Frustration – Humanity Through the Madness

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Independent/Self Release
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Released: 2014
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frustration1Band line-up:

Flarvulas – Guitars
Hirpus – Vocals, Guitars
Milkman – Bass
L.C. – Drums

  1. Doom of Life
  2. Endorphin Madness
  3. The Worst is Yet to Come
  4. Healthy Inner Violence
  5. My Demons
  6. Useless Tears (Intermezzo)
  7. The Big Eyes
  8. Ace of Wands
  9. Wolf n Roll
  10. Straitjacket
  11. Cemetery of Souls
  12. Reflections (Outro)

Going insane and abusing one’s body is no stranger when it comes to metal themes. It’s how you express said themes that makes your band interesting. And in this case we have a band with a fine blend of traditional heavy metal, 80s crust punk (Amebix, Doom) and the speed of early thrash like Motorhead to give us a release with a lot of drive and punch.

Italian outfit Frustration debut onto the metal world with HUMANITY THROUGH THE MADNESS, an aptly titled album containing everything that’ll please anyone who loves their crust and psychedelic and stoner music.

When I first put it on, I wasn’t all that impressed because ‘Doom of Life’ did not appear as the ideal album opener. I’ve always viewed an album as being like a book. If the opening is no good, people aren’t likely to read on, therefore this song might have done better a bit further down the track listing. But with second blast ‘Endorphin Madness,’ we have a heavier roll with much potential. This band have made excellent driving music as the power chords are very memorable and will make any keen punk rocker smile.

Then we take on songs which are so easily about drugs and anxiety that I felt I’d come across another good piece of depression and isolation themed music – something quite rare in today’s emo saturated world. ‘The Big Eyes’ then reminded me of Motorhead and The Damned performing on shows like The Young Ones, meaning a veteran fan who came of age in the 80s might want to check this out.

Sonic Youth also seemed to crop up with ‘Useless Tears’ making me think of ‘Teenage Riot’ and ‘Daydream Nation’. With how I can recognise so many different bands from one new release, I would say this is a group who’ve really done their homework and aren’t afraid to branch out.

Eventually the album reaches a climax sounding similar to Ghost’s early work. The outro though threw me a little, as it sounds like a wax cylinder release from the 19th century. Even though the piano made me think of mental asylums where patients are force fed and held in padded cells, so the concept hadn’t shied away.

All in all, this is a very impressive piece from a band I can see being around for a long time.

Review by Demitri Levantis