Da’ Core Records
Release length: 38:58
Musically, The Book of Mourning is has the ambition to be a strong album, but it just seems to feed from plenty of generic Hardcore ideas and riffs to create an album of music that just really isn’t that great and, more times then not, becomes rather boring. Given many of the member’s strong roots, it’s almost comical to hear some of the simplestic guitar performances that litter this album, such as those on “The Immaculate Rejection”, and especially in “Drowning in Disgust”, which also features a pretty generic performance that really focuses more on elements of dance for live shows, which isn’t a bad idea, but given how simple they are, and how hollow some of the breakdowns wind up sounding, it don’t jump start an urge to want to go in the pit and start going nuts at all. Infact, some of the breakdowns as well as the songs wind up feeling insanely drawn out, such as, again, in “Drowning in Disgust”, which finds the song very open and really focuses on being driven in all aspects by the bass, and for the breakdown given how slow it moves and how little there is to fill it, this sounds simply awful. It isn’t until “Faith in Destruction”, and again during “Mu Trust, You’ve Betrayed”, that you’ll find some well done Hardcore laced with Punk that has any real energy behind it that geared to make the listener want to get up and become active in any way with it’s faster two pacing, more Metalcore inspired back of the throat rhasps that appear once in a while, and more complex and active breakdown.
Aside the poor musicianship on this release leading to tracks that chug along or even, you also have the heavily amplified bass. This is one of the most annoying parts of the release as it was clearly recorded very loud, and while it sounds good with the guitars, it really winds up dwarfing the guitars sometimes, and often sounds terrible, almost like it’s not even a bass being played but rather just noise in the vein of a bass. It all makes sense later on, however, that the bass is cranked up throughout the entire release as the deep, almost gutteral vocals utilized in “The End of Days” are higher then the rough shouting vocals that adorn the rest of the album, sounding clearly like someone just covered the microphone while screaming to give it that feel and was poorly masked in the mix, making it laughable, as well as having the song become unenjoyable and amateurish.
While Built Upon Frustration clearly has some decent ideas, this album is really bad. From cliche music, empty and hollow breakdowns driven by a loud bass that actually seems to go lower during “The End of Days” then it really in in every track before it, amateurish attempts at being different, to the overall production quality, the music on here is clearly recorded with good intentions of being a strong Hardcore effort, only to come off as a group of people trying to act big and bad but ultimately sounding like this is their first album. Honestly, The Book of Mourning really is just an embarassment, and what little enjoyment is had from the album winds up being lost after the first few tracks, with only two songs at the end actually being done well enough to give any reason to hold onto this wreck. If you have yet to hear this release by Built Upon Frustration, do yourself a favor and just pass by it. There’s nothing here you haven’t heard a hundred times over already.
||Overall Score: 1.5/10
Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.