Frontierer
Oxidized


3.8
excellent

Review

by While She Sleeps: [in the back] STAFF
October 5th, 2021 | 101 replies


Release Date: 10/01/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Jackhammer-core

Oxidized is the aural equivalent of throwing a thousand jackhammers off a cliff made of jackhammers into a canyon full of jackhammers, with each jackhammer jack-ing and hammer-ing in a perpetual cycle of jackhammer-y until the essence of existence is reduced to little more than the ceaseless echo of le hammer de jack. It is, in no uncertain terms, utterly unlistenable ... which is exactly why you should listen to it.

Pushing the boundaries of djent-y, math-y metalcore so far as to loop back around into almost-psychedelica and circa-industrial, Frontierer’s 3rd LP builds upon the mangled foundations of Orange Mathematics and Unloved exactly as you’d hope it would. Each track imparts its own unique lesson in how not to write a comprehensible composition, shifting senselessly between every flavour of violently inelegant breakdown imaginable. The daunting “Glacial Plasma” is a worthy case in point, all jagged edges and bombastic barbed wire as the lads layer riffs over riffs over riffs. Angry calculator noises convulse in communion with equally agitated guitars across the remainder of the record - see the booming “Corrosive Wash”, breakneck “Disintegrative” and breathless “Southern Hemorrhage”, spliced together with such ferocity that you can’t really fathom what’s just transpired before you’re beat over the head with another mechanical meltdown.

Breathers are passed out more frequently than usual for Frontierer, with Oxidized sporting a newfound sense of patience in it’s songcraft. Sludge bubbles and static crackles between the beatdowns, with “LK WX” and “SVVANS” providing pummeling pauses of glitched out dissonance, seeping through the cracks of the sonic walls they sit beside. The album is at its best, however, when these two sides of Oxidized collide. “Opaque Horizon” and “/Hope” do just this and, in melding the manic with the melodic, constitute all that I hope Frontierer becomes. The nastiest, gnarliest mathy riffage you’ll hear this year transforms without warning into the most genuinely beautiful musical moments the band have ever put to wax, the scraping and clunking fading into ethereal, harmonic bliss.

With these brief passages, it becomes clear that there’s more to Frontierer than meets the eye. Bedazzling and perplexing they remain, and most certainly still bleeding noise, yet perhaps the future holds more than jackhammers, jack-ing and hammer-ing, forever. In the meantime, you’ll find me convulsing uncontrollably under the obtuse, absurd weight of Oxidized. Pls send help.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
parksungjoon
October 5th 2021


38237 Comments


who jacked my hammer

right tit

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Mort.
October 6th 2021


16661 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

holy shit a staff review i can actually be bothered to read that isnt several paragraphs too long





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Sharpyyy
October 6th 2021


106 Comments


album fucks

hesperus
October 6th 2021


1234 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dope review. you and i have the same favorite tracks - "/Hope" is maybe the best track they've ever recorded

Wayfarer1991
October 6th 2021


112 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album licks my nuggies

jakeboehmer
October 6th 2021


56 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Wow I fucking love this hahahahaha

Purpl3Spartan
October 6th 2021


1498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jacked

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goonmob
October 6th 2021


110 Comments


God damn this is great.

DDDeftoneDDD
October 6th 2021


18916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hoping this time they click with me

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dbizzles
October 6th 2021


14901 Comments


2021: Tony Danza reincarnated.

bigweinerdon
October 6th 2021


1734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what we fuckin needed

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2021


7170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

@Mort lol. I actually thought my write up was too long, glad it's still readable



Yes Hesp! Such great tracks, slightly Ghengis Tron -esque but even heavier.

Ebola
October 6th 2021


4164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

can’t say enough about the production. face-melting but curiously listenable. they really nailed it this time. review is stellar as well - concise without feeling unfinished.

SteakByrnes
October 6th 2021


25120 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules good write up asleep boy

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AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2021


7170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Cheers steak boy have a good one

ShartHarder
October 6th 2021


88 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

only a few tracks into listening to this and wow, it is bonkers. break ya neck. it's like if crystal castles made a grind album

WalrusTusk
October 6th 2021


966 Comments


My favorite song is the really loud one.

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2021


7170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Ah, so you are a fan of all of the songs I see

Relinquished
October 6th 2021


46999 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

stoked that ion dissonance showed some sign of life, that song was hard

Tgreenz455
October 6th 2021


46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First track is such a banger. Like holy shit



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