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2020: The Year In Metal

Jesus fucking christ, guys. You know what kind of year this was. And if somehow you forgot what 2020 was, consider this: over the past 12 months, I have only managed to audition 52 new albums, or 1 per week. That’s something like 40% my usual workload. Do you have albums that I missed?

Code Orange -- Underneath
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Code OrangeUnderneath

★★★☆ This album perfectly marries the attitude of hardcore and the sound of aggressive industrial, resulting in a post-metal, post-punk triumph, reminiscent of (Arsies winners) The Armed’s "Untitled." The riffs may not always be memorable, but the band commit to them with such gusto that it’s hard to resist their charm.

Code Orange -- Forever
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Code OrangeForever

★★★☆ Oh man, this is legitimately ugly. I think I’m in love. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on this lo-fi post-hardcore sludgerock, the music comes to a full stop out of nowhere and does something completely different, which just adds to the overall chaos. I don’t want to just come out and say outright that this piece of shit is actually postmodern art… so you take a listen and let me know what you think.