Code Orange - Forever
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2017 Ratings: #43 / 887
User Score
Based on 274 ratings
2017 Ratings: #110
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

With their latest offering, Forever, they've surpassed themselves on multiple fronts. By incorporating unconventional dynamics, sounds and structuring, the band have pushed their sound to new and interesting places.

90
Metal Hammer
Pennsylvania’s hardcore punks strike sonic gold.
87
GIGsoup

Code Orange prove with “Forever” that they have no desire to be chained down by the conventions of hardcore and metal. They have uprooted themselves from genre tropes to build something entirely original.

85
Metal Injection
While at the forefront there is anger and aggression, there lies underneath a whole other beast just as devastating and unique. There is great use of structure, heaviness, surprises, and pure energy from beginning to end in this album.
82
Northern Transmissions

While still comfortable razing speakers with violent rhythms and slash-and- burn licks, Code Orange’s latest also successfully colours outside the confines of metalcore.

80
The Needle Drop

Code Orange successfully pushes the metalcore envelope on their first album for Roadrunner Records.

80
Metal Sucks

Musically, Forever‘s playbook aligns with the band’s last album, I Am King. Added years of touring, life, and songwriting experience have tightened up Code Orange’s game — but there’s also a dream-like quality about it, a nightmarish hardcore fever.

75
Pitchfork

With their third LP and major-label debut Forever, Code Orange have offered up compelling, caustic–occasionally, even catchy–evidence that their claims of intra-scene superiority are, for the most part, justified.

75
A.V. Club

Despite its ridiculous lyrical moments, Forever advances the trend of mashing together disparate styles in metal and hardcore.

YeezyWazGud
81
While not nearly as dynamic as their 2020 effort, there is still a lot of fun to be had. It basically ends up being the roots for Underneath because on there, I feel like code orange really does a lot to diversify metalcore to an extreme. The music here is still very experimental, however, it does go as far into it as underneath. Therefore, this record comes off as not being as compelling. Still a very solid album with some fantastic tracks. It's still full of a lot of aggression that you'd ... read more
JustSomeGuy
81
Code Orange quote-unquote "selling-out" by joining a much more popular label proves to be the best thing they could have done. After making a couple of LPs that ultimately paled in comparison to their early EPs which were rough to begin with, they finally find the sound that best suited them.

An in-your-face, aggressive example of sheer brutality done right. Forever is exactly what I Am King wanted to be. It's what Love Is Love // Return To Dust should have been. It's what Embrace Me ... read more
CLJesse
90
This fucks
slickleg
82
Metalcore and post-hardcore has been saved ladies and gentlemen! This is some ferocious, angry-as-all-fuck, energetic-to-the-core metalcore/hardcore, done right! Layered with alt metal, elements of grunge, and is secondary prominent in the industrial and beatdown genres. This is almost an "experimental metalcore/hardcore" album if you were to ask me. And then, "Bleeding in the Blur" is one of the best, catchiest, and also musically-awesome alternative metal songs of the ... read more
Brihongol
80
This album made me eat my vanilla ice cream with a fork.
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Added on: November 1, 2016