Code Orange Get Steve Albini for New Album 'The Above,' Share Single with Billy Corgan

Watch the video for "Take Shape" now

BY Alex HudsonPublished Jul 19, 2023

Metallic hardcore combo Code Orange have teamed up with some alt-rock luminaries on their new album. The Above, due out September 29 via Blue Grape Music, was engineered by Steve Albini, while Billy Corgan sings on lead single "Take Shape."

The Above was self-produced by the band's own Jami Morgan and Eric "Shade" Balderose. A press release notes that it draws on grunge, trip-hop and hip-hop while still being as heavy as Code Orange ever have been.

Morgan said in a statement, "We wanted the album to be able to wash over you with melody, aggression, and joy, but it was of equal importance that the closer you look, the more you are rewarded. It was to feel rooted in the 'analogue' world, but with threads of digital reality binding things together. We wanted the sound and even the recording process itself to reflect that edict, so we enlisted Steve Albini at Electrical Audio to get the most real and raw version of the band possible, even recording us all at once in a room together for the first time in our career."

In addition to co-producing The Above, Jami Morgan co-directed the video for "Take Shape" (along with frequent collaborator Max Moore), and he also stars in the Truman Show-style clip.

Watch it below, and see The Above's tracklist below that. The album can be pre-ordered here.

The Above:

1. Never Far Apart 
2. Theatre of Cruelty 
3. Take Shape (feat. Billy Corgan) 
4. The Mask of Sanity Slips 
5. Mirror 
6. A Drone Opting Out of the Hive 
7. I Fly 
8. Splinter the Soul 
9. The Game
10. Grooming My Replacement 
11. Snapshot 
12. Circle Through 
13. But a Dream…
14. The Above

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