Forever (Code Orange album)

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Studio album by
Released January 13, 2017 (2017-01-13)
Length 34:54
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.

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.[2] 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."[3] 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."[4] 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.[5][6]

Touring in support of Forever began with a January–February 2017 US tour featuring Youth Code, Gatecreeper, Nicole Dollanganger, Lifeless and Disgrace.[5] 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."[3] 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.[7] 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.[8]


Described as a metallic hardcore album,[9] Forever features influences from various different styles in metal and hardcore, including industrial metal and nu metal.[10] The album also employs "pitch-shifted vocal samples, glitched-out effects and dissonant layers of screeching noise."[11] The track "Bleeding in the Blur" features alternative rock-influenced choruses, clean vocals[11] and stoner metal riffage[10] whereas "Hurt Goes On" attributes influences to Nine Inch Nails's musical output.[10][12] The album has also been described as industrial hardcore.[13][14]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 87/100[15]
Review scores
Source Rating
The A.V. Club B[10]
Exclaim! 9/10[11]
Metal Injection 8.5/10[16]
Pitchfork 7.5/10.0[12]
Rock Sound 8/10[9]

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.[15]

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."[10] 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."[11] Metal Injection's Michael Pementel noted the "great use of structure, heaviness, surprises, and pure energy from beginning to end in this album."[16] 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."[12]

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.[17]


Year Publication Country Accolade Rank
2017 Loudwire United States "25 Best Metal Albums of 2017" 3 [18]
2017 Revolver United States "20 Best Albums of 2017" 1 [19]
2017 Rolling Stone United States "20 Best Metal Albums of 2017" 1 [20]
2017 Exclaim! Canada "Top 10 Metal and Hardcore Albums of 2017" 3 [21]
2017 Loudwire United States "Top 25 Metalcore albums of all-time" 25 [22]

Track listing

No. Title Length
1. "Forever" 3:07
2. "Kill the Creator" 2:26
3. "Real" 3:07
4. "Bleeding in the Blur" 4:04
5. "The Mud" 4:10
6. "The New Reality" 2:03
7. "Spy" 3:22
8. "Ugly" 3:09
9. "No One Is Untouchable" 2:23
10. "Hurt Goes On" 4:00
11. "dream2" 3:03


Code Orange

  • Eric Balderose – vocals, guitars, synthesizer
  • Reba Meyers – vocals, guitars
  • Joe Goldman – bass
  • Jami Morgan – drums, vocals

Additional musicians

  • Dominic Landolina – additional guitars
  • Arthur Rizk – solo guitar on "Bleeding in the Blur"
  • AJ Borish (Too Pure To Die) – additional vocals on "Real"
  • Justin Ogden (Wrong Answer) – additional Vocals on "Bleeding in the Blur"
  • Jeremy Tingle (Lifeless) – additional vocals on "Kill the Creator" and "No One Is Untouchable"


  • Kurt Ballou – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Will Yip – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Vlado Meller – mastering engineer
  • Kimi Hanauer – artwork, layout, photography
  • The Kliq – A&R
  • Arthur Rizk – additional recording
  • Matt Very – additional recording
  • Robert Cheeseman – assistant engineer
  • Jami Morgan – art direction
  • Jimmy Fontaine – band photography


Chart (2017) Peak
US Top Album Sales (Billboard)[23] 62
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[24] 4
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[25] 15
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[26] 7
US Vinyl Albums (Billboard)[27] 12


  1. ^ Krovatin, Chris. "11 Bands Who Single-Handedly Launched Genres". Kerrang!. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  2. ^ Fischer, Reed (October 31, 2016). "Watch Code Orange's Harrowing New 'Forever' Video". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Markarian, Taylor (January 2, 2017). "Code Orange are brutal, outspoken and unapologetic". Alternative Press. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  4. ^ New Noise Staff (December 16, 2016). "Code Orange Streams New Song 'Kill The Creator'". New Noise Magazine. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Toney, Jordan (January 5, 2017). "Code Orange debut new single 'Bleeding in the Blur'". Alternative Press. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  6. ^ Irizarry, Katy (January 9, 2017). "Code Orange Premiere New Song, 'Ugly'". Revolver. NewBay Media. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  7. ^ "Shrum" (Staff) (January 5, 2017). "Code Orange Stream New Song 'Bleeding in the Blur'". Noise Noise Magazine. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  8. ^ "Code Orange drop freaky new video for "The Mud" via Adult Swim". Alternative Press. October 3, 2017. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Sayce, Rob (January 13, 2017). "Code Orange - 'Forever'". Rock Sound. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  10. ^ a b c d e Anselmi, J.J. (January 13, 2017). "Intensity overshadows corniness on Code Orange's Forever". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  11. ^ a b c d Ranjanathan, Branan (January 11, 2017). "Code Orange – Forever". Exclaim!. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  12. ^ a b c Camp, Zoe (January 9, 2017). "Code Orange: Forever Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  13. ^ "Watch Code Orange Play A Truly Badass Wrestling Entrance Theme". 21 August 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  14. ^ "The 11 best albums of 2017 (so far) - Features - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  15. ^ a b "Reviews for Forever by Code Orange". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  16. ^ a b Pementel, Michael (January 12, 2017). "Album Review: Code Orange Forever". Metal Injection. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  17. ^ Hill, Stephen, "Code Orange-Forever Album Review", Metal Hammer #292, February 2017, pp. 84-5.
  18. ^ "25 Best Metal Albums of 2017". Loudwire. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  19. ^ "20 Best Albums of 2017". Revolver. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  20. ^ "20 Best Metal Albums of 2017". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  21. ^ "Exclaim!'s Top 10 Metal and Hardcore Albums". Exclaim!. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  22. ^ Loudwire top 25
  23. ^ "Code Orange Kids Chart History (Top Album Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  24. ^ "Code Orange Kids Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  25. ^ "Code Orange Kids Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  26. ^ "Code Orange Kids Chart History (Top Tastemaker Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  27. ^ "Code Orange Kids Chart History (Vinyl Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 20, 2017.

External links

  • Forever (Code Orange album) at Discogs (list of releases)
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