We didn’t have to wait long for new Code Orange! Following 2020’s best album (according to me), Underneath, the American metalcore/noise merchants are back with a new single, ‘Out for Blood.’ Our first sign that something was up came only yesterday, as the band updated their socials with blood themes band pictures and a countdown clock. Low and behold, we have a brand new single to blast away.
Continuing down the more industrial sound established on Underneath, ‘Out for Blood’ is a bonkers industrial anthem, straight out of mid-90s (Nine Inch Nails, Ministry) but with a sick solo from guitar goddess Reba Meyers. You get the full range of Jami Morgan‘s vocals too, from deep growls to guttural singing. Lyrically Morgan is taking aim at critics, whilst also calling fans to their cause. It is the kind of anthem that every band needs in their arsenal, and this savage take on false friendships fits the bill as a song that will go off live.
The video further invokes the industrial aesthetic with lots of black leather and lace, a night club performance straight out of Blade or The Crow. It features the full live band from their recent sets on Slipknot’s Knotfest Roadshow tour, including drummer Max Portnoy (you might have heard of his dad, Mike). The stage set up includes the mudman masks from that tour, suggesting that this might not be a whole new era, despite the colour pallet shifting from black/blue to read/white.
Considering that we only had a few days notice that Code Orange were up to something, is this a one off or do they have more surprises for us? Stay tuned to Wall of Sound.
Stream ‘Out for Blood’ here