50 Best Albums of 2017 So Far

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Code Orange, 'Forever'
Code Orange, Forever40/50

Code Orange, 'Forever'

Pittsburgh quartet Code Orange play juddering, malevolent hardcore, shot through with dissonant groove and macho swagger, but they arrive at a unique sound via unsettling ambient interludes and shrewd doses of melody. Or, as Code Orange drummer/vocalist Jami Morgan told Rolling Stone last year: "When you feel settled in, I want it to just fuck you again." Latest single and album highlight "Bleeding in the Blur," sung by guitarist Reba Meyers, finds the band veering convincingly into hook-forward alt-metal and proving in the process that its shock tactics are anything but typical.

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