Chad Kapper Of Frontierer/A Dark Orbit: Top 10 Of 2015

As you could probably guess, this week is all about discussing our favorite albums from 2015. However, we decided to have a few special guests also discuss their top 10 albums from the year, and why they placed where they did. This week, we have Chad from Frontierer and A Dark Orbit, who’s latest record with the former made it onto our top 50, and rightfully so! Check out his picks below!

AOTY2015-GuestList-ChadKapper-TurbidNorth

This is an amazing and powerful release by a trio. It has everything and really makes for a very interesting listen. It has the intensity of Burnt By The Sun and The Red Chord mixed with Neurosis and Across Tundras in a sludge capsule of Will Haven. It’s great!

AOTY2015-GuestList-ChadKapper-Minsk

This was another late addition to my list, since I had no clue a new album had dropped. It is just as great as I figured it would be. It is full of haunting sludge and chilling melodies, but the songs, although longer on average, really seem to tell a story. It’s a very strong listen that builds on new discoveries with each spin.

AOTY2015-GuestList-ChadKapper-SeeS

This is a band that not a lot of people know about and that’s a shame. There are definitely strong influences of Meshuggah and Tool here, with a ton of emotion that helps the tracks to grab onto you more. All of their releases are attention getters and I was excited to hear that this record was finally seeing the light of day. Trust me, it doesn’t disappoint. It has just as much intensity as it does melody.

AOTY2015-GuestList-ChadKapper-Intronaut

Once again, Intronaut can seem to do no wrong. They have blended the best from all their albums and EP’s to compile the great sound of this new record. The melody’s here remind me of current Mastodon and the groove riffs give me that single note Will Haven sludge feel. This album feels more like it follows the path of what should have followed Prehistoricisms, and I really like that.

AOTY2015-GuestList-ChadKapper-VoD

VOD have found their voice again…and it sounds amazing! Very glad to hear that they have blended the elements of both Imprint and From Bliss To Devastation to make RTTG. I love the riffs and vocally it has so much energy. Glad to see they are killing it once again.

AOTY2015-GuestList-ChadKapper-SotS

This was a complete diamond in the rough that I just very recently stumbled upon the last couple of days. I had briefly heard their last release, but had no clue that this was out. I completely love this album and it reminds me a ton of Neurosis. The organics and clarity of the numerical soundscape tracks are unreal and really make this album special. If I would have found this earlier, it would for sure be at the top of the list. Their sound is blackened progressive doom with a beautiful atmosphere. It’s unique.

AOTY2015-GuestList-ChadKapper-CultLeader

This album is so crushing and sludgy that it hurts my insides. From the first listen, even for as noisy as it can be, it has a groove to it that you can latch onto as it beats you over the head with angst. This type of sound is hard to perfect without seeming overdone, but CL have figured it out on this release.

AOTY2015-GuestList-ChadKapper-WillHaven

Once again, WHVN always seem to make something that keeps them close to my heart. They have taken their sound and somehow made it much darker and murkier than ever, and while keeping it simpler than most, have made something so much heavier than most. Their atmosphere on this is more prominent and comes across like a dense dark fog. Its haunting, disturbing, and yet beautiful as well.

AOTY2015-GuestList-ChadKapper-Bermuda

Now this album hasn’t hit the streets yet, but being a close friend to Corey Bennett helps a ton. We always share our musical creations from the time they are born with each other, so I have been listening to this for months, and let me just say this, it’s incredible and their best work to date. When I listen to this from front to back, I get the same feeling that I get from a Deftones record. It has it all and it’s perfection that stays on repeat. The difference is is that this is the demonic version of the Deftones fighting their way out of a tar pit…and they are pissed!

AOTY2015-GuestList-ChadKapper-TAIM

This album blew me away from the first listen and it hasn’t left. I don’t think I have heard an album in years that vocally commands you to shut-up and listen with its presence. It literally scolds you. As a whole, it is relentless and punishing from start to finish with even a more dark overtone than their previous work. It’s almost chilling on how evil this album sounds. The song “Light Bearer” and its ending epic breakdown sold me and will sell you too…need I say no more.

Honorable Mentions:

Failure – The Heart Is A Monster

Anakin – Celestial Frequency Shifter

Slayer – Repentless

Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor

Black Tongue – The Unconquerable Dark

Ghost – Meliora

Yüth Forever – Freudian Slip

Dark Sermon – The Oracle

Fear Factory – Genexus

Fit For An Autopsy – Absolute Hope Absolute Hell

No Consequence – Vimana

Murdock – Dead Lung

Sumac – The Deal

Zombi – Shape Shift

Witch Of The Waste – Made Of Teeth

That’s all folks! Thanks for tuning in, and thanks to everyone who kindly organized their thoughts into some awesome lists for us!

-HB






Comments

  1. DC kid says:

    Enterprise Earth – Patient 0