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When: Sat., Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m. 2015

Once Pittsburgh’s Code Orange Kids outgrew their name and did away with their young-buck youthfulness, it seemed high time for them to incorporate more brooding, intense, and misanthropic eccentricities into their onslaught of metal-tinged hardcore-punk. Mission accomplished with last year’s I Am King (Deathwish), a sophomore album recorded by Converge’s Kurt Ballou that’s at its most lethal when the foursome hark back to the hateful chug-chug-chugging guitars and deep-grinding bass lines that the early-aughts hardcore revival helped popularize (“Slow Burn” and Unclean Spirit” are pretty fun and pretty brutal, for instance, and occasionally recall old-school Poison the Well). The thing is that Code Orange very often meander from that bread and butter via complicated breakdown time changes, dark and whispery introspective vocals, and the occasional nu-metal-inflected compressed groove. Fortunately it never knocks the album too far off course—the fierceness of a gutsy ripper like “Your Body Is Ready” is like putting a kilo of smelling salts half an inch from your nose.

Kevin Warwick

Price: $14

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