Album Review: Frontierer – “Oxidized” 8.7 (Mathcore)

Written by Zax

  • Frontierer “Oxidized”
  • Mathcore from Scotland and the United States
  • Released with the assistance of Blood Blast Distribution on October 1st
  • 8.7/10

You haven’t known true auditory destruction until you’ve listened to Frontierer. Frontierer is one of the heaviest bands of all time. Yeah, it doesn’t get much more crushing than this folks. I’ve been listening to these guys for a while now, but if you’re reading this and this is your first go round with the beast that is Frontierer, prepare yourself for something absolutely nuts.

https://frontierer.bandcamp.com/album/oxidized

Frontierer are a mathcore unit based out of Scotland and North America. I got into them upon the release of their monstrous 2018 LP Unloved, and have since basked in the uncompromising brutality of their first record Orange Mathematics as well. When I heard they were releasing a new record, it instantly became one of my most anticipated albums of the year, and boy it did not disappoint.

Frontierer’s music is such a mindfuck. I didn’t realize how complicated a task it’d be to describe their sound until I started writing this, but I will of course do my best. This sounds like all of the world’s machines collectively malfunctioning and exploding, all at the same time. It’s played at incomprehensible speeds with ridiculous time signatures and break neck transitions. This band has one of the most menacing guitar tones of all time, the riffs are huge, blown out masses of distortion, and of course these guys also pump out tons of blaring, headspliting panic chords. The percussion is completely chaotic and erratic. Somehow their vocalist manages to fit right in with all the chaos with his irate, vicious performance.

Now, all that I’ve said so far could well apply to their other releases as well, if you were already familiar with their sound, you may be wondering what sets this record apart from the rest of their catalog. I believe they’ve truly mastered pacing on this record. They’ve laid the destruction over 16 tracks in 49 minutes. Now, I’ve said already that their other albums are great, but I think their one setback was how bloated albums could feel, they’ve definitely solved that problem. This flows perfectly.

These guys are becoming a true force to be reckoned with in the worlds of metal and core with their jarring, devastating sounds and I couldn’t be happier for them. This is yet another fantastic entry into their discography.

8.7

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