Code Orange - Underneath
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2020 Ratings: #30 / 821
Year End Rank: #49
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Based on 750 ratings
2020 Ratings: #108
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One of the most powerful, cathartic, creatively satisfying and bruisingly heavy records of its age.

The Guardian
The Pittsburgh quintet marry technical mastery with genre-fusing risk in a record of poetry and spectacular potency.
Consequence of Sound

Underneath spreads its tendrils in every direction, reaches into the coffers of diverse genres like grunge, industrial, death metal, intellectual dance music, and assimilates them all into a cohesive whole.

All told, the excitement is where Code Orange excel - you don't know where they'll turn next, or when the lights will flicker off and on. Exhilarating doesn't even begin to cover it.

The sheer, clear-eyed ambition they exhibit in pursuing the impossible is compelling enough to make ‘Underneath’ an absolute must-hear for anyone who dares to dream differently.

Metal Sucks

Underneath is, from start to finish, the band’s most satisfying release to date. Now let’s hope Code Orange fans are open-minded enough to embrace it.

The Independent

Underneath is a glitchy, industrial wasteland.

The Pittsburg quintet broke the mould with 2017's 'Forever', and continue to push the boundaries with this maelstrom of goth-laced melody and punishing intensity.
The Needle Drop
Code Orange updates metalcore for the 2020s on their latest album.
No Ripcord

Underneath can be easy to reduce as more of a good thing, but it's also sneakily different.

Q Magazine
Hardcore punks carry on breaking down genre barriers.

Their fourth LP, Underneath, has every nuance they have ever dabbled with shifted into overdrive.

Classic Rock
Code Orange's fourth album is the sound of metal's cutting edge in 2020.
At the edge of crossover success, the hardcore stalwarts sputter out with an overstuffed album of weak modern-rock imitations.

Code Orange is going full WWEcore... and it has potential!

In spite of a recent popular and commercial conception that is sometimes irritating, Code Orange is basically an experimental metalcore band. Dressed in layers of technical magic and thunderous and violent harmonies, it is the bone structure of a band that thinks outside the existing parameters, outside of what is allowed in the hardcore universe. After "Forever" in 2017, the last three years have seen the band experience a ... read more


PSA: In case you weren't aware, Code Orange will be streaming their record release show at 9PM EST on Twitch tonight! They decided to stream this show, from an empty venue, because they would otherwise have to cancel it altogether because of coronavirus. So, if you're stuck at home because of it, you should definitely check it out! If you've heard the record, you know this will be a fun one to watch!! If you do, comment and let me know what you think, I'll most definitely be watching with you!


A natural continuation of their 2017 release Forever but to even greater effect, Underneath is an incredible follow-up album that sees Code Orange amp up the heaviness even further while simultaneously delving deeper into industrial noises, jittery production and the occasional melodic track provided by the standout vocals from Reba Meyers. The pairing of unique vocals, the wholly new and developed sound Code Orange bring, and the inventive realm of instrumentals give the act the hope that they ... read more


A nice variety of brutal instrumentals, interesting glitchy sounds and dark atmospheres. I 100% dig it!!


This album is fucking wild, the insane snippits that interrupt instrumentals to come in and never to return, the glitching noises on a couple tracks. A couple of tracks here were some of the wildest I've heard this year. I don't think it all comes together in the best way though, and the more traditionally structured alt rock tracks are just underwhelming to me compared to the crazy shit they try.

The screaming vocals are also not doing it for me much, it often sabotages my experience and ... read more


With Underneath, It’s Code Orange’s willingness to experiment with new and exciting sounds that has ushered in many new fans like myself.
It is my opinion they have crafted an experience that is simultaneously their most punishing yet accessible record yet.

Best Tracks:
Swallowing The Rabbit Whole
Who I Am
Sulfur Surrounding

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Added on: January 10, 2020