Saturday, January 14, 2017

Code Orange : "Forever"

Welcome to 2017's equivalent of "You Will Never Be one of Us". Tough and tight, the guitar on this album is mean as fuck, but has an incredible tone.
There is a machine like precision to the execution and the syncopation is ridiculous more often than not. After the opener you are ready for the heft that the second songs has but never comes across as jarring. The songs all clock in close to the three minute mark, "Real" goes south by incorporate an almost rapped verse to breakoff from the other wise slick metal core . Things slow greatly to allow some breathing room for the sung females vocals that "bleeding in the blur". There is a more noticeable industrial under current to the mega heavy groove of '\the Mud" . Layered vocals help provide a melodic touch.

The cool riff alone don't make good songs it's the smarts that put them together, they are almost like Meshuggah for hard core kids on "the New Reality". Though the odd time signatures alone don't find this one living up to the bar they have already raised for themselves.  "Spy" finds them falling into similar murky waters as they try to just rely on being heavy.  They redeem themselves with the more Helmet like "Ugly". "No One is Untouchable" is not bad it just doesn't hook me in as tightly as the songs on the first half of the album and beings to sound like the are trying to hard. The title track is darker but begins to feel like the formula is getting worn out though the song's more atmospheric touches are cool.

Of the last two songs "the Hurt goes On " is more of an interlude , while "Dream2" is more of an actual song and a very melodic one at that when you compare it to the rest of the album. While this album has it's share of faults when it gets it right it really delivers I guess I shall see how it grows on me. For now I will go ahead and give it a 9 as it sounds great and these guys have really matured.


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