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A Dark Orbit

John Schiber Chad Kapper A Dark Orbit

At the beginning of the year, Basick Records detailed a proposed eight records from eight different bands that they planned to release in 2015. It was ambitious, and ultimately (as often happens) things didnt’t quite pan out, BUT they still did very well, dropping some fantastic albums including Murdock‘s Dead Lung and No Consequence‘s Vimana.

Basick’s final release of the year, just a couple of weeks ago, was Inverted, the long-awaited follow up to A Dark Orbit‘s 2009 EP Voyager. Powerful and angular, it’s a real statement after six years on the down-low, 

To celebrate their return, vocalist Chad Kapper and guitarist John Schiber sat down to give us six of their biggest musical influences, as well as a handy playlist to listen to. Take it away boys!

Chad:

Will Haven have been a massive influence of A Dark Orbit for years now, and personally my biggest influence vocally. I’ve always loved the simplistic heavy of their albums, but they always seem to have a creepy, haunted feel to them, which is what draws me to them the most. The riffs that Jeff Irwin comes up with are always full of aggression and groove mixed with ambiance. Some of their most simple tracks are by far some of the heaviest songs around. It’s a complete combo of the lyrics and vocal performance from Grady Avenell as well. His approach to the songs has always resonated strongly with me. Keith and I always reference them when we write. It’s a necessity for the sludgy-groove we have with ADO.

John:

Meshuggah are a major influence for several reasons. The main reason though is their aggressive nature.

Chad:

Burnt By The Sun have been that band that has always helped me push the envelope on vocals. Mike Olender’s performance on each record is unique and something that cannot be duplicated by others. His lyrical writing is personal and heartfelt as well, along with the great tongue-and-cheek lyric titles. He was the vocalist that got me into vocal swells. A good example is on “Lore of Ocean” at mark 2:03. Vocally his style is what allowed me to have comfort in being different. Musically they have speed, aggression, and groove. I can put any of their albums on and automatically get ideas for stuff for days.

John:

All of Extol have always been very talented but there’s a unique quality to their guitar riffs that I draw from.

Chad:

I’ve been a huge fan of Coalesce for such a long time. They don’t sound like any band around, although many bands have come and tried their own take of Coalesce’s great style. I personally am inspired by the lyrics and vocal delivery of Sean Ingram. He has that raspy, dirtiness to his voice, that I feel is is an element my voice has learned over the years of finding my own style. A great band that I got to witness once live in their home town, that was an experience I hope to have again, along with hopes of a new record.

John:

Norma Jean taught me to love raw, ugly sounds in metal. Nothing flashy just structured noise that adds another layer to the mix.

Chad:

Knut are a great band that a lot of people don’t know about. Each release is unique and their sound ranges from chaotic to more sludge-like with each release. Great stuff that was a major component in out sound when we started ADO. Keith and I were really influenced by their album Challenger. A unique perfection of abrasiveness, grime and power. I really wish they were still active.

Knut - Challenger album art
John:

The operatic nature of Fear Factory has always appealed to me. I try and flesh that same vibe out from time to time.

Chad:

I have always been influenced by anything Jon Spencer has been apart of vocally. Spitfire is probably my favourite of his projects and the dirtiest in sound. The music has a very old-Norma Jean feel, but way angrier. His raspy approach and intelligent and descriptive lyrics have always stuck with me as a driving force for how my style has been shaped vocally.

John:

Lamb of God‘s pure primal aggression on their earlier work influenced a technical yet brutal aspect to my playing.

Chad:

Vocally, I have been a huge fan of Tim Williams since the first time I saw Vision of Disorder at Ozfest in 1998 on the second stage. His energy and unique vocal style captivated me instantly and I made sure to go buy their self-titled and amazing second album Imprint right away. The raw sound of that entire record still drives me today to keep the raw factor alive and present in what I create. And I still feel their third album, “From Bliss To Devastation”, is their masterpiece. It has melody, angst and some sludge. Perfection.

John

Black Sheep Wall bring me that same vibe that Norma Jean does but with more elements of sludge which has always been a love of mine.

If you haven’t given it a listen yet, A Dark Orbit’s monstrous Inverted is now available from Basick Records. Stream it below, and buy from wherever you can get your grubby little mits on it.

Chris

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