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Pittsburgh boundary pushers CODE ORANGE have released What Is Really Underneath?, a companion album to 2020’s acclaimed ‘Underneath’. 

Photo: Tim Saccenti

Part remix, part soundtrack What Is Really Underneath? contains elements of the 2020 album while digging deeper down into the Underneath universe with original unreleased companion pieces.

The album, which was produced by the band’s own Jami Morgan, and Eric ‘Shade’ Balderose, is out now via Blue Grape Music and closes a chapter of the band that saw a Grammy nomination, mid-pandemic ground-breaking live-stream performances, tours with Slipknot, $uicideboy$, and Korn, their Coachella debut, and more.

Accompanying the album is a short film of the same name, a fourteen-minute, animated narrative that is scored by selections from the album. Helmed by Eric “Shade” Balderose, the film was created using Cinema 4D and Octant Render, taking more than 2000 hours over the course of four months.

The film follows a storyline inspired by Dante’s Inferno as the “Mudman” (first introduced in the video for “The Mud” off their 2017 breakout album Forever) journeys Underneath to meet his maker in hopes that he will be cleansed of sin.

Additionally, the band has created an alternate reality game for fans with the re-launch of  The game is fully immersive and has a 360-degree design which can be navigated by clicking and dragging different points within the room via mobile or desktop.

The site sends fans down the rabbit hole like only CODE ORANGE can do, offering up a labyrinth of clickables, ciphers, games, and Easter eggs. The room was designed by Eric ‘Shade’ Balderose and Jami Morgan of the band.

What Is Really Underneath?


Drowning In It

So Below

The Shell



Prismatic Shame

The Cutters Theme

Down We Go

A Life In The Box

Smaller Everyday

The Whispering Souls

A Thin Reflective Line

What Is Really Underneath?

The Path To Paradise…

Oran O’Beirne 2023