Release Date: Sep 2, 2014
Record label: Deathwish Inc.
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Hardcore Punk
Our Reviews Editor Andy Biddulph might just have found his new favourite band. Take it away, Andy... Same, stale or even logical aren’t words that Code Orange (neé Code Orange Kids) seem familiar with. Always keen to shake things up a little, the band have changed their sound along with their name, and it’s paid off on their second full-length.
Dropping the 'Kids' from their name doesn't stop how massive, heavy and full of rage Code Orange's I Am King shapes up to be, staying in line with what the band has always done best. In case you're still wondering what that is, well, in a nutshell, they pack enormous anger into hardcore pipe—bombs and drop them with no restraint, no afterthought and no care. This kind of liberal fury is exactly what the doctor ordered.
As far as debut records go, Pittsburgh’s Code Orange — formerly known as Code Orange Kids — made an immediate name for themselves with the release of 2012’s Love Is Love//Return to Dust. A heavy, dense product of the American metalcore underground, it was a powerful, abrasive musical statement that punched listeners square in the mouth. Still, the line for angry, abrasive hardcore bands is long and forms around the block to the left.