never Felt Apart' as a calling card, where moments of pure madness rub shoulders with moments of grace carried by the feminine voice of guitarist Reba Meyers. Just when you're not expecting it, one of the singers (the band can count on a wide range of performers) starts screaming and the heaviness reigns supreme, the guitars ignite and the rhythm section tightens its grip even further. Conversely, 'A Drone Opting Out Of The Hive' and 'Grooming My Replacement' stay Hardcore throughout. Paradoxically, the most frightening moments are not these moments of rage but those when the band play a slightly quieter, falsely appeased card ('But A Dream...'). However, once the first few tracks have passed, the formula is somewhat stale and the surprise fizzles out. We prefer 'Circle Through', which stays on the edge and is more mysterious, with controlled vocals that avoid the expected (and, it has to be said, sometimes annoying) screams.

However, Code Orange dare to go in new directions, like on 'The Mask Of Sanity Slips', where the rage is well channelled through a grunge framework, or 'Mirror', with its heavy use of violins. As testament to this need for balance, the band have summoned none other than Billy Corgan on 'Take Shape' to take part in this theatre of cruelty. The track is effective, and the Smashing Pumpkins' singer adds excellent value with his eternal teenage voice combined with that of Jami Morgan. This track alone is worth listening to the whole album, and it's a shame it isn't longer.
On this, their fifth album, Code Orange remains true to his formula of adventurous hardcore punk, mixing hot and cold. Although the band sometimes over-use their recipe, the album does try out some decisive new approaches to give new colour to a genre that is sometimes too sclerotic.
- Official website

01. Never Far Apart
02. Theatre Of Cruelty
03. Take Shape
04. The Mask Of Sanity Slips
05. Mirror
06. A Drone Opting Out Of The Hive
07. I Fly
08. Splinter The Soul
09. The Game
10. Grooming My Replacement
11. Snapshot
12. Circle Through
13. But A Dream...
14. The Above

Dominic Landolina: Guitares
Eric "shade" Balderose: Chant / Guitares / Electronique
Jami Morgan: Chant / Batterie
Joe Goldman: Basse
Reba Meyers: Chant / Guitares
Billy Corgan: Chant / Guitares / Invité
Top of the page
(0) COMMENT(S)    
Top of the page
-/5 (0 view(s))
4/5 (1 view(s))
CODE ORANGE: Underneath
SINNERY: Below The Summit (2023)
THRASH - Sinnery's "Below The Summit" is a solid concentrate of uncompromising Thrash, ready to destroy everything in its path.
RONWE: Ronwe (2023)
THRASH - Even if it doesn't revolutionise the genre, 'Ronwe' is a pleasant album whose simplicity is its strength.
F.A.Q. / You found a bug / Terms Of Use
Music Waves - Rock (Progressive, Alternative...), Hard Rock (AOR, Melodic,...) & Metal (heavy, progressive, melodic, ...) Media
Reviews, News, Interviews, Advices, Promotion, Releases, Concerts
© Music Waves | 2003 - 2024