Release DetailsLABEL Da'Core Records
RELEASED ON 8/5/2003
Built Upon Frustration
posted on 10/2003 By:
Now I can get into this shit. Ultra tough guy/football/no-neck core from Pittsburgh (the tough guy Mecca). Sorta combining the fist-waiving, chest pumping anthemics of Throwdown with a slightly more metal edge, including the odd use of some cool layered vocals that’s Hardcore’s equivalent of Deicide’s dual demonics. The metal side of things might also be due to Pro-Pain guitarist Eric Klinger being in the band, so fans of Pro-Pain’s crossover metal style will like this too. Of course this is all about breakdowns, power chords and neck snapping groove, so it ain’t exactly Mozart musically, neither is it too original for those owning Hatebreed or Sworn Enemy albums, but it's one of those albums that does everything right and with conviction and energy. The first three tracks (“Rest of the World”, “Where I Belong”, and “Confronting”) contain all the trademarks of the genre with little flair, but all are competent enough head bobbers that get the blood flowing a little faster, but never really transcend satisfyingly average. However, about 45 seconds into “Personal Games for Personal Gain”, BUF unleash a fucking molasses soaked baseball bat to the back of the head, a stupendously slow, Crowbar like lurch that would have Jamie Jasta whimpering in the corner, chewing off his other thumb. This moment kind of indicates noticeable turn in quality for the rest of the album, as it seems the songs develop more metal identity and contain plain better riffs and better structures. “Redemption” follows suite, with more massive grooves and far more brutal than the norm vocals, bordering on death metal nihilism. BUP also have a fine grasp of time, balancing 2 minute bursts of sonic anger and 4-5 minute dirges. Thankfully the album hits just the right amount of each, and dont drag on or cut off too quickly. If the wicked chorus (“WITHOUT RESLOVE!!”) and deadly grooves of “Resurrecting”, doesn’t get you to either A) punch a family member in the face, or B) break something in your immediate surroundings, check your pulse and your ballsac buddy (Incidentally, my wife hates this album for some reason). Of course, and as to be expected, lyrically there’s no Salinger here, unless Salinger were to write about kicking asses, retribution, showing no weaknesses and all around general machismo, it's all typically testosterone fueled tough guy talk, but still when wrapped in such a vitriolic musical visage, it makes the teenage themes a little more…. convincing. Even the cliched theme of “Turn My Back” has a clever upbeat groove, but ends with a unusually fierce vocal outburst that makes the contrived lyrics take a back seat. But to be honest what can you really sing about with this style of music? “Watch out Mother fucker, I’m gonna mow my mutha fuckin lawn. Bitch”??? No, I don’t think so. Built Upon Frustration, while not the most technical or original albums you’ll ever hear, much like Throwdown’s “Haymaker”, you just can't help its macho pull as your chest swells and your goatee grows and fills with the toughness this album exudes. Just apologize to your wife first…..
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