Ektomorf - Instinct (Nuclear Blast) - Back
Hungarian band Ektomorf, founded in 1994, has a sound that many metal fans should be familiar with… the Sepultura and Soulfly influences are pretty obvious. Nuclear Blast signed them in 2003, and this is already their 3rd album with them, and 6th release overall. Twelve simple metal songs are right to the point, for about forty-three minutes. However, the best thing going for the band is the pissed off attitude. They have a number of good catchy riffs, actually there are quite a few, but they aren’t always written into the songs well. It’s like they jump around to show they are more creative than they really are. I also noticed the meat of most songs are about 2 to 2:30 minutes, then to make them longer, they add something tribal, or an intro or outro. The few extended endings to their songs didn’t do much for me, they probably should have stopped them when the main part of the song was done. But, you may like this a lot of you like early to mid-90’s Sepultura and Soulfly. Especially with the vocals, they are very similar to Max Cavelera. Don’t get me wrong, there are some good tracks, but it’s just a repeat of what’s been done. They say they have thrash, hardcore, punk and folk influences, and they might, but all I see these guys as is a second rate version of Soulfly or Sepultura. This disc shouldn’t push them towards a great career because, well, it’s already been done…and better!

Rating: 70