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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.

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"Light Dawning" Available For Free This Week

Hey there regulars, passers-by, and detractors, just a heads up that my latest fiction release - the grimdark fantasy / horror novel "Light Dawning" - is available for free this week through Friday night!

You can snag a copy for yourself at no cost in digital Kindle format at Amazon here (the physical edition remains available for sale at normal price).

If you missed it or want to try before you (freely) buy, the full first chapter can be read at this location.

Heavily inspired by a variety of metal from the likes of Code to Shining to Ihsahn, a full playlist that evokes the themes and mood of the book can also be heard below after the trailer.

Check it all out and let me know what you think! Here's a quick synopsis of what to expect from the book:

Once known as the City on the Hill and revered far and wide for its independence and boundless opportunity, Cestia has become home only to the damned. Surviving under the brutal occupation of a southern empire for three long years, the oppressed populace has lost hope of liberation, turning instead towards an increasingly desperate rebellion willing to commit any atrocity for a chance at freedom.

As total war approaches, four lost souls trapped behind Cestia's walls are on a collision course with fate, destined to either save the city or see it utterly destroyed while calling on forces beyond mankind's comprehension. For good or ill, the light of a new day is about to dawn. More...

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Agonia Running Huge Bandcamp Sale

Mirroring the massive Steam Summer Sale 2017, the underground stalwarts from Agonia Records are running a huge digital Bandcamp sale. All Agonia albums available via Bandcamp are only $3 for the duration of the sale.

Get on browsing right here to find cheap digital albums from the likes of Svartsyn, Azarath, Shibalba, Code, Root, October Tide, Glorior Belli, Impiety, Enthroned, and many more. More...

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Read The Full First Chapter Of "Light Dawning"

Update: the second chapter has also come online and can be read over here.

Following previous sci-fi novella “Empty” from 2016, Ty Arthur (Metalunderground.com's very own xFiruath) returns with new full-length horror novel “Light Dawning."

Pivoting away from the emptiness of space, the book dives headlong into the waters of fantasy, but with a seriously grimdark twist.

This next foray into the bleaker corners of human existence is officially slated for release on Friday, May 26th, 2017. Kindle digital pre-orders are now online here, with physical editions available here.

Once known as the City on the Hill and revered far and wide for its independence and boundless opportunity, Cestia has become home only to the damned. Surviving under the brutal occupation of a southern empire for three long years, the oppressed populace has lost hope of liberation, turning instead towards an increasingly desperate rebellion willing to commit any atrocity for a chance at freedom.

As total war approaches, four lost souls trapped behind Cestia's walls are on a collision course with fate, destined to either save the city or see it utterly destroyed while calling on forces beyond mankind's comprehension. For good or ill, the light of a new day is about to dawn.

Today we're introducing you to one of those main characters: Myrr, a man on the run since coming across something beyond his comprehension that is desperately sought by the Knights of the Black Gauntlet. Check out an exclusive sneak peak of the full opening chapter of "Light Dawning" below.

"Light Dawning" was inspired by heavy metal of all stripes, from avant-garde black metal to occult rock, with the Myrr segments of the book in particular drawing on tracks from the Code album "Mut" and Shining release "IX - IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends." If you'd like to read the chapter as it was written and intended to be experienced, a playlist of songs fueling the writing sessions can be heard below that match the themes and tone of the book's opening section.

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Ty Arthur Releasing New Grimdark Novel

Following his debut sci-fi novella “Empty” from 2016, heavy metal scribe Ty Arthur (Metalunderground.com's very own xFiruath) returns with new full-length horror novel “Light Dawning.” Pivoting away from the emptiness of space, the book dives headlong into the waters of fantasy, but with a seriously grimdark twist.

This next foray into the bleaker corners of human existence is officially slated for release on Friday, May 26th, 2017. Kindle digital pre-orders are now online here, with physical editions to follow shortly.

Like its predecessor, the creation of “Light Dawning” was driven forward by the power of music, with special thanks in particular due to U.K. avant-garde black metal group Code, Norwegian musical enigma Ihsahn, and Chilean prog rock group Bauda. To get an advance preview of the themes and tone of the novel, a music playlist matching several scenes can be heard via Spotify here or in the player below.

Once known as the City on the Hill and revered far and wide for its independence and boundless opportunity, Cestia has become home only to the damned. Surviving under the brutal occupation of a southern empire for three long years, the oppressed populace has lost hope of liberation, turning instead towards an increasingly desperate rebellion willing to commit any atrocity for a chance at freedom.

As total war approaches, four lost souls trapped behind Cestia's walls are on a collision course with fate, destined to either save the city or see it utterly destroyed while calling on forces beyond mankind's comprehension. For good or ill, the light of a new day is about to dawn. More...

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Code Streaming New EP

The progressive black metal/rock shapeshifters from Code are streaming their brand new EP "Lost Signal" in full today. The EP is set to be released on January 27th (digital format) and February 22nd (physical format) via Agonia Records.

This new release consists of six previous tracks seen through new eyes acting as a meeting of ages and a blurring of lines. In the summer of 2015, Code spent some time in a studio in England to experiment with tracks from the back catalogue of four albums. The idea was to re-visit past works from a different angle and "Lost Signal" is the result.

"Lost Signal" features three songs from most recent album "Mut" (2015) performed with a strong metallic approach along with three further songs - one from each of the first three albums -performed in a more subtle and introspective style similar to that seen on the "Mut" album. More...

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Code Posts New "Affliction" Version

U.K. based progressive black metal/rock outfit Code just released another new track from imminent EP "Lost Signal," due out on the 27th of January via Agonia Records. Get a taste of what's coming with this stream of the song "Affliction."

The upcoming EP is a meeting of ages and a blurring of line: in the summer of 2015, Cide spent some time in a studio in England to experiment with tracks from the back catalogue of four albums. The idea was to re-visit past works from a different angle and "Lost Signal" is the result.

The EP features three songs from most recent album "Mut" (2015), performed with a strong metallic approach. It also features three further songs, one from each of the first three albums performed in a more subtle and introspective style similar to that originally seen on the "Mut" album. More...

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Agonia Offering All Albums For $3

Kicking off the new year in proper metal style, Agonia Records has a killer sale running where all the label's albums are only $3 via Bandcamp here.

This includes the label's most recent releases, like Aborym's new album "Shifting.Negative" (reviewed here) or the crossover "Lost Signals" EP from Code.

There's dozens of $3 albums covering every sub-genre, from Glorior Belli to Root and October Tide. Check it out while the sale lasts through the end of January. More...

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Code Streaming "Brass Dogs"

Progressive black metallers Code today premiered a song titled "Brass Dogs." This is the first song to be revealed from the band's upcoming EP "Lost Signal," set to be released on January 25th via Agonia Records on vinyl and digital formats.

"Lost Signal" is a meeting of ages and a blurring of lines. In the Summer of 2015, Code spent some time in a studio in England to experiment with tracks from the back catalog of four albums. The idea was to re-visit past works from a different angle and "Lost Signal" is the result.

The EP features three songs from most recent album "Mut" (2015), performed with a strong metallic approach. It also features three further songs, one from each of the first three albums performed in a more subtle and introspective style similar to that seen on the "Mut" album originally.

The result is a release that alternatively emphasises the subtlety and heaviness of the band's sound and provides a chance to hear these songs in a completely new way. More...

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Code Announces "Lost Signal" EP

London-based group Code will release a new EP titled "Lost Signal" on January 25th via Agonia Records. "Lost Signal" is a meeting of ages and a blurring of lines.

In the Summer of 2015, Code spent some time in a studio in England to experiment with tracks from the group's back catalogue of four albums. The idea was to re-visit past works from a different angle and "Lost Signal" is the result.

The EP features three songs from most recent album "Mut" (reviewed here), performed with a strong metallic approach. It also features three further songs, one from each of the first three albums performed in a more subtle and introspective style similar to that seen on the "Mut" album.

The result is a release that alternatively emphasises the subtlety and heaviness of the band's sound and provides a chance to hear these songs in a completely new way. The songs featured on the EP are:

- "On Blinding Larks", "Cocoon" and "Affliction" from the "Mut" album.
- "The Rattle of Black Teeth" from the "Resplendent Grotesque" album.
- "The Lazarus Cord" from the "Augur Nox" album.
- "Brass Dogs" from the "Nouveau Gloaming" album. More...

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Code Streaming Full New Album

Progressive black metal / post rock outfit Code has made forthcoming new album "mut" (reviewed here) available to stream ahead of its anticipated release date on February 27th in Europe and March 10th in North America via Agonia Records.

Listen to the full album below, courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com. On the new album, the band commented: "mut is the sound of us as a band freeing ourselves not just from the confines of what Code is, but from genre conventions of any description. The time for conforming has past and we have created an album that is the purest distillation of our creative ambition. This is the first time in the history of the band that we have created music with no reference points and as a result, this is our most stark, intimate and emotional album."

"mut" was recorded in Brighton Electric Studios (The Cure, Foals, Nick Cave, Royal Blood) with engineer and producer Paul "Win" Winstanley. More...

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Code Posts "Affliction" Video

British outfit Code has released a video for new track "Affliction", taken off forthcoming album "Mut" (reviewed here).

The album is set to be released on February 27th in Europe and March 10th in North America via Agonia Records. Check out the new clip below, courtesy of Terrorizer.com. On the new album, the band commented:

"'Mut' is the sound of us as a band freeing ourselves not just from the confines of what Code is, but from genre conventions of any description. The time for conforming has past and we have created an album that is the purest distillation of our creative ambition. This is the first time in the history of the band that we have created music with no reference points and as a result, this is our most stark, intimate and emotional album."

"Mut" was recorded in the famed Brighton Electric Studios (The Cure, Foals, Nick Cave, Royal Blood) with engineer and producer Paul "Win: Winstanley. Cover artwork and layout were created by the Austrian designer Thomas Neulinger. More...

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Code Streaming New Song

London-based shapeshifters Code have teamed up with Noisey to launch new track "undertone," from the band's full-length album "mut" (due out on February 27th in Europe and March 10th in North America via Agonia Records). Give it a listen below.

Tearing down the barriers of extreme metal limitations, Code takes a daring plunge into the unknown delivering a dynamic progressive post-rock album that is sure to cause a stir.

On the new album, the band commented: "mut is the sound of us as a band freeing ourselves not just from the confines of what Code is, but from genre conventions of any description. The time for conforming has past and we have created an album that is the purest distillation of our creative ambition. This is the first time in the history of the band that we have created music with no reference points and as a result, this is our most stark, intimate and emotional album".

"mut" was recorded in the famed Brighton Electric Studios (The Cure, Foals, Nick Cave, Royal Blood) with engineer and producer Paul 'Win' Winstanley. Cover artwork and layout were created by the Austrian designer Thomas Neulinger.

The band's fourth album "mut" is the follow-up to 2013 effort "Augur Nox" (reviewed here). The track listing is: More...

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Code Reveals New Album Details

The London-based metal shapeshifters from Code will release their bold new album entitled "mut" on February 27th in Europe and March 10th in North America via Agonia Records.

Tearing down the barriers of extreme metal limitations, Code has taken a daring plunge into the unknown following an urge for further unhampered expression, and delivers a dynamic progressive post-rock album that is sure to cause a stir. The premiere song off the release entitled "dialogue" is now available for listening below (yes, all the song and album titles are annoyingly lowercase).

On the new album, the band commented: "mut is the sound of us as a band freeing ourselves not just from the confines of what Code is, but from genre conventions of any description. The time for conforming has past and we have created an album that is the purest distillation of our creative ambition. This is the first time in the history of the band that we have created music with no reference points and as a result, this is our most stark, intimate and emotional album."

"mut" was recorded in the famed Brighton Electric Studios (The Cure, Foals, Nick Cave, Royal Blood) with engineer and producer Paul 'Win' Winstanley. Cover artwork and layout have been created by the Austrian designer Thomas Neulinger. The track listing is as follows: More...

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Code Recording New Album

The British avant-garde metallers from Code have begun the tracking process for their forthcoming fourth full-length album at Brighton Electric Studios (Gary Moore, Nick Cave, Saxon) in England.

"It will be a bold and challenging album that will be sure to test preconceptions again," comments the band. The album is scheduled to be completed at the end of October and is set for release on Agonia Records in early 2015. This album will follow previous release "Augur Nox" (reviewed here).

Photos from the studio can be seen at Facebook here. With varied musical backgrounds of the band's members and a will for experimentation, Code confronts the conventional metal and rock patterns with its own take on extreme music.

As put by Metal Injection, the band "blends the grim aggression of black metal and crosses the North Sea back into the world of stylish progressive rock."

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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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