Ektomorf – Redemption
Label: AFM Records
I think it should be said that my only previous experience with this Hungarian act is a single track off of the 20 Years Of Nuclear Blast compilation called Destroy. I thought it was terrible. But now, here we are three years later. Can Redemption redeem Ektomorf in the eyes of this picky old man?
The short answer: Oh, God no.
Ektomorf apparently do everything they can to pay homage to Sepultura and Soulfly. So much so in fact, that they should get it all over with and change their name to Sepulfly. Unfortunately, post-Roots era Sepultura isn’t exactly the greatest time in their career to be emulating. Heavy groove ‘n’ bounce riffs and breakdowns litter the album, making it mosh pit accessible for those of you plan on catching them on tour with Korzus later this year. But for the rest of us, this is just a blaring klaxon, warning us to stay the hell away from Redemption lest we be buried in Slipknot-esque lyrisim (tons of “fuck”s and not much else) and Machine Head vocals.
A quick Pro before we call it good: As bad as most nu metally crap is, at least this stuff has a positive message backing it up.
Overall: This album may of won me over back when I was an angry and tasteless fourteen year old high schooler. But in the here and now, Redemption is just plain annoying.