(7/10) What a twist when it comes to Code. Being known as a black metal band from London, UK the band released with 'mut' an album that wasn't expected - at least not from my side. The black metal roots are more or less gone and the new sound is settled somewhere between post-rock and avantgarde. Funny side note is the fact that 'mut' in German stands for courage. And this is what the band shows by releasing such a record.
It almost feels that the guys have heard too much Tool over the last few months. It's especially the melancholic vocal lines and the phrasing the reminds to Maynard Keenan and band mates.
After having digested this major change in their sound I tried to get more into the new musical approach of Code. A few rounds in the CD player and blending out Code's history makes "mut" to a quite interesting experience. The post rock from the UK-based band can't really reach the mighty Tool, but they do a pretty good job on the new album.
Meloncholy and desperation are the basic mood on the new album. It is a longplayer that comes with distressed soundscapes that build the base for the songs on 'mut'. Everybody who thinks that spring is too colorful the album will be an excellent counterpart. It will bring you a sort of acoustic November into home.
What I like with the album is the intesity of the songs and the mental depth which is reflected in each tune. I personally like the second half of the disc a bit better than the beginning. Some parts in the beginning are in my opinion a bit scatty while the second part feels like a better flow where sound elements fit together very well.
However, nine great songs that, I guess, will lead to some controversial discussion. Code will find some new fans with this release but also disappoint some old fans - a risk you can't avoid by developing. But if you get the 'old' Code out of your system for a while you can enjoy a good and complex album with a lot of intensity. And as said 'mut' in German means 'courage'...
- on blinding larks
- inland sea
- numb, an author
- the bloom in the blast
Label: Agonia Records
Genre: Post Rock