Code Orange are a lot of things: they're from Pittsburgh, they're all teenagers, they play hardcore. One thing they certainly aren’t is pretentious. The sound that they've developed over the last year and half’s three releases— CYCLES, EMBRACE ME//ERASE ME — CS, a 2010 demo — pulls no punches. It takes no prisoners. It brings no relief. It is hardcore the Code Orange way, and we’d be damned if you can find anything that will leave you feeling the same after one of their notorious shows.
Maybe it's from playing together in a handful of other musical projects for years (Lillith, Adventures), but their obvious chemistry as a foursome makes for a musical product that is boldly crafted and a performance that is memorable. The band received an overwhelmingly positive reception on their first full U.S. tour this past winter with Xerxes, during which they also announced their signing to Deathwish Inc. Spring will see the release of a split with Full of Hell on Topshelf and fall will see their LP release. We may agree that 2012 is the year of Code Orange if we weren’t so sure this would continue on for a long time.
(Bio by Elise Granata.)
“[Cycles] is one of the most damning moments in hardcore and thrash this year."