Forever (Code Orange album)

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ReleasedJanuary 13, 2017 (2017-01-13)
Label Roadrunner
Code Orange chronology
I Am King
The Hurt Will Go On

Forever is the third studio album by American hardcore punk band Code Orange. It is the band's major label debut on Roadrunner Records following a stint on the indie label Deathwish Inc. and was released on January 13, 2017.

Hardcore punk Subgenre of punk rock

Hardcore punk is a punk rock music genre and subculture that originated in the late 1970s. It is generally faster, harder, and more aggressive than other forms of punk rock. Its roots can be traced to earlier punk scenes in San Francisco and Southern California which arose as a reaction against the still predominant hippie cultural climate of the time. It was also inspired by New York punk rock and early proto-punk. New York punk had a harder-edged sound than its San Francisco counterpart, featuring anti-art expressions of masculine anger, energy, and subversive humor. Hardcore punk generally disavows commercialism, the established music industry and "anything similar to the characteristics of mainstream rock" and often addresses social and political topics with "confrontational, politically-charged lyrics."

Code Orange (band) American hardcore punk band

Code Orange is an American hardcore punk band that formed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2008. The band signed to Deathwish Inc. for their first two studio albums Love Is Love/Return to Dust (2012) and I Am King (2014) and have since released a third, Forever (2017), through Roadrunner Records. In 2012, four of the band's members – Reba Meyers, Jami Morgan, Joe Goldman and Dominic Landolina – formed the rock band Adventures. The band have one Grammy nomination under their belt for the song “Forever”.

Roadrunner Records is an American record label that concentrates primarily on heavy metal and hard rock bands. It is a division of Warner Music Group and is based in New York City.


Promotion and marketing

Promotion for Forever began with the release of a Max Moore-directed music video for the title and opening track, "Forever," in October 2016. [1] Presented entirely in black, white and red like the album's cover art, the video for "Forever" rapidly cuts between scenes of Code Orange performing and other violent or abstract imagery, often with shaky camera footage. Of the video, Jami Morgan said: "I think the visuals match what we're about. It's definitely brutal and it's dark, but I think we have our own specific brand of it that includes a lot of dynamics of dark and a lot of shades of that." [2] In December 2016, Code Orange released a digitally created "visualizer" for the track "Kill the Creator". Created by Brandon Allen Bolmer, the video shows a naked man in a chamber being tortured by a "hellish force that he created from all the wrong he has done." [3] In the weeks leading up to the album's official release date, Code Orange also released online streams of the tracks "Bleeding in the Blur" and "Ugly" in January 2017. [4] [5]

Touring in support of Forever began with a January–February 2017 US tour featuring Youth Code, Gatecreeper, Nicole Dollanganger, Lifeless and Disgrace. [4] The tour was noted for its wide variety of music genres among the bands on the bill. On the subject of the variety of bands, Morgan said: "I don't think it's something people are going to get to see every day. It's gonna be a very jarring experience. And our set's going to be a jarring experience. And the whole show is going to be a jarring experience, so that's what we're all about." [2] Guitarist Eric Balderose collaborated with Drumcorps to create a mixtape under the moniker Shade titled It's Almost Forever that will be played between sets and exclusively sold on cassette on this tour. [6] A music video for the track "The Mud", directed by Balderose and Dmitry Zakharov, premiered on Adult Swim's Toonami block on September 30, 2017. [7]

Youth Code

Youth Code is an American EBM duo, formed in 2012 by Sara Taylor and Ryan George in Los Angeles, California. The duo's musical style, following the model of early Wax Trax! Records, has been described as industrial music infused with "hardcore angst." Following their self-released Demonstrational Cassette in 2012 and a chance meeting with Psychic TV, Youth Code were invited to release their first single, "Keep Falling Apart", through Angry Love Productions. Since then, they have released two full-length studio albums, an EP, and two additional singles.

Gatecreeper is an American death metal band from Phoenix, Tempe and Tucson, Arizona.

Nicole Dollanganger Canadian singer

Nicole Bell, known professionally as Nicole Dollanganger, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and artist who currently resides in Whitchurch–Stouffville, Canada. She began posting original songs on Tumblr in mid-2011, and wrote and recorded her first four records in her bedroom while sick on bed rest from anorexia. Dollanganger is known for her high-pitched singing voice. She is also known for her lyrics, which include themes of gore, sex, BDSM, depression, self-harm and eating disorders, among other topics.


Described as a metallic hardcore album, [8] Forever features influences from various different styles in metal and hardcore, including industrial metal and nu metal. [9] The album also employs "pitch-shifted vocal samples, glitched-out effects and dissonant layers of screeching noise." [10] The track "Bleeding in the Blur" features alternative rock-influenced choruses, clean vocals [10] and stoner metal riffage [9] whereas "Hurt Goes On" attributes influences to Nine Inch Nails's musical output. [9] [11] The album has also been described as industrial hardcore. [12] [13]

Industrial metal is the fusion of heavy metal music and industrial music, typically employing repeating metal guitar riffs, sampling, synthesizer or sequencer lines, and distorted vocals. Prominent industrial metal acts include Ministry, Godflesh, KMFDM and Nine Inch Nails.

Nu metal is a subgenre of alternative metal that combines elements of heavy metal music with elements of other music genres such as hip hop, alternative rock, funk, industrial, and grunge. Nu metal bands have drawn elements and influences from a variety of musical styles, including multiple genres of heavy metal. Nu metal rarely features guitar solos; the genre is heavily syncopated and based on guitar riffs. Many nu metal guitarists use seven-string guitars that are down-tuned to play a heavier sound. DJs are occasionally featured in nu metal to provide instrumentation such as sampling, turntable scratching and electronic backgrounds. Vocal styles in nu metal include singing, rapping, screaming and growling. Nu metal is one of the key genres of the new wave of American heavy metal.

Alternative rock is a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music. The term's original meaning was broader, referring to a generation of musicians unified by their collective debt to either the musical style or simply the independent, DIY ethos of punk rock, which in the late 1970s laid the groundwork for alternative music. At times, "alternative" has been used as a catch-all description for music from underground rock artists that receives mainstream recognition, or for any music, whether rock or not, that is seen to be descended from punk rock. Although the genre evolved in the late 1970s and 1980s, music anticipating the sound of the genre can be found as early as the 1960s, with bands such as The Velvet Underground.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Metacritic 87/100 [14]
Review scores
The A.V. Club B [9]
Exclaim! 9/10 [10]
Metal Injection 8.5/10 [15]
Pitchfork 7.5/10.0 [11]
Rock Sound 8/10 [8]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 87, which indicates "universal acclaim", based on six reviews. [14]

Metacritic is a website that aggregates reviews of media products: films, TV shows, music albums, video games, and formerly, books. For each product, the scores from each review are averaged. Metacritic was created by Jason Dietz, Marc Doyle, and Julie Doyle Roberts in 1999. The site provides an excerpt from each review and hyperlinks to its source. A color of green, yellow or red summarizes the critics' recommendations. It has been described as the video game industry's "premier" review aggregator.

Standard score how many standard deviations apart from the mean an observed datum is

In statistics, the standard score is the signed fractional number of standard deviations by which the value of an observation or data point is above the mean value of what is being observed or measured. Observed values above the mean have positive standard scores, while values below the mean have negative standard scores.

The weighted arithmetic mean is similar to an ordinary arithmetic mean, except that instead of each of the data points contributing equally to the final average, some data points contribute more than others. The notion of weighted mean plays a role in descriptive statistics and also occurs in a more general form in several other areas of mathematics.

The A.V. Club critic J.J. Anselmi wrote: "Despite its ridiculous lyrical moments, Forever advances the trend of mashing together disparate styles in metal and hardcore." [9] Branan Ranjanathan of Exclaim! thought that "Code Orange have put together a record that few others in the genre would have the nerve to attempt making, and have found a number of ways to stay engaging across the set without losing any of their previous weight or momentum." [10] Metal Injection's Michael Pementel noted the "great use of structure, heaviness, surprises, and pure energy from beginning to end in this album." [15] Pitchfork critic Zoe Camp stated that the band "offers up compelling, caustic, and occasionally even catchy evidence that they have earned their alpha-dog scene posturing." [11]

<i>The A.V. Club</i> Online newspaper and entertainment website

The A.V. Club is an online newspaper and entertainment website featuring reviews, interviews, and other articles that examine films, music, television, books, games, and other elements of pop culture media. The A.V. Club was created in 1993 as a supplement to The Onion, despite having a minimal presence on its website in its early years. A 2005 website redesign placed The A.V. Club in a more prominent position, allowing its online identity to grow. Unlike its parent publication, The A.V. Club is not satirical.

<i>Exclaim!</i> Canadian music magazine

Exclaim! is a monthly Canadian music magazine that features in-depth coverage of new music across all genres with a special focus on Canadian and cutting-edge artists. Content is based on the monthly print publication, which publishes 9 issues per year, distributing over 103,000 copies to over 2,600 locations across Canada. The magazine has an average of 361,200 monthly readers. Their website,, has an average of 675,000 unique visitors a month.

Metal Injection is a heavy metal music news website. It was created in the summer of 2003 and launched in January 2004 by co-owners Frank Godla and Robert Pasbani.

Stephen Hill of Metal Hammer wrote that "this is resolutely hardcore punk, while remaining completely unique" and called it "a stone cold modern classic", as well as giving it a score 9 out of 10. [16]


2017 Loudwire United States "25 Best Metal Albums of 2017"3 [17]
2017 Revolver United States "20 Best Albums of 2017"1 [18]
2017 Rolling Stone United States "20 Best Metal Albums of 2017"1 [19]
2017 Exclaim! Canada "Top 10 Metal and Hardcore Albums of 2017"3 [20]
2017 Loudwire United States "Top 25 Metalcore albums of all-time"25 [21]

Track listing

2."Kill the Creator"2:26
4."Bleeding in the Blur"4:04
5."The Mud"4:10
6."The New Reality"2:03
9."No One Is Untouchable"2:23
10."Hurt Goes On"4:00


Code Orange

Additional musicians



Chart (2017)Peak
US Top Album Sales (Billboard) [22] 62
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard) [23] 4
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard) [24] 15
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard) [25] 7
US Vinyl Albums (Billboard) [26] 12

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