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Code

Formed: 2002
From: London, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Code News

Below is our complete Code news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Code Announces Free Release Show

Avant-garde metal outfit Code announced that the band will be playing a free album launch show in celebration of recently released third opus, "Augur Nox" (reviewed here).

The show is brought by Terrorizer Magazine and Mythology Agency, and will take place on November 30th at The Unicorn in London (UK). The entry will be free and starts at 19:30 GMT. During the event, Code will perform songs from new album "Augur Nox" along with a selection of tracks from the previous two full-length's. Get full details right here.

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Code Posts New Music Video

U.K. outfit Code has released a music video for the song "Glimlight Tourist," which can be viewed below.

The track comes by way of the band's latest album "Augur Nox" (reviewed here), which is out now in Europe and due out November 26th in North America. You can also stream the full album at this location.

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Code Posts Full New Album Online

U.K. black metal experimenters Code are due to release new album "Augur Nox" (reviewed here) on November 19th in Europe and November 26th in North America via Agonia Records.

Today the band has teamed up with Terrorizer.com to stream the full album. Check out the full stream below.

You can also watch the previously released lyric video for "White Triptych" over at this location. More...

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Code Posts New Lyric Video

After streaming "Becoming Host" online, U.K. based avant-garde metallers Code premiere another new track entitled "White Triptych" that can be experienced in the form of a lyric video.

Watch the clip below, courtesy of Metal Hammer UK. The track comes off the band's new album "Augur Nox," due out November 19th in Europe and November 26th in North America via Agonia Records. More...

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Code Streaming New Song

British metallers Code sit on the boundaries of black, avant-garde, and progressive metal. Today the band reveals a second brand new song, entitled "Becoming Host."

The song is taken from Code's forthcoming album "Augur Nox," which will be released on November 19th in Europe/UK and November 26th in North America via Agonia Records. "Becoming Host" is available for streaming in the player below, courtesy of Invisible Oranges.

The first released song, "Glimlight Tourist," can also still be heard over at this location. "Augur Nox" was mixed and mastered at Orgone Studios in London (Ghost, Cathedral, Ulver) after three years of development and pre-production. More...

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Code Streaming New Track

U.K. avant-garde metal outfit Code today premieres a new song entitled "Glimlight Tourist," which will appear on the band's upcoming 3rd album, "Augur Nox." The release will hit shops on November 19th in Europe and November 26th in North America via Agonia Records. The following press release was also issued:

"Augur Nox is the first album featuring Code's new lineup of Aort, Wacian, Syhr, LORDt and Andras. The brand-new material demonstrates the band's fresh personnel in a vivid light, confirming Code's position as a radiant gem in the extreme metal world. It displays a multifaceted approach: from stunning wide-ranging vocals, otherworldly clean passages and barbed metallic riffery, all filtered through a refined prism of avant-garde black metal. The album is Code's most progressive effort to date, yet always captures the band's distinct eerie and arcane vibe.

"Featuring ten tracks and two interludes over a 55-minute playing time, Augur Nox is a bold step forward where acute songwriting and expansive experimentation go hand in hand. Code's sound has been both refined and exaggerated at the same time, to produce a melodically dense and ambitious piece of work. The band describes the forthcoming release as their "most dynamic and challenging material to date."

Augur Nox was mixed and mastered at Orgone Studios in London (Ghost, Cathedral, Ulver) after three years of development and pre-production. The track listing is:

1. Black Rumination
2. Becoming Host
3. Ecdysis
4. Glimlight Tourist
- Dx. (interlude)
5. Garden Chancery
6. The Lazarus Cord
7. The Shrike Screw
- Rx. (interlude)
8. Trace of God
9. Harmonies in Cloud
10. White Tryptych More...

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Code Reveals New Album Details

Code, which was covered in our look at non-traditional black metal bands, has now announced a new album is due out titled "Augur Nox."

The release will hit shops on November 19th in Europe and November 26th in North America via Agonia Records. Check out a teaser clip below. "Augur Nox" is the first album featuring Code'sw new line up of Aort, Wacian, Syhr, LORDt and Andras. Agnoia Records also comments:

"The brand-new material demonstrates the band's fresh personnel in a vivid light, confirming Code's position as a radiant gem in the extreme metal world. It displays a multifaceted approach: from stunning wide-ranging vocals, otherworldly clean passages and barbed metallic riffery, all filtered through a refined prism of avant-garde black metal. The album is Code's most progressive effort to date, yet always captures the band's distinct eerie and arcane vibe.

"'Augur Nox' was mixed and mastered at Orgone Studios in London (Ghost, Cathedral, Ulver) after three years of development and pre-production. It will be available in digipack, limited vinyl and digital formats. The vinyl formats include: black vinyl, colour in colour vinyl (bone white/ultra clean) limited to 100 copies and a further 100 copies on swamp green/ultra clean colour in colour vinyl." More...

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Unearthing The Non-Traditional Black Metal Scene

Record sales may be dropping and labels may be on the verge of extinction, but the underground metal scene is still a thriving and vibrant place where musical innovation continues to occur. Every Monday we dig deep into the underground to unearth three bands you may not have had the chance to check out yet, but which deserve to be heard.

It’s no secret I dig bands that mix it up and don’t stick to one straight style, having previously unearthed avant-garde bands, a handful of genre flip-floppers, metal outfits that experiment with non-traditional sounds, and those bands that just plain ignore musical trends.

Today you’ll get another dose of heavy music that doesn’t play by the normal genre rules. These three bands may all technically be black metal, but they push that definition to its limits and sometimes even well beyond!

Todtgelichter

This German act is currently with Code666 records, which is a smaller label in the grand scheme of things, but it still has some very solid underground acts known for combining sub-genres and mixing up their sounds.

Todtgelichter has four full-length releases under its belt, having just dropped new album “Apnoe” this year (reviewed here). “Apnoe” is definitely less raucous and battering than previous releases, occasionally dropping out the black metal altogether, just to bring it back in at unexpected times to barrel over an unsuspecting audience. The harsh vocals are present but take a back seat to clean male and female singing, accompanied by atmospheric and calm parts that give off a modern-era Anathema vibe.

Keep up with the latest on Todtgetlichter at Facebook and be sure to check out a track from the current album and its predecessor “Angst” below.

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Code Signs With Agonia Records

U.K. based avant-garde black metal outfit, Code, has inked a worldwide record deal with Agonia Records. The band's as-yet untitled third studio album is set to be released later this year.

Gathering together a group of U.K. based musicians with widely varying musical backgrounds, Code has nearly finished the recording of the new material, which is scheduled to be mixed at Orgone Studios (Ulver, Ghost, Cathedral, Hexvessel) in London, this July. Code describes the forthcoming release as the band's "most dynamic and challenging material to date."

The band commented: "Code is pleased to announce that we have recently signed a deal with Agonia Records for our next two albums, the first of which will be released later this year. We would like to thank Agonia for their huge support and enthusiasm and very much look forward to working with them to bring you our latest offerings."

The band's last album, 2009's "Resplendent Grotesque," was nominated for a Spellemann award (Norwegian equivalent to the American Grammy Awards) in the best metal album category.

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Code Vocalist Leaves Band

Kvohst, vocalist of the British/Norwegian black metal act Code, has left the band. Code guitarist Aort has posted the following statement online, announcing the departure:

"With regret, I would like to announce that Kvohst has left Code in order to concentrate on his own music with Hexvessel and vocals with Dodheimsgard. I, of course, wish him all the best for the future and extend my thanks for 10 years of pleasurable and productive work together.

"This is not the end, but hopefully a shift in course to fresh destinations.

"I have been working with a great new musical lineup over the last half a year or so to really hone where the new album will be heading. I have been working on this new album for the last two years and we all believe very strongly in it's potential as a dynamic follow-up to 'Resplendent Grotesque'.

"How this will be realised vocally is not clear at the moment. There are many questions that remain unanswered... but there are irons in fires. The one certainty is that I am as determined as I have ever been and I will put the same unflinching soul and dedication into the future as I have with both of our albums to date. I also have new projects afoot which will up the ante in terms of brutality and darkness so please keep your eyes peeled for more information.

"Thanks, as ever, to all those who find a home within Code's musical endeavours… Your continued support is always massively appreciated."

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Code Announces Lineup Changes

UK black metal band Code has issued the following update:

"We have not been in hibernation, but merely stealing ourselves, plotting and concocting since we returned from our European tour last year. There have been many changes in the Code camp and we would like to bring some of them out into the open for the carrion to feed..."

"Our, so far untitled, 3rd album is slowly emerging from it's crysalis. It's a mutant creature that's evolving and forming of its own will, as we mold to it and bring it to life. We are currently working on some experimental vocal lines and arrangements, re-arrangements and re-arrangements. Kvohst and our wordsmith Andrew Nicol are threading the letters through the needles and so far Aort has composed 10 unrefined and deathly heavy, raw working tracks. As you may crave, this new album will be a continuation of pushing the boundaries of progression and developing the strange world of Code further off the map and into uncharted zones - there will be many things that will shock, bewilder and flabbergast and yet there are many notions that pull the sound into a more organic and raw state this time around." More...

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Code Announces New Touring Drummer

Norwegian black metal band Code has issued the following update:

"We would like to welcome and introduce a new live drummer into our ranks who has been working with tireless discipline behind the scenes to prepare the raw backbone of our live shows on the forthcoming European tour. The cult has been injected with new blood and with more rehearsals than we have ever managed to have in the history of the band, we look forward to playing you songs from Nouveau Gloaming and Resplendent Grotesque in a way that you haven't heard them before – enhancing the spirit of Code."

"We hope you will join us in welcoming Vooren into the cult of the wayside pastors and on to the stage at your local show!"

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Code Announces European Tour Dates

UK progressive black metal band, Code, has issued the following update regarding the details of their upcoming European tour:

"In September and October this year we will be traveling across Europe spreading our otherworldly musings. Joining us will be Icelandic cowboys Solstafir and German occultists Secrets of the Moon. We will be operating a rotating headline policy so get there early to be sure to see us all. We will also be joined by Borknagar for the shows on the 24th, 25th and 26th [of] September." More...

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Bilocate Confirmed For Devilstone Festival 2009

Jordanian dark Oriental metal band BILOCATE is confirmed to perform in the upcoming DevilStone Open air Festival 2009 in Anykšciai, Lithuania which will take place on July 17th to 19th. This will be BILOCATE's first appearance in Europe alongside SEPULTURA, KEEP OF KALESSIN, CROCELL, SINISTER and many others.

The full line up of 20 bands confirmed is as follows:

SEPULTURA [Brazil, groovy thrash metal]
KEEP OF KALESSIN [Norway, modern black metal]
SINISTER [Netherlands, technical death metal]
CODE [England/Norway, nostalgic black metal]
TRAUMA [Poland, death metal]
ZAS [Lithuania, sociopolitical metal/rock]
BILOCATE [Jordan, atmospheric oriental death metal]
LEPROUS [Norway, challenging progressive metal]
AZARATH [Poland, straightforward death metal]
FRAILTY [Latvia, doom/death metal]
OBTEST [Lithuania, expressive pagan metal]
NAHASH [Lithuania, occult black metal]
THE PROWLERS [Italy, progressive power/heavy metal]
DIABOLICAL [Sweden, catchy death/thrash metal]
SAPLES [Lithuania, old school death metal]
CROCELL [Denmark, aggressive death/thrash metal]
STRANGER AEONS [Lithuania, progressive metal/rock]
HEAVEN GREY [Latvia, atmospheric doom/death metal]
LUCTUS [Lithuania, thrashing black metal]
+ Special Guest [TBA]

For more information on the festival, visit devilstone.net.

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Code Posts New Song Online

U.K. black metallers, Code, have uploaded the song "In The Privacy Of Your Own Bones" from their upcoming album, "Resplendent Grotesque," on their official MySpace page.

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Code Streaming New Song Online

U.K. black metallers Code are currently streaming the song "The Rattle Of Black Teeth" from their upcoming album "Resplendent Grotesque" on their official MySpace page. The band had this to say about the new song:

"And in my deepest darkest dreams The rattle of black teeth is growing and growing In the heart of my brain...

"For one week only, another new track from the 'Resplendent Grotesque' album. Consume and comment......and come back next Wednesday for another taste of the grotesque...."

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Code Unveils "Resplendent Grotesque" Album Artwork

U.K. based black metal band Code has issued the following announcement about unveiling the artwork for their new album on their MySpace blog:

"We are proud to unveil an advance preview of the beautiful and decadent album cover artwork for Resplendent Grotesque. Created, painted and lovingly slaved over by the enigmatic, brilliant and cult artist Stephen Kasner.

"We are eternally grateful and blessed for his vivid and inspired portrayal of our music. As the man himself remarked, "I feel very successful in channeling the emotions and ideas, in my own way, as they were described to me. And of course, your music was more than enough to evoke the demons. They have made themselves clearly known in these works, I am certain."

"We hope you admire it as much as we do."

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