Here’s the second release from Sweden’s LOCH VOSTOK, the Thrashy Progressive group that arose from the ashes of MAYADOME. I enjoyed the previous offering, “Dark Logic,” but found that it was really hurt by a lack of replay value. It wouldn’t stop me from recommending them, but after the first week I didn’t listen to it much. So when “Destruction Time Again!” arrived, I was curious to see if they’d done anything to make repeat listens more rewarding.
The sound is not radically different two years later, but the differences are palpable. The Extreme half of the band’s self-described Extreme Progressive Metal is brought to the fore. Vocalist Teddy Möller focuses on his growls (which are much improved over the last album. Or maybe it’s the improved production that helps the growls—it helps everything compared to “Dark Logic”). Perhaps the best description would be a vacillating cyclotron of equal parts EVERGREY and CHILDREN OF NORTHER with an impetuous streak that regularly combines the two in one way or another.
At least that’s true for “Humanitix.” LOCH VOSTOK doesn’t like to get pigeonholed, so they slow things down on “Rebound” and “Jonestown Slumber Party” takes a while to find its identity, with some –core leanings and safe BODOM sounding passages. And on through the album. While the songs aren’t usually completely perpendicular of each other, they have a suitable amount of variety to be enjoyable.
But there’s still the problem left over from “Dark Logic.” “Destruction Time Again!” just isn’t the kind of album you want to leave in your CD player over the weekend. Sure, you’ll probably come back to it in a few days or weeks for an isolated listen, but repeat listens just turn you off the album. I want to like this album a lot more than I actually do, so I might be soft balling it. It’s an improvement on “Dark Logic,” but LOCH VOSTOK still has some fundamental issues they need to work on. (Online July 24, 2006)