I Am King

Code Orange - I Am King
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Based on 2 reviews
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Based on 44 ratings
2014 Ratings: #328
September 2, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Deathwish Inc. / Label
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Consequence of Sound

I Am King, the band’s sophomore effort, puts those experimental musical trysts to broader use.

The Needle Drop
While Code Orange's latest album might feature producer Kurt Ballou's most crushing production yet, the band hasn't done much to advance their writing or songcraft.

Code Orange's first studio album after their name change, I Am King, showed lots of promise for these up-and-coming Pittsburgh metalcore kids. From the very start, the energy is there--much like Forever's title track, I Am King kicks it off with a title track that throws you right into the madness. Metallic dissonance, multiple vocalists (in multiple vocal deliveries) shouting at you from all angles, and intriguing experimentation with industrial music that would follow them for ... read more
Surprisingly good for a debut album. As always Code Orange, slaps you in the face with insane songs held back by the production that leaves much to be desired. Good album though.
Way better than I remember it being, thoroughly intriguing and hard hitting throughout. Not just a run of the mill hardcore record and not just experimental for the sake of being experimental. Code Orange comfortably rides the line between thosebtwo sides of modern hardcore records on this one, much more memorably than on Forever..

Favorites: I Am King, Starve, Unclean Spirit, Mercy, My World, Dreams In Inertia
While the songs I picked up on while listening were exquisitely performed, brutal as hell and fun as fuck to listen to, it's still has a problem of tracks not really standing out by themselves.

Favorite Jams: I Am King, Your Body Is Ready..., Unclean Spirit

Lest Favorite: My World
name change somehow made them twice as bad
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Added on: July 20, 2014