I remember when Sectioned was the shit, and all their noise and heavy riffs were amazing. Then, the band’s guitarist suggested we also listen to his other band, Frontierer, which was a perhaps more “hardcore” take on the sound. Here comes their debut album, and second release, Orange Mathematics.
It’s a 15-song album, 14 of which are new compositions, and one comes from “The Collapse”, their previous EP. The sound here is improving on the qualities that were already there. The fast-paced, staccato riffs are loaded with guitar manipulations (in the style of Car Bomb) and djenty subdivisions, which makes it pretty easy to headbang along, or two-step to, if that’s your thing…
Most of the album is in X/4, meaning that the beat is almost never broken up, but its not always in 4/4 either. Plus, the aforementioned subdivisions embellish the riffs, and those are not restricted to end on quarter notes. Apart from that, the vocals are what you would expect from a quality hardcore band, and are consistant throughout the album, which also means they are rather monotonous, but if you’re listening to that music, it’s surely not for the singer’s versatility.
The high points of this album remain the guitars and noise, and the drums, solidly supporting the riffs while keeping the beat. It’s definitely a great album for fans of hardcore music played differently, and also for fans of metal in the style of Car Bomb, Sectioned, and maybe also The Dillinger Escape Plan. Listen to it, and make your own opinion!