Band : Codex Orzhova
Album/EP : Baja Blasted
Label : Null Phi Infinity Records
Location : Baltimore, M
FFO : Arsonists Get All The Girls, The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, The Dillinger Escape Plan
The production is about what you would expect from a mathcore/grindcore band. Its got the grittiness in the guitars that you normally hear. For a mathcore record, the production is pretty solid. During “Bodies Beneath The Wheel” I did notice that the vocals got drowned out by the Synth and other ambient noise.
What I think sticks out the most for this record, is the utter complexity behind all of it. On one hand, you have the guitars. The riffs are simply all over the place. They sound like they don’t have any rhythm/structure. But, if you listen close, they actually do. Its to just random notes strummed with no talent. There are actual chords/structure to some of the riffs.
On the other hand, you have the synthesizer. A lot of bands have keys. But a synth is something you don’t hear a lot about in metal. I can see why they have it though. It adds a whole new dynamic element to the record.
The mix was pretty solid. You can definitely hear everything the way it was intended. There are a couple points where things get drowned out by the synth or the drums.
The songs, like I said, have a little structure. But a ton of structure. But despite that, the album flows fast. Its utter complex style makes for a quick listen. I can’t really tell what a narrative is. it does sound like one giant party machine. I can tell you that much.
I honestly don’t know if ill listen to this again. Its just a little to all over the place for me. I’m not a huge fan of AGATG or Dillinger Escape Plan, to begin with. What I will tell you, is I do respect it. I cant play this style of music. It takes a special type of musician to play mathcore.
My favorite part of the record is actually the opening track “Programmed to die”. I think the blend of the synth going into the death metal/death core style was a perfect mix. My least favorite part, and remember this is just me, was how all over the place it all is. I wish there was just a bit more structure.
Now, it may seem like I’m hating on this record. I can whole heartedly assure you I am not. I am just personally not a fan. But I 100% respect this record. Its a very unique blend of 80’s Nintendo sounding synthesizer, layered with face melting complex insanity. Codex Orzhova could definitely help bring band shows like Dillinger or Tony Danza Tap-dance Extravangza would play. We need shows with pure energy like that, and Codex is here to bring it.
Star Rating: 8.5
Strongest Song: Baja Blasted