Having been founded exactly ten years ago, Ectoplasma from Greece, have been quite an active band. They have managed to crank out quite a slew of releases in those years, this ‘Inferna Kabbalah’ being their fourth album but also eleventh release in total, counting several (split) EP releases. Though I have always found their offerings pretty decent, they never managed to really impress me, and this newest album is not really changing that.
‘Inferna Kabbalah’ is just offering a good portion of old schooled Death Metal with a decent riff-based fundament, it is not overly technical, nor simplified Master-like, it is not overly heavy, nor is it very dark. It is ‘just’ Death Metal. The kind that is above average, but offers very little to leave a lasting impression. I have heard the album quite a few times and each time I enjoyed it and when I sat down to write these words, I actually found myself searching for the right words and I wasn’t able to mention any particular standout tracks or elements. I think that basically sums it up quite accurately. If you choose to buy this record, you are absolutely getting yourself a good slab of Death Metal, but you should not expect to be blown off your socks. If that’s okay with you, as a seasoned Death Metal addict, then ‘Inferna Kabbalah’ might just get your party going. But overall, I think Ectoplasma just falls short of really holding its own among all the Death Metal violence of today.