Back when Code Orange was on Deathwish Inc. they garnered respect with their intense brand of hardcore. While a Grammy nomination wasn’t really on their radar, the band went to Roadrunner for their following album, and Forever had better production with many of the same heavy characteristics of their debut. Now with their new album UNDERNEATH announced for a March release, their new single “Underneath” has a more produced tone and a lot less of the darkness that made them so popular.
The harsh vocals are still there, but the dual vocals are a bit cheesy. The production of the song is top notch, but not really what you want from a band known for their intensity and dark tone. The opening touches are definitely welcomed with electronic beats. But the vocals are too bright and sunny in their tone, and it comes off as a hardcore band on a major label and less like a hardcore band. It may all be semantics, but the song sounds closer to Linkin Park than Code Orange.
The video can be viewed above or on YouTube. The song is available for purchase in all digital outlets or it can be streamed on all services. UNDERNEATH is available for preorder directly from Roadrunner Records ahead of its March 13 release date. Code Orange is on tour beginning April 10 and April 17 at Coachella in Indio, CA until May 15 at Sonic Temple Festival in Columbus, OH. Their complete tour routing is available here.
Image Credits: Photo by Tim Saccenti.