From the darkest past?
Plotting began under rain soaked London skies in 2002 by Aort and Kvohst. The aim: simply to deliver their own take on black metal as they wanted to hear it.
The collaboration yielded the elusive "Neurotransmissions" promo CD which was released that same year and secured the band a deal with Spikefarm Records.
The CODE ranks swelled to include Vicotnik from Ved Buens Ende and Dodheimsgard on bass and AiwarikiaR from Ulver on drums, creating an Anglo/Norwegian entity.
Recorded in Savonlinna, Finland, the results were the band's debut album "Nouveau Gloaming": a twisted, eerie augmentation of black metal which was released in 2005 to wide critical acclaim, suggested as being "oceanic in its vastness" and "an underrated cult gem".
The middle age?
Turmoil and upheaval scarred the following years but the resolve was strong enough to create an album of varied and melodically dense black metal in the form of their second album "Resplendent Grotesque". Adrian Erlandsson (At The Gates) provided the battery for the recording, which was mixed at the fabled Fredman Studios in Gothenburg and released by Tabu Recordings in 2009. The album was once again extremely well received and was nominated for a Spellemann award for best Metal album.
With band members scattered across Europe, needed to become a consolidated entity in order to move forward. Kvohst left to pursue Hexvessel and Vicotnik to continue with Dodheimsgard leaving Aort to regroup and redefine CODE.
Gathering together a group of talented UK based musicians with widely varying musical backgrounds, CODE have created their most dynamic and challenging material. "Augur Nox" album was mixed at Orgone Studios and released by band's new partner, Agonia Records, in 2013. It was 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.
In November 2014, CODE finished the recording of "mut" - band's new album, set to be releasing by Agonia Records in early 2015. Tearing down the barriers of extreme metal limitations, CODE have taken a daring plunge into the unknown following their urge for further unhampered expression, and have delivered a dynamic progressive post-rock record that is sure to cause a stir.
Aort - Guitars
Andras - Guitars
LORDt - Drums
Syhr - Bass
Wacian - Vocals
- "Neurotransmissions: Amplified Thought Chemistry" - Promo 2002 - Self-Released
- "Nouveau Gloaming" - 2005 - Spikefarm Records / Necroterror Records
- "Resplendent Grotesque" - 2009 - Tabu Recordings / Haintic
- "Augur Nox" - 2013 - Agonia Records
- "mut" - 2015 - Agonia Records
- "The Wine of Satan II" - 2008 - Necroterror Records
- Augur Nox digipack CD
- Augur Nox 12'' DLP (black)
- Augur Nox 12'' DLP (clear/bone white)
- Augur Nox 12'' DLP (transparent/green)
- Augur Nox T-shirt
- Code hooded sweatshirt
- Lost Signal 12''MLP (transparent)
- Lost Signal 12''MLP (splatter)
- mut slipcase CD
- mut 12''LP (grey)
- mut 12''LP (transparent)
- mut T-shirt + digital download
- mut CD + t-shirt + logo patch bundle
Beyond The Gates Festival @ Bergen, NO
Dresden @ Chemiefabrik, GER
Bratislava @ Loud Farm Fest, SVK
Andernach @ Deathfeast, GER
Spital Am Emmering @ Kaltenbach Open Air, AT
Vienna @ Viper Room, AUT
Graz @ Club Q, AUT
Salzburg @ Rockhouse, AUT
Leipzig @ Torture The Masses Fest, GER
Erie, PA @ Basement Transmission, US