||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!