Frontierer
Orange Mathematics


4.0
excellent

Review

by NewBallistics USER (2 Reviews)
November 2nd, 2015 | 360 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: We all bleed noise.

I consider myself a fan of noisey music. Not really in the vein of electronic superpowers like Merzbow (I respect his work, it’s just not for me), but more akin to the likes of DEP, Converge, United Nations or basically anything in between with that chaotic embrace of “a guitar being chucked into a trash can and beaten senselessly”. Some have coined this as “dissonant”. Frontierer is the embodiment of this sound. Their first EP ‘The Collapse’ impressed me with it’s creative approach to drown it's grindy instruments in extremely muddy tunings yet still having a pretty clean production behind it. It was fast, brutal and uncompromising. Fast forward to now and we have a whole new LP consisting of 15 tracks going over 45+ minutes in length. How’d they do, you ask? Well, I’d say they nailed it.

Now I’m just gonna put this out there so we can get it out of the way: The sound these guys are going for is extremely reminiscent of the former Tennessee mathcore group known as The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza. I actually enjoyed a lot of their music when I was in high school and still hold their third album as the magnum-opus of “djent” sound technique (or pattern, depending on who you ask). However, Sputnik as a collective is not very fond of this band. So, in short, if you do not care for this type of music; you’ll probably find this revolting. You’ve been warned. Moving on.

First, let’s talk about what you’ll be hearing from the guitars on this album. Putting it bluntly, they are heavy as ***. I’ve never heard a more destructive and rage-driven tone like what Pedram Valiani is putting out on this. It almost sounds like a group of sledgehammer-toting construction workers are battering the absolute living *** out of these instruments and it just so happens to be making music. But, I wouldn’t be calling this a perfect way to play them by any means. The structure of each riff can become a bit repetitive as the album goes on. Examples like “Helium Vat” and “Cascading Dialects” sound like one big breakdown that just keeps going and going. It just becomes a bit like filler when compared to their first track “Bunsen” that starts in this fashion but transforms into a huge wave of distorted noise that’s oddly catchy and original. As far as deep layering mixed with tapping sections, look at tracks “Delorean Trails” and “Mt. Swath”. They do not disappoint. As for the bass, they seem to emulate it in the same way some bands have in the past with the use of 8-string guitars. It’s not really a positive or a negative since the guitars are so low they would be practically unrecognizable in the mix.

Next, I’ll go into the vocals and lyrics. Chad Kapper, who previously hosted vocals in a band with Danza star Joshua Travis called When Knives Go Skyward, fits perfectly in this album. He’s one angry dude. From songs describing the apocalyptic desolation of humanity to the inner-workings of his body being literally ripped apart, he mixes like a tornado in a hurricane. Probably one of my favorite songs “The Collapse”, that was reworked into the LP from their previous EP, sounds way more extreme and chaotic as his vocals were mixed to various different degrees as the song is being torn apart by the guitar’s screeching riffery. This is better observed than explained, trust me. Another standout is a pseudo-interlude called “IALCCA”. While it’s definitely more electronic in nature, it leads perfectly into the following track with Chad beckoning the raw intensity of Jacob Bannon. It’s effective and showcases a bit of emotional harshness towards the listener.

In closing, this was a highly entertaining album. I was impressed by how successful they were creating this album in both tone and power throughout all of it’s length. However, pondering as I write this, I’m not sure how this would be enjoyable to someone outside of this genre. This is probably quite a jarring listen to the average metal fan or music enthusiast in general. It’s quite literally a trip into the deep cavernous underbelly of chaos. Nevertheless, I can’t wait to see where these guys go next, especially when they start to tour. I mean just imagining this band playing these songs live ... holy ***. Get ready for next level stuff guys.


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NewBallistics
November 2nd 2015


895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

It's 3am, I have work tomorrow but I finally finished this. I regret nothing. This is my first review and I just hope this doesn't sound like the complete ramblings of insomniac. But regardless please, critique away.

mindleviticus
November 2nd 2015


10071 Comments


I can't tell what notes they're playing because it's so heavily downtuned.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2015


14745 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i was gonna review this but i cant be fucked now that youve done it



cunt how dare you

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NewBallistics
November 2nd 2015


895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Beat you to the punch bitch.



I was actually going to wait to review this until I realized I'd be out a of town all next week. I figured it would be better if I wrote it all out while it was still fresh in my head.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2015


14745 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

fair enough



i was gonna go hard on reviewing it but then had a pretty bad headache for a few days in a row so listening to this again was out of the question lol





Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2015


14745 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

sach u might even like this

NewBallistics
November 3rd 2015


895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Work on intros, got it.

humandoorstop
November 3rd 2015


63 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

fuck why don't these people mix it up a little bit? taking it one song at a time i love it, but listen to the whole thing at once and it's a murky piece of garbage.



my opinion probably doesn't count for shit, but nice review man

NewBallistics
November 3rd 2015


895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"my opinion probably doesn't count for shit, but nice review man"



Not true. All opinions should always be taken into account. This is a review website right? But it's like I said, you have to have a particular taste for this kinda of sound. It's kind of like Loveless by MBV imo some people just aren't into it because of subjectivity.

humandoorstop
November 3rd 2015


63 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thing is i do like this sorta stuff. i worship dep (for the most part) and i enjoy sectioned. this album just lacks variety. or if it's there i can't hear it. i guess i just wanted it to be more sectioned. which is stupid haha and definitely highly subjective.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2015


14745 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i wouldnt say this is that similar to DEP or even Sectioned anyway tbh



and yeah i can see how this sounds murky/muddled but tbh i like it that way

humandoorstop
November 3rd 2015


63 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i'll jam this during my early morning commutes some more when i hate everybody and everything. maybe it'll grow on me

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2015


14745 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i did that with training for utopia and it worked

AlphaBetaFoxface
November 4th 2015


89 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Listening to it a few times through, I am starting to agree with humandoorstop. A few tracks do meld together, but listening to songs individually is definitely a good time. Album hits hard. Nice review dude, pos'd

elephantREVOLUTION
November 4th 2015


2994 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not digging the production on this

dbilidb
November 4th 2015


125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Congrats the feature.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
November 4th 2015


14745 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

IN A WORLD WHERE THE SUN WILL SOMEDAY DIE PAY NO TIME TO THE MIND THATS CHASING BLEAK

AcidCaravan
November 4th 2015


468 Comments


I don't know these guys. Anyway...very, very interesting. Gonna check this shit out...

NewBallistics
November 4th 2015


895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Holy shit, I got featured on my first review. Is this real life?

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
November 4th 2015


14745 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

if the album is recent and the review is decent then features arent that hard tbh



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