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Full of Hell / Code Orange Kids - Split

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Full of Hell / Code Orange Kids - Split
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Record Label: Topshelf Records

This review was written by an AP.net staff member.
The hardcore scene as of late is slowly beginning to feel like the hardcore scene of old. "Old" as in when things grow a bit stale. Where styles move from the second and third waves and start making their way into the overrun fourth and fifth waves of a particular genre or movement. It happens not only in punk and hardcore sub-genres, but the likes of radio rock (it surprisingly gets worse, who knew?) to the markets of rap and country and metalcore, etc. So many people are excited to be a part of something special, that it inherently makes it not special to those who once thought it was. It's not that some of us grow out of it, it's that the new seasons never click like the pilot run did when it was something fresh. So if you're a band looking to swim to the top of the sea of "trend-getters," you guys either go off insanely out of time and out of key, or just get heavier than the next. It's not about the pit opening, it's about how you open it.

I've already stated numerous times before that I think Code Orange Kids are the next big thing for hardcore. In the vein of Trash Talk's fury and energy and Majority Rule and Since By Man's city-crumbling vibe, the band are young and able to tear through the emotions of anger like a knife turned in an open wound. Split that already anxious vibe with Full of Hell's feedback and terror and the bands' split together makes for one of the best releases not only for 2012, but as a statement to the rest of the growing club of hardcore and post-hardcore alike.

Full of Hell are a terrifying group of kids. The wall of guitars mixed with the "devil-escaping" opening vocals of "FOX WOMB" is an opening murder scene. The track moves from barking sludge to quick hitting hardcore and back to drowning before feeding into the hardcore exorcism of "REEDS IN A RIVER, DRY." As the band's other track comes winding down in noise and exhaustion, you drag down with it, flip the wax on your turntable and get back into it. Code Orange Kids has already hearkened an intensity begotten of early Fear Before the March of Flames, but they move into The Always Open Mouth territory on "IV (MY MIND IS A PRISON)," and it gives us a hopeful preview of their upcoming full-length with the band's best track to date. The four piece close out the b-side with "V (MY BODY IS A WELL)," memorable of why the band has made a name for themselves thus far.

Last year, Run For Cover's Mixed Signals acted like a scrapbook of what is on the horizon for many, and already known by a large minority looking for that real pulse of "this is what it is" again. In less than a year, everyone now wants that shot to be the next "name" among the community that has now been built up and has grown stronger over the past couple of years. The split between Full of Hell and Code Orange Kids shows two things that relate to each other: concentrate on making your sound stronger, not playing off of what your friends are doing; if you progress your own creations, it sets the bar for your friends' bands to accept the challenge. This split's one of those bars in 2012. I'm excited to see where not only these two bands go from here, but where others do as well.

Reminds Me Of...Converge's When Forever Comes Crashing; Thou's Baton Rouge, You Have Much to Answer For; Majority Rule's Interviews with David Frost
 
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11:59 PM on 05/24/12
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The hardcore scene as of late is slowly beginning to feel like the hardcore scene of old. "Old" as in when things grow a bit stale.

Completely disagree. There are a lot of exciting, good bands coming up right now. Code Orange Kids are good, and are doing big things, but to say the entire genre of hardcore is stale is so inaccurate. Just my .02.

I also don't know what Run For Cover has to do with any of this, two different entities entirely.
12:35 AM on 05/25/12
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Probably the best split this year besides Culo/Tenement.
09:19 AM on 05/25/12
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Can I find/listen to this anywhere?
11:13 AM on 05/25/12
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This is a bangin record and a phenomenal review. Well done. Also, if anyone gets the chance to catch COK live, don't pass it up! Unreal.
01:36 PM on 05/25/12
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09:24 PM on 05/25/12
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Completely disagree. There are a lot of exciting, good bands coming up right now. Code Orange Kids are good, and are doing big things, but to say the entire genre of hardcore is stale is so inaccurate. Just my .02.

I also don't know what Run For Cover has to do with any of this, two different entities entirely.
definitely.
04:09 AM on 05/26/12
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Full of Hell's side blows COK out of the water. Easily the most interesting out of the current flood of bands throwing crust, sludge, black metal and death metal onto their hardcore base. Interesting that you didn't mention the very strong Entombed-esque death metal influence on FOH's songs. They wear it pretty proudly (I mean, they named themselves after an Entombed song).
08:08 AM on 05/26/12
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Completely disagree. There are a lot of exciting, good bands coming up right now. Code Orange Kids are good, and are doing big things, but to say the entire genre of hardcore is stale is so inaccurate. Just my .02.

I also don't know what Run For Cover has to do with any of this, two different entities entirely.
I'd be inclined to disagree with you. I am as big a hardcore fan as any, but lately I can't say I have been particularly moved by what is coming out. I have the utmost faith some up and comers may change that in the future but IMO the genre has lost it a bit
01:04 PM on 05/28/12
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I'd be inclined to disagree with you. I am as big a hardcore fan as any, but lately I can't say I have been particularly moved by what is coming out. I have the utmost faith some up and comers may change that in the future but IMO the genre has lost it a bit

this.

probably the only band that can save hardcore and bring it back to where it should be is As Cities Burn, that is, if they decide to release a new album.
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