Like the Deftones, Codeseven mixes its metal history with emotional pop influences for a record that really transcends genre. The title Rescue says it all: This isn't death metal, doom metal, or nu-metal -- far from it, the record is part emo, part pop, and a little metal. "Southie" couples vocal pleas with melodic grandeur and then adds in some metal bombast. "The Camel City" evokes the slick psychedelic rock of Pink Floyd circa A Momentary Lapse of Reason. The dark atmosphere of "Sounds of Cyan and Magenta" sounds closest to Echo & the Bunnymen and "Smell of Yellow and Black" is pure space rock, with vocals that conjure up Jeff Buckley. When all is said and done, Codeseven manages to totally confound listeners' expectations with a resonant album poised for wide appeal.
AllMusic Review by Charles Spano