Ektomorf - _Destroy_
(Nuclear Blast, 2004)
by: Jackie Smit (
On the surface, Ektomorf's fifth effort appears to possess every quality that could conceivably make up a good metal record: tight performances, thick solid production. Yet as the album progresses, it soon becomes painfully clear that the Hungarians' Meshuggah-meets-Soulfly cocktail offers precious little in the way of substance. Songs meander on without build-up, climax or any sort of dynamics, and by the time the seventh track has aired, monotony has all but killed any sort of enjoyment one could conceivably have extracted from the record. That even the most seasoned metalhead could be forgiven for mistaking vocalist Zoltan for one Max Cavalera doesn't do much for their cause either. Ultimately, _Destroy_ does little more other than proving that no matter how much money or marketing muscle is behind a band, no amount of industry veneer can compensate for lack of talent.
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