First, the guitars are a notch lower on the speed gauge. The chainsaw-like guitars are now razor sharp instead of just a blur of noise which makes catching the grooves and riffs a lot easier. The monstor rhythm in "Why Should We", for example, is a sound that often plays out in my head at unexpected times of the day and one I immediately associate with this band.
Second, the band attempts to integrate a degree of melody into their sound through the vocals and synths. The heavily distorted vocals seem less harsh but are certainly still quite angry and bitter. The delivery is predominately in the form of yells or screams but there are a few moments of actual singing. I find myself being able to better empathize with the extreme emotional turmoil and strife the band is venting in their lyrics. On the surface, Eleven may appear to be wrought with nothing but gloom and doom. However, the listener can find hope buried in the sand if they are willing to dig for it. The angelic imagery that appears in the insert is one bit of evidence.
Dark ambient synths and pulsating electro percussion also help to distinguish Eleven from other cookie-cutter death/thrash metal bands. For example, the ambient synths accentuate the somberness of "Grieve", while on "Never" synthetic machine-gun fire percussion accelerates the pace. It's all nicely done and makes things more interesting to listen to.
This album has quite a few things going for it. Production is solid. It comes with two interchangable cover inserts that share a common gold, white, silver, and black colour scheme. You can choose to have a stern, intimidating face staring back at you or or an ethereal angel beckoning your spirit. Three of the songs here are not available on the band's 1997 CD release which is another reason why you might want to track down this tape. Frustration is a bitter metal album with a silver electro lining.