New World Orphans

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New World Orphans
Studio album by Hed PE
Released January 13, 2009 (2009-01-13)
Recorded May – October 2008
Genre Punk rock, hip hop, heavy metal
Label Suburban Noize
Shock
Producer Jahred Gomes, Brad Xavier, Kevin Zinger
Hed PE chronology
Insomnia
(2007)
New World Orphans
(2009)
Truth Rising
(2010)
Singles from New World Orphans
  1. "Ordo (ab Chao)"
    Released: November 4, 2008
  2. "Renegade"
    Released: December 20, 2008
  3. "Here And Now"
    Released: April 22, 2009

New World Orphans is the seventh studio album, by American rock band Hed PE. Released on January 13, 2009, it is the band's fourth album on Suburban Noize.

Music and lyrics[edit]

New World Orphans was influenced by Suicidal Tendencies and Minor Threat.[1] The album's sound fuses heavy metal, hip hop and punk rock;[2][3] it also includes elements of hardcore punk, funk and reggae.[2] The album's lyrics derive from the 9/11 Truth movement,[2] criticism of George W. Bush,[2] the existence of extraterrestrial life,[2] the economy[3] and the Iraq War.[3]

Background[edit]

Hed PE had been working on the album since before the release of The D.I.Y. Guys with front man Jared Gomes notifying it through various MySpace posts. Three studio recorded tracks rumored to be on New World Orphans, "War on the Middle Class", "Ordo (ab Chao)", and "Bloodfire", were released via the live CD/DVD combo set, The D.I.Y. Guys on July 8, 2008. The tracks were rough versions of what would later appear on the album.

On November 4, 2008 the band released the music video for "Ordo (ab Chao)" via the band's MySpace. The video showed a different mix than that of the version released on the The D.I.Y. Guys, including new instrumentation such as a melodica during the verses. On November 25, 2008, New World Orphans second single, "Renegade", premiered online on the band's official Facebook account. A video for the song was produced, and premiered on December 20. It was directed by Philip Carrer and Chad Archibald and produced by Guelph's premiere film production studio Black Fawn Film alongside film collective Bleeding Apple.[4]

On November 19, 2008 the official track listing and album artwork were revealed. The album was released in three different color variations of the cover: black, red and white. Each version features exclusive tracks corresponding to their version color. The artwork and final track listing were officially posted via the album's official promotional website.[5]

New World Orphans also features guest collaborations including Suburban Noize Records' Kottonmouth Kings and The Dirtball, and Strange Music's Tech N9ne.

As with all post Jive Records albums, New World Orphans was produced by Jared Gomes.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3/5 stars[2]
AbsolutePunk 73%[6]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Rock Sound (7/10)[7]
The Skinny 1/5 stars[8]

New World Orphans debuted at 72 on the Billboard 200, their first debut inside 100 since Blackout. The album also peaked no. 5 on the Top Internet albums as well as no. 4 on the Top Independent albums.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jared Gomes and Jaxson Benge, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "New World Intro"     1:01
2. "Live or Die Free"     1:58
3. "Bloodfire"     2:48
4. "Ordo (ab Chao)"     2:42
5. "Stay Ready" (featuring The Dirtball)   4:15
6. "Family"     2:47
7. "Stepping Stone"     3:14
8. "Renegade"     3:29
9. "Everything All the Time"   Gomes 3:03
10. "Mortgage Crisis Intro"     0:20
11. "Middle Class Blues"     1:44
12. "Flesh and Blood"   Gomes 4:18
13. "Nibiru Intro"     0:30
14. "Planet X"     3:44
15. "Higher Ground" (featuring Kottonmouth Kings) Gomes 3:57
16. "A Soldiers Intro"     0:12
17. "Tow the Line"     3:59
18. "Self Aware"     3:09
19. "Lost History Intro"     0:23
20. "This Love"   Gomes 3:06

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[10] 72
US Billboard Top Rock Albums[10] 22
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums[10] 4
US Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums[10] 11
U.S. Billboard Tastemaker Albums[10] 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ Friedman, David (March 26, 2009). "Latest (hed) p.e. album has plenty of messages". The News-Times. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Jablinsky, David. "A Review of New World Orphans by (hed)p.e.". About.com. Retrieved 2011-12-26. 
  3. ^ a b c d Henderson, Alex. "New World Orphans - (hed) p.e.". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-12-26. 
  4. ^ "Renegade new single and video". Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  5. ^ "New World Orphans tracklisting and artwork". Retrieved 2008-11-29. 
  6. ^ ridthedisease (2009-08-01). "(hed) pe - New World Orphans - Album Review". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  7. ^ Harrison, Shane (June 2009). "Hed PE – New World Orphans". Rock Sound (123): 83. ISSN 1465-0185.
  8. ^ Millar, Ewen (2009-05-20). "(hed)pe - New World Orphans". The Skinny. Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  9. ^ "NWO chart history". Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "Billboard Charts: New World Orphans - (hed) p.e.". Billboard. January 31, 2009. Retrieved March 15, 2012.