There truly could not have a been a more wonderful surprise for metal/hardcore enthusiasts to wake up to on Halloween than a new music video from Code Orange, announcing their upcoming album Forever. The music video for this title track looks like it came straight out of a horror movie, as it depicts rebirth through death.
It’s no secret that Code Orange is a band known for abrasive tunes and violent songwriting, and “Forever” holds true to the status quo. It’s exceptionally gritty, completely absent of all color except blood red. The video quickly cuts between shots of the band aggressively jamming out and ritualistic imagery: a circle of candles, a bucket of blood and figures in cloaks. It’s the perfect video for the Halloween season and horror fans, and additionally honors the band’s past.
The ritual contains a lot of symbolism about the band’s direction with the new album. Inside the candle circle, the words “It’s Almost Forever” are spelled. Figures in faceless red suits violently destroy a crown with hammers. A girl rises from the bucket of blood. In closing the video, a body bag is dragged outside and cut open, revealing “I Am King” engraved on the victim’s forehead, which is the title (and literally the album art) of their previous album.
Code Orange has effectively set the stage for the January release of Forever with their new video, and have left fans eager for what’s to come in the next few months. It’s almost forever, and Code Orange doesn’t care if you’re ready or not.