Manic Frustration

Label: Hammerheart Records
Three similar bands: Black Sabbath/The Doors/Kyuss

Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. Come Touch The Sky
2. ‘Scuse Me
3. The Sleeper
4. Fear
5. Rain
6. Tragedy Man
7. Memory’s Garden
8. Manic Frustration
9. Hello Strawberry Skies
10. Mr. White
11. Breathe...

Eric Wagner – vocals
Bruce Franklin – guitars
Rick Wartell – guitars
Ron Holzner – bass
Barry Stern – drums

Psalm 9 (1984)
The Skull (1985)
Run to the Light (1987)
Trouble (1990)
Manic Frustration (1992)
Plastic Green Head (1995)
Simple Mind Condition (2007)
The Distortion Field (2013)

Rick Seratte – keyboards
Ron Anderson, Gary Hoey – vocal guidance & inspiration

Recorded at Indigo Ranch Studios (Malibu, California), Studio II (Culver City, California), and Hollywood Sound (Los Angeles, California)
Rick Rubin – producer with Trouble
Chris Kupper, Brendan O'Brien – engineers
Dave Sardy – mixing at Hollywood Sound, Los Angeles
Howie Weinberg – mastering at Masterdisk, New York
Kim Champagne – art direction
Trouble – front cover concept
Jean-Francois Podevin – front cover illustration
Chris Cuffaro – individual photos

Released 2021-02-12
Reviewed 2021-07-13

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I end my run of Trouble with Manic Frustration, their 1992 release that certainly looks pretty different from some of their more doom metal stuff of their early years. It follows suit where they took on with the self-titled fourth album that kind of set a new standard for the band going more towards the Black Sabbath than the heavier style of their earlier works.

Manic Frustration is more varied and more psychedelic than what they have done before, they step further away from the earlier doom metal than they did with the Trouble album. That leads to the band slightly losing some of the character that made them so great on the Trouble album, this one is slightly more generic but not to a degree that it actually is generic. The variation is pretty good through the tracks and there is no risk that you feel that the playing time is too long. Like the previous album there is a good production for this one, and once again I think the vocalist is strong as he has been on most of the songs I have heard.

This is a great album, a great way to finish my marathon of Trouble reviews. It is not as good as the predecessor but tracks like Rain and Breathe… certainly makes the album well worth playing, and worth keeping in the playlist. It rounds off my Trouble reviewing well and I tip my hat to Hammerheart for offering these albums to be released again, great for myself too as I didn’t really know the band before taking on these four, and some of them will certainly be played again from time to time.

Manic Frustration is well worth checking out and it is not a manically frustration album either, it is great and enjoyable. I think you should check it out, it will most likely be well worth your time and effort. Great stuff!