AGONIA RECORDS 2015
Origin: United Kingdom
To be honest after their first nouveau gloaming release I haven’t followed and listened to Code anymore. Now many years later they cross my timeline again and I am shattered and impressed by the beauty, sadness and desperation of their 4th release “Mut”.
Since I am not familiar with the previous two releases, it is my personal task to transform their past into my future. Judging from other’s reactions Code already changed, reshaped and recreated their progressive black metal past into a progressive blackened rock style of metal… or better speaking music.
For me personally the impression is incredible and musically more open and outstretching. An intergalactic trip guided by Tiamat and Pink Floyd atmospheres, Anathema’s melancholy of their later albums, Arcturus’ vocal approach, Katatonia’s depressive moods and a very progressive and theatrical way of performing songs (Hell and King Crimson). Especially King Crimson has this same style of singing and adding a psychedelic touch to their music.
On the other hand all these moods, senses and atmospheres are overwhelming and make it very hard to rate this album as a masterpiece, while the connections and overall composition is lacking this final “punch”, which for example Anathema has reached on their latest albums. These moments are only there sporadic, for example at “Inland Sea”, but not hearable during the complete album.
Still, when you are you familiar with the discography of Code, you are open minded and like some of the aforementioned bands, you are interested in progressive atmospherically (blackened) metal or you just want to hear something else, crack the Code and enjoy this album.
This music still has so many side-effects that it will never leave you untouched. Mind moving music…